U.S. Army Medical Command Medical Records Technician (Coder) in Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Job Overview

Job Overview

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:The purpose of the work is to perform technically complex medical record coding for outpatient medical conditions. Audit medical/specialty diagnoses and procedures reported by providers and apply technical Department of Defense (DoD) coding requirements. Conduct training classes for clinical staff pertaining to coding and documentation for the Brooke Army Medical Center, Medical Records Branch, Patient Adminstration Division, Ft Sam Houston, TX.

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) - Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Veterans with a service-connected disability of 30% or more
  • Eligible for military spouse preference under Executive Order 13473
  • Priority Placement Program, Program S (Military Spouse) registrants referred through the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS) for this position
  • Eligible for family member appointment under Executive Order 12721

You will utilize references used for coding include the current International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Clinical Modification, American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), Health Care Financing Administration Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), and Physicians' Desk Reference. Determine that diagnostic and procedural terminology used is consistent with currently acceptable medical nomenclature. Contact appropriate medical staff members to rectify inconsistencies, deficiencies and discrepancies in medical documentation. Assure medical and legal requirements, standards and regulations are met. Code medical records using standard references in an outpatient setting. Apply a variety of regulatory, licensing and accrediting agency requirements for medical-legal laws (Privacy Act, HIPAA, etc). Select accurate codes that best describes the primary and secondary diagnosis. Use a combination of coding guidance to select the most appropriate codes for diagnosis. Input data into a computerized data entry system to code medical records. Review medical records for quality to suggest improvement activities. Contact appropriate medical staff members to rectify errors in medical records. Conduct research on medical coding issues. Create spreadsheets, graphs and other word processing documents to present findings. Conduct quality assurance studies to identify inconsistencies with medical record codes. Conduct group education briefings on coding. Advise medical staff on proper documentation practices. Train other coding personnel on accurate coding practices. Report on clinic findings to hospital staff. Contact various outside organizations (insurance companies/physicians) to verify medical claims.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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.

Experience required:

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.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: work that includes reviewing and analyzing medical data; coding medical diagnoses to include diseases, injuries, operations; and providing assistance to hospital staff by applying knowledge of outpatient coding accreditation and medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Medical Terminology
  • Knowledge of Outpatient Medical Records Coding
  • Skill in Quality Assurance Review
  • Ability to Communicate Effectively

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • This position requires a personnel security clearance.
  • This position requires immunization screening.
  • This is a Career Program (Medical) Position, CP-53
Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472387300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $45,056.00 to $58,570.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0675-08/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: See Who May Apply Section

Control Number: 472387300

Job Announcement Number: NCFR171071801973455