Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Medical Records Specialist 1

Office/On-site

Recruitment #220916-5620CL-001

Introduction



ABOUT US
The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

The Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) is an urban community mental health center with an exceptional 30-year tradition of serving individuals with serious mental illness. Founded in 1966, the CMCH cares for more than 5,000 people a year in a variety of services. CMHC treats individuals suffering from severe and persistent psychosis, depression, anxiety, addictions (including alcoholism, cocaine, and gambling) and those with co-existing mental health and addiction problems.

THE POSITION
The CMHC is currently recruiting for a Medical Records Specialist 1 (PCN 133965), located in our Medical Records Department,  34 Park Street, New Haven, CT.  This position is first shift, full time, and 40 hours per week.  The work schedule is 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  

In this role, discover the opportunity to:
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of medical records;
  • Be responsible for the entire process in response to release of information requests for PHI at CMHC and all satellite clinics;
  • Follow HIPPA general requirements for the privacy rule and the appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of PHI;
  • Serve as a resource and work collaboratively with clients, clinical staff, co-workers, and outside agencies regarding release of information;
  • Conduct audits / analyzations of medical records to ensure accuracy and compliance; and
  • Utilize office equipment, IT devices and computer applications to input, monitor and track data.     
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees.
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth.
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.

Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state medical institution or facility medical records department this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks associated with maintaining medical records and medical records coding activities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Assists in maintaining a file of medical records such as daily admissions and discharges, daily census, case histories, results of diagnostic tests, signed releases of information, medical summaries and abstracts; inspects reports and records for omissions and errors; codes and files a full range of diagnoses according to anatomical systems and in conformance with accepted international classification systems (i.e. ICD, WHO, DSM3, DRG, etc.); prepares statistical reports on such matters as classification of disease, laboratory, dental, X-ray and physiotherapy activities; prepares death certificates, burial permits and other related records; prepares reports to state and federal agencies as required; may attend probate court hearings and give testimony; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of basic medical terminology and human anatomy; knowledge of medical coding principles and techniques with particular emphasis on International Classification of Disease Adopted procedures; knowledge of principles of statistical data tabulation; knowledge of office systems and procedures; oral and written communication skills; basic interpersonal skills.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Four (4) years of experience in the maintenance of medical records and preparation of statistical reports.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with computer software including Microsoft Excel;
  • Experience with both paper and electronic records; 
  • Experience working in a medical institution or hospital setting;
  • Experience maintaining health records in accordance with HIPPA;
  • Experience in processing requests to obtain/disclose protected health information; and 
  • Experience processing subpoenas or court orders.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Persons having responsibility for supervising or observing the behavior of inmates or custodial clients will be required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification by the time of permanent appointment.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.