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Dr.P in Fredericksburg, Virginia

19 months ago

This is a perfect time to get in this field with all the Federal changes happening in the next 2 years. I am a teacher at a career college and I know " the talk". I have developed a program the help students pass the CPC exam and am willing to talk or help you in any way. Dr. P

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Shawn Maguire in Stockton, California

18 months ago

First of all congradulations on your decision on a career goal. I myself have just decided to go into the Medical Billing and coding, and my research shows, that it is a well paying entry job, and also the pay looks great. I recently decided to go back to school which I am currently attending Institute of Technology, I feel It is going to pay off. Good luck, in your endeavors. P.S. I don't think anyones ever to old to reenter the job markert.

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mdfpixie in Hollywood, Florida

15 months ago

Hello, i am trying to find an AHIMA accredited school for certified coding specialist and i am having a very difficult time. I work full time so i definetely need an online program or something in the evenings/weekends. Is there a website or somewhere i can call to get guidance?

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tammy in Wylie, Texas

15 months ago

I'm going to take the online course through careersteps.com, when I'm able to pay for the course.

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med homas in sche, North Carolina

15 months ago

yes you can take the course but at the end of the course you will be required to take a national certification there are various options like

Certified Medical Billing and Coding
Certified Medical Software/Insurance/Pre-authorization Specialist by

National Certification Career Association NCCA

www.nccanow.com/medisoft_insurance_pre-authorization_specialist.
www.nccanow.com/medical_billing_and_coding_certification.html

Best of luck

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Andrea in Duluth, Georgia

15 months ago

What about the education programs offered by AHIMA and AAPC on their websites?

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med homas in manhattan, New York

15 months ago

Andrea in Duluth, Georgia said: What about the education programs offered by AHIMA and AAPC on their websites?

try it to see if they are good or not, any training giving by any company will never go waste you will learn something or the other.

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Shadira in Jersey City, New Jersey

15 months ago

The NCCA is a joke. No employer is going to care at all with those certifications. If you're set on online training, it is best to go directly to the AAPC or AHIMA. AAPC is cheaper and frankly, an easier exam. It can be frustrating to do an online training class as you are going to have problems figuring out where you went wrong. If you can do classroom training, it would be to your advantage. Make sure and ask to see a copy of the instructor's CPC certification to ensure you get a good instructor that will teach you well. Try the community colleges. Because of their regulations, they are not going to hire an uncertified teacher, where a private vocational school may.

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Donna9094 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

15 months ago

mdfpixie in Hollywood, Florida said: Hello, i am trying to find an AHIMA accredited school for certified coding specialist and i am having a very difficult time. I work full time so i definetely need an online program or something in the evenings/weekends. Is there a website or somewhere i can call to get guidance?

I too am looking for a school with AHIMA acrediation in So Florida. Im looking to go back to school also, please contact me if u find any information, i will do the same.

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Mirta Tejeda in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

15 months ago

Hello Donna9094,

I just did a search for you on AHIMA's website through their college search application and here are the schools they endorse in Florida:

Miami Dade College, Medical = 950 NW 20th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Degree Awarded: AHIMA Approved Coding Certificate Program.

Palm Beach State College = 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461
Degree Awarded: AHIMA Approved Coding Certificate Program.

Santa Fe Community College = 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building C, Room 102
Gainesville, FL 32606
Degree Awarded: AHIMA Approved Coding Certificate Program.

Seminole State College of Florida = 100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773
Degree Awarded: AHIMA Approved Coding Certificate Program.

Please see my next post for information from AHIMA with regard to online courses.

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Bluetea in Texas

15 months ago

ThinkAgain in Cleveland, Ohio said: Most medical billing and coding is going to be outsourced.
It is a dinosaur of a field to go into.

The schools are working full time on here to convince you to
take out a loan and go to school for this.

www.indeed.com/forum/job/medical-coder/New-Graduate-no-turn/t103565

My niece says the same thing and she is a medical biller. It might be good for a few more years but then EMR will take over.

Also there will be less need for Pharmacy Techs as many drug companies will start to centralize and go mail order. There will be far fewer corner drug stores.

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ThinkAgain in Cleveland, Ohio

15 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: My niece says the same thing and she is a medical biller. It might be good for a few more years but then EMR will take over.

Also there will be less need for Pharmacy Techs as many drug companies will start to centralize and go mail order. There will be far fewer corner drug stores.

Yes, but these people on here listen to the schools. They really get taken in. You can see the amounts some of these people spend to sit for one year in some of these shopping center trade schools. $40K...yikes, they could go to a university. But they prefer the little trade skools that call themselves "colleges". The slick admissions counselors really do a good job because with almost NO jobs in so many of the health care fields, and other fields, they are sure pulling the people in!

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Mike in Forest Hills, New York

15 months ago

I am also looking to get into Billing and Coding as a new career change. I have a 1 or 2 comments and a few questions I'd like to post.

THINKAGAIN, to some degree you are correct. Some billing and coding jobs and other jobs for that matter are being shipped to India and other countries. However, I dont believe there will be a huge collapse on billing and coding jobs. In fact, from what I hear, its the total opposite. Between now and 2018 or 2019, billing and coding jobs will be in higher demand. Think about it, the older we get, the more medical attention we will need. Somebody has to bill the patients and their insurance companies and this is how doctors get paid. This is where billers and coders come in.

As far as where to get the training, college is probably a good option but its not the only option. Even though some training schools try to scam people to get their money, I dont believe that all training schools are like that. it's just a matter of shopping around and finding the right school. Its the same thing with colleges. Not all colleges are great (in fact, many of them are a joke)but some of them are good. And remember, just because you went to college, majored and billing and coding and got that Associates Degree, you'l probably be assist into your job search but that doesnt mean that you're guaranteed to get a job, atleast not right away. Same thing with training schools. Nothing in life is "guaranteed". As far as a training school, I think that if its a well known school and its been around for a long time with a good reputation, its probably going to be a good school to get your training. One school that I'm looking to get into is a training school in the Bronx, here in NYC called ABC TRAINING CENTER. From what I read, that school is one of the best schools that are around to get billing and coding training alongside with a couple of other schools.

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Shadira in Jersey City, New Jersey

15 months ago

Wow, if I had a nickle for every time someone said that all the jobs were going to be outsourced. The reality is the places that did outsource have brought the business all back to this country. And to see that EMR is going to 'take over' is really laughable. EMR is the collection of information and meaningful use. It still has to be interpreted by someone with a high skill. Once ICD-10 comes, there is going to be an even bigger demand on doctors to document the medical data (yes, in an EMR/EHR system) but that's where it stops. With Obamacare coming quickly, there are going to be more people than ever needing to process the medical claims. So many people that don't have insurance coverage right now that will be able to get medical care, including preventative care.

Those that spend tens of thousands on training are wasting their money. At minimum, the colleges provide low(er) cost training. Forget what Mike above (who obviously works for ABC TRAINING CENTER) said, if you're paying a ton of money, it doesn't matter what the school name is, you're overpaying. There are a bunch of schools that charge a low amount of money (1k - 4k) and help you with finding a job (something the colleges really don't do) and will prepare you for your AAPC's CPC certification. Don't get scammed with a certification that won't open any doors for you. Stick with AHIMA or AAPC to get certified.

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Shadira in Jersey City, New Jersey

15 months ago

The reality is anyone can promote a school over an other online. For you to pick a school out of the clear blue, I find very suspect.

Nope, don't feel stupid. I used proper grammar and spelling. I never said college is the one and only. That would be your assumption and lack of reading comprehension. I said that college vets their staff, as vocational schools often don't. Don't miss that word 'often'. I got lucky and was trained at a VERY good small vocational school. Not a college. Bet you feel stupid, huh? They gave me the skills that I needed to get my CPC certification. I have been affiliated with a number of private vocational schools who have cut corners with educators. I have also been affiliated with colleges and because of their state requirements, aren't allowed to. If I were to advise people all over the country (which is what this forum does), then I would advise them to look at their local college. Not as an end-all, be-all, but as an option. They are subsidized by federal and state monies, so they are of a lower cost. No one should have to take out huge loans to go to school and so many of those schools will talk you into signing your life away.

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Mike in Forest Hills, New York

15 months ago

You know what you do raise a good point as far as picking a school out of the clear blue...however besides, ABC Training Center, I've also heard of other pretty good schools here in NYC that are good. Just like I've heard of some training schools that are crap with lousy instructors who take your money and forget about u. Like I said, its all about shopping around. As far as college, there's nothing wrong with getting an Associates Degree in billing and coding. But again that's just 1 option. All im basically saying is that if u dont have to spend thousands of bucks, and waste time in taking courses that will not have anything to do with billing and coding, then to me, it wouldn't make sense to waste your money and time in years of college when u can do it in a few months.

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Mike in Forest Hills, New York

15 months ago

If u know of any other GOOD vocational or training schools that are good for billing and coding, please let me know if u dont mind. Thanks!

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Shadira in Jersey City, New Jersey

15 months ago

Mike - I'm not talking about college degrees. Most people don't have 2 years to devote to going to that extent. Many colleges have non-credit classes that are short, run by qualified instructors and low cost. I live in NJ, so none around my location would be of any interest to anyone. It's not about promoting anyone over another, but ensuring they are going to get a quality education before they sign up.

Anyone who is thinking of signing up to a vocational school, or even college, should ask to SEE their potential instructor's certification before signing up. There's no way anyone can prepare you to take a AHIMA or AAPC exam without taking it themselves. They should have proof of that (and also can be verified on the AHIMA/AAPC website) so you know you are getting someone who is well skilled. In this field, someone with a degree doesn't really matter, it's all about certifications.

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Mike in Forest Hills, New York

15 months ago

Thanks for the response and advice. Enjoy your evening!

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sue in Newark, New Jersey

15 months ago

Hello, i really need help with this field, i am very interesting in becoming a medical billing and coding, my problem is that i have been attending school for the last 4 1/2 months, i really have and issue with the intructor that teaches this specific course, she only makes you write notes, and does not explain anything, whatever it is that you are learning you are actually learning it by yourself, even tho am a honor roll student with 4.0 gpa and totally lost and very worry to take the exam for my certification, am actually dropping out from this school and try a new school, please i need help and advise can somebody recommend me to a good and honest accredited school. thank you

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sue in Newark, New Jersey

15 months ago

am not sure what type of certifications my instructor has but the funny thing is the when we have a homework or a question she has to look it up on her book, we were having a pre-test for becoming certified for medicare A & B so everytime a student will asked her for the answer of a question, her answer were all wrong... i don't understand how this school hire this person.

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sue in Newark, New Jersey

15 months ago

Shadira in Jersey City, New Jersey said: The reality is anyone can promote a school over an other online. For you to pick a school out of the clear blue, I find very suspect.

Nope, don't feel stupid. I used proper grammar and spelling. I never said college is the one and only. That would be your assumption and lack of reading comprehension. I said that college vets their staff, as vocational schools often don't. Don't miss that word 'often'. I got lucky and was trained at a VERY good small vocational school. Not a college. Bet you feel stupid, huh? They gave me the skills that I needed to get my CPC certification. I have been affiliated with a number of private vocational schools who have cut corners with educators. I have also been affiliated with colleges and because of their state requirements, aren't allowed to. If I were to advise people all over the country (which is what this forum does), then I would advise them to look at their local college. Not as an end-all, be-all, but as an option. They are subsidized by federal and state monies, so they are of a lower cost. No one should have to take out huge loans to go to school and so many of those schools will talk you into signing your life away.

Hello, i really need help with this field, i am very interesting in becoming a medical billing and coding, my problem is that i have been attending school for the last 4 1/2 months, i really have and issue with the intructor that teaches this specific course, she only makes you write notes, and does not explain anything, whatever it is that you are learning you are actually learning it by yourself, even tho am a honor roll student with 4.0 gpa and totally lost and very worry to take the exam for my certification, am actually dropping out from this school and try a new school, please i need help and advise can somebody recommend me to a good and honest accredited school. thank you

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sue in Newark, New Jersey

15 months ago

sue in Newark, New Jersey said: Hello, i really need help with this field, i am very interesting in becoming a medical billing and coding, my problem is that i have been attending school for the last 4 1/2 months, i really have and issue with the intructor that teaches this specific course, she only makes you write notes, and does not explain anything, whatever it is that you are learning you are actually learning it by yourself, even tho am a honor roll student with 4.0 gpa and totally lost and very worry to take the exam for my certification, am actually dropping out from this school and try a new school, please i need help and advise can somebody recommend me to a good and honest accredited school. thank you

also am not sure what type of certifications my instructor has but the funny thing is the when we have a homework or a question she has to look it up on her book, we were having a pre-test for becoming certified for medicare A & B so everytime a student will asked her for the answer of a question, her answer were all wrong... i don't understand how this school hire this person.

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karenanne in Silver Spring, Maryland

15 months ago

Are you looking for a school? Are you open to an online course?

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sue in Newark, New Jersey

15 months ago

karenanne in Silver Spring, Maryland said: Are you looking for a school? Are you open to an online course?

am looking for a school?

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Shadira in Jersey City, New Jersey

15 months ago

Sue...if you are looking for an online school, go directly to the AAPC or AHIMA. AAPC is cheaper and the certifications are pretty much viewed the same in the industry. If you are looking for a school that you can attend...I would encourage you to go to www.njtopps.org/ and search the approved schools in the state of NJ. Call the ones closest to you and ask questions specifically about what certifications they prepare you for. Don't lead them (ask them if they prepare you for the CPC) as a lot of schools will just say yes. Ask them and listen to their answer. Look on their websites for affiliations and what certifications they are aligned with. Ask to SEE the instructor's certification. Sit in on a class. Even an instructor would need to use their CPT, ICD-9 & HCPCS books. Good instruction is a combination of lecture and hands on work. You need time to be able to complete mock medical files, and trouble shoot how well you did. Is the answer right? Great! Is the answer wrong? WHERE did you go wrong. That's how you'll learn. Even if you have to travel further than you'd hoped, it's all about your education. You're getting an education that is going to create a career for you. The short time you spend in school is nothing compared to using that education for the rest of your working days.

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Beth42 in Biloxi, Mississippi

15 months ago

Hello, I am a registered nursing. I am looking into medical coding as a career change. I am wondering if a recent bankruptcy (Went through a rough time with my husbands job loss and a few medical setbacks) will hinder me in obtaining a job in this field. Thank you for your time.

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Beth42 in Biloxi, Mississippi

15 months ago

Registered Nurse (Sorry for the typo).

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Laura238 in Columbus, Ohio

13 months ago

Beth42 in Biloxi, Mississippi said: Hello, I am a registered nursing. I am looking into medical coding as a career change. I am wondering if a recent bankruptcy (Went through a rough time with my husbands job loss and a few medical setbacks) will hinder me in obtaining a job in this field. Thank you for your time.

This will depend on the State you are in, as well as the employer. I believe Mississippi allows credit checks and bankruptcy checks for job applicant consideration, but you will have to double check. Know your rights! This article from the AAPC explains more on the credit checks specifically for coders: news.aapc.com/index.php/2012/03/is-your-credit-history-preventing-you-from-getting-a-job/

diana in Albion, Michigan said: Thank You very much ! After much reading on the web I am wondering if it is worth my time to learn this. Some people make it sound like it doesnt pay very well for the effort put in. Also, I was originally thinking this was something I could do from home. Any suggestions or advice? I need to cover a large mortgage on an upside down property and need to make decent money.

Some people are able to do this from home and make a good living. If you are still up in the air on whether or not to pursue coding or not, this article is mighty convincing:

www.jobunlocker.com/blog/7-reasons-why-you-should-start-a-medical-billingcoding-career/

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Satta in Richmond, Virginia

13 months ago

Hello, I used to process medical claims for a major insurance company but was not required to be a certified coder. Now I am working as a patient care tech in a hospital and will be attending an 18 week course with the medical society of Virginia to become CPC.
I wanted to know what are the differences between CPC, CCS, and RHIT? and which certificate is the highest.
I already have a bachelors degree and I have taken medical terminology and anatomy classes.

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ChayilCC in Oak Park, Michigan

12 months ago

Hello everyone,

I'm thinking about doing something where everyone that has went to training/school, etc for Medical Billing, Coding, etc. and does not have a certification, work experience, and wants to still pursue Medical Billing, Coding, Claims processing Revenue, etc. Send me an email with your contact information.

I need: name, email address(es), City and State of residence, type of program attended, school attended, whether you graduated from the program or not, ending GPA, year(s) attended, whether you have any certifications, or work experience after having the training. Any other information you would like to give.

I cannot promise anything, but I am gathering this information to begin to help all of us. Give me your ideas and/or concerns.

Send them to: chayilmanconsult@gmail.com

This is a fact finding process to see if there is a niche market for what I m trying to do.

With ICD-10-CM getting ready to begin 2014/2015 and the industry as a whole is not nearly ready; something might need to be started.

If you have funding ideas, grants, etc or other businesses that would like to help, please send that contact information as well.

I promise this is not a scam - I've been through too many of those myself, and I believe that this could be the beginning of something really great!!

I look forward to hearing from everyone.

Thanks in advance for your support.

ChayilCC, Oak Park, MI

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Preference RobinsonCPhT in Memphis, Tennessee

12 months ago

ThinkAgain in Cleveland, Ohio said: Yes, but these people on here listen to the schools. They really get taken in. You can see the amounts some of these people spend to sit for one year in some of these shopping center trade schools. $40K...yikes, they could go to a university. But they prefer the little trade skools that call themselves "colleges". The slick admissions counselors really do a good job because with almost NO jobs in so many of the health care fields, and other fields, they are sure pulling the people in!

It's very strange that you say there are "NO" jobs in the healthcare field but lo-and-behold I did a general search on Indeed.com for Medical Billing and Coding jobs, and over 1200+ results 60 in my area alone. So maybe they aren't hiring in your area, per-say, and true many places that are hiring want people with years of experience, BUT you have to start somewhere. Besides, once Obama-care actually kicks in and things change in the billing/coding field, I'm pretty sure companies will want people who have been recently trained in that field. Finally, I would never pay $40K to go to school just for a certification, that is ridiculous. If anyone attends a 2 year college for a certification that should take a year or less, that's insanity. Besides, community colleges have this thing that makes you take all of these unnecessary classes to get a certification. Why do I need World Literature, if I'm trying to become a Medical Biller/coder. Doesn't make sense does it?

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ResQRangR in Gaithersburg, Maryland

11 months ago

I have an inquiry that may have been answered but I am still confused. First-about me-I am an RN since 2000. Since 2008 I had been working for a medical insurance company as a utilization mgr(got very used to icd9 codes and cpt codes and even dental codes. In the years I have worked UM, CM, retro review.
Well, the company moved, I have gone back to school cor my BS and MBA in healthcare mgmt. My dilemma is, I know to take the CCS exam that you have to be at a master level. I want to do some billing and coding to help me be more rounded when I finally get my degree/s. However, there are so many initials in the coding field. Sin e I am an Rn, what credentials should I go for with the least amount of effort because I know terminology, A&P, and basic coding and grouping.
Where should I turn for some speed specific training like for an RHIT(?).
Also, how do answer all the jobs that say they want the actual credentials in hand?
Thank You

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Tina in Fredericksburg, Virginia

10 months ago

Dr.P in Fredericksburg, Virginia said: This is a perfect time to get in this field with all the Federal changes happening in the next 2 years. I am a teacher at a career college and I know " the talk". I have developed a program the help students pass the CPC exam and am willing to talk or help you in any way. Dr. P

Hello Dr, P I live in Fredericksburg Va. I would love to take your course where are you locate I'm looking for a CPC class.

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Tina in Fredericksburg, Virginia

10 months ago

Satta in Richmond, Virginia said: Hello, I used to process medical claims for a major insurance company but was not required to be a certified coder. Now I am working as a patient care tech in a hospital and will be attending an 18 week course with the medical society of Virginia to become CPC.
I wanted to know what are the differences between CPC, CCS, and RHIT? and which certificate is the highest.
I already have a bachelors degree and I have taken medical terminology and anatomy classes.

Hello Satta did you ever take the coding class at MSV I wanted to try that program but it was too $$$ plus I wanted to work at my own pace, I live in F-burg so it would be close to me please let me know what you think, also codingcertification.org has a great program plus payment plans looking for someplace that offers military discount. please advise if anyone else can answer my question please I live in Virginia

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Keleanners in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

10 months ago

Beware! Billing companies are sending medical billing and coding to India and other countries. More & more hospitals & physicians are outsourcing their billing to US billing companies only to have those companies offshore the work so they can save money. Billing and coding in the US will soon become very rare

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med homas in manhattan, New York

10 months ago

For Medical Billing and Coding
Starting 2014 you have to also know ICD 10 PCS & CM
FOR UPDATES CHECK THE EXAM CONTENT OUTLINE
nccanow.com/coding_professional.html

CCP-PH (CERTIFIED CODING PROFESSIONAL FOR PHYSICIAN & HOSPITAL)

Hence if you are getting enrolled into any program make sure icd 10 is also a part of it.

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Mike in Rego Park, New York

10 months ago

"Beware! Billing companies are sending medical billing and coding to India and other countries. More & more hospitals & physicians are outsourcing their billing to US billing companies only to have those companies offshore the work so they can save money. Billing and coding in the US will soon become very rare"................................@Keleanners....Billing and Coding jobs are never going to be "rare" for the simple fact that these type of jobs will always be needed, especially now that we're in the baby boomer generation. In fact, I've done research on this and many articles are saying that in the next 7 to 10 years more billing and coding jobs will be needed and available. So I don't know where u get your info from but I suggest u do more research because you obviously don't know what your talking about.

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Stephanie George in Texas City, New Jersey

10 months ago

Yes for specifically coding you should try the coding professional certification for physician and hospitals by www.nccanow.com

Also Electronic Health Record professional is something that you should try out, please share your views on it.

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Stephanie George in Texas City, New Jersey

10 months ago

Shadira in Jersey City, New Jersey said: The NCCA is a joke. No employer is going to care at all with those certifications. If you're set on online training, it is best to go directly to the AAPC or AHIMA. AAPC is cheaper and frankly, an easier exam. It can be frustrating to do an online training class as you are going to have problems figuring out where you went wrong. If you can do classroom training, it would be to your advantage. Make sure and ask to see a copy of the instructor 's CPC certification to ensure you get a good instructor that will teach you well. Try the community colleges. Because of their regulations, they are not going to hire an uncertified teacher, where a private vocational school may.

I think you should check the facts before writing them up here. NO arguments just a suggestion

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Joe Gagill in Brooklyn, New York

10 months ago

There's a texas city new jersey? sounds like an oxymoron.

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Mike in Rego Park, New York

10 months ago

@Stephanie..you seem to have a few things mixed up. 1st you said, "No employer is going to care at all with those certifications"...In order to have a billing and coding job, you MUST be certified. So what are u talking about?? As far as the type of education to go for to become biller and coder, to me it depends on the person. Not everybody has time to dedicate 2 years to do it through college. Many people seem to think that college is the answer to everything and the only alternative and that is not the case. I personally think doing it through a community college is a waste of time because you're taking courses that you wont be using for billing and coding and it doesnt take 2 years to learn billing and coding. Practice what you preach cuz YOU'RE the one who should get her facts str8 before commenting

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Mike in Ridgefield, New Jersey

10 months ago

"Stephanie is obviously defending the business she works for, the NCCA. And yes, as an employer I can say that those certifications will get you nowhere"...that's strange because when I goon indeed or other job sites, many employers require that you have a certification. So what exactly are u talking about? U said "a LOT of these cerifications will get u no where".... I know plenty of ppl who have 2 year and 4 year degrees and YEARS later,they still have no jobs. So the same thing can be said with college degrees. As far as the type of certifications there are and how good they are, I guess il have to do more research

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Windy Cat in Chicago, Illinois

10 months ago

Shadira in Jersey City, New Jersey said: Stephanie is obviously defending the business she works for, the NCCA. And yes, as an employer I can say that those certifications will get you nowhere. Stick with the AAPC or AHIMA for certifications that will get you employer recognition. Neither of these require two years of college either. There are far shorter programs, you just need to look around your area. If you are considering an online program, look again to the AAPC or AHIMA. They are going to best prepare you for their exams. I'm not sure about AHIMA but I know the AAPC gives a discount to those taking their online programs. You also know that with either company you are going to have a certified instructor in the AAPC or AHIMA, where a LOT of vocational schools cut corners there. Ask to see the certifications for your instructor to know that you are getting someone with the knowledge base to correctly teach you. @Mike - I'm not sure about your area, but in mine you can find college non-credit classes that teach to the AAPC level and are short in length.

I agree! I would advise people to not be so quick to give your money to Gatlin or Ed2Go.com type schools because schools like these are not necessarily AHIMA certified. A LOT of these online schools just want your money. THey are businesses first and foremost. If you have a school that's offering a medical coding certificate in a short amount of time, that's a red flag to me. I've read forums on other sites where people have complained that though they've taken all the classes and passed, they were still NOT prepared for the state licensing/certification exams. So be wary of fraudulent schools.

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Windy Cat in Chicago, Illinois

10 months ago

Mike in Rego Park, New York said: @Stephanie..you seem to have a few things mixed up. 1st you said, "No employer is going to care at all with those certifications"...In order to have a billing and coding job, you MUST be certified. So what are u talking about?? As far as the type of education to go for to become biller and coder, to me it depends on the person. Not everybody has time to dedicate 2 years to do it through college. Many people seem to think that college is the answer to everything and the only alternative and that is not the case. I personally think doing it through a community college is a waste of time because you're taking courses that you wont be using for billing and coding and it doesnt take 2 years to learn billing and coding. Practice what you preach cuz YOU'RE the one who should get her facts str8 before commenting

For me, college WAS the only answer because I had worked at dead end jobs and/or jobs where I had worked over 10 years but didn't move up because I wasn't 'qualified' (eventhough I had worked there in every dept for years). I went back to college at age 38 years old. Some people can make it work where they can take an online class and be set. But where I'm from, Chicago....nope. They don't give a rat's ass about longevity anymore. You will be overlook if you don't have versatility of knowledge on your resume. They want RECENT experience in whatever you're trying to apply for. Taking college courses in English 101 and 102, Literature and History helped me learn how to analyze long contracts and documents in a short amount of time (valuable experience in a work setting). It may seem unnecessary to you but as an almost 40 year old, I can see how Literature, English, and History has helped me in my medical career.

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Mike in Rego Park, New York

10 months ago

@Windy Cat ..that's wonderful that u made it through college and I just wana be clear that im not knocking going to college to learn billing and coding. It's great to get that associates degree. I was just telling others there are more options. Everybody needs to do what works for them. Im also going to get into billing and coding and at my age, I don't have 2 years to put in so I rather just do the few months training. Many employees here in NYC are taking recent graduates.

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Preference RobinsonCPhT in Memphis, Tennessee

10 months ago

Wow, these comments are getting completely out of hand, I mean really! Right now, I'm at school, a "college' sort of speak, but I'm on a break, typing this. Look it doesn't matter how you learn what you need to know about becoming a medical biller or coder(which can be 2 separate jobs, BTW), you can decide to go to a community college, an online school, a trade school, or as they call them a 'strip-mall' school, as long as you learn what you need to know! Now in my area, 99% of the employers are requiring that you obtain AHIMA or AAPC certifications, I have been just looking at jobs, and none(so far) even accept NCCA(?). This is just my opinion, but as far as I'm concerned just get certified, if it's a field you are generally interested in, learn as much as you can, and check out what EXACT certifications are needed in your area! RESEARCH! If you go to a school its the only one near you, though they might not offer the exact certification you want, nobody can tell you NOT to take the AHIMA or AAPC certifications. Nobody in Indeed.com can make a decision for you, they don't pay your bills, and don't live your life.

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joan kulling in Coburn, Pennsylvania

9 months ago

Dr.P in Fredericksburg, Virginia said: This is a perfect time to get in this field with all the Federal changes happening in the next 2 years. I am a teacher at a career college and I know " the talk". I have developed a program the help students pass the CPC exam and am willing to talk or help you in any way. Dr. P
I am interested in finding a school either near me or on line for the new coding ICD- 10 can you help me find a good school to accomplish this would prefer ON LINE, I live in Clearfield Pa.............thanks I have 25 yrs with the Federal Govt Relocated from WV as my hubby is a Physician here so he too knows this Coding is going to be a big deal. Thanks...........joaniegurl@hotmail.com

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Shelly Malcom in Detroit, Michigan

9 months ago

Hello Nicole, My name I shelly, I graduated from Everest College in Chesapeake Va. 1 year program, It was not a credited school. so,I have to start all over at a community college.Moved back to Detroit and can not find employment because I have to be certified. I want to get certified but feel that I need a brush up on the course in order to take the test to be certified. Can you give me advice on what I should do, because I would also like to travel within this career...

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Lucero in Middlesex, New Jersey

8 months ago

Dr.P in Fredericksburg, Virginia said: This is a perfect time to get in this field with all the Federal changes happening in the next 2 years. I am a teacher at a career college and I know " the talk". I have developed a program the help students pass the CPC exam and am willing to talk or help you in any way. Dr. P

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