Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Records Technician (Tumor Registrar) in Las Vegas, Nevada
This position is located at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System and is functionally included in the Oncology Section of Medicine Service. The MRT is primarily responsible for assisting the design, implementation and maintenance of the Cancer Registry within the framework of directives established for approval of cancer by the American College of Surgeon (ACS) Commission on Cancer and Veterans Health Administration standards.
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The incumbent is responsible for maintaining a lifetime repository of records and data relating to the treatment, evaluation and study of cancer on a cumulative basis. The individual works independently with minimal supervision in the performance of their duties and in close association to the Oncology staff and community partners on a daily basis. Additional duties include, but are not limited to:
- Incumbent establish procedures for identifying all cases of malignant disease in the hospital;
- Prepares and enters cases into the appropriate cancer register software by year of diagnosis;
- Performs or supervises yearly follow-up of all patients, in order to obtain end results data;
- Assists in organizing and maintaining the data in a system which will conform to the highest standards of cancer registry operation and meets the needs of users of the registry data;
- Assists in developing quality control of case finding, abstracting, follow-up and data processing procedures meet relevant VA and ACS standards; and
- Assists in Advanced knowledge of medical terminology, staging of cancer, and requirement of internal and approving organizations;
- Skill to operate computerized programs in order to review documentation within the electronic medical record;
- Ability to notify appropriate parties and organize all required documentation to ensure complete case presentation at Tumor Board;
- In-depth knowledge of professional registry operations;
- Works with coordinating the activities of the cancer registry with those of the Multidisciplinary Cancer Care committee, Tumor Board, and Patient Care conferences. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required
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0675 Medical Records Technician
- Cancer Registrars
- Coders, Health Information
- Health Information Coders
- Health Information Systems Technicians
- Health Information Technicians
Medical Records And Health Information Technicians
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
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 and Education (1) Experience - One (1) year of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. Six months of the required one year of experience must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform MRT work OR (2) Education - Two (2) years above high school with a minimum of 12 semester hours directly related to MRT work (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, and introduction to health records) OR (3) Experience/Education Combination - Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and experience: (a) Six months experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours of health information technology courses. (b) Successful completion of a course for medical technician, 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 may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to six months of experience provided the training program included courses in anatomy, physiology, and medical record techniques and procedures. Also requires six additional months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. GRADE REQUIREMENTS a. Creditable Experience (1) Knowledge of Current Medical Record Technology- To be creditable, the candidate's experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current health information or health record technology and/or cancer registry practice and may be paid or non-paid employment. (2) Quality of Experience- Experience is only creditable if it is either directly related to the position to be filled or in a related field. Qualifying experience must also be equivalent to the next lower grade level. Experience satisfying this requirement must be active practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a MRT in the parenthetical title as described in subparagraph 3b(2) below. (3) Part-Time Experience - Part-time experience as a professional MRT is creditable according to its relation to the full-time workweek. For example, a MRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. Preferred Certification:Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification from the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
Grade Determinations: GS-7 MRT (Cancer Registrar) Developmental Level 3 One (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level Demonstrated KSAs - In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: * Knowledge of pathophysiology in order to understand the spread of the cancer disease process * Ability to analyze the electronic health record and enter appropriate data into the Onco-Trax cancer registry software abstract; * Knowledge of ACoS standards regarding tumor board, including clinical staging, prognostic indicators, clinical guidelines, and clinical trials availability. GS-8 MRT (Cancer Registrar) Full Performance Level
Experience - One (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
Demonstrated KSAs - In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
- In-depth knowledge of professional registry operations;
- Advanced knowledge of medical terminology, staging of cancer, and requirements of internal and external approving organizations;
- Knowledge of cancer committee processes and procedures in order to improve patient care and verify compliance with ACoS and/or facility standards;
- Ability to serve as a subject-matter-expert on cancer program for the medical center; and
- Skill in utilizing electronic health records and cancer registry software. Assignment- This is considered to be the full level for this assignment. Cancer registrars at this level perform all tasks and duties autonomously. Search the medical record to identify and abstract/code all information. Organize and maintain the cancer registry data system. Review lifetime follow-up on patients including cancer status and vital status. Oversee tumor board documentation, ensuring documentation meets the requirements and standards set forth by ACoS and/or facility standards. Ascertain a random sampling of annual analytic case load for physician review to ensure quality registry data.
References:VHA Handbook 5005/79, Part II, Appendix G35, Medical Record Technician Qualification Standard, September 5, 2014. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08.
Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); Moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (1-4 hours); Standing (1-4 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.
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Las Vegas VA Medical Center 6900 North Pecos Road North Las Vegas, NV 89086 US
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Open & closing dates: 10/02/2018 to 10/22/2018
Pay scale & grade: GS 8
Salary: $46,255 to $60,136 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time