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Health Information Technician I/ii

County of San Luis Obispo
Temporary 2191 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, United States


The County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Department is recruiting for a Temporary Health Information Technician I/II. This recruitment may be used to fill future permanent, substitute, limited term, and temporary positions, both full-time and part-time.

Classes in this series perform paraprofessional level duties in the collection, maintenance, release, and reporting of health records; review, analyze and verify records for completeness and accuracy; code and index diagnoses and special therapies; maintain information using an electronic health records system.

Typical Tasks and Representative Duties
  • Reviews and analyzes health record documentation and information for accuracy and completeness; identifies and verifies coding information in response to requests for clinical and billing records.
  • Codes and abstracts client health information according to the International Classification of Diseases Clinical Modification System (ICD) and guidelines established by the Federal Government and Office of Statewide Planning Health Department (OSHPD) reporting requirements.
  • May coordinate the work assignments of staff for training purposes or on a relief basis.
  • Operates standard office equipment including a computer and assigned software.
  • Composes letters, memoranda, statistical reports, medical audits; completes other forms and documents.
  • Identifies, resolves, and corrects errors in health records; notifies appropriate staff members of discrepancies.
  • Responds to questions or concerns about the coding of health records from authorized County staff and outside agencies. 
  • Verifies and processes requests for access to health records; processes subpoenas.
  • May represent the County in court as the custodian of medical records.
  • Maintains and updates the electronic health records system.
  • Creates and reviews audit reports; assists in compiling statistical data.
  • Assists in collecting and reviewing reports submitted to the Office of Statewide Health Planning Department (OSHPD).
  • Maintains a working knowledge of current Federal/State regulations and guidelines through continuing education and professional journals.

 to view the full job description for Health Information Technician I.
 to view the full job description for Health Information Technician II. 

The Ideal Candidate

Knowledge of:

  • Medical terminology, coding and classification systems used in health and mental health records and reports
  • Techniques for analyzing client information from health records
  • Laws and regulations related to the collection and release of health information
  • Proper English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Medical office administrative practices and procedures; health information filing systems
  • Current office equipment and computer applications used in the collection of health information
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and/or other related state and federal laws and regulations

Ability to:

  • Operate standard office equipment including a computer and assigned software
  • Identify, verify and assess health records for completeness, accuracy and regulatory compliance
  • Learn, understand and apply Federal and State laws, County regulations, rules and policies concerning health records
  • Prepare, complete, timely and accurate health records
  • Coordinate the work of others and communicate department's operational needs to supervisor and managers
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal requirements and County regulations
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing health information; recognize the consequences of decisions and recommendations
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
Education and Experience
A combination of education, training, and experience resulting in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of qualifying education and experience includes:

Health Information Technician I: Either A: Possession of a valid Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certificate from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or equivalent.  Or B: Two years of closely related medical records experience.  Completion of one year of coursework in medical terminology may substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

Health Information Technician II: Three years of experience as a Health Information Technician I or equivalent. A valid RHIT or RHIA certificate or equivalent may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice
Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. Please call 805-781-5959 for assistance or e-mail  for more information.

Veteran's Preference Points 
If you are applying for employment with the County of San Luis Obispo and you served in the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points as part of the recruitment process. Some dependents and survivors of eligible veterans may also be eligible for preference points.   for more information and to learn how to apply for this benefit.  Please note that Veteran’s credits must be on file with the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office prior to the recruitment closing date indicated on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
The County is an equal opportunity employer. Objectives are directed toward assuring equal opportunity in selection / promotion, pay, and job assignments. Recruitment and selection procedures have been established to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. In addition, the County complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in hiring and retaining employees. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at (805)781-5959.