Pros: great to gain experience
Cons: they take a pretty big cut of my earnings
I worked with Ajilon from July 2013 to February 2014. I was placed in a position working for a hospice just doing medical billing. I started the job and liked it, but then I told this job that I was also a medical coder with full knowledge of the procedures. I was almost immediately moved to medical records because there was no coder on site. I loved doing this job and I was really good at it. I have developed great relationships with my colleagues and loved the job.
However, Ajilon did not know exactly what I was doing at this job. I went from the billing department to the coding department. I coded every single hospice and palliative insurance claims (upwards of 500 progress notes a month), I entered ALL charges for services rendered by doctors. I put an actual coding program in place here and I loved it. However, I was severely under-paid.
Ajilon had no idea exactly what I did here. I asked them to shadow me on my job for just a few hours so they can see exactly what I did and they never came to see. This could have made us both more money, but this never happened.
I have gained the most experience in my coding career at this assignment, but I was not compensated properly. As a matter of fact, there was a girl who was brought in for medical record documentation and she made about $2.50 an hour more than I did, this was NOT fair at all. I have not taken another assignment since then.
I honestly do not agree with staffing agencies taking so much of the salary that we work so hard for. I have once been given an invoice that had my name on it and I saw just how much they were taking from my labor.