ICD-9 Coder Salary
|Salary||$28,383 - $72,220|
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|$26,613 - $64,190|
|Hourly Rate||$12.50 - $24.50|
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Job Description for ICD-9 Coder
An ID-9 coder, or medical coder, uses computerized coding systems to enter patient data. The ID-9 coder works in a medical facility, or may instead be a sub-contractor who works from a remote location. This position includes entering patient diagnoses, treatments, and procedures through a coding method, and the coder may have to search through documents and charts to obtain these codes. From there, medical entities can properly bill patients and their insurance carriers.Read More...
When information does not seem accurate, the ID-9 coder must take note and follow up with the parties involved to ensure the documents can be billed and coded correctly. Those in this position should also look for any obvious discrepancies to make sure the parties are adhering to all regulations.
Usually, a high school diploma is a minimum requirement. Some technical or college education may be necessary, as these jobs generally require Certified Coding Specialist and CPT and ICD-9 certification. Familiarity with the various medical codes is essential for the work. Many positions require prior experience, as well.
Much of the work is done independently. However, good communication skills remain important, as some of the verification involves contacting other parties. Attention to detail is especially important to ensure accuracy. There may also be time constraints involved, so proficient typing skills are highly recommended. There are both part-time and full-time positions available, some being fixed while others are temporary.
ICD-9 Coder Tasks
- Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
- Identify, compile and code patient data, using ICD-9-CM and CPT and other standard classification coding systems.
- Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer database.
- Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
- Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
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Pay by Experience Level for ICD-9 Coder
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. ICD-9 Coders see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. ICD-9 Coders who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $46K.
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