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Grade: 07

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.
1 You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-6 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.
2 Medical Records Technicians have daily contact with professional medical and non-medical staff, support service personnel, and patients. They communicate patient history information contained within the medical record, as required. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have instructed staff on locating basic patient information in the health record; and/or I have instructed staff on gathering/maintaining proper documentation; and/or I have responded to requests for information/assistance from patients/inmates.
  • I have communicated with professional staff to coordinate patient care; and/or I have made oral presentations to individuals outside the organization; and/or I have conducted training sessions for new department staff on medical records-related topics.
  • I have made oral presentations to small groups in the work unit; and/or I have trained new employees on departmental procedures; and/or I have consulted with medical staff for clarification of medical information.
  • None of the above.
3 Medical Records Technicians respond to requests from outside sources requesting release of BOP medical information. They are responsible for releasing information in compliance with Freedom of Information/Privacy Act. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have received guidance on how to process a non-routine request for release of information; and/or I have delivered prepared copies of requested information to requestor; and/or I have prepared a report regarding volume of requests
  • I have made determinations regarding release of information based on federal, state, and local laws; and/or I have maintained confidentiality of medical records and information; and/or I have directed others in the proper release of information; and/or I have worked with regional and central office staff to coordinate the release of non-routine information.
  • I have provided training to work unit staff regarding release of information; and/or I have reviewed copies of records for release of information request; and/or I have determined proper handling of requests for information based on requestor.
  • None of the above
4 Medical Records Technicians must possess knowledge and skills to operate word processing equipment and use a personal computer to perform SENTRY, word processing, and other automated administrative functions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have entered/retrieved information from non-routine applications; and/or I have transcribed dictation using word processing software; and/or I have accessed on-line agency information resource.
  • I have designed a database to collect and retrieve data; and/or I have developed documents which automated and streamlined the administrative process; and/or I have formulated slide show presentations and reports containing graphics.
  • I have entered/retrieved data from a database; and/or I have utilized software with direction; and/or I have retrieved information under direction.
  • None of the above
5 Medical Records Technicians must possess knowledge of current medical record science, techniques, and procedures. This includes knowledge of specialized medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, and disease processes of each anatomical system. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have performed comprehensive reviews/audits of medical records; and/or I have coded complicated medical records; and/or I have identified trends or specific clinical findings based on reviews.
  • I have coded complicated medical records under direction; and/or I have extracted information from medical records for reports; and/or I have organized and compiled medical information prior to a patient's appointment.
  • I have coded routine records; and/or I have prepared medical forms; and/or I have scheduled patient appointments using basic medical terminology.
  • None of the above.
6 Medical Records Technicians analyze the contents of complex medical records for compliance with BOP and JCAHO requirements. They note deficiencies/inconsistencies and implement corrective action. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have performed audits of medical records; and/or I have identified problems with documentation; and/or I have assisted with performance of quality improvement study.
  • I have represented the department as a member of a quality improvement committee; and/or I have provided evidence that various department functions are in compliance with regulation; and/or I have participated on a program review.
  • I have performed focused reviews of identified problems; and/or I have prepared summary report of medical record audits; and/or I have instructed staff in medical record maintenance.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  • Private information service
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Poster/Flyer
  • Private employment office
  • State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  • State or local Job Information Center
  • BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  • School or college counselor or other official
  • Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  • Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  • Friend or relative working for the BOP
  • Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  • Religious organization
  • USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  • BOP Website
  • Internet job site
  • Contacted the BOP on my own
  • Military publication
  • Military Separation Center
  • Professional Organization
  • Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  • Discover Corrections
  • Washington DC Diversity
  • Other
Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.