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Kelly in Tallahassee, Florida

35 months ago

The college I'm interested is CAHIIMA accredited.

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valentine

35 months ago

Kelly in Tallahassee, Florida said: Valentine, I read earlier that you received a coding certificate and are now looking into getting your associates. Was it the AHIMA coding basics program? I'm looking into this program but my only qualm is whether or not those credits will transfer toward an HIM associates degree.

I decided to not pursue an associates degree. I realized I would only really need it if I wanted to be a supervisor and I don't have any interest in that.

I am instead going to sit for the CCS.

You might have to contact AHIMA directly, but I wouldn't think that any of the classes you took for the basics coding class would transfer for an associates degree. Most state/community schools are pretty picky about what they accept.

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xxmirandaxx in Orlando, Florida

35 months ago

Wow, I'm currently attending a Technical College for an AS degree and I'm about to start Billing and Coding classes soon. So far, I've had classes with other students who are looking to be MA's (medical terminology, A&P I & II. I just started filling out apps last night for Medical Receptionist positions, but they want at least 1yr experience with nothing higher than a HS diploma. This forum sounds a bit discouraging. I see the acronym HIM used a few times, What does that mean?

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valentine in West Jordan, Utah

35 months ago

xxmirandaxx in Orlando, Florida said: Wow, I'm currently attending a Technical College for an AS degree and I'm about to start Billing and Coding classes soon. So far, I've had classes with other students who are looking to be MA's (medical terminology, A&P I & II. I just started filling out apps last night for Medical Receptionist positions, but they want at least 1yr experience with nothing higher than a HS diploma. This forum sounds a bit discouraging. I see the acronym HIM used a few times, What does that mean?

This field can be a little hard to break into, but once you do its worth it. Definitely keep looking for an entry level HIM (Health Information Management, ie. medical records/coding dept) jobs, front desk, account follow up, charge entry, insurance verification, etc.

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tmrsgv in San Pedro, California

35 months ago

Hi everyone! I am looking into a school for medical billing and coding... I'm not sure where to start. I have looked into a few schools. The schools I have found are Newbridge, Sullivan, Allied, and Everest College. I would like to know any experiences with these schools. thanks.

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Looking for a job in Walterboro, South Carolina

35 months ago

I graduated from College this May 2011 with a 4.0 with an Associate Degree in Healthcare Reimbursement. I took and passed my CCA Certification Exam on July 30,2011. The only experience I have in the hospital is my externship. I have been working in the ER for the past 3 months in registration. What is hard for me is that I have the credentials but it is hard getting that first job because of lack of experience. It's frustrating when you can find tons of jobs out there that you know you are qualified to do but they all want 2-3 years experience. I have considered volunteering in a doctors office in coding but not sure if that will help me with experience. Any ideas?

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Jenny in The Colony, Texas

35 months ago

Volunteering will definitely help, I have heard that. I am in the same boat. I graduated in August with my Associates degree. Even graduated having been on the dean's list, graduated cum laude with a 3.6 GPA and had the 100-hr internship. It is very hard because I have only had a few interviews. I am now looking into volunteering at the same hospital I had my internship at because they have no positions open, as well as a few other places. Volunteering is still experience, plus you get to know the people that work there, so your chances of being hired go up.

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valentine in Austin, Texas

35 months ago

Jenny in The Colony, Texas said: Volunteering will definitely help, I have heard that. I am in the same boat. I graduated in August with my Associates degree. Even graduated having been on the dean's list, graduated cum laude with a 3.6 GPA and had the 100-hr internship. It is very hard because I have only had a few interviews. I am now looking into volunteering at the same hospital I had my internship at because they have no positions open, as well as a few other places. Volunteering is still experience, plus you get to know the people that work there, so your chances of being hired go up.

I am sure you already know this, but if not, as a volunteer you are not allowed to do any coding. So if you volunteer in a HIM dept, you will probably do mostly filing. But you will still get to interact with people in the dept and they will hopefully think of you if there is an opening.

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Jenny in The Colony, Texas

35 months ago

Valentine - Yes I know I couldn't get a coding volunteer oppty. Some of the volunteers where I did my internship, most were doing filing or answering the phone. Or helping with some clerical duties. Like you said I would be able to get to know everyone & it gives me the chance to know the dept & people and they can put a face to a name & consider me for hiring later :)

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fniles in Chicago, Illinois

29 months ago

Regarding the 2-3 year job experience requirement, will they consider Professional Practice Experience (supervised practice in selected health care settings like doctors' offices or hospitals that students receive while in school) as experience ?

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msrn in Texas

29 months ago

Are more insurance company or long term care facilities or physicians office more willing to hire new coders then the hospital? Has anyone here able to find work after graduation?

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MissySippi in Woodbridge, Virginia

26 months ago

Is an associates degree in HIM guaranteed to land a job after graduation?

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samantha in Woburn, Massachusetts

25 months ago

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah said: you know when you are on the outside it is incredibly unfair, when you are in the inside it is awesome.

But I would agree that someone who is not certified or even finished with school is NOT qualified for a hospital coding job.

Maybe they will be awful and then hire someone competent....

I just s/w someone who is in charge of hiring medical coders in a hospital environment who told me that she hired a family member and had to let him go because he was not qualified. Something tells me that your day will come and you will land a coding job because you are qualified for the position. Goodluck!

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camelback in Overland Park, Kansas

24 months ago

I finished my MBC program in October 2010 and that included a 1 month externship posting payments for a diabetic supply company. I inquired some about jobs but they didn't have any and none that appealed to me. It wasn't until Dec of 2011 that I passed my CPC. I thought, great, the door just opened. All this did was allow me to apply for positions that required a CPC. I have had many interviews with medical practices. Two of them went with an internal CPC and the other I was a runner up. Otherwise, every ad and healthcare recruiter I work with needs a least a yr of experience, if not more. When I ask how do I get the experience unless someone gives it to me, they just say I'm sorry.

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camelback in Overland Park, Kansas

24 months ago

I continue to walk into medical practices and get the biz card of the managers and sometimes get a few seconds of face time with them. I touch base every few months and of course, keep watching the websites of hospitals, medical practices, and CBuilder and the other sites. Just keep applying. I also work with a few healthcare recruiters and always attend the local AAPC meetings to get leads. I also make sure to stay sharp with the industry.

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camelback in Overland Park, Kansas

24 months ago

Looking for a job in Walterboro, South Carolina said: I graduated from College this May 2011 with a 4.0 with an Associate Degree in Healthcare Reimbursement. I took and passed my CCA Certification Exam on July 30,2011. The only experience I have in the hospital is my externship. I have been working in the ER for the past 3 months in registration. What is hard for me is that I have the credentials but it is hard getting that first job because of lack of experience. It's frustrating when you can find tons of jobs out there that you know you are qualified to do but they all want 2-3 years experience. I have considered volunteering in a doctors office in coding but not sure if that will help me with experience. Any ideas?

I am asking my local AAPC chapter prez if she knows of association of the medical practice managers to find out why they won't give CPC-As a chance. I know most managers want experience coders.

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Daybreak in Greenwich, Ohio

22 months ago

Here's my story: I graduated from a Medical Billing and Coding school. And I paid for it. I did not receive government assistance. Since I lost my corporate sales job after 13 years, I decided to switch careers. But I got my break. I only had a CBCS (Certified Billing & Coding Specialist) and CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant) and took a test prior to the company interview. The company specialized in medical billing and coding. And, yes, some of it was outsourced to India. I received scored remarkably decent (83 out of 100) but 85 was passing. I called them back before they did, had a second interview, and they made me an offer. I was to learn their way of medical coding in five days. I trained with another employee who had eight years experience in Radiology coding and her CPC. I obviously was uncomfortable since my school never taught me how to code lengthy medical charts just paragraphs on a page. It was obvious, I asked too many questions and wasn't as fast as the other person to catch on. They terminated me on the sixth day. I am back on unemployment again, over 40 years old and house to pay for. What do I do? Get my CPC? These schools promise the world, but I felt I was never prepared for the real world of medical coding. It amazes I even got hired at this point. I would rather pursue the medical coding than billing. Any suggestions for me, I welcome, as this has been a rotten experience. I don't know too many people who can afford to be jobless.

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d.cochran in Jacksonville, Florida

22 months ago

Hi,
I am in the same boat as everyone else. I went back to scholl got my diploma in medical billing and coding,completed an internship of 180 hrs.,passed my certification exam for CPC and got my associates degree in Healthcare Reimbursement and CANNOT find a job.
I am trying for receptionist,medical records,coder,charge entry,
anything that would get my foot in the door of the medical filed and have had no success.
If anyone has any advice on getting a job??? I thought having the associates degree would help a lot-but so far,nothing...

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d.cochran in Jacksonville, Florida

22 months ago

sorry-school,Hey, at least when I apply for jobs I "spell check".

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JoAnn Thomas in Nashville, Tennessee

22 months ago

I just recently got my Bachelors in Healthcare Management and went through AAPC to get my CPC-H certification. I've been looking for a position in that field for 2 months and have not had any leads. I've worked in healthcare for 13 years as Executive Aministrative Assistant in Compliance, Operations and Healthcare Management Services. I was hoping to find a recruiter that could help.

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cottoncandy74

21 months ago

I have not find a job yet in medical billing and coding I have my diploma already, but I would like to know is where to I go to further my career field in medical billing and coding.

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valentine2 in West Jordan, Utah

21 months ago

cottoncandy74 said: I have not find a job yet in medical billing and coding I have my diploma already, but I would like to know is where to I go to further my career field in medical billing and coding.

Your best bet is to get an entry level HIM job, something in medical records, surgery scheduling, charge entry, billing, account follow up, etc. Something to get your foot in the door and gain experience to move up to a coding job.

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cottoncandy74

21 months ago

To valentine2 thanks you for the replying back this information gives me more opportunity now,because I was at stand still with this career. I was hoping that I could find something for medical assistant as well.

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Netta in Pittsburg, California

21 months ago

Hello,
I am an RN and want to become a medical coder. I do not have any experience working as a coder nor any certifications and want to know where to start. I would welcome some advice on what certifications to start with.

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Anushka7 in New Delhi, India

15 months ago

Fresheners job for coding and testing| i.e without any experience, you can keep track of jobs and get a referral for the job, visit softwarejobs.roundone.in/software-jobs

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Cassandra Rose in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

14 months ago

So I'm thinking about going to school for Billing and coding, it's 3 courses then you go for certification. I currently work at a call center as an order processor, an easy and steady job which pays okay but I'm looking to get into another field. The school I'm picking offers the certification test and internships which I think is good. I have a degree in psychology, bachelors .my question isdo you think if I do the internships I have a better chance of dividing a job, I wouldn't care if I was a medical receptionist either

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sherry in Columbia, Missouri

9 months ago

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah said: based on you saying, that you don't want to do an internship or work up from a different position, then no, this is a waste of your time because those are pretty much the ONLY ways to get a coding job these days.

very few internships are paid. in any field.

if you are looking for a good paying job with no experience and little education , i think you are going to have a hard time finding a job in any field.

Yeah, I know what you mean, the school I went to is all the money, and I still can't find a job!!! I talked to one of my teachers and was informed I have to pay $240 to take the proper test and can get a job without experience. And how is a person to get a job when nobody hires you to get any experience????

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sherry in Columbia, Missouri

9 months ago

Yeah, I know what you mean, the school I went to is all the money, and I still can't find a job!!! I talked to one of my teachers and was informed I have to pay $240 to take the proper test and can get a job without experience. And how is a person to get a job when nobody hires you to get any experience????

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Daybreak in Grafton, Ohio

9 months ago

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah said: based on you saying, that you don't want to do an internship or work up from a different position, then no, this is a waste of your time because those are pretty much the ONLY ways to get a coding job these days.

very few internships are paid. in any field.

if you are looking for a good paying job with no experience and little education , i think you are going to have a hard time finding a job in any field.

Very true, Valentine. I wish my hometown would stop advertising for these 9 month schools because I truly had a hard time finding a job for entry level coding and even other entry level positions in medical administration. My school taught at the very basic level. I actually found a medical coder position, but they let me go. I was training with a lady who had nine years experience! I hear you really need a CPC or RHIT to get a coding job. The school was a big waste of time for me, but a learning experience of what I don't want to do. My counselor accused me of using the school as a stop gap on my resume after a major job loss. After over 7,000 dollars of my hard earned money, I don't think so. And, I was one of the top students. I did an externship as well. It was horrible. I wasn't treated so kindly by some of the other female office workers for trying to learn and not receiving a paycheck. I did the best I could there.
I have resolved to throw my hands up in the air and move on to something else. It was a blessing in disguise. Actually, I think coding is quite boring. Will the computers do the work in the future? I recently had done another externship in an assembly plant and found the people much nicer and the work much more enjoyable. (Great people who boosted my confidence and don't put me down.) I don't like to talk anybody out of their dreams. Just know it's darn hard to find an entry level position or someone who wants to and has the patience to train properly. Good luck.

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jobguy99 in Lithonia, Georgia

9 months ago

I do not see how a new graduate without experience can break into the coding
field. Especially with so many schools pumping out new graduates every
year. If you live in any metropolitan area, there will be tremendous
competition for each position. Just look at all the jobs listed on indeed
and see that all of them require some experience.

Also volunteering will not work as no coding manager will let a
volunteer get close to their information, plus wouldn't that
be a HIPPA violation. The most a volunteer will do is run errands, filing papers and make coffee. Thus not gaining any experience.

Also getting a job in medical records or some other department will not
help, because you still are not getting coding experience. So when
there is a job opening, how will the person from medical records
compete with the 30 applicants who have the exact experience they
are looking for.

By all means you should take a job in another department because you need to
work and earn a check, just don't expect it to be your doorway into a coder position.

The advice about volunteering and taking a job in another department is out dated
and does not fit today's job market. In the 90's and before humans were allowed to make decisions and someone may have taken a chance on the hard working receptionist and given her the opportunity to be a coder.

But in the 2010s everything is about the bottom line, humans are not allowed
to make decisions, and their is so much bureaucracy in medical organizations. No company wants to train anymore, they want the complete package.

If you are looking to get into this field think about it long and hard.

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jobguy99 in Lithonia, Georgia

9 months ago

Do not expect to get a coding job working from home if you have no experience,
working from home is where having experience is critical. Because you are working
alone and accuracy is super important to getting the doctor paid. No company is going to
risk loosing their contracts, because a rookie screwed up.

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

9 months ago

Not all experiences are like this. I graduated 2 years ago with an Associates in HIT and I got a coding job right after graduating. What got me the job was networking. I have stayed a coder for 2 years, I got my CPC certification and I am about to get the RHIT.

What I also did was e-mail a ton of companies with a cover letter stating my education, my skills, and what I was looking for. I have noticed you get a TON of feedback that way, and if they don't have a job, they will refer you to someone else.

This field is all about getting educated, networking, and getting credentialed.

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nix383 in Hubert, North Carolina

9 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: AVOID MEDICAL CODING

The field is glutted beyond belief with NEW graduates and if you don't have PRIOR experience then you won't be working.

Hi everyone, wow a lot of discouraging information up here for new coders. First let me say that our hospital just recently created two brand new positions because of the upcoming ICD 10 transition on 10/01/14. And guess what both of them were filled with new graduates. We also filled two other positions in the last two years with new graduates. A lot of supervisors actually like to hire brand new coders because they are a clean slate and you don't have to undo any bad habits that experienced coders have picked up. That being said, don't expect to get a remote coding position without 2-3 years experience. You will have to work somewhere onsite before you can transition to working at home. The ICD 10 transition in 2014 will create a lot of new coding jobs because productivity will be impacted tremendously. So as far as credentials go for the CCS, CCS-P, or one of the CPC credentials offered by AAPC. And an associates degree with the RHIT along with one of these credentials will put you ahead of the competition of entry level coders for sure. So good luck everyone and don't give up in your search.

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: AND Guess What ??

The jobs probably paid minimum wage.

You are starting to make yourself look utterly ridiculous. Like I said before, I got a coding job right after graduation and it paid far more than minimum wage. I also know others that got a coding job right after graduation.

This field is all about networking, whether that be in your local chapter or with other coders. And one key point is you have to have a great resume. I have a background in recruiting so I know what a good resume looks like, I had an advantage there.

And nix is right, with ICD-10 coming there are a lot of opportunities for new graduates.

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: Right

Far more than minimum wage

Why NOT just tell us EXACTLY the starting salary ??

In Silicon Valley, new coders work for FREE as unpaid interns.

I lived in the Dallas area at the time, and I started out at $15/hr with full benefits. I started increasing my salary after that, now I have 2 years of exp. What really increases your salary (and chances of getting a job) is the credentials. I have my CPC (I got that early this year) and I am sitting for the RHIT in the Spring of next year, that will really increase my income.

Silicon Valley is very expensive to live in, so compared to the Dallas area (which is substantially lower cost of living compared to CA) I'm sure that is not much.

I'm sorry if your graduates haven't found jobs, but I did say you need a great resume and you need to network. I sent countless emails to HIM depts introducing myself and my skills, and let me tell you it makes a HUGE difference.

If you are in this for the money, look elsewhere. You need to be passionate about the healthcare industry to love this type of work.

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: Hardly

We have entire graduating classes of medical coders that can't find ANY jobs. Run an ad for a medical coder and within a day you will have 100 people with experience sending you resumes.

Can I ask if you are graduating with a degree? Or are you getting a certificate? Getting the degree makes a HUGE difference, most employers want that.

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: You need a BS degree to be a coder (at least in Silicon Valley)

The days of getting an AA degree and getting a coding job are gone for the most part.

I didn't realize you needed a Bachelor's in CA. I have an Associate's, but I have my CPC and plan on getting my RHIT. Here you only get the Bachelor's if you want to go into management, which I do not. So the days of not having a BS and getting into coding is not quite correct.

I said that $15/hr is nothing if you live in CA. Here it's a good starting salary. And if you get your credentials, I have seen coders make $20-30/hr.

Networking DOES work well. It's what got me one of my jobs, after that my experience got me the rest.

Yes the field is way oversaturated with graduates, I agree with you there. That's why you have to stand out.

Look we can sit here and argue all day, but I refuse to do so. You are obviously frustrated and I'm sorry, but if you love this field you can find a way to get a job. You just have to have patience and work VERY hard at it...

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: A good salary is being able to buy a house and have some money left over.

Can you do that on $15 an hour in OK.

Or are houses under $80K.

Networking won't work very well when I can get a medical coder for FREE. One of the biggest scams (at least from my point of view) is that the employers get fresh graduates of Heald College who have over $30K of debt to work for FREE as an unpaid intern. Once the unpaid internship is done then the employer simply gets ANOTHER unpaid intern.

Even worse is that the AA is worthless when you wish to get a BS degree as the (vast majority of the) units don't transfer to a 4 year college.

You even have RNs working as medical coders. WHY ?? Because we have such a glut of RNs that RNs will take ANY job in the medical field.

That's why I said you have to be passionate about the field, you are not going to get a good starting salary. It takes experience and credentials to increase it, and that's with most other fields as well. Also there are other avenues in HIM that you can take besides coding that will make more money as well.

$30K for a coding degree? I realize it's a Bachelor's but honestly I have never heard of not being able to get a coding job unless you have a BA. I only paid $3500 or a little more for my 2-year. I would never pay that much unless I knew I wanted a BA, and here most coders who go for the BA want a management position.

I have heard about RN's doing coding. On one hand they have an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and terminology, obviously. But on the other hand they aren't specifically trained in coding.

My AA is not worthless completely when transferring credits, I have a lot of credits that would transfer. But I went to a community college and not one of those tech schools (which charge WAY too much).

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: The OTHER (not only for coders) is that the ENTRY (time and money required to get the necessary credentials) COSTS are no longer justified by the starting salary. $15 an hour might be O.K. to start in a low cost part of the country if you can get an AA degree for under $5K but it won't justify spending $30K for an AA degree with the entry level job paying NOTHING as you are working as an UNPAID INTERN.

Again, that depends on what part of the country you are in as far as starting salary. But the more credentials you get, the higher your salary will be.

No way would I ever spend $30K on an AA! There are several different reasons I wanted my AAS. I wanted to stay in coding and not management. But eventually I want to get into cancer registry, it's easier to take that credential test with a degree. Same with the RHIT.

The only interning I did was when I was in school. And none of those internships actually got me a job. I guess maybe I got lucky, because I have heard the stories about nobody being able to find a job after graduating. But at the same time I have a great resume and I networked with everyone that I could.

It also takes just ONE company to want to train an entry-level coder, and there are many of those out there. Especially with ICD-10 coming...

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: Right

But you might not have ANY company to train an entry-level coder when you can get one for FREE.

I have to disagree based on my experience and many others that I know. You are talking about 1 scam, that doesn't mean that every other company in the country will not hire a new coder. There are MANY companies out there that are wanting entry-level coders (again, especially with ICD-10), you just have to find them.

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: At least in Silicon Valley

And it makes a LOT of graduates of Heald College upset. It's a revolving door of UNPAID INTERNS. Peddle the nonsense of ICD-10 creates more jobs somewhere else. If history is any guide then almost ALL claims (no matter what the field) of NEW standards creating more jobs has been proven to be TOTALLY WRONG.

Why are you even in this field? I will also tell you something else, I also proved another rule wrong. 2 years of experience and I have a remote coding job! Most will tell you it takes 5+ years to get it, but I got one. I have seen posts talking about companies that hired new graduates for ICD-10. I have also seen LOTS of posts saying they got hired for a coding position and they are a new graduate. It might be different in Silicon Valley, but most other places I have seen success with the many people who have talked about their experiences.

If you are not willing to be patient and network like crazy (including sending emails to contacts at companies) then you are wasting your time. You have to WORK to find a job, NOTHING is handed to you!

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

guest in Berkeley, California said: At least in Silicon Valley

And it makes a LOT of graduates of Heald College upset. It's a revolving door of UNPAID INTERNS. Peddle the nonsense of ICD-10 creates more jobs somewhere else. If history is any guide then almost ALL claims (no matter what the field) of NEW standards creating more jobs has been proven to be TOTALLY WRONG.

And one thing. If the coding industry is so bad in Silicon Valley, why didn't these graduates from your college research the field first before picking that industry??? I did my research first before I got my degree...

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CCS in Halethorpe, Maryland

8 months ago

RHIT student in Franklin, Ohio said: Most people volunteer while in school in the medical records department. If they prove they are a good worker then places will hire them. If you do a good job in your internship then it can also lead to being hired. You have to be professional 100% of the time because it can lead to an opportunity.

Smaller facilities may hire you without much experience and may have the time to train you. Larger facilities want experience becuase they are busy all the time. They don't have time to train you.

If you can combine the internship with volunteer experience then that could get you to one year. Many people start out as receptionists while in school and then move back to billing or coding once they have proven their worth. The key IMO is working while in school if possible. If you work while in school then by the time you are done you should have some experience.

It's hard to get in if you've never worked in the field. Most of our coders were already employees, students or volunteers from within the hosptial. Once they earned their coding certificate/degree, they were able to transfer into the coding department. I think Medical Records/Health Infomation Management is the best place to start but several of us came from other areas of the hospital. I came from a patient care unit.

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debra in Atlanta, Georgia

8 months ago

I graduated w/ my associates degree in Healthcare reimbursement and my certification from the aapc- my CPC, it took me 9 months to get a job w/o experience- I am running the front office for 3 therapist-I do all the billing and coding, scheduling,everything,
including helping the new therapist to get credentialed with insurance companies. I have no benefits and only get 35 hours a week. I am working my way up. I have been there 6 1/2 months now and love the job.

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debra in Atlanta, Georgia

8 months ago

I don't know why Atlanta, GA keeps popping up on my reply_ I am in Jacksonville, FL.

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debra in Atlanta, Georgia

8 months ago

You also cannot find a coding job w/o exp. here for 15.00 an hour staring salary. It is just not happening. I am hoping to say where I am for a couple of years, get some experience, then move on to a job at a local hospital, a pay raise and benefits would be nice. I will be paying off my student loan a long time, and still want to go back for my bachelors.

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

debra in Atlanta, Georgia said: You also cannot find a coding job w/o exp. here for 15.00 an hour staring salary. It is just not happening. I am hoping to say where I am for a couple of years, get some experience, then move on to a job at a local hospital, a pay raise and benefits would be nice. I will be paying off my student loan a long time, and still want to go back for my bachelors.

I think I was lucky to get that high of an amount starting off. As I started getting experience (and especially the CPC cert), my pay started going up from there.
But I would think if you stay where you are at for a couple of years, you should get a raise when you move on.

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debra in Atlanta, Georgia

8 months ago

I do have the cpc, and graduated w/ honors 3.98, for my associates. degree, but without the experience, none of it seems to matter. I am actually making less now than before I went back to school. I had a c/s job making 12.00 an hour with GREAT benefits,
but when the economy crashed the company went bankrupt and I lost my job along with everyone else at the company. I have paid my dues, I feel like I am ready for a break from someone.

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Jenny Horner in Edmond, Oklahoma

8 months ago

debra in Atlanta, Georgia said: I do have the cpc, and graduated w/ honors 3.98, for my associates. degree, but without the experience, none of it seems to matter. I am actually making less now than before I went back to school. I had a c/s job making 12.00 an hour with GREAT benefits,
but when the economy crashed the company went bankrupt and I lost my job along with everyone else at the company. I have paid my dues, I feel like I am ready for a break from someone.

Yeah I graduated with honors also, was on the Dean's List for several semesters. The only difference is, is one day I decided to post my information on my local AHIMA chapter and got VERY lucky. A surgical center was looking for a radiology coder and I was hired. I think luck had a LOT to do with it, as I hear bad stories with the good on finding jobs.
I am so sorry you went through all of that.
For me in the beginning I made the same salary as what I used to do (recruiting), but I was okay with that because I was finally doing the job I always wanted.
But yeah 9 times out of 10 companies will hire experienced coders, but there are some that want to train new coders.
I think you are wise to stay where you are. Then you can definitely find something with higher pay and benefits. Plus you are getting great experience!

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debra in Atlanta, Georgia

8 months ago

I do love the job, I am at. My boss is wonderful. I really just need benefits and a little more salary-$11.00 an hr. for everything I do is low. My boss says I will be up for office manager-I literally do everything in the office, all initial paperwork, all scheduling, all billing, coding and submission of claims, authorizations, pre-certifications if needed, posting payments , I even do the office bank deposit and now I have been taught what credentialing is and the process needed
to get credentialed. We have hired on 2 new therapist, I have been promised a raise in the near future. Surely all this experience I am getting now will help out in the future.
Thanks for your comments.

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