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Assistant Chief Health Information Management (ACHIM)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration     Prescott, AZ 86304

Summary This position is located in the Health Information Management (HIM) section of the Bob Stump VA Healthcare System. The goal of the Specialist is to perform work concerned with the management of a health record program or the provision of services related to medical record administration/health information services. Manage, preserve, analyze, and supervise the use of diagnostic and therapeutic health records/health information management. Responsibilities The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Provides subject matter expertise to Service Line Leaders, and medical center staff. Interprets and applies The Joint Commission standards, VA regulations and medico-legal requirements; current Federal Codes pertinent to medical records; Veterans Administration policy memoranda, directives and handbooks pertinent to health information management; ICD-CM coding principles and nomenclature and the MS-DRG system; CPT and E&M rules; medical and procedural terminology; anatomy and physiology, regulations governing confidentiality of medical records; release of information laws and statutes; records management; and any policies pertaining to VA medical records. Provides training for HIM, clinical and administrative staff on HIM topics. Performs quality improvement projects regarding HIM issues. Assists the CHIM or designee in preparing various presentations. Performs audits and analyses, preparing and presenting findings and recommendations to the CHIM, Service Line Leaders and medical staff. Reviews, analyzes and reports HIM performance monitors. Advises Principal Investigators and other clinical staff relating to methodologies of retrieving health care data for specific studies. Performs data retrieval for special studies as needed. Participates in various VAMC, VISN and national committees requiring health information management subject matter expertise. Performs quantitative and qualitative reviews of health record documentation to ensure all patient care data entered in the electronic health record (EHR) is accurate, timely, and completed. Adheres to established documentation requirements as outlined by The Joint Commission (TJC) regulations, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) guidelines, as well as medical-legal requirements. Serves as a liaison in the implementation of automated clinical applications pertaining to the EHR. Participates in facility committees and subcommittees related to health information and provides technical advice when necessary. Participates in training related to VHA Healthcare Information Systems such as VistA, CPRS and other software packages as they relate to HIM job functions. Analyzes clinical and administrative processes related to information flow. Tests and verifies software packages prior to activation in production mode. Coordinates with software developers in the local testing of software. Work Schedule: Full-time; 7:30 am - 4:00pm; Monday - Friday; Schedule may be adjusted based on the needs of the organization. Telework: Not applicable, Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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. Education or Experience: (a) Experience. One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates all the KSAs described at that level. OR (b) Education. Education equivalent to three 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. AND (c) Certification. Employees at this level must have a HIM Certification (RHIT/RHIA). NOTE. See paragraph 2d of this appendix for detailed definitions of HIM Certification. AND Demonstrated Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities a. Skill in performance and process improvement techniques to develop and implement new or improved solutions in health information management. b. 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. c. Ability to plan, justify, develop, evaluate, assess, monitor, and advise on current health information management processes and recommend changes in policies or procedures. d. Ability to determine and evaluate compliance with legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines and accrediting bodies as they apply to health information management. e. Ability to plan, justify, develop, evaluate, assess, monitor and/or advise on current HIM processes and recommend changes in policies or procedures. f. Ability to successfully apply principles and techniques of sound resource management (i.e., staffing, space, contracts, equipment). g. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G33, Medical Record Administration Specialist Qualification Standard, GS-0669, Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. Office setting is adequately heated, lighted and ventilated as well as meeting rooms and classrooms. Position may require occasional travel. Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions. Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work. However, there is usually some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as papers, books, files, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. 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: 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: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities , and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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