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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Records Administrator-Chief of Health Information Management in Danville, Illinois

Summary This position is the Chief of Health Information Management (CHIM) in the Health Information Management (HIM) Section of Medical Administrative Service at the VA Illiana Health Care System located in Danville, IL. Medical Records Administrators (MRAs) in VHA perform or supervise work concerned with the management of a health record program or the provision of services related to medical record administration/health information services. Responsibilities Duties Include: Provide technical advice, planning, and evaluation regarding health information management issues that impact the overall program on a regular and recurring basis Establishes policies, procedures, responsibilities, and requirements for HIM ­related matters, such as health record documentation, coding and clinical documentation improvement, release of information, file room/scanning, records management, transcription and medical speech recognition, as well as the overall management of health information and Veterans health records Oversee implementation and adherence to HIM industry standards, policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and accrediting bodies Ensure that the facility is in compliance with applicable standards by completing HIM audits, developing healthcare data reports, and statistical information, for timely and accurate reporting Participates in establishing and implementing strategic facility and HIM Department goals, controlling program activity costs, budgeting, procurement, and property management to achieve goals and improve processes Effectively communicate and negotiate with staff at all levels of the organization Responsible for all facets of health records management for the facility ensuring maintenance of complete, accurate, timely, clinically-pertinent, and readily-accessible patient health records, which contain sufficient recorded information to serve as a basis to plan patient care, support diagnoses, warrant treatment, measure outcomes, support education and facilitate performance improvement processes and legal requirements. Must provide detailed technical expertise in health records science and other very technical aspects of HIM Must assure that all health information that is coded and abstracted meets the requirements of the VA and/or T JC and is consistent with professional health records standards Performs additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Ad-hoc Telework may be available Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. Basic Requirements: 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: MRAs must be proficient in spoken and written English. See 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Experience or Education: Experience. Three years of creditable experience in the field of medical records that included the preparation, maintenance, and management of [health] records and health information systems demonstrating a knowledge of medical terminology, medical records procedures, medical coding, or medical, administrative, and legal requirements of health care delivery systems. OR Education. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree or higher 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 management or health information technology. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of creditable experience and education that equals 100 percent may be used to meet basic requirements. (For example, two years above high school from an accredited college or university, with 12 semester hours in health information technology/health information management, plus one year and six months of creditable experience that included the preparation, maintenance, and management of health records and health information systems meets an equivalent combination.) (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Certification. Persons hired or reassigned to MRA positions in the GS-0669 series in VHA must meet one of the following: Coding Certification through AHIMA or AAPC, HIM Certification through AHIMA or Health Data Analyst Certification through AHIMA. (DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED) 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). GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:GS-12 Level: Experience: One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11 that demonstrates the KSAs described at that level AND Certification. Employees at this level MUST have a HIM Certification (Higher-level health information management certification is limited to certification obtained through AHIMA. To be acceptable for qualifications, the specific certification must represent a comprehensive competency in the occupation. Certification titles may change and certifications that meet the definition of HIM certification may be added/removed by the above certifying body; however, current HIM certifications include Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)). AND In addition candidates must Demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: i. Ability to determine and evaluate compliance with [legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines and accrediting bodies, as they apply to health information] management. ii. Skill in evaluating, developing and implementing new policies, procedures, and programs. iii. Ability to provide program oversight, including advisory and technical expertise on a range of health information management practices and guidelines to staff at various levels. iv. Ability to develop and conduct training on health information management programs, policies, procedures, and performance improvement activities. v. Ability to effectively procure and manage HIM resources (i.e. space, staffing, education, budget, etc.). vi. Ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties to include assignment of work; completing performance evaluations; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and disciplinary actions. vii. Customer service skills necessary to effectively communicate (written and verbal) and interact with all levels of hospital personnel, physicians, patients, and outside agencies. viii. Ability to deal effectively with sensitive and/or complex situations. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, but requires some walking, standing, bending, climbing and carrying light items such as papers and files. Long periods of sitting and using a computer screen and keyboard. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: 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. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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