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Health Information Technician I

  • Health Information Technician I
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$26,316.00 – $41,736.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,096.50 – $1,739.00
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This is entry-level technical health information work in a state facility.

Job Duties

Assists in the daily operation of a health information management unit and in maintaining a systematic flow of clinical information to all sections of the facility.

Maintains an efficient filing system for health information records and related filing needs.

Audits health information records for qualitative and quantitative completeness according to facility policy and accreditation standards; serves as health information review coordinator.

Codes and/or verifies coding of diagnoses and services to ensure adherence to the most current edition of the International Classification of Diseases Manual and/or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders coding systems; enters data into state-wide computer system.

Instructs and directs clerical staff in health information procedures and other related clerical activities.

Responds to requests for patient/client information from individuals, family members, hospitals, physicians, attorneys, and others; ensures compliance with federal laws, Missouri statutes, and facility policy prior to the release of such information; maintains log of all such requests.

Prepares records for presentation in court; serves as a witness if required.

Compiles statistics and obtains data from patient/client records for research projects, group studies, or for use by administration, medical staff, other departments, and governmental agencies.

Assists with establishing/implementing regulations for facility accreditation requirements.

Supervises the health information management unit in the absence of higher-level supervision.

Provides information necessary to complete the financial database for consumers and third-party payers.

Participates as a member of facility committees.

Performs work under the supervision of a Health Information Technician II, Health Information Administrator, or other designee.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

An Associate degree in Health Information Technology accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA ).

(Certification as a Registered Health Information Technician [RHIT] or Registered Health Information Administrator [RHIA] by the American Health Information Management Association [AHIMA] may substitute for the required education.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Intermediate knowledge of current health information management principles and practices.

Intermediate knowledge of current medical terminology, classification, and coding systems.

Introductory knowledge of federal laws, Missouri statutes, and facility policy requirements relating to the maintenance and release of confidential patient/client information.

Introductory knowledge of accreditation standards and guidelines as they relate to the facility.

Introductory knowledge of computerized health information systems and general office procedures.

Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of health information records for accuracy and completeness.

Ability to classify and code medical records.

Ability to instruct and direct clerical staff.

Ability to interpret and follow instructions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, vendors, outside agencies, clients, family members, and the general public.

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