Job opening: Medical Records Technician (ROI)
Salary: $33 693 - 54 625 per year
Published at: Dec 07 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in the Health Information Management Section (HIMS) of the Business Office services at each facility. Release of Information (ROI) technicians disclose health information in accordance with all laws and regulations governing authorization and disclosure of health information
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Responsible for evaluating the adequacy of each completed authorization form.
Screens each request for information to determine urgency and assures that most urgent requests are completed first using established priority systems.
Personally greets veterans/visitors and assists them in determining the exact nature of the request and whether the information requested can be released.
Applies public laws, rules, regulations and exclusions governing confidentiality of the medical record, including the Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act and 38 U.S.C. 7332 governing the release of records containing information regarding the treatment of or referral for drug and/or alcohol abuse, Sickle Cell Anemia and infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Processes all incoming requests to the facility for Release of Information(ROI) along with information required by the VA Regional Office through the Automated Medical Information Exchange (AMIE), referring only problem cases to the Supervisor.
Evaluates validity of each request and determines what information is to be released in compliance with existing laws
Ensures that proper authorization exists before release is made.
Processes the request to the requesting agency or individual.
Inputs all requests into the ROI computer package for logging and tracking of these requests.
Receives and directs callers and visitors.
Receives and/or gives out forms, and assists visitors and/or callers with the completion of forms or documents.
Responds to questions from patients concerning services.
Provides advisory and technical assistance to patients, administrative staff and professional staff regarding release of information.
Inquiries vary widely, and information given requires explanation of office functions, describing specific requirements, providing basic instructions, or a similar degree of detail.
Searches records or files to compose responses, including electronic searches to retrieve and summarize hard-to-locate data.
Reviews paper and computerized health records (i.e., scanned notes, reports, special tests; etc.) to identify material to be photocopied/printed/written to electronic media and released.
Composes responses to routine requests tor release of patient information.
Selects and compiles information from health records and prepares correspondence, typically using standard form or standard formats for letters.
Ensures the information released is limited to what is specifically authorized and to the person or agency designated to receive it.
Composes detailed explanations in response to correspondence received, arranging information into logical sequence and appropriate format and choosing appropriate words and expressions to convey the desired tone.
Determines extent and tone of replies independently.
Resolves conflicting or inconsistent information found on initial requests.
Replies to vague, incomplete, or ambiguous inquires by independently recognizing issues, topics or problems.
Finds alternative sources of information on which to base a reply when correspondent has provided inadequate or inaccurate information.
Processes Social Security requests for health information using ROI software.
Downloads VistA Imaging documents and ROI software documents onto a secure Network Drive.
Accesses the secured Social Security Web page and uploads documents to the Web portal.
Transfers the confirmation codes to the ROI software package and closes the requests in both the ROI and Social Security packages.
Completes and processes routine releases of information to other VA and Federal Agencies and when requested, to patients and their families, insurance representatives; attorneys, physicians, hospitals, and city and state health agencies according to VA directives.
Accurately enters all requests into the ROI software with necessary information for each request for health information.
Completes necessary transactions for deposit of money collected from subpoenas, legal fees, and processing fees for release of information to individuals and insurance companies.
Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 07:30 a.m.- 04:00pm
Telework: Adhoc Telework Only as Needed.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: PD000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency. MRTs (ROI) must be proficient in spoken and written English, as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).
Experience and Education
(1) Experience. One year of creditable experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of health records. Six months of the required one year of creditable experience must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform MRT (ROI) work.
(2) Education. An associate's degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a major field of study in health information technology/health information management, or a related degree with a minimum of 12 semester hours in health information technology/health information management (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, legal aspects of health care, and introduction to health records).
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of creditable experience and education are qualifying towards meeting basic experience requirements. The following experience and educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and creditable experience:
(a) Six months of creditable experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology, privacy and release of information, the health record, and one year above high school with a minimum of six semester hours of health information technology/health information management courses.
(b) Six months of creditable experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology, privacy and release of information, the health record, and successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision. The training program may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to six months of experience provided the training program included courses in anatomy and physiology, and health record techniques and procedures.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
In addition to the basic requirements, the below qualification requirements must be met at the grade(s) in which you are applying.
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates:
Medical Records Technician (ROI), GS-4
(1) Experience or Education. None beyond basic requirements.
Medical Records Technician (ROI), GS-5
(1) Experience. One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level;
(2) Education. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with a major field of study in health information management, or a related degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours in health information technology/health information management (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, legal aspects of health care, and introduction to health records).
(3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Ability to utilize health information technology and various office software products utilized in MRT (ROI) positions (e.g., the electronic health record, release of information systems, etc.).
(b) Knowledge of health record documentation guidelines and processes for disclosing protected health information.
(c) Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work in order to complete duties within required timeframes, and the ability to follow-up on pending issues.
(d) Knowledge of policies, procedures, laws, and regulations governing privacy and release of information.
(e) Ability to communicate with individuals from various backgrounds to obtain the desired effect or gaining information by establishing rapport.
Medical Records Technician (ROI), GS-6
(1) Experience. One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
(2) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of the laws and regulations related to the authorization and disclosure of health information (e.g., Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and 38 U.S.C. § 7332, Confidentiality of Certain Medical Records).
(b) Ability to apply health record documentation guidelines and processes to navigate efficiently through the paper and/or electronic health record to locate, assemble, and disclose protected health information.
(c) Ability to apply policies, procedures, laws, and regulations governing privacy and release of information to process requests for release of information.
(d) Ability to research and solve difficult questions related to release of health information in an accurate and timely manner.
References: VA Handbook 5005/123, Part II, Appendix G58 dated 12/10/2019.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-04 to GS-06.
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. There is walking, bending and reaching required such as for filing or locating material, and carrying items such as reports, documents, and supplies. Entering data and word processing on a personal computer may result in physical problems from the effects of repetitive motion and eyestrain.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Address James H Quillen VA Medical Center
Corner of Lamont Street and Veterans Way
Mountain Home, TN 37684
- Name: Yvonne Laguna
- Phone: 1-858-623-1873
- Email: [email protected]