Indian Health Service Medical Records Technician (Coder) in Lawrence, Kansas

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Lawrence, KS
  • Anadarko, OK
  • Claremore, OK
  • Clinton, OK
  • Lawton, OK More Locations (2)
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/23/2016 (57 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

This position serves as a Coder and Clinical Data Analyst located at one of the Indian hospitals, clinics, or health centers in the Oklahoma City Area.

This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration when vacancies occur. The first Cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 11/02/16. Other Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. 10 pt. Veterans Preference applicants (with Indian Preference) who submit a complete application after a Cut-off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the list, if qualified. Your application will expire in 3 months. You must reapply at least every 3 months to keep your application active for this vacancy.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number* IHS-17-OK-1824160-ESEP/MP* for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both announcements.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Accurately code diagnoses and procedures in accordance with coding guidelines.
  • Analyze provider documentation to assign appropriate evaluation and management levels.
  • Formulate written and verbal queries to providers to clarify documentation discrepancies or confirm specificity.
  • Analyze health record to assure presence and compliance of all component parts.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selectee may be subject to a one year probationary period.

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying.

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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks:

GS-06: One year of experience analyzing, interpreting and abstracting data from clinical documentation and/or electronic health record and assigning correct diagnostic and procedure codes.

GS-07: One year of experience analyzing, interpreting and abstracting data from clinical documentation and/or electronic health record and reviewing, assigning and correcting diagnostic and procedure codes with little to no supervision.

GS-08: One year of experience analyzing, interpreting and abstracting data from clinical documentation and/or electronic health record and reviewing, assigning and correcting diagnostic and procedure codes with little to no supervision; checking coding conventions/clinics; development/revision of facility coding policies & procedures; coding and abstracting systems; generating incomplete chart tracking and provider deficiency reports.

Selective Factor GS-08: In order to be found qualified at the GS-8 grade level you must possess certification as a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician based (CCS-P) by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). You must provide a copy of your certification with your application.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 23, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Appointment Type: May be Permanent, Temporary, Excepted Time-Limited, or Term with tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent. The Agency has the option of extending Time-Limited and Term appointments for up to a maximum of four years. Temporary positions not to exceed 12 months or less are subject to termination at any time. The Agency has the option of extending Temporary appointments for up to a maximum of two years.

Promotion Potential: This position may have promotion potential to the GS-08 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. Temporary positions are not eligible for promotions without competition, unless the selectee was within reach at the higher grade on the initial certificate of eligibles.

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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.

This position may be covered by a Bargaining Unit depending upon location.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
  • This position is covered by PL 101-630 and is considered a Child Care Worker position. You MUST submit the Child Care Addendum form with your application to be considered (see Required Documents section for form).

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $36,025.00 to $57,631.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0675-06/08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453335500

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-OK-1824161-DE