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Artelia Mcfarland

75 months ago

I graduated last year oct 2007 from Chubb Institute and i do not have a job yet. The reason is , at lease i think so anyway ; is that every interview i go on the want at lease 1 to 2 years experience.

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Brandy in Alden, New York

75 months ago

You should try basing your job search for now on a job ad that says "will train".. You could get experience through these jobs.

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Shay Shay in Chicago, Illinois

74 months ago

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.

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matt in Circleville, Ohio

74 months ago

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.

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kattie in Arizona

71 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.

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Angie C. in Brandon, Mississippi

63 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.

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Angie C. in Brandon, Mississippi

63 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!!!!

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Linda Walker in Plattsburgh, New York

62 months ago

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

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unknown in Totowa, New Jersey

62 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

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Michael Career Training in San Pedro, California

62 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

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patricia in Houston, Texas

61 months ago

I have my computer office diploma and work for less than a year but i got dissmis because i did not have experiance and now i am looking for a job in the administrative/clerical field and i am having trouble finding a job..

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Kathy in Richmond, Virginia

48 months ago

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????

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

48 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.

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dfraney5 in Boston, Massachusetts

45 months ago

I graduated from the salter school august of 2009. i have been searching for a medical billing job. for 1 1/2 now and no one will hire me...no experience i thought you would learn on job what you need to know...i feel like i wasted my time and energy going to school..and i can not find a job anywhere..it ruined my credit and its getting more difficult to get a job..

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deebee

45 months ago

kattie in Arizona said: 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.

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

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Linda Walker in Plattsburgh, New York

45 months ago

I agree that was a very helpful response, I do have to disagree with the statement that anyone can do collections..anyone who is not FULLY educated on the FDCPA maybe..however that's another part of the industry that requires continued education and compliance with both state and federal collection laws / guidelines.

I usually reccomend starting off in medical records, receptionist, triage, etc to get your foot in door. Hospital's are great because they always need help in the check in area as well as records department.

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Leslie Jones in Dayton, Ohio

45 months ago

I graduated from Devry with an Associates degree in Health Information Technology for months ago and i got a job about a month after I graduated at the Hospice of Dayton as a Unit Coordinator. I worked there for two months and now I just got hired at Med3000 as a Medical billing Specialist. You have to be patient in this field, and keep trying. Make sure you have a professional resume even if you have to pay a resume writing company. Which there are many on the internet. Read tons of career books, and brush up on your interview skills. You may have to take a job as a medical receptionist, or a medical medical records clerk. Something will eventually pan out. You may also try to volunteer in the hospital or some sort of nursing home in the medical records department.

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deebee

45 months ago

Thank you for your comment. I truly believe something will pan out for sure. Good advice about the resume. Thx!

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Loraine in Freeport, New York

45 months ago

Seeing the original comment brought to mind a recent cover letter from an applicant for an ophthalmic trainee position in my office. She had 6 misspelled words and one grammatical error in a 3 sentence cover letter. Her resume was fine so she obviously knew enough to have that proof read.

I am old school and admit it. Most responses had:
1.spelling errors (one who had ophthalmic experience spelled it opthalmic!2 times! another "red" our "advertizment")
2.grammatical errors (I been in the field)
3.abbreviations...and thanks to texting 90% had those: Thx, i can c u , etc!

Some applicants came dressed inappropropriately (stained scrubs, greasy hair).
Most had their cell phone ring during the interview.
Several were late.
One had purple and pink hair. I just could not see our doctors accepting that.
One filled out the application as if she were a doctor-by that I mean I could
make out most of her handwriting. I could not imagine her writing notes on
charts or phone messages.

SOOOO....respond professionally, dress and speak appropriately, and make sure you have all your reference information and previously employment info at hand.

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Candice in Vienna, Virginia

42 months ago

Artelia Mcfarland said: I graduated last year oct 2007 from Chubb Institute and i do not have a job yet. The reason is , at lease i think so anyway ; is that every interview i go on the want at lease 1 to 2 years experience.

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

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rico in Chico, California

42 months ago

why online schools are offers AA Degree in medical billing or better known as RHIT if i goes online school for AA Degree in RHIT then once you graduated nobody would hire you lack of experience?those online schools should place an ad offering AA Degree in RHIT what a waste of time and effort money? why they outsource the health care jobs to third world countries by those CEO's why the gov't didn't stop this now we are jobless no way I ain't gonna waste my time for that RHIT Degree forget it.

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rico in Chico, California

42 months ago

iam changing my career to become a medical transcriptionist probably work at home iam going to find online school for medical transcriptionist. enough is enough

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barbara in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

36 months ago

Good to know that this training is probably a waste of time. Unless you have an insider that's already in the business, you will probably not find a position. Sure, you can volunteer to get experience, but that doesn't put food on the table.

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Don Franklin in Sacramento, California

35 months ago

barbara in Basking Ridge, New Jersey said: Good to know that this training is probably a waste of time. Unless you have an insider that's already in the business, you will probably not find a position. Sure, you can volunteer to get experience, but that doesn't put food on the table.

It is difficult but not impossible to get hired. But that is the case for many types of jobs these days. With billing or transcription there is opportunity for one to go into business for themselves but the caveat is you also must be good at sales and marketing to be successful. If you have that going for you then that is definatley something to consider.

www.MedicalBillerResources.com

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Mike in Brooklyn, New York

33 months ago

To all beginners,

The most important thing to remember is to KNOW your market. Know it like you know your favorite baseball, football or sports team's stats and standings (if you are into sports.) Know it like anything in Life that you love doing. If you are doing something that you enjoy, it will show to others and will inspire their confidence in you. But...although your enthusiasm and desire to do a great job will show through, you must have the needed abilities/skills to get the job. First, ask yourself these things: What am I bringing to the table as far as skills go? Do I have the needed experience to give this doctor what he or she needs? Is my educational level where it should be to apply for this position? Will I be able to honestly answer direct questions from the interviewer? Do I really "know" about this specialty that I am interviewing for? What is the ad really asking for? Do I have the verbal and written skills needed for this job? What does this ad actually say? Always read the ad carefully, very carefully. Second, set up and review a list of your assets and liabilities before you setup any interview. The reason is this: If you don't know your stuff and you are trying to fake it, your interviewer WILL know it and sense it and you will go down in flames with profound embarrassment. Plus, if you ever apply to that office/clinic/hospital ever again in Life, he or she will remember you! Guaranteed! Third, do the right thing. Properly prepare yourself and look sharp (please no overpowering chemicals/smells.) If you don't know what is expected before, during, and after an interview, do the research and find out.

I have been in the healthcare business for 25 years, and I have owned a healthcare consulting practice for 20 of those years. I hope that I have contributed something to this conversation. If you have any questions for me, ask away. Take care and be well.

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tgoff in Wausau, Wisconsin

17 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

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Frustrated in Stevensville, Maryland

15 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.....

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PMRNC in Plattsburgh, New York

15 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?

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Bluetea in Texas

15 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.

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Susan Kitz in Absecon, New Jersey

4 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?

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