No one will hire me

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kattie in Arizona

113 months ago

when looking to get into the medical billing field with little to no experience it is best to try for a PFS (Patient Financial Services) position or Collections (anyone can do collections) you have to be trained their way so it's very easy to get into...a hospital is a good place to start. I knew someone who was just getting out of school and had no experience she started in the PFS and worked her way to collections which consisted of secondary billing then went to medical billing and is now a medical coder. Sometimes it takes a few steps but you can get there. Also some places have the entry level positions.
but just remember sometimes it only takes that foot in the door to open the rest of the doors to the top of the ladder. and usually within the medical billing or coding
field new jobs always open up within a few months period so 3 months PFS or Collections can mean a Billing position and within 6 months possibly a coding position or a step in the right direction for a better chance to reach what your goals are and with the experience you needed.

Angie C. in Brandon, Mississippi

104 months ago

I graduate in Dec. with aa AA in HIT specializing in Medical Coding and I am starting to think that all of these so called career colleges are a joke. Don't get me wrong I have worked hard to get to the end of this program and I have absolutely no job prospects at all.How do you get the experience if you can't get your foot in the door anywhere.

Angie C. in Brandon, Mississippi

104 months ago

I even interviewed for a office manager position at home health agency with pay at 9.00 and hour with no benifits and was told they chose someone with no experience. So why get into all this debt trying to achieve what you think will be something good for your future and get a degree you can't do anything with!!!!

Linda Walker in Plattsburgh, New York

104 months ago

Wow, so no worries.. looks like that company will just hire everyone who wants to be a medical biller!

unknown in Totowa, New Jersey

103 months ago

matt in Circleville, Ohio said: im going to american carrer college for medical billing and they offer a lifetime assistance in finding a job but im hearing alot of people from all over not including school say that they can not find a job due to experince. i hope that doesnt hurt me cause the loan for this program was realy expensive.

well let me tell you i just graduated and my school has a life time too for finding me a job and until now nothing and i paid 12,000 for this program it sucks cause i wanna start my career already. well good luck

Michael Career Training in San Pedro, California

103 months ago

$12,000 is a bit much. They really dont offer to much as far as coding is concerned. If they don't have the AHIMA review or the AAPC review then you might want to find school that offers it. Our school offers the AHIMA review which enables you to sit for the CCS certification. A CCS dramatically increases your chances of finding a job and your starting salary is much higher.

We get instuctors from other schools that take our review course.
You can contact me at mike@sticcc.com

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

90 months ago

Kathy in Richmond, Virginia said: I graduated in Dec. 2009 and have an Associates Degree in Medical Billing and Coding. I still have no job!!!!! Ever place that I have send a resume wants experience. HOW DO YOU GET EXPERIENCE IF NO ONE GIVE YOU THE CHANCE?????? I'm not young and thought that going to school I could get a job. See I'm disabled, and still nothing. They say you don't start to pay back your loans until you have worked 6 months and I'm not going too. Looks like they may not get their money. What are you to do if you can't find a job????

This field has become over saturated with new grads with no experience, most employers require at least 2 years of hands on experience.

The general advice is to get a job somewhere else in the field, such as medical recoreds, billing, data entry, front desk, etc. Gain medical experience and become more familiar with ICD 9, CPT and reimbursement. After you have some experience, leverage it for a coding job.

Unfortunately, the schools tend to mislead students about job prospects, just hang in there. Once you break in, there are a lot of opportunities available.

tgoff in Wausau, Wisconsin

58 months ago

Regarding Mike in Brooklyn advice:

I have a Applied Science Associate Degree in MBC and have been looking also for work in the healthcare industry. I have been trying to find position as receptionist, appt coordinators and other medical clerical positions to get my foot in the door with no luck.

The minimal of Healthcare experience I have is several years as Resident Assistant working in assisted living facility and CNA at a local hospital, so I wonder if that is affecting my chances.

I always prepare for my interviews by reviewing skills, education and preparing y reference list which is only three people but of the 3 there is only 2 professional. I also review the company background information about the beliefs and goals of the clinic or hospital.

I feel I have all the education, passion and customer service skills to be a good pat of a healthcare team, yet not given a chance.

I just can't figure out what I am doing wrong- some of those I interviewed it seemed impressed but never gave me a chance. I am so open to any suggestions. Thank you

Frustrated in Stevensville, Maryland

57 months ago

Shay Shay in Chicago, Illinois said: I graduated last year and received an Assoiciates in Applied Science Degree in Medical Billing and Coding and have yet to find a job!!!! i sent out millions of resume and havent no one call me back. Now i have a student loan i have to pay back and it bogus cause the school i went to not even trying to help. the reason its bogus big time cause i have a job that i didnt go to school for and now i have a loan i have to pay back.

I am in the same boat. I am getting frustrated that I now have a huge loan to pay back and no job! I wish I could warn others thinking of getting into college not to do it! They will not hire you it is not worth it. Sorry about that.....

PMRNC in Plattsburgh, New York

57 months ago

It's extremely not fair to blame your educator on today's economy. ANYONE going to school and trying to learn ANY new career needs to be aware that it's risky, no matter WHAT industry your going with. It's so EASY to blame the school, the course, the association or the business opportunity and not take responsibility for decisions you make in your career that most certainly will impact your future. This is an ever-changing business, if you took a course, got certification from the best schools, YOU still have to be willing to take entry level to get your feet in the door. It simply is NOT going to happen where you graduate, get your certification in medical billing and coding and you will walk into the job of your dreams. It would be the same if you took a course in opening a restaurant or took culinary classes. You will have to start at the bottom like everyone else. A physician / facility is NOT going to take their accounts and turn them over to someone who just graduated or took a course or two, not going to happen. If you have decided on a career in coding, don't even think about a job unless you have become a certified coder through the AAPC. And if you are looking for medical billing as a career, don't fall for the national certification BS.. there is none and physicians don't know or care about the certifications you have, they care that you make them money. Take the entry level, if your looking to land that dream job you've gotten your own hopes up too high. Sure the schools make it sound easy and like there is a real opportunity, but how much research did you really do before signing up?

Bluetea in Texas

57 months ago

Frustrated in Stevensville, Maryland said: I am in the same boat. I am getting frustrated that I now have a huge loan to pay back and no job! I wish I could warn others thinking of getting into college not to do it! They will not hire you it is not worth it. Sorry about that.....

My niece had a heck of a time getting her foot in the door. Took her over a year. No experience and no Hablo Espanol.

Susan Kitz in Absecon, New Jersey

46 months ago

Unfortunately it is tough to get a job even if you have the expierence. I have 45 years of expierence and I have been looking for work since August of 2013, now with no unemployment benefits and not really ready to retire what am I supposed to do. The problem for me is I don't want to start at $13.00. Can anyone advise me?

Newbieatthis in Chicago, Illinois

35 months ago

Candice in Vienna, Virginia said: When I first got into the business -2001-I accepted eight dollars on the hour for part time work-as a payment poster on an entry level postion-I stayed 6months-I then designed a cover asking for training at companies that did not list ads-asking them to allow me to work for them, give me three months without pay to show them I would be an asset to their company bottom line-The goal is to get your feet in the door- It worked-once inside-I networked with all the people in the billing company-This was like a slave labor camp in 3rd world country-I then hired a lady on the outside to tain me also- I went to American Academy of Professional Coders- to also learn more-The goal was to learn and to soak up all that I could-I stayed 4years-It was a hard 4years-the max they ever paid me was 10 dollars an hour-although I was always promised more but never received it- I worked 4 accounts on my own-It was a long bitter road-I am now a cert. coder/biller and work for my self-on some accounts I get paid by % and on others 25.00 an hour- This is not an easy field to get into- but if your willing to hang up your pride and be your own cheer squad-the last laugh will be yours

I thought you could get certified (CCS via AHIMA, I mean) without experience? Would getting certified first get you more work??

Latoya Williams in Kansas City, Missouri

27 months ago

I finally went back to school for medical billing and coding. I graduated back in June of 2014. I went for almost 2 years for a degree that is really useful. I figure going back to school and getting a better career will help me and my family out not knowing once I've got through with getting my associates degree it would be harder for me to get a career in that field out there. I'm also a CCS (certified coding specialist) but most companies want you to have at least a year or two experience. How do they expect me to get experience if they won't give me a chance to build it up I don't get that. Now that the school that I went to is now closed I have no help to help me find a job and it's useless. I've been searching ever since and have came up empty handed. I have loans to pay back of over $20,000 if I knew it was going to be this hard to get a job in the field I went to school for than I would have never went back to college. I am 35 years old now with two kids a 13 year old and a 1 year old and I wanted them to have the best but I can't even do that like I won't if I can't even get a career going that pays good with good benefits. What am I to do now? Is there anyone who knows of someone who is hiring that does training in my field or something close in my field that can get my foot in the door. I'm a fast learner and pick up things quick and work hard at my job. I'm currently employed now but it's not in my field or close or even making enough money to take care of me and my two kids. I'm getting nothing out of it so if anyone one has any suggestions please do respond back. Thanks!

saintlyme in Parsippany, New Jersey

18 months ago

Hey DeeBee, I am now at stage where i am thinking of trying to add to my education so I can do something meaningul and lucrative when I retire. How did Medical Billing work out? Thanks for response

deebee said: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You have been the most helpful and inspirational comment I have read since I have been reading these forums. I am a 57y/o Grandma trying to add to my education and retirement. i watch my grandchild all week and I am hoping to get an online Medical Billing hme-based business started one day soon. I believe when my grandchild starts pre-school I may be able to work parttime those hours and get my foot in the door and HOPEFULLY get this business started at home. Just wanted to let you know, YOU have renewed my faith I can do this. Any more help, please, please comment. Thx

deebee

Chejon in Randolph, Massachusetts

17 months ago

matt in Circleville, Ohio said: im going to american carrer college for medical billing and they offer a lifetime assistance in finding a job but im hearing alot of people from all over not including school say that they can not find a job due to experince. i hope that doesnt hurt me cause the loan for this program was realy expensive.

I have 7 years experience as a Medical Biller and 20 years experience working in the Medical Billing/Claims Processing field. I have been out of work for 1 year and 9 months, and have applied to 799 jobs. So, no matter what you do, I doubt you can get a job.

PMRNC in Plattsburgh, New York

17 months ago

Chejon in Randolph, Massachusetts said: I have 7 years experience as a Medical Biller and 20 years experience working in the Medical Billing/Claims Processing field. I have been out of work for 1 year and 9 months, and have applied to 799 jobs. So, no matter what you do, I doubt you can get a job.

Have you thought about starting your own business? With that kind of experience you would be perfect!

Another idea is to seek out certifications to enhance your resume.

Linda Walker
PMRNC - Practice Managers Resource & Networking Community
www.billerswebsite.com

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