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This is responsible clerical and supervisory work reviewing medical records.

Work involves reviewing medical records for accuracy and for omission of documents. Work also involves responsibility for contacting physicians for the necessary information or signatures on documents. Employees in this class must exercise considerable initiative, independent judgment, and discretion in performing their duties. Communication must be maintained between both the responsible medical record administrator and the medical staff. Work is assigned by statements of objectives; the employee receives minimal supervision. The quality of work is evaluated by observation of results and through feedback from the medical staff and hospital administrator.


Supervises a functional section of a medical record department, or a small satellite department.

Ensures compliance with requirements of government agencies and accrediting bodies.

Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of subordinates.

Develops methods, procedures, and filing systems to accomplish work.

Designs and executes special studies as requested by the medical staff, hospital administration, or the medical record administrator.

Participates in activities of the standing hospital committees involved in the unit.

Assists in the preparation of special reports or questionnaires required by various accreditation agencies.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school, completion of an approved course for Medical Record Technicians, certification as an Accredited Record Technician, and some experience as a medical record technician; or graduation from a standard high school, completion of an approved course for Medical Record Technicians, and experience as a Medical Record Technician; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Through knowledge of the principles of medical record science.

Through knowledge of medical terminology and coding systems.

Considerable knowledge of legal aspects of medical records.

Considerable knowledge of the principles of record analysis and concepts of medical record administration.

Considerable knowledge of the fundamentals and ramifications of health data collection and statistical analysis.

Some knowledge of disease processes.

Some knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Some knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, systems, and equipment.

Ability to plan, organize, train, and supervise the work of subordinates.

Ability to work independently and make sound judgments involving technical and confidential material.

Ability to understand and apply hospital and department policies.

Ability to use tact and discretion in dealing with physicians and employees.



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