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frozenbunny in Indianapolis, Indiana

11 months ago

my email address is frozen-bunny@hotmail.com could you please email me some information?

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rparese.jc@*****.*** in Gloversville, New York

11 months ago

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Stephanie in Champaign, Illinois said: "There are also "new graduate" and ED coding positions that don't require any experience. It would be a good way to get your foot in the door and a way to expand your experience later on. Please reply with your email address and I can send you more information or answer any questions you might have."

Hi! Can you please send me any information you have on new RHIT hires?? I would be greatly appreciative! Thanks!

-Stephanie Turner (houstons41@yahoo.com)

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Lakema

11 months ago

That would be great if you could forward information regarding these positions. lakemahow@gmail.com

Thanks!

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coderinlimbo in Florida

11 months ago

jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma said: coderinlimbo - Have you tried applying to remote companies? The CCS is the "in demand" coding credential, especially for inpatient coding.

I currently work remotely and enjoy some flexibility now. However my company was just recently bought out and the work atmosphere has become a bit tense in addition to being toward the lower end of payscale. I am currently trying to get whatever CE's I can with this company while I fish around. It can be tricky looking for employment while being employed by a rather large company in your field of interest.

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Madara in Mobile, Alabama

11 months ago

frozenbunny in Indianapolis, Indiana said: my email address is frozen-bunny@hotmail.com could you please email me some information?

I mentioned a hospital that hires new grads...

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vturner in Atlanta, Georgia

9 months ago

RHIT in COS in Colorado Springs, Colorado said: I have been working remotely for a reputable coding company for the past two years. I am very happy working with them - excellent pay, good benefits, great managers, full-time work, flexible hours, paid training, plus incentive and bonus pay. There are plenty of current openings in gearing up for ICD-10. Right now they offer a $10,000 sign-on bonus for experienced inpatient and outpatient coders. There are also "new graduate" and ED coding positions that don't require any experience. It would be a good way to get your foot in the door and a way to expand your experience later on.

Please reply with your email address and I can send you more information or answer any questions you might have.

Good luck in your job search! Don't give up!

I know this is almost 2 years after your post, but please send info to valerie.turner49@gmail.com

I graduated in Dec 2015 HIMT and got my RHIT cert in March 2016. I so disappointed that every job posting I see and apply for wants 2+ years experience. How am I supposed to get experience if no company is willing to let me in. Some people have told me to think about volunteer work at a hospital clinic etc. I don't really see this as an option since medical records are sensitive material with the confidentiality aspect in the mix. I wouldn't want some outsider not actually employed to be looking at my medical records. I am quite discouraged about this degree and certification. I feel I was sold a pipe dream. With the time and money I spent on this education, I wish I had picked something else to go to school for. Well now I'm fifty something and going back to school is out of the question. Please help. I am going to try the networking idea so many other posters talked about.

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vturner in Atlanta, Georgia

9 months ago

Leidy r in miami, Florida said: Anyone looking for part time remote coding email me i am a recruiter and we have a lot of open positions lrodriguez@workbeast.com

I'm interested.
valerie.turner49@gmail.com

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tthomas in Memphis, Tennessee

6 months ago

Leidy r in miami, Florida said: Anyone looking for part time remote coding email me i am a recruiter and we have a lot of open positions lrodriguez@workbeast.com

please send me the information:tammiethomas547@gmail.com

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Discouraged in Kent, Ohio

6 months ago

I graduated and received my RHIT in June 2016 - right when the ICD-10 transition panic had subsided and the jobs just went *poof* and disappeared.

I have 20 yrs+ office admin exp, so I thought investing in education for the medical field would take me into retirement with coding. I'm also hearing impaired and chose coding due to its anonymity.

But alas, just as the original poster said, no experience, no job. The proverbial Catch-22.

It's actually devastating for me. I did everything by the book. Top grades, volunteered at local hospital, took side classes the hospital offered, sat & passed exam 3 mos later, QUIT SMOKING... the biggie! (But it needed to be done and I'm grateful in still smoke free.)

I'm seeing jobs that pay $10 hr. I made twice that 20 yrs ago without a college education. All of these jobs involve phones and front desk which isn't conducive to HIPAA and asking a patient what they're being seen for 3 times to make sure you heard them right and by then the whole waiting room knows they have the clap. Lol

So, I'm just whining. Sorry. I'm just so discouraged. And honestly, I feel like AHIMA ripped me off. They've done nothing for me except ask for money. RHIT supposed to be the gold standard of medical office...hah. I'm trying to see if the VA (I'm a vet) will help me get my CCS. That seems to be the ticket in. More money out. *sigh

Do any of you think the CCS will be a waste of my time? All my externships said not to take it until I've coded in the job for awhile. That's not working out do well. ;)

Thanks for being here.

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Discouraged in Kent, Ohio

6 months ago

PS... AUTONOMY not anonymity.

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motivatedcodingapprentice in Colorado Springs, Colorado

6 months ago

On the contrary Discouraged, the CCS coupled with the RHIT will be the complete opposite waste of your time; I believe this will actually greatly help you in finding a job. I've read that even if you don't have job experience, that if you have the CCS that a good amount of employers will feel obligated to give you a look, and that if you do really well in the interview, you're in.

It's been said that job posting requirements are more like wish lists, and that employers will still look at CCS-certified individuals even w/o job experience, due to the combo of a maybe shortage of coders + not every coder originally being certified + retired/dismissed coders. Not sure how true this is though..

Perhaps try becoming an AHIMA member and start networking from there if you already haven't done so

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madara2003 in Alabama

6 months ago

Discouraged in Kent, Ohio said: I graduated and received my RHIT in June 2016 - right when the ICD-10 transition panic had subsided and the jobs just went *poof* and disappeared.

I have 20 yrs+ office admin exp, so I thought investing in education for the medical field would take me into retirement with coding. I'm also hearing impaired and chose coding due to its anonymity.

But alas, just as the original poster said, no experience, no job. The proverbial Catch-22.

It's actually devastating for me. I did everything by the book. Top grades, volunteered at local hospital, took side classes the hospital offered, sat & passed exam 3 mos later, QUIT SMOKING... the biggie! (But it needed to be done and I'm grateful in still smoke free.)

I'm seeing jobs that pay $10 hr. I made twice that 20 yrs ago without a college education. All of these jobs involve phones and front desk which isn't conducive to HIPAA and asking a patient what they're being seen for 3 times to make sure you heard them right and by then the whole waiting room knows they have the clap. Lol

So, I'm just whining. Sorry. I'm just so discouraged. And honestly, I feel like AHIMA ripped me off. They've done nothing for me except ask for money. RHIT supposed to be the gold standard of medical office...hah. I'm trying to see if the VA (I'm a vet) will help me get my CCS. That seems to be the ticket in. More money out. *sigh

Do any of you think the CCS will be a waste of my time? All my externships said not to take it until I've coded in the job for awhile. That's not working out do well. ;)

Thanks for being here.

I am studying for my CCS and I am an ED coder at a hospital. Yes, it will absolutely help you. Even with the CCS, it will still be tough to break into the field. Try applying for AHIMAs apprenticeship program. I finally heard back after 8 months. Look for "entry level Coder" on indeed a few times a week. YOu may have to relocate.

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motivatedcodingapprentice in Colorado Springs, Colorado

6 months ago

Is the RHIT a medical billing and coding degree? Or is earning the RHIT as good as earning a medical billing and coding certificate?

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Katherine Winstead in Humble, Texas

5 months ago

I am intrested in more information. I graduated last year, and can not find a job, everyone wants experience. Thank you!

Email-Kwinste1@hotmail.com

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Working at ortho practice in florida in Lehigh Acres, Florida

5 months ago

motivatedcodingapprentice in Colorado Springs, Colorado said: Is the RHIT a medical billing and coding degree? Or is earning the RHIT as good as earning a medical billing and coding certificate?

its hard to get into a coding job without experience even if you got the cert and passed the licensing test. Seems like a catch 22 that all the employers want two plus years coding experience but you cant get experience if you dont work, right? Theres a reason for that. Billing and coding and billing carries a lot of accountability to everyone involved both legally and ethically. A lot of money can be lost and a lot of trouble can be had for mistakes because the law says you and your employer are responsible if you "knew or should have known" when it comes to false billing coding and overpayments. They are pretty sure about what you should know if you want to bill...and its a lot to know. The thing to do is start at a lower level position in a billing office. Show them your knowledge keep your license up including the extra classes and eventually you will get a coding position. I am seeing a practice right now where NO ONE has experience and they act like Coding is as easy as finding a code etc. The claims have been going out wrong and overpaid and underpaid for over a year. They bill patients for claims they didnt get in on time etc...all kinds of little things and rules you must know in order to keep the practice out of hot water. This type of inexperienced billing amd coding raises all kinds of red flags and the practice will be audited and fined and made to repay every dime they mischarhed to insurance xompanies..lucky if they dont lose their shirts when its all said and done. So thats ehy it's important to jave experience and know all the little nuances of the business. You pick thay up when you work in other positions first. Good luck to you in the job search!

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Tina in Burton, Michigan

2 months ago

L123 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin said: I really need advice, I graduated from the HIT program and got my RHIT. I have such a hard time finding a job due to lack of experince in coding and working in the HIM department. I really want to code but most facilities want 2 or more years. I have one year experience with admitting and working with medical records! Every interview that I have gone to has decided to pick someone with more experience! Help I need some advice and a job real bad!

I have been trying to get a coding job for 4 years. They will not hire anyone who is not experienced. If you did get a job right out of school you were lucky! No luck for me.

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Tina in Burton, Michigan

2 months ago

Almost all hospital HIM jobs are outsourced now to other companies so they can pay you a lower wage. The coding jobs are many, but they all want 3 years of experience. Nobody wants to train a new person. I tried for years.

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madara2003 in Alabama

2 months ago

Tina in Burton, Michigan said: Almost all hospital HIM jobs are outsourced now to other companies so they can pay you a lower wage. The coding jobs are many, but they all want 3 years of experience. Nobody wants to train a new person. I tried for years.

Look out of state if you're able to move that is- especially rural areas. It's almost near impossible to land a coding position without experience if you're in a big city.

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jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma

2 months ago

Tina - Are you talking about offshoring? Offshoring is different than outsourcing. Outsourcing means giving the work to another company, most likely a remote coding company. Offshoring is where they offshore the work out of the United States. Offshoring is becoming less because of all of the mistakes, so they bring it back. I'm not quite sure where you are getting your information from that all hospital HIM jobs are outsourced. If you mean the coding portion is being outsourced, then most likely it's going to a remote coding company. Remote coding companies for the most part pay pretty high. There are several hospitals and healthcare companies that have in house HIM and coding, so that's what I'm confused why you made that statement. Have you gotten a coding credential? If not I would highly recommend it. Almost all employers require a coding credential for a coding job. Have you networked in your local chapter?

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