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 individual 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 may 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: Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Coders, Health Information
Health Information Coders
Health Information Systems Technicians
Health Information Technicians
Medical Records And Health Information Technicians
HelpRequirements 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
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency
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.
(3) Part-Time Experience
Preferred Experience: Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification from the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
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; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience
GS-5 MRT (Cancer Registrar) Developmental Level 1
(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or successful completion of four years of education above high school from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 semester hours in health information technology.
GS-6 MRT (Cancer Registrar) Developmental Level 2
(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower level.
GS-7 MRT (Cancer Registrar) Developmental Level 3
One (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level Demonstrated 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; and
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
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.
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. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-05 to GS-08.
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.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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