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Medical Records Administrator (Assistant Chief (ACHIM))

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Tuscaloosa
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

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. 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.] OR Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education may be used to meet basic requirements. AND Certification. Coding Certification through AHIMA or AAPC or HIM Certification through AHIMA or Health Data Analyst Certification through AHIMA. Grade Determinations:
GS-11 Specialized Experience: Candidates must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-09) that demonstrates the KSAs described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: OR Education. Education equivalent to 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited university or college in the field of health information.
Certification. Employees at this level must have a HIM Certification.
Demonstrated Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities
1. Skill in performance and process improvement techniques to develop and implement new or improved solutions in health information management.
2. Ability to advise management and staff at various levels regarding health record documentation requirements and health information management practices based on current industry standards, policies, statutes, laws, and regulations.
3. Ability to plan, justify, develop, evaluate, assess, monitor, and advise on current health information management processes and recommend changes in policies or procedures.
4. Ability to determine and evaluate compliance with legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines and accrediting bodies as they apply to health information management.
5. Ability to plan, justify, develop, evaluate, assess, monitor and/or advise on current HIM processes and recommend changes in policies or procedures.
6. Ability to successfully apply principles and techniques of sound resource management (i.e., staffing, space, contracts, equipment).
7. Ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties, to include assignment of work, completing performance evaluations, selection of staff, and recommendation for awards, advancements, and disciplinary actions, when appropriate.
(d) Assignments. This assignment is considered above the full performance level. This assignment serves as the Assistant Chief of Health Information Management (ACHIM) in VA Medical Centers designated as complexity level 2 or 3 as designated in the VHA, "2014 Facility Complex Model". The ACHIM assists the Chief HIM (CHIM) in establishing policies, responsibilities, and requirements for HIM related matters, such as health record documentation, coding and clinical documentation improvement, records management, release of information, file room/scanning, transcription and medical speech recognition, as well as the overall management of health information and Veterans health records. The ACHIM assists the CHIM in identifying and setting short-range and long-range goals, program objectives, and tasks to meet the mission and vision of the medical center. They monitor and manage HIM workflow to ensure program objectives are met. They also assist with planning, developing, directing, and evaluating health information and other functions. They oversee implementation and adherence to HIM industry standards, policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and accrediting bodies. The ACHIM ensures the facility is in compliance with applicable standards by completing HIM audits, healthcare data reports, and statistical information, for timely and accurate reporting. They establish, implement, and monitor HIM performance through metrics, productivity measures, benchmarking, and other applicable tools. This MRA position ensures quality and efficiency for all areas and processes of the HIM department. References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Appendix G33 Medical Record Administrator Qualification Standard. This standard can be found at the Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.

Keywords: Veterans Health Administration, Tuscaloosa , Medical Records Administrator (Assistant Chief (ACHIM)), Healthcare , Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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