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ELORES PAXTON in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

79 months ago

I am a CPC. I am looking for a remote medical coding job. I worked for a (Pulmonary Spec. one year billing and coding),(Urgent Care one year E&M, billing and coding). I now work in medical records coding emergency room charts,clinicals as well as AMSU. I am very interested in getting started as soon as possible. IF anyone knows of any companys hiring please contact me. Thanks

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ANGEL D. TANG in Chicago, Illinois

79 months ago

Ive been coding for 3yrs. I have experience in Anes,Ekg, ED, Rad,E&M. I am very very interested in Remote Coding.

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Janice Maloney in abingdon, Illinois

78 months ago

Janice Maloney in abingdon, Illinois said: Buck, I would like to know before before I send my resume. Am interested in remote coding / will travel some.

sorry... meant to say I would like to know more before I send my resume.

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ANGEL in Chicago, Illinois

78 months ago

I am also seeking to work from home. I am experienced in Outpatient/Physician Coding. I live in Hammond, IN. and I have been coding for 3 1/2yrs.

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Michelle in Carrollton, Texas

78 months ago

I am interested in remote coding. I have been coding for 7 years. Family practice and Lab/Path exper. Any opps, please let me know.

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Dawn Pierson in Liberal, Kansas

78 months ago

cashprobm in Canton, Illinois said: We are looking for Medical coders willing to travel in your area. These jobs pay very well. We also have remote jobs available. Please send RESUME to:

Please contact "Buck" at cashprobm@yahoo.com

If you qualify you will have to take one of our test's. We will send that to you ASAP.

I will then send you all the information you need to know about our company.


I am interested in a remote coding position. I bring 8+ years' of emergency department coding. Please consider my qualifications for a position with your organization.

Thankyou!

Sincerely,
Dawn Pierson

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Lorraine W. in Connersville, Indiana

78 months ago

I am an RHIT with over 8 years experience coding inpatient and ED charts, with moderate experience coding outpatient cases. I have been fully trained in the JA Thomas Compliant Documentation Management Program (CDMP) for improved documentation and reimbursement. I was facility-based until 2007, at which time I became a traveling consultant. I am now seeking a remote coding position.

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Buck Maurice in Adair, Illinois

78 months ago

Please send resume

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Elizabeth Mikolajewski in Houston, Texas

78 months ago

What is your e mail address.

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berta in Lexington, Massachusetts

78 months ago

cashprobm in Canton, Illinois said: We are looking for Medical coders willing to travel in your area. These jobs pay very well. We also have remote jobs available. Please send RESUME to:

Please contact "Buck" at cashprobm@yahoo.com

If you qualify you will have to take one of our test's. We will send that to you ASAP.

I will then send you all the information you need to know about our company.

hi, my name is Berta. I am a medical coding student. I am interesting in working from home when graduate. I am also planning to move to the Dominican Republic. Is that possible to work from there, Or I need to remain in the country to be able to perform the job.
thanks in advance
Berta

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shirley in Grand Rapids, Michigan

77 months ago

In looking over these comments--I notice that Buck and Bill from IIinois both have the last name of Maurice. with 3 different places given in IIinois . Are you one and the same?

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Marvetta Cunningham in Joplin, Missouri

77 months ago

I have CPC certification and have worked in Healthcare/Medical Billing and Coding for 25 years. I am looking to make a career change and would like to work as a remote coder from home. I currently work as administrator for a CV Surgical practice and have coded physician services for the past 15 years. Any interest in someone with my experience.

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Anonymous in Richmond, Virginia

77 months ago

Shirley you have fallen for the bait which is this urgency for coders. I heard the same thing from my class about how there is this high demand for medical coders, but in my experience this only applies to people who already had experience medical coding before they passed there exam. It definitely is not as in demand as Nurses, even Front Desk positions have more job listings than Medical Coding.
The real money in Medical Coding comes from teaching it, or providing some sort of course to get CEU's so you keep up your certification.
They ought to place a warning saying Certification only for people with prior experience because the CPC-A Certification is a joke.

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Anonymous in Richmond, Virginia

77 months ago

I should start my own Certification for Front Desk people called C.F.D.S (Certified Front Desk Specialist) I would be a multi-millionaire. But you have to have at least 2 years experience or you are only C.F.D.S.-A and therefore un-hirable but still have to pay $100 a year to keep your membership, and start a internship program called Project Desk-Tern that hardly any companies participate in, and newsletter called Front Desk Edge, with hard hitting articles like "How to answer the phone properly" and "Don't choke the patients" :)

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Lorraine W in Connersville, Indiana

77 months ago

Good lord, all I hear is sour apples from all the baby coders who don't want to put in the time required to actually prove themselves in the field. No job is going to make tracks to your door. Your instructor(s) should have been upfront about that.

If you're not getting a job, keep trying. If you can't even pass a pre-employment coding test, that's a sign that you need more education, or coding is just not for you.

But no company worth a damn is going to put their own reputation on the line by hiring an unexperienced coder to work remotely--and possibly screw up their account. Not only that, but every chart would have to be audited (and corrected) before it could be finalized and sent to billing. Not exactly cost-effective.

Coders learn from doing the job, on the job, and consulting with other coders, period. Coders with a 2- or 4-year degree tend to have much better luck getting their foot in the door as entry-level coders, presumably because of a higher level of coding education, and possibly because it may look better to a facility than saying "I took a 6-week course online."

For the record, my starting wage straight out of school was $12.75/hr in 1998 (Pacific NW). With 5 years experience, I was making $19.50/hr. As a traveling consultant (7 years exp.) it went up to $33/hr.

I'm waiting to hear my test results from a remote coding company. It took me five (5) hours to complete just the inpatient test they provided (the manager told me most applicants take 2-3 days to get it back to them).

There is NO WAY a coder without work experience could pass their test, especially without being well-versed in the last 10 years of Coding Clinic.

So if you can't code right now, at least get your resumés seen by local hospital coding managers. Call them. Ask to sit down and speak with them about how coders get into the field.

And if they say you're deficient in education, either get what's required or change fields.

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ANGEL in Chicago, Illinois

77 months ago

how do I get in touch with himoncall.com? I cant pull it up.

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Lisa in Joliet, Illinois

77 months ago

himoncall.com gets me into the website, and then click on opportunities which is in a list on the left hand side.
hope this helps.. good luck

Lisa

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Sheila in Louisville, Kentucky

77 months ago

Lorraine W. in Connersville, Indiana said: I am an RHIT with over 8 years experience coding inpatient and ED charts, with moderate experience coding outpatient cases. I have been fully trained in the JA Thomas Compliant Documentation Management Program (CDMP) for improved documentation and reimbursement. I was facility-based until 2007, at which time I became a traveling consultant. I am now seeking a remote coding position.

We have remote coding positions available. Let me know if your interested.

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Tracy in Colorado Springs, Colorado

76 months ago

Sheila in Louisville, Kentucky said: We have remote coding positions available. Let me know if your interested.

What is your email address, Sheila?

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Sheila in Louisville, Kentucky

76 months ago

sheila.parvis@kindredhealthcare.com

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Kyle O'Donnell in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

Lorraine, I would love to talk to you about traveling position. Great Benefits and pay. If you want to learn about why some many traveling consultants are chosing MedPartners HIM, contact me and allow me to share.

Hope to learn more about you.

Kyle O'Donnell
kodonnell@medpartnershim.com
866-727-4461 ext 229

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Lorraine in Connersville, Indiana

76 months ago

Kyle,

Unfortunately, I am not able to travel at this time. I spent over a year traveling, and I must admit I'm a bit burnt out, plus I grew weary of being away from my family so much. Right now, I am working at home, coding remotely for two companies. My only problem presently is getting enough work--I tend to code myself out of work! (Can't seem to slow down)

Thank you for your interest, it is greatly appreciated.

Lorraine

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berta in Devens, Massachusetts

76 months ago

Hi Lorraine, or anybody that read this email. I am a medical coding student. I have many questions in my head about this career. I would like to ask you one of them. How long do you estimate that I should work in a comapy before I start doing remote coding?
Berta.

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Lorraine W. in Connersville, Indiana

76 months ago

berta in Devens, Massachusetts said: Hi Lorraine, or anybody that read this email. I am a medical coding student. I have many questions in my head about this career. I would like to ask you one of them. How long do you estimate that I should work in a comapy before I start doing remote coding?
Berta.

Hi Berta,

First of all, what type of coding course are you currently in (ie, 3-month, 2-year, or 4-year)?

Coding remotely should not even enter your mind until you have coded within a clinic or hospital setting for several years. School itself cannot begin to prepare you for the varied types of encoding programs, abstracting systems, chart types, documentation types, and facility-based rules of the trade.

When you say 'coding course', I am assuming that is all you are studying...what types of classes do you take? Just ICD-9 and CPT, or are there other subjects, too? Does the course delve into the 20-odd years of prior Coding Clinic issues?

I know a lot of soon-to-be-coders are eager to take a few classes, then hit the ground running, thinking it is just an easy extension from class to work environment. It is anything but.

Every new coder in the workplace, including (and especially) myself, typically bombards their Lead Coder and/or Coding Supervisor with innumerable questions for the first 3 to 6 months. There is just no way to cram 10 years of experience into a course, whether it is a 3-month coding course or a more fleshed-out 2- or 4-year Health Information course.

Mind you, there are many more hospitals now that are sending their facility-based coders home to work. Most that I have seen will not send even highly-experienced staff home until after 6 months have passed. I do not know their criteria for new coders, it may be considerably longer.

Where you live, are there many potential facilities you're considering?

I wish you luck! :)

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berta in Devens, Massachusetts

76 months ago

Hi, Lorraine.
Thanks so much for all that info. you just gave me.
I really needed someone like you to give me an idea of I am going to be trough.
I am taking my course in a community college, in Massachussetts. It requires 27 credits to graduate. I had to take A&P I and II, Medical terminology I and II,Fundamentals of disease process and of course the CPT and the ICD9, which I will be taking now in the summer. After I complete those courses I will be sent to a facility to work for a week. Then, I would be done.
If you any comment to add, please feel free to do so. I am open to listen...
Thanks again
Berta.

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LaShana H in Stone Mountain, Georgia

76 months ago

Hi,

I am interested in remote or travel coding. I have 4 years experience in different specialties. Does anyone have any job leads that may be helpful.

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Lorraine W. in Connersville, Indiana

76 months ago

berta in Devens, Massachusetts said: Hi, Lorraine.
Thanks so much for all that info. you just gave me.
I really needed someone like you to give me an idea of I am going to be trough.
I am taking my course in a community college, in Massachussetts. It requires 27 credits to graduate. I had to take A&P I and II, Medical terminology I and II,Fundamentals of disease process and of course the CPT and the ICD9, which I will be taking now in the summer. After I complete those courses I will be sent to a facility to work for a week. Then, I would be done.
If you any comment to add, please feel free to do so. I am open to listen...
Thanks again
Berta.

Hi Berta :)

Ok, it sounds like a 1-year course that you're taking. So it's just one course each of ICD-9 and CPT? I think that may be why the graduates have a bit of trouble post-graduation--it's not really enough instruction. Regardless, during your coding classes, jot down as many relevant notes as you can into your books. You will likely refer to them for the first few years you are working (just transfer the notes to each subsequent edition).

I highly recommend purchasing the following (or going to your local library--they may have them there, too):

--Faye Brown Coding Handbook with Answers, 2008 (used heavily by many coders during their first 2-3 years on the job)

--Coders Desk Reference for Diagnoses

--Coders Desk Reference for Procedures

--a book on abbreviations and acronyms (and yet there are many doctors out there who have a knack for making up their own lol)

If you haven't done so already, join AHIMA as a student. There are MANY resources available on their website for coders.

And that is something else to consider: furthering your education to at least a 2-year degree. If you're wanting to eventually be home-based (or run your own business), it could be invaluable.

No idea if this helped, but if you have more questions, ask away!

Lorraine

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Lorraine W. in Connersville, Indiana

76 months ago

LaShana H in Stone Mountain, Georgia said: Hi,

I am interested in remote or travel coding. I have 4 years experience in different specialties. Does anyone have any job leads that may be helpful.

I have worked with three firms: Peak Health, On Assignment, and Maxim. All three had problems, some of which are simply inherent in the consulting business.

Peak never figured out payroll correctly--I was usually paid 1-2 wks later than promised. Their expense reports were nightmarish. Then they dropped me off at a location and wouldn't return me home...and then they suddenly had no work. Downtime: 2.5 mos.

On Assignment sent me to a hospital with terrible records (unassembled). Assignment ended way sooner than expected, then they had no work. Downtime: 2.5 mos.

Maxim dropped my pay rate $2/hr midway through an assignment without giving reason. They did it to other consultants, too. In 6 mos with them (traveling), I had 2.5 mos downtime. Their remote division has major problems--after one week, there is now no work.

Some firms require you to pay for your own hotel, airfare, and rental car, then reimburse you. None of the above did, they paid all upfront except for gas and food (which is paid in a per diem).

KForce keeps calling me, but I don't want to travel. You might give them a ring.

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eabailey62 in Houston, Texas

76 months ago

K Korce kept calling me also. They told me in February they had a job in GA for 6 months. Well 3/10/08 came and went. I was finally told last week, that they never have gotten the contracts back from the hospital. It's now 4/9/08 and they do not have anything where all expenses are paid. They have a couple of jobs, but the hospital will not pay any expenses.
Be careful!

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CYNTHIA DAVIS

75 months ago

I'M INTRESTED IN GOING TO SCHOOL FOR MEDICAL BILLING AND COING AND I WANTED TO KNOW WILL IT BE HARD COMING STRAIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL GETTING A JOB FOR THAT TRADE.

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Anne in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

CYNTHIA DAVIS said: I'M INTRESTED IN GOING TO SCHOOL FOR MEDICAL BILLING AND COING AND I WANTED TO KNOW WILL IT BE HARD COMING STRAIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL GETTING A JOB FOR THAT TRADE.

Cynthia:

It shouldn't be hard if you attend an AAPC or AHIMA approved school.

Anne Tetzlaff, CCS-P, CPC, PCS, CPC-FP, CBCS, CMAA

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CYNTHIA DAVIS

75 months ago

HELLO ANNE. WHAT IS AAPC OR AHIMA APPROVED SCHOOL. I LIVE IN TOLEDO, OHIO AND IT IS HARD FOR ME TO FIND A SCHOOL

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CYNTHIA DAVIS

75 months ago

I GOT OF AT A LATE START IN MY LIFE AND I'M TRYING TO GET MY CARRER GOING. I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO I JUST HEED A LITTLE INSIGHT ON WHAT I AM GOING FOR.

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CYNTHIA DAVIS

75 months ago

ARE YOU STILL THERE ANNE.

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Anne in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

E-mail me off board and I will help you find an approved school. tetzlaffanne@yahoo.com

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Kyle ODonnell in Tampa, Florida

75 months ago

You can find AHIMA Approved Programs under this link. Have a wonderful week!

www.ahima.org/careers/college_search/search.asp

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Rita Hanson in Porter, Texas

75 months ago

I am a registered respiratory therapist who is getting a little too old for the profession. I would like to take some coding classes but don't know where to look. Are there any coding classes being offered near Humble, Texas or Houston, Texas. \\

Thanks,
Rita

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Anne in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

Devry-Houston, Houston Community College System, Lone Star College-North HarrisSan Jacinto College North, Texas Southern University all have AHIMA approved programs in your area per: www.cahiim.org/directory/Index.asp

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qeredd@yahoo.com in Chicago, Illinois

75 months ago

ANGEL D. TANG in Chicago, Illinois said: Ive been coding for 3yrs. I have experience in Anes,Ekg, ED, Rad,E&M. I am very very interested in Remote Coding.

I am a medical billing and cofing student would you like to mentor me if so please e-mail me.

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lori in Friendsville, Tennessee

75 months ago

Lorraine W. in Connersville, Indiana said: Hi Berta :)

Ok, it sounds like a 1-year course that you're taking. So it's just one course each of ICD-9 and CPT? I think that may be why the graduates have a bit of trouble post-graduation--it's not really enough instruction. Regardless, during your coding classes, jot down as many relevant notes as you can into your books. You will likely refer to them for the first few years you are working (just transfer the notes to each subsequent edition).

I highly recommend purchasing the following (or going to your local library--they may have them there, too):

--Faye Brown Coding Handbook with Answers, 2008 (used heavily by many coders during their first 2-3 years on the job)

--Coders Desk Reference for Diagnoses

--Coders Desk Reference for Procedures

--a book on abbreviations and acronyms (and yet there are many doctors out there who have a knack for making up their own lol)

If you haven't done so already, join AHIMA as a student. There are MANY resources available on their website for coders.

And that is something else to consider: furthering your education to at least a 2-year degree. If you're wanting to eventually be home-based (or run your own business), it could be invaluable.

No idea if this helped, but if you have more questions, ask away!

Lorraine

What about a non certified coder with 10 years of radiology coding who's looking for some part time at home coding? I'm the opposite: experience, no certification. I started doing this before coding became such a huge demand. Thanks.

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Melsturn23 in Cincinnati, Ohio

75 months ago

Hello
I was wondering when I hear everyone talking about a 2 year program, are you talking about a two year coding program? I have not found on in my area. I just finished up my first quarter of my coding program and was wondering when I finish the coding program what kind of program I should look at next to get that 2 year experience. Thanks so much!

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Anne in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

Yes, a 2 year program. Go to www.cahiim.org/directory/, select OHIO and you will find several programs that are AHIMA approved.

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LA Coder in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

75 months ago

Anonymous in Richmond, Virginia said: Shirley you have fallen for the bait which is this urgency for coders. I heard the same thing from my class about how there is this high demand for medical coders, but in my experience this only applies to people who already had experience medical coding before they passed there exam. It definitely is not as in demand as Nurses, even Front Desk positions have more job listings than Medical Coding.
The real money in Medical Coding comes from teaching it, or providing some sort of course to get CEU's so you keep up your certification.
They ought to place a warning saying Certification only for people with prior experience because the CPC-A Certification is a joke.[/QUO
I disagree. I have been coding for over 18 years and currently make $18 per hour. I also teach medical coding part-time. When I was in a supervisory position, I hired former students that had no previous experience. There are some companies out there that will hire you with certification and no prior experience. Depending on the location, the expected pay rate should be $10-14 per hour. It can be difficult to get a job, but they are out there. Good luck with your job search and don't give up!

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Kathy in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

Anne in Springfield. I am a recent grad of MTI. I did pass my AAPC certification test and am having a horrible time finding a job. Any suggestions.

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Anne in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

Kathy:

You have a CPC-A then? Are you able to afford doing an unpaid internship?

Anne Tetzlaff, CCS-P, CPC, PCS, CPC-FP, CBCS, CMAA

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Kathy in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

Yes. I have a CPC-A. I am willing to do whatever it takes to start my new career.

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Anne in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

Kathy:

I would suggest contacting local places such as: Prairie Heart Institute, etc. and offer ask if you can do an internship. That way, you can add to your resume that you have real on-the-job experience. Many places will also offer you a a job after you complete your internship. Do you live in Springfield, or in the surrounding areas? If you want more detailed info., e-mail me off board at tetzlaffanne@yahoo.com

Anne Tetzlaff, CCS-P, CPC, PCS, CPC-FP, CBCS, CMAA

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Anne in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

Kathy:

I would suggest contacting local places such as: Prairie Heart Institute, etc. and offer ask if you can do an internship. That way, you can add to your resume that you have real on-the-job experience. Many places will also offer you a a job after you complete your internship. Do you live in Springfield, or in the surrounding areas? If you want more detailed info., e-mail me off board at tetzlaffanne@yahoo.com

Anne Tetzlaff, CCS-P, CPC, PCS, CPC-FP, CBCS, CMAA

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Kathy in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

Sent you and e-mail. Thanks

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N. Davis in Houston, Texas

75 months ago

I am a registered nurse with twenty-eight years of nursing experience and two years of coding experience in an in patient setting in the utilization department.Currently I am retired and seeking a part time position in coding in the out-patient setting. Doing voluntary billing and coding in a clinic to enhance coding skill also study for the ccs certification. What are the chance of getting a job without the certification?

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