Medical records technicians assemble, analyze, code, abstract, report, maintain, and extract medical records information. They organize and check medical records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulatory requirements. In most Federal medical centers today, the medical staffs, including medical records technicians, use automated records systems.
Specific duties of medical records technicians vary with the complexity and characteristics of the facility. Use of the latest treatment methods by health care professionals requires comprehensive medical records, in some cases with many diagnoses and treatments. The time and knowledge needed to analyze and code a record, increases in proportion to the patient’s length of stay and the complexity of the patient’s diagnosis and treatment.
Currently there are over 110 job vacancy announcements open. The Veterans Health Administration, Indian Health Services, the Bureau of Prisons and the military organizations are currently recruiting.
A number of these job announcements list multiple vacancies at various locations. For example, one of the announcements from the Department of the Air Force is hiring many for multiple locations; they will negotiate the location after you are selected for a vacancy. When you add up the multiple vacancies, you will discover many additional opportunities in this field for you to explore and at locations across the country.
Currently, the Veterans Health Administration is the largest employer with 3,046 followed by military organizations with 1,376, and 653 at Human Services. You will also find positions available with the Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, and others. The federal government employs 5,418 medical records technicians, 35 work overseas.
In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described in the job announcement. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience as described in the job announcement for the grade level advertised such as experience entering medical data into applications, data banks: Encoder Grouper Coding Compliance Editor (CCE) and the Composite Health Care System (CHCS).
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.
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