Technical Career Field Training Program
Health Information Management

The TCF Program/Health Information Management/Technician (HIM/HIT) training program at VA is designed to further develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities of future HIM professional leaders who develop and manage VA health information management programs in accordance with policies, laws, science, technology, and Federal Government rules and regulations. Our goal is that upon completion of the two-year training program, trainees will continue their careers as valuable members of the VA workforce, contributing to long- and short-range administrative and operational needs.

Program Summary

Under the guidance of an assigned preceptor, each trainee has the opportunity to gain substantive work experience, work with leadership at all levels, and advance his/her HIM career. While the work environment is administrative, the setting is clinical. This program is designed to support succession planning for HIM within VA. Trainees for the TCF HIM trainee program are selected from within VA or from external recruitment at the GS-5 to GS-7 levels.

Training Specifics

Training is conducted via a variety of methods (i.e., on-the-job training, formal training at conferences, web courses, rotations to other facilities or offices within VA, shadowing, etc.). There are many networking/learning opportunities available among trainees (not just among HIM trainees but among other trainees at the training site), health information managers in VA, as well as VA leadership in general. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have broad knowledge and skills pertaining, but not limited to:

  • VA regulations and policies regarding Veterans' benefits, security, privacy, and management of Veterans' health records
  • Health Information Management, Master Veteran Index (MVI), Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), National Patient Care Database, and the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS)
  • Enrollment, eligibility determination, scheduling, admissions, fee basis (non-VA care), compensation and pension examination processing and management, beneficiary travel, decedent affairs, revenue cycle processes and practices to include first- and third-party billing
  • The integration, dependencies, inter-relationships, and complexities of the diverse operational areas of the largest health care delivery system in the United States

In addition, the graduate will have an opportunity to master interpersonal and negotiating skills, as well as learn and apply accepted administrative management concepts, practices, and innovations.