Equal pay for equal work - CDIS RN vs. CDIS Coder
Our CDI team is made up of 6 RNs and 1 Coder (who has CDIP certification) Since they are doing the same work, I am trying to make a case for equal pay for the Coder or to at least narrow the pay gap considerably for both retention and recruitment purposes. My coder reports that "head hunters" are telling her that our pay scale is way below what others are paying but that she wants to stay on our team if we can help narrow the gap. In the most recent ACDIS CDI Salary Survey, it was reported that "...it's important not to underestimate the value HIM/coding professionals bring to CDI efforts." and some of the input from the respondents was that "..all CDI professionals should be paid the same because we are all doing the same job and learning CDI at the same time".
If you CDI team includes RNs and Coders, are they are on the same or different pay scales? Are they paid the same as your HIM/Inpatient Coders? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you, Bill