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mike in Vassar, Kansas

52 months ago

Those you guys school, did not mention which school you attended.
I am wonder that school is Cahiim approved school?
so even cahiim approved school graduate people can hardly get job?

I am currently attending cahiim.org approved school for HIT AAS . so I might be wasting time for this degree.

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guitarbanae in Birmingham, Alabama

52 months ago

QUESTION...has anyone already earned their AS in HIT and then decided to go back for the BS in HIM?
I'm torn at the moment deciding which to go for. If i choose the BS ..then it will end up taking me 3 years, because i'm still lacking a few classes (hindering me from entering the HIM program at UAB). If i choose the AS, i can finish in about a year..as a good deal of the classes i've taken (in order to earn my AS in medical support specialist) will transfer.

***I was hoping someone could tell me.. will any of the HIT classes transfer if i choose to go back for the BS degree?

-alicia in b'ham, AL

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Renee in Lafayette, Louisiana

52 months ago

I attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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ras_online_grad in Cincinnati, Ohio

52 months ago

Finding a job for a license RHIT or an RHIA without any experience is difficult, I know. I graduated in December, 2009 and passed the RHIT exam on April 26, 2010 but I'm not employeed in the field yet. However, volunteering is an excellent way to get the experience. Even one hour a day, one day a week for six months translates into six months experience on your resume (verify that with any student rep or HIM program director at any school). Many newly graduated students without experience make the mistake of seeking employment with hospitals or large facilities. Think small, until you get your 'feet wet,' so to speak. Volunteer in a private practice or a small, privately owned facility while you work outside the field to pay your bills and submit your resume to small facilities. Most small offices will not turn down a free set of hands even if it is just a few hours a week. Think small starting out when you have no experience and work your way up! You've worked too long, too hard and have invested too much money to let your degree collect dust!

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mike in Vassar, Kansas

52 months ago

I saw your school even has cahiim accredit program. www.louisiana.edu/Academic/accreditation.shtml
and you can not find out job yet, well I might change my program.
always Nurse is good job market. I thought HIT/HIM will increase job opening . well it could be wrong rumor.

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

52 months ago

mike in Vassar, Kansas said: I saw your school even has cahiim accredit program. www.louisiana.edu/Academic/accreditation.shtml
and you can not find out job yet, well I might change my program.
always Nurse is good job market. I thought HIT/HIM will increase job opening . well it could be wrong rumor.

There is actually a shortage. The problem is that the shortage is in EXPERIENCED personnel. Do what ras_online_grad suggested, start out smaller, don't automatically go for the large hospital organization, get frustrated when it doesn't work out and then leave the field. Put in your time, gain experience and knowledge. Leverage the experience into the job you want. We ALL had to start at the bottom and work our way up.

Also hospitals are starting to increase requirements for the HIM dept, eventually, in order to work in HIM you will have to have a degree, so you will be in demand. It is not a rumor that a HIM degree will be a huge asset.

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mike in Vassar, Kansas

52 months ago

Yes, I agree with you. No experience personnel is hard time to get job without some kind of connection too. If you have a "reference" friend or relative , they might help for getting job though, I am sure it all way up to depends how size hospital and location. Because I am not sure one of my former school mate ( she does not have any HIT or any degree), little bit medical billing experience, she is working somewhere as medical biller now. I guess she had some kind of connection even just diploma.

Nurse is hard work, several my friends are LPN or RN, but I have never heard of " hard to get job" after graduate their school. Unfortunately, around my area does not have any Nurse program.

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JP46 in Atlanta, Georgia

52 months ago

Hello Everyone,

I seeking to pursue by B.S. in HIM could anyone advise me on a good school that they have been to and think their program was a good one. Also It is scary to hear all these stories about not finding a job. I'm not seeking right now but it would be great if anyone who is working in the field could give some information on how they went about finding their position or some helpful information about finding a job in this field. When I start to look I will be more than happy to share any information. Good Luck to all and please hang in there.

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Tweety in Grove City, Ohio

52 months ago

JP46, I haven't enrolled in a BS in HIM Program yet, but I did some research on the AHIMA website and liked Dakota State U. They are offering 100% online BS in HIM. Pricewise, they are reasonable which was one of my main criteria. I was concerned about my transfer credits being I've had an AAS degree in Computer Ops before and now working on my AAS in HIT. You can email or call Dorine Bennett. She is the head of the HIM department, and she will answer your questions. Hope this helps. :)

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JP46 in Atlanta, Georgia

52 months ago

Hi Tweety,

Thank you for the Info. I will check into it.

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awoods in Indianapolis, Indiana

52 months ago

ras_online_grad in Cincinnati, Ohio said: Finding a job for a license RHIT or an RHIA without any experience is difficult, I know. I graduated in December, 2009 and passed the RHIT exam on April 26, 2010 but I'm not employeed in the field yet. However, volunteering is an excellent way to get the experience. Even one hour a day, one day a week for six months translates into six months experience on your resume (verify that with any student rep or HIM program director at any school). Many newly graduated students without experience make the mistake of seeking employment with hospitals or large facilities. Think small, until you get your 'feet wet,' so to speak. Volunteer in a private practice or a small, privately owned facility while you work outside the field to pay your bills and submit your resume to small facilities. Most small offices will not turn down a free set of hands even if it is just a few hours a week. Think small starting out when you have no experience and work your way up! You've worked too long, too hard and have invested too much money to let your degree collect dust!

Iagree. but with any new college grad it can be diffcult to find a job in the field that you got your degree in

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AHIMA ?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

I am not able to find a hospital in which I can complete my externship as part of the degree program. Yes, I have been in the AHIMA/CAHIM accredited program. This organization is very good at collecting the membership dues, but what do we get in return? Maybe and most likely NOTHING. This country is filled with con artists, and educational institutions are one of them. All of those instructors are pretending to be benevolent, but all they care about is $$ at our expense. All of you need to consider better use of your time and money.

bluestylee202 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania said: I say skip all of that and go to a school that offers a masters in HIM that also prepares you to get a RHIA. For instance the University of Pittsburgh does (obviously you're in washington and wouldn't come here but you get the idea that it does exist). I am starting the program in the fall, its 44 credits, and the prerequisites (for this program at least) are only statistics and a bachelor's degree (in anything). Why spend another 4 years just getting a BA when you can spend half of the time getting a masters?

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estacion in Washington, District of Columbia

52 months ago

Is Univ of Pittsburgh accredited? What is the total cost of the program?

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estacion in Washington, District of Columbia

52 months ago

AHIMA ?? in Fremont, California said: I am not able to find a hospital in which I can complete my externship as part of the degree program. Yes, I have been in the AHIMA/CAHIM accredited program. This organization is very good at collecting the membership dues, but what do we get in return? Maybe and most likely NOTHING. This country is filled with con artists, and educational institutions are one of them. All of those instructors are pretending to be benevolent, but all they care about is $$ at our expense. All of you need to consider better use of your time and money.

Is U of Pitt accredited? What is the total cost of the program?

Thanks!

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Tweety in Grove City, Ohio

52 months ago

AHIMA ?? in Fremont, California said: I am not able to find a hospital in which I can complete my externship as part of the degree program. Yes, I have been in the AHIMA/CAHIM accredited program. This organization is very good at collecting the membership dues, but what do we get in return? Maybe and most likely NOTHING. This country is filled with con artists, and educational institutions are one of them. All of those instructors are pretending to be benevolent, but all they care about is $$ at our expense. All of you need to consider better use of your time and money.

I think it is the responsibility of the school to find you a facility where you can do externship? Do you live in a remote part of town or are the hospitals there just too busy to help a student? Why quit when you have invested so much time and money in your education? I'd say just keep your hopes high and don't give up. Persistence pays off in the end.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

estacion in Washington, District of Columbia said: Is U of Pitt accredited? What is the total cost of the program?

Thanks!

Univ of Pittsburgh HIM program is accredited according to the following site.

www.cahiim.org/accredpgms.asp

It is best to check with the University for the cost of attendance.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

Tweety in Grove City, Ohio said: AHIMA ?? in Fremont, California said: I am not able to find a hospital in which I can complete my externship as part of the degree program. Yes, I have been in the AHIMA/CAHIM accredited program. This organization is very good at collecting the membership dues, but what do we get in return? Maybe and most likely NOTHING. This country is filled with con artists, and educational institutions are one of them. All of those instructors are pretending to be benevolent, but all they care about is $$ at our expense. All of you need to consider better use of your time and money.

I think it is the responsibility of the school to find you a facility where you can do externship? Do you live in a remote part of town or are the hospitals there just too busy to help a student? Why quit when you have invested so much time and money in your education? I'd say just keep your hopes high and don't give up. Persistence pays off in the end.

I have done all that I could to find a hospital that will accomodate my training, so I am not worried about it. No, I do not live in a remote area. The City of Fremont is close to San Jose, CA which is the center of the technology. The school or AHIMA will have to do the rest to hold their part of the bargain, so to speak, so I can complete the last part of my education.

After I graduate, I have a second thought about getting RHIT simply because of the cost associated with its maintenance, especially if I can not get a job with the darn thing.

I am going to attend a university to pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting and become a CPA instead.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

awoods in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Iagree. but with any new college grad it can be diffcult to find a job in the field that you got your degree in

www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-02/obamacare-only-looks-worse-upon-further-review-kevin-hassett.html
Many people, including myself, pursued education in healthcare when economy became dire. The problem is that things are not getting better for healthcare professionals overall which includes physicians and nurses. Some of the reasons are summarized in the above article. But those who hold teaching positions in schools will never tell you this. The reason for their “ignorance” is selective or incompetence.
The United States of America does not have democracy or meritocracy although many believe this. For the elite few, we are merely “slaves”. When I say “elite”, I don’t mean the President or the Legislatures in the Congress. Do a research on the Internet and see what comes up with “Bilderberg Group” and their objectives. Then, you will understand what they have in store for you. Until recently when their veil of secrecy was lifted, their mission was to reduce world population by 80%.
Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services who is a member of Bilderberg Group that comes up with all the nefarious decisions, controls what happens in the entire healthcare including Health Information Management, and it has gone through change after change, all for cutting costs. The best way to cut cost is deny care which leads to population control.
If you keep relying on the news with major networks, you are always going to be LOST in this COLONY called America. Even though this nation declared independence from England in 1776, this all changed when the 16th Amendment was adopted, I believe in 1913.
You need to do your homework besides school work in order to understand what is happening to you.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

AHIMA?? in Fremont, California said: www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-02/obamacare-only-looks-worse-upon-further-review-kevin-hassett.html
Many people, including myself, pursued education in healthcare when economy became dire. The problem is that things are not getting better for healthcare professionals overall which includes physicians and nurses. Some of the reasons are summarized in the above article. But those who hold teaching positions in schools will never tell you this. The reason for their “ignorance” is selective or incompetence.
The United States of America does not have democracy or meritocracy although many believe this. For the elite few, we are merely “slaves”. When I say “elite”, I don’t mean the President or the Legislatures in the Congress. Do a research on the Internet and see what comes up with “Bilderberg Group” and their objectives. Then, you will understand what they have in store for you. Until recently when their veil of secrecy was lifted, their mission was to reduce world population by 80%.
Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services who is a member of Bilderberg Group that comes up with all the nefarious decisions, controls what happens in the entire healthcare including Health Information Management, and it has gone through change after change, all for cutting costs. The best way to cut cost is deny care which leads to population control.
If you keep relying on the news with major networks, you are always going to be LOST in this COLONY called America. Even though this nation declared independence from England in 1776, this all changed when the 16th Amendment was adopted, I believe in 1913.
You need to do your homework besides school work in order to understand what is happening to you.

Who Owns You?

famguardian1.org/Media/The_REAL_Matrix.wmv

It is about time we all wake up.

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Tweety in Grove City, Ohio

52 months ago

Anyone who has been an RHIT/RHIA for 5 years, can you please share your experiences about this profession? How you got your foot in the door? What was your first job? Pay? Etc.?
It will really shed some light on us, students, who are patiently chugging along in hopes of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and getting that dream job that we all so longed for after graduation. Anyone who does remote coding from home, please feel free to share your experiences, too. I can see there are more and more remote coding job postings, and it will be very interesting to know more about this, too. Thank you! :)

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

AHIMA?? in Fremont, California said: Who Owns You?

famguardian1.org/Media/The_REAL_Matrix.wmv

It is about time we all wake up.

Take a good look at the Bilderbergers.

www.jeremiahproject.com/newworldorder/nworder04.html

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

Tweety in Grove City, Ohio said: Anyone who has been an RHIT/RHIA for 5 years, can you please share your experiences about this profession? How you got your foot in the door? What was your first job? Pay? Etc.?
It will really shed some light on us, students, who are patiently chugging along in hopes of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and getting that dream job that we all so longed for after graduation. Anyone who does remote coding from home, please feel free to share your experiences, too. I can see there are more and more remote coding job postings, and it will be very interesting to know more about this, too. Thank you! :)

health-information.advanceweb.com/Article/Entering-the-Coding-FieldbrHarsh-facts-Helpful-Hints.aspx

The above article came out in 2007. Since then things are going down the hill.

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Tweety in Grove City, Ohio

52 months ago

Thank you for the link. It still does not discourage me. I think I have the right attitude and patience to pursue this field. I've been in the transcription business for 8 years. There will be still a demand for coders and HIM professionals. We just have to have the right attitude and think positive. There is a way. I've talked to several RHITs who are working now and are very happy with their jobs. Everybody has a different perception on what life throws at you. There are plenty of job postings nationwide.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

Tweety in Grove City, Ohio said: Thank you for the link. It still does not discourage me. I think I have the right attitude and patience to pursue this field. I've been in the transcription business for 8 years. There will be still a demand for coders and HIM professionals. We just have to have the right attitude and think positive. There is a way. I've talked to several RHITs who are working now and are very happy with their jobs. Everybody has a different perception on what life throws at you. There are plenty of job postings nationwide.

Good luck with your positive attitude, but this country is going through a major change right now. These changes are kept away from us (sheep) on purpose. When we no longer have Medicare, who is going to be paying the costs of providing healthcare? Medicaid? Maybe. But all government, Federal, States and Local no longer have the money to pay for anything, including their own paychecks. Do you know why? Becuase other countries are not buying wothless U.S. Treasuries. This country has ZERO $$. Okay? They are trying to find the replacement for OBAMA right now. Biden may resign for a "health issue" shortly. The United States of America is in really bad shape. Get this through your thick skull.

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estacion in Washington, District of Columbia

52 months ago

Nikole Rea in Detroit, Michigan said: Has anyone taken (or is currently taking)the Post Baccalaureate certificate in HIM? If so, did you take/are you taking the courses in a classroom or on-line. I am interested in enrolling in a program and any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!!

Hello! I looked into a couple of schools that were CAHIIM accredited and I found that the cost + credit requirement would equal a Master's degree so I would suggest you look into that...most would take about 2 years to complete anyway so why have a PBC when you could have a Master's? Good Luck!!

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

52 months ago

AHIMA?? in Fremont, California said: Good luck with your positive attitude, but this country is going through a major change right now. These changes are kept away from us (sheep) on purpose. When we no longer have Medicare, who is going to be paying the costs of providing healthcare? Medicaid? Maybe. But all government, Federal, States and Local no longer have the money to pay for anything, including their own paychecks. Do you know why? Becuase other countries are not buying wothless U.S. Treasuries. This country has ZERO $$. Okay? They are trying to find the replacement for OBAMA right now. Biden may resign for a "health issue" shortly. The United States of America is in really bad shape. Get this through your thick skull.

while you are coming off a little fanatic and crazy, you bring up good points. This new healthcare is very uncertain, no one knows whats in it, even the people who passed don't really know what will happen.

I also agree that this country is running out of money quick and will not be able to fund certain programs for much longer.

It is frustrating when people would rather bury their head in the sand then actually see what is happening and is going to keep happening.

As far as healthcare jobs go, I do feel that it will be a more stable field than a lot of others

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

52 months ago

I forgot to also add that even Britain with their incredibly terrible healthcare system, still has need of administration staff, i.e. coders, so it is not entirely hopeless.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah said: I forgot to also add that even Britain with their incredibly terrible healthcare system, still has need of administration staff, i.e. coders, so it is not entirely hopeless.

All I am saying is that things will get worse before they get better, so do not bet your last $$ for this "education" at the expense of putting food on the table.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah said: while you are coming off a little fanatic and crazy, you bring up good points. This new healthcare is very uncertain, no one knows whats in it, even the people who passed don't really know what will happen.

I also agree that this country is running out of money quick and will not be able to fund certain programs for much longer.

It is frustrating when people would rather bury their head in the sand then actually see what is happening and is going to keep happening.

As far as healthcare jobs go, I do feel that it will be a more stable field than a lot of others

I have been uncovering the truth about this country for some time, and I realize what I am say sounds "nuts" to those who blindly believing everything at the face value.

I will not post anymore "nutty" statements in this forum since it does nobody any good. Further, I do not have justifiable reasons to waste my time anymore.

People falsely believe they are "free" when they invest most of their time on watching TV or illicit activities without realizing that liberty takes lots of hard work.

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

52 months ago

AHIMA?? in Fremont, California said: I have been uncovering the truth about this country for some time, and I realize what I am say sounds "nuts" to those who blindly believing everything at the face value.

I will not post anymore "nutty" statements in this forum since it does nobody any good. Further, I do not have justifiable reasons to waste my time anymore.

People falsely believe they are "free" when they invest most of their time on watching TV or illicit activities without realizing that liberty takes lots of hard work.

I'm not saying you are nuts, I am saying you are coming off a little strong, to the point where you will turn off potential people to listening to you. I believe what you are saying is true, and even said it in my previous post.

I wasn't downplaying what you were saying when I said that healthcare is a relatively stable field, I was just saying that it is not completely hopeless yet.

I appreciate you trying to help people be aware that things are not as they seem and they should not believe everything they are told.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

AHIMA?? in Fremont, California said: I have been uncovering the truth about this country for some time, and I realize what I am say sounds "nuts" to those who blindly believing everything at the face value.

I will not post anymore "nutty" statements in this forum since it does nobody any good. Further, I do not have justifiable reasons to waste my time anymore.

People falsely believe they are "free" when they invest most of their time on watching TV or illicit activities without realizing that liberty takes lots of hard work.

Lastly I will say this:

Men will not say "I just want to have sex with you". What do they say instead? "I love you."

Likewise, those who teach at colleges and universities will NEVER tell you that what you will "learn" MAY NOT help you in the future. Do you know the reason why? Because you are their livelihood. Got it? They need you as much as a dracula needs blood. The fact that you are on this forum "wondering" wheather or not there is a future for this profession is the answer. And the truth is that no one knows what the future holds for anyone. We don't even know if this country called the United States of America will survive becuase our "elected" officials are not able to think on behalf of its people.

So start opening your eyes, ears and mind, so your chances of suvival increase.

God Bless!

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

52 months ago

AHIMA?? in Fremont, California said: Lastly I will say this:

Men will not say "I just want to have sex with you". What do they say instead? "I love you."

Likewise, those who teach at colleges and universities will NEVER tell you that what you will "learn" MAY NOT help you in the future. Do you know the reason why? Because you are their livelihood. Got it? They need you as much as a dracula needs blood. The fact that you are on this forum "wondering" wheather or not there is a future for this profession is the answer. And the truth is that no one knows what the future holds for anyone. We don't even know if this country called the United States of America will survive becuase our "elected" officials are not able to think on behalf of its people.

So start opening your eyes, ears and mind, so your chances of suvival increase.

God Bless!

K, I am done. I have been a successful coder for 6 years, I come on this forum to give advice and to help people understand this field.

Not entirely sure what your objective is, but good luck with it.

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AHIMA?? in Fremont, California

52 months ago

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah said: K, I am done. I have been a successful coder for 6 years, I come on this forum to give advice and to help people understand this field.

Not entirely sure what your objective is, but good luck with it.

I will just say that “healthcare reform” is yet another “mortgage meltdown”. They were both “orchestrated” so that a hand full of people could make Billions of Dollars at the expense of honest hard-working Americans.
Congratulations for starting out your coding career early enough so that you were not affected by the economic crisis when you were starting out. But the current economic situations are different for those who are starting out or are still in school. This is why one must proceed with caution and not believe everything that is being fed to us. I do work in healthcare field with little coding, but I am not a coder. My day to day experience is that there is constant change, always in search of “better” ways of doing things. One could say that this is positive, but another way of looking at it is that no one knows what the heck they are talking about but afraid to say it just like the story of “the king has no cloth”. I believe HIM staffing is stripped to bare bone for the sake of survival for hospitals right now, and it is my sense that things are not getting any better for anyone, including doctors and nurses. I know coders are not concerned about the numbers/bottom lines, but that is where one can peek into the reality in my opinion.

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codergirl in West Chester, Ohio

52 months ago

This comment is for Tweety in Grove City, Ohio. Tweety, I have been in the HIM field since the early 1990's and I would say that right now I would not suggest a career in this dying field. Case in point I have seen salaries decrease, yes, decrease. Most coders make $16-17/hr. work and work under unbelieveable productivity standards and rules that change constantly. We are highly educated people but, because we work in financial reimbursement, they are always cutting salary costs and demand more and more credentials that are extremely expensive to maintain. What we are paid and what is expected of us does not equal out. I believe in the very near future with voice recogniation software, coding will dramatically change as the codes will be picked up by a physician dictation, coders will then become auditors of already coded documentation, and less coders will be needed. It is happening now throughout the US. Coding is also being turned over more and more to MD's who use automated charge capturing software to code in hospitals. If you are interested in the future of HIM and where it is truly going it will be the world of IT that will take over what most of us are doing now. In fact, there are schools currently setting up IT certification programs to help the current "medical records" people tranfer into the new HIM/IT work world. So, that is it, I would not go into HIM and earn either a RHIT, RHIA, CCS etc. It is a dying field. You could make a lot more money going studying IT and then applying that to the needs of the medical field.

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mike in Vassar, Kansas

52 months ago

I am wondering, you mentioned IT program should be replace medical coder spot. so what kind of IT program will be replace as medical coder spot?
so you mean, all that medical coder program , RHIT, RHIA those accredit degree or program are wasting money and time?

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Tweety in Grove City, Ohio

52 months ago

Thanks, codergirl. I am a medical transcriptionist and has been for the past 8 years. The reason why I am switching to coding is because voice recognition has taken over our jobs, and it is happening really fast, but I never thought about the possibility of the codes being picked up by VR, too. I just registered for a coding course as part of the AAS in HIT program. I also have an AAS in Computer Info Systems and had always thought about pursuing a Bachelors in Health Informatics which is more geared toward IT. Thanks again. Let me do some thinking here.

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

52 months ago

codergirl in West Chester, Ohio said: .

I know this is the scare that everyone is worried about, but I am sorry, I just don't believe it. This type of software is just too inaccurate. There are too many situations where you need logical reasoning to determine which codes to use, software is not that smart.

I do not believe this field is dying. And compare it to other fields that are actually dying, this one is actually quite healthy and alive.

I agree that as coders we should gain as much knowledge and experience in other aspects as we can, but there is a difference in offering someone to gain more education and trying to scare them.

Besides, the real threat to coding is outsourcing.

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RHIT student in Franklin, Ohio

52 months ago

An HIM degree RHIT, RHIA certifications aren't coding certifications. There are a lot of jobs you can do in the HIM field besides coding. I plan on going into Cancer Registry.

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mwebb in Mission Viejo, California

52 months ago

applicant in Glen Head, New York said: My goal is to return to work after being a stay at home mom. I am 50 something and my husband of 25 years wants a divorce. I reside in a NYC suburb. I have a bachelor degree in Biology /Psychology and some work experience as a cardiac technician, but lack current cardiac credentialing. My extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology is leading me to consider the field of health information management. So my questions are:
1.) Will I be able to get a job in this field without experience and what would the starting salary be?
2.) Given that I have a BA degree, what credentials should I seek to get me a job quickly with a salary sufficient to live on?

Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you.

I am so sorry to hear about what is going on in your personal life. But, with regard to your degree and career goals, have you considered the Cancer Registry profession? If you are detailed, analytical and like "digging into" the clinical side of patient care, particularly with cancer patients, this could be an exciting career for you. There is a great one-hour free teleseminar that is offered to talk more about this profession and coaching to help you decide if it is a 'right fit' for you before jumping into the program headlong. Go to www.CancerRegistryTraining.com and you can get more info. Good luck!

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mwebb in Mission Viejo, California

52 months ago

RHIT student in Franklin, Ohio said: An HIM degree RHIT, RHIA certifications aren't coding certifications. There are a lot of jobs you can do in the HIM field besides coding. I plan on going into Cancer Registry.

Good for you! We need more dedicated and passionate cancer registrars in the field!

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mwebb in Mission Viejo, California

52 months ago

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri said: Does anyone know about cancer Registrar. i am going to take my RHIT exam in June

Linda - most definitely. I am a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) with over 12 years in the field and 25+ in healthcare. The best way to learn more is to go to www.CancerRegistryTraining.com and sign up for a free one-hour teleseminar where we go over all the "nuts and bolts" of how to become a registrar before you invest any of your resources into a program. It's a GREAT profession but one needs to approach it from the right angles to get there fast. Hope this helps!

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estacion in Washington, District of Columbia

52 months ago

Is the Cancer Registry field recommended only for those with Medical background and experience?

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mwebb in Mission Viejo, California

52 months ago

estacion in Washington, District of Columbia said: Is the Cancer Registry field recommended only for those with Medical background and experience?[/QUOTE

Hi estacion! Not necessarily. If you don't have that background there are a number of different ways to get education and training for it. It would be more important that you are detailed, analytical, passionate about your work, interested in cancer and/or healthcare, etc. You may want to listen in on a free one-hour teleseminar to get more info, it's a great way to learn more. GO to www.CancerRegistryTraining.com to register if you want to learn more.

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estacion in Washington, District of Columbia

52 months ago

mwebb in Mission Viejo, California said:

I will!! Thank you!

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Applicant in Glen Head, New York

52 months ago

I started this thread 15 months ago. I did begin my education a year ago. It is 100% online and will take me 2 years to complete. My program requires students to take all the biology classes before beginning the coding classes. I am sure this is because the biology classes are rigorous and if you are not willing to put in the time you will have difficulty passing them. The amount of knowledge you have to learn can be overwhelming at times. I feel as if it is a good fit for me, however if I were 30 years younger I would definately seek a bachelors in nursing degree. The pay would be higher and the nursing degree would provide more employment opportunites.

In terms of a cancer register job, how does the pay compare to a coding job? Also, since hospitals only employ one tumor register person, isn't it even more difficult to get this type of employment?

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mwebb in Mission Viejo, California

52 months ago

Applicant in Glen Head, New York said: I started this thread 15 months ago. I did begin my education a year ago. It is 100% online and will take me 2 years to complete. My program requires students to take all the biology classes before beginning the coding classes. I am sure this is because the biology classes are rigorous and if you are not willing to put in the time you will have difficulty passing them. The amount of knowledge you have to learn can be overwhelming at times. I feel as if it is a good fit for me, however if I were 30 years younger I would definately seek a bachelors in nursing degree. The pay would be higher and the nursing degree would provide more employment opportunites.

In terms of a cancer register job, how does the pay compare to a coding job? Also, since hospitals only employ one tumor register person, isn't it even more difficult to get this type of employment?[/QUOTE

To become a certified cancer registrar one does need to have a two-year degree in allied health. Many community colleges now offer a Cancer Information Management A.S. degree and they should be accredited by the National Cancer Registrar's Association. As for the biology degree for coding it may be a bit differ by school but essentially students take a cancer disease mgmt course which is all about cancer cell biology, etc. The purpose of these classes isn't to weed folks out but rather that you need that knowledge in order to code, classify and abstract cases.

I hear you about being 30 years younger - and I know just how hard it can be for us "Boomers" to go back to school, but hang in there - it will be worth it! As for the pay, there is such a wide range across the United States based on years of experience, certification, formal education and so forth. Ballpark, it could be anywhere from upper 30's to 80-90K if you work in larger facilities. BTW, hospitals staff to cancer patient volume so they are not limited to one per facility. Hope that helps!

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Applicant in Glen Head, New York

52 months ago

mwebb in Mission Viejo, California said:

mwebb
Thank you for the cancer registry info. Perhaps I would be better off getting a masters in HIT since I already have an unrelated bachelors degree and will have an AA in HIT. I didn't realize it would take another 8 classes, beyond an AA degree in HIT, to become a tumor registrar. I do think I would enjoy the work of a tumor registrar, because I have always enjoyed research, and math is my best subject and I would think it could include some statistical work.

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mwebb in Mission Viejo, California

52 months ago

app in Glen Head
Just a suggestion but if you think you would enjoy cancer registry perhaps you want to explore this a bit more. With an AA in HIT and an unrelated bachelors degree, many of those credits would count and/or courses could be waived. So, you really don't know your exact path / route to becoming a cancer registrar yet until you explore this a bit further. As with anything we do in life what is most important is to decide what it is that you like or want to do and where you want to be in your life in the future. Then, completely explore all those avenues and pick your best options. This is a lot of what we do in the Cancer Registry Career Guide coaching system that I offer. Better to do this upfront than to invest resources and realize it isn't what you like. I love my career, the clinical and scientific aspects, the behind-the-scenes involvement in patient care, statistical analysis and so forth. So, don't count it out yet and perhaps you want to explore it before you get a masters. Just my two cents worth ...

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codergirl in West Chester, Ohio

52 months ago

Hello Everyone,
Regarding where HIM is going just read the current Journal Of AHIMA, it is nothing but IT, and the implementation of the EHR. Also, check out the 2 year schools that produce HIM grads. They all are starting their certificate programs for HIM/IT training because the the ARRA. As for coding still being a viable profession. I personally know of 3 coders who lost their jobs to automated coding software programs that are used by MD's who hand select their codes on mini PDA's. Are these codes right, many are for sure not, as we know that the MD's do not know the coding guidelines etc. but, this was a $250,000 software program that the organization purchased, they did not keep any of the coders on to be validaters or auditors for errors. The future for coders will be to become consultants or auditors but, that means constant traveling and being away from home. Not what I call condusive to a good family life. That is why I say IT is the new HIM because it is. The schools will not tell you this, because it is not profitable to admit to this, but, yes, do some work and you will see this is the truth. Also, Cancer Registry is a great field, but, when you think that only one is employed per hospital, there is just not that many job openings here. Most that I know of land their job and stay forever as they know there just is not that many openings. In the are I come from even some cover two hospitals in a hospital system.

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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

52 months ago

codergirl in West Chester, Ohio said:
I am curious what this company's plan is for reimbursement and fraud prevention? They did not keep anyone who could correct incorrect claims? or are they relying solely on billers to fix everything? Them getting rid of their coders is stupid on so many levels.

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