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.
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
Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
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.