I’m a medical coder. Am I exempt from overtime, or does my employer need to pay me “time and a half” when I work more than 40 hours a week?

Well, a court in Washington DC just held that medical coders are entitled to overtime pay. Read more here.

The employers, large companies that verify and process payments to medical practices from insurance companies, argued that the coders were “administrative” employees- i.e., high level employees charged with making decisions for the company; or “professional” employees, i.e. employees using advanced education to carry out intellectual work.

The jury disagreed, finding that the coders did not fall into either of these categories of worker because their primary duty was simply applying codes to medical records.

They were not performing high-level work, they were using instructions and manuals to put numbers into the system. When the employers appealed, the appeals court denied the appeal and affirmed the verdict for the employees.

If you’re a medical coder, and working more than 40 hours per week without overtime pay, let us know!

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