Medical Assistance Specialist 1
- Written Test To Be Held
- September 28, 2019
You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday.
Please refer to the information below.
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- August 14, 2019
|Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
|Medical Assistance Specialist 1
|You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday to take your test. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to administer tests either online or with paper booklets and answer sheets. Your admission notice will tell you whether your test will be administered online. You cannot request a day in advance or change your scheduled day.
|IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/appinfo.cfm##Fee. It is important that you verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.
Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.
On or before September 28, 2019, you must have six years of professional experience performing one or more of the following activities in a health care facility, health care agency, health care delivery system, Medicaid program, and/or other public or private health insurance program:
- Establishing, revising, and/or assisting with the implementation of program policies and procedures to meet treatment and/or regulatory requirements of health care.
- Analyzing State and/or federal health insurance laws to inform the development or modification of program operations.
- Determining financial eligibility for enrollment in public or private health insurance plans or government funded health services programs. Experience must have included evaluation of individuals��� financial information and/or health condition to ensure individuals meet eligibility criteria specified in State and/or federal laws, rules, and regulations.
- Establishing mechanisms for the reimbursement and financing of health care services, including rate-setting, development of capitation reimbursement methodologies, and development of fee schedules.
- Performing utilization review of requests for medical treatment including prior approval or authorization activities, adjudication of claims for payment and/or provider credentialing.
- Conducting independent examinations of health care facilities or program integrity reviews of health care programs to ensure compliance with laws, rules, and regulations. Experience may include observation, inspection and/or investigation activities as part of a health care accreditation, surveillance or audit team.
Substitution: An associate's degree may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required general experience, OR a bachelor���s degree may be substituted for up to four (4) years of the required general experience. You must clearly indicate how you meet the remaining years of required experience.
Examples of non-qualifying experience: First level call center representatives, case managers, support service providers, patient programming coordinators, direct care experience, clerical and data entry duties, employee benefits, experience in a private physician���s office, experience as a billing clerk, or patient advocates. Typical advocacy activities involve patient rights, matters of privacy, confidentiality or informed consent, patient representation, awareness building, and support and education of patients, survivors, and their peers.
Qualifying health care or medical settings include: Facilities or entities licensed or regulated by a state government organization; facilities for individuals with mental or developmental disabilities, as defined by New York State Mental Hygiene Law; health care facilities under the jurisdiction of the federal government (including Veterans��� Affairs/military hospitals); or entities involved in the regulation or accreditation of health care facilities or agencies (including state departments of health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Joint Commission).
A health care delivery system for the purposes of this examination includes general or governmental hospitals and hospital clinics; nursing homes; diagnostic and treatment centers; licensed ambulatory surgery centers; assisted living facilities; adult care residential facilities; rehabilitation facilities; intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities; hospice agencies and units; home health care agencies; end stage renal disease clinics; health maintenance organizations; community-based home care programs; and psychiatric hospitals.
If you expect to meet the educational requirements by January 31, 2020, you can be admitted to the written test, but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirements to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview. Failure to meet the educational requirements by January 31, 2020, may result in your removal from the eligible list.
- Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information can also be found on the Internet at http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S1BMK.
- Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
- New York State residence is not required.
These positions exist in the New York State Department of Health in Albany and New York.
As a Medical Assistance Specialist 1, you would be assigned duties related to the administration of Medicaid or other public health insurance programs. You would provide technical assistance to stakeholders in developing operational procedures, instructions, and guidelines to support the implementation of enrollment and eligibility activities, and ensure operational compliance; review and assist in implementing policy and regulatory changes; review training materials; review eligibility determinations for appropriateness; perform program reviews of Medicaid providers, demonstration projects, and automated systems; and assist in the preparation and evaluation of requests for proposals related to public health insurance programs.
Subject of Examination
There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:
- Current issues and problems in administering a health care program - These questions may include, but will not be limited to, areas of eligibility, medical assistance, health care provider reimbursement, payment and service delivery, quality assurance in health care, and policy development and interpretation.
- Ensuring effective inter/intra agency communications - These questions test for understanding of techniques for interacting effectively with individuals and agencies, to educate and inform them about topics of concern, to clarify agency programs or policies, to negotiate conflicts or resolve complaints, and to represent one's agency or program in a manner in keeping with good public relations practices. Questions may also cover interacting with the staff of one's own agency and/or that of other agencies in cooperative efforts of public outreach or service.
- Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
- Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret written material. You will be presented with brief reading passages and will be asked questions about the passages. You should base your answers to the questions only on what is presented in the passages and not on what you may happen to know about the topic.
Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.
Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.
How To Apply
New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.
Eligibility for Employment
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
Reasonable Accommodations in Testing
It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.
Admission to Examination
Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, email us at AdmissionNotices@cs.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and the last four digits of your social security number, and we will provide you with the information you need to attend your written test. If you have an issue other than not receiving your admission notice, please contact our office at (518) 474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627. Please leave a clear concise message and provide your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number and a daytime phone number.
Taking State and Local Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day
If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local.cfm.
Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site
Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.
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