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The company I work for is in Milwaukee. We need coders!! Any resume's??
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I passed the CPC exam in the spring of 2020, and the only job I have been able to find is collections. There's not really in room for advancement at this time where I currently work, so I'm job hunting again. I live in a rural area (Marion, VA), so jobs are hard to come by. I worked as a LPN before I made the decision to change career paths. I have applied to many positions, but I have been turned down because I lack experience. I'm willing to work in billing, or anything relevant to get my foot in the door. Any help is appreciated!!
 

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I'm so sorry you're both struggling! It's definitely frustrating. Something you might try, if you haven't already, is to create multiple resumes tailored to different positions. A lot of times now, especially with online applications, the site is designed to scan through your resume for certain key words that will figure out if you're qualified. So say for example that just to get your foot in the door, you apply for a receptionist position. Well if your resume is all about coding, billing, certifications, and previous non-reception jobs, it's going to look like you don't qualify. Does that make sense? So something I did when I first started applying for different healthcare jobs was to create different resumes that highlighted different skills or strengths depending on what position I was applying for versus trying to cram everything about me into one.

It sounds like you're both doing it right though by applying to anything you can. Hang in there! It'll happen!
 

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I'm having the same issue, I got my CPC in Dec 2018, graduated from a HIT program in 2019, and still cannot get a position. At least I don't feel so ostracized now, not that I am glad you ladies can't find work either. But it's really hard on the ego. I will take your advice Kimberly thank you. Trish, and good luck to you both.
 

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I passed the CPC exam in the spring of 2020, and the only job I have been able to find is collections. There's not really in room for advancement at this time where I currently work, so I'm job hunting again. I live in a rural area (Marion, VA), so jobs are hard to come by. I worked as a LPN before I made the decision to change career paths. I have applied to many positions, but I have been turned down because I lack experience. I'm willing to work in billing, or anything relevant to get my foot in the door. Any help is appreciated!!
All I can say is it doesn't seem to matter if you were a nurse in your previous career, and I have a hard time understanding that attitude. I have 40 years LPN/RN background with many years in surgery, and all I want to do is code. Everybody's answer to not finding a job is "go into auditing; that's where the money is". If I wanted to audit, I would have chosen auditing. If I wanted/needed a higher wage, I would have continued in nursing.
 

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Hello, I am looking for 4 certified coders for a telemedicine company working from home. Please reach out to Me if interested. My email is millie.woodard@accessphysicians.com. I am all about giving people opportunities! Thank you so much!
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Taylor My name is Marie just want to let know I have send you my resume, if you can please help me I will greatly appreciate your help.
Thank you!
Marie L
 
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Hi! I am an LPN from southwest, VA. also! I am about an hour and 20 min. from Marion, Va. I graduated with a medical coding certificate from a local community college in 2016. I didn't feel the program I went through prepared me for the CPC exam at all, and basically had to train myself to code. It was a total waste of money. I kept putting the CPC exam off after graduating because I didn't feel ready. However, I just recently took it this past December. I failed it by just a few points! Uggh.. I am rescheduled to take it again this spring. I hope I pass it this time! I have so much time and money invested in coding. I really dislike bedside care nursing and like the business side of it more. I know exactly where you're coming from about the jobs in our area. There really aren't any here, as the area we are in is so rural. Most people who have offices jobs here never leave, and retire from them. I haven't really applied for any coding jobs yet, as I haven't passed my test. I have applied for other nursing related work from home chart review type jobs, but haven't had any luck finding anything. A lot of companies want you to have your CPC or CCS it seems. I considered going back to school for my RHIT, but it doesn't seem to matter how many degrees you have. Companies just want the coding experience. I have considered applying for medical collections as well, or something like that until I land a coding job. Please let us know if you find anything! Best of luck! I'll keep you updated as well...
 

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I've wondered why networking is always encouraged when seeking a coding job. If being considered for hire depends on someone in the workforce already knowing me, that cuts out a lot of medical personnel trying to step into a new career.....
 

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I've wondered why networking is always encouraged when seeking a coding job. If being considered for hire depends on someone in the workforce already knowing me, that cuts out a lot of medical personnel trying to step into a new career.....

Networking is one of the best ways to improve chances for any job in any industry. It's not something unique to coding.

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities for networking in the coding industry. Local chapters, LinkedIn profiles, official AAPC Facebook groups, other large non-official Facebook groups ran by coders, this AAPC forum - a combination of any or all of these things can help with developing contacts with other coders, recruiters, and even hiring managers.

Every day I see recruiters post open positions in Facebook groups and on LinkedIn. Anyone who isn't following along in those forums is missing out.

(When people do post in the Facebook or LinkedIn groups, it's also really important that they remember they're posting in a professional group and trying to put their best foot forward. That should go without saying, of course. Yet it's not uncommon to see someone being rude, argumentative, or otherwise inappropriate in one of the groups, so I just wanted to give a general reminder to anyone reading this.)

In my chapter meetings, sometimes jobs get brought up that haven't even been posted to the public yet. Anyone present at that meeting who is interested can have a chance to get in a resume before the position is posted. That can help stand out amongst a sea of applicants.

It's not even just about job postings. Networking can also help polish professional communication skills and also bring learning opportunities. It's a good way to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry.
 

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I passed the CPC exam in the spring of 2020, and the only job I have been able to find is collections. There's not really in room for advancement at this time where I currently work, so I'm job hunting again. I live in a rural area (Marion, VA), so jobs are hard to come by. I worked as a LPN before I made the decision to change career paths. I have applied to many positions, but I have been turned down because I lack experience. I'm willing to work in billing, or anything relevant to get my foot in the door. Any help is appreciated!!
I'm and LPN with certifications in coding (CPC) and auditing (CFMA) and work as a nurse auditor/analyst at a 250 bed hospital. I perform defensive insurance audits, and validate coding. I also have done utilization review. I perform retrospective Medicaid clinical reviews also. Apply for any job that utilizes your nursing and coding knowledge. Good luck.
 

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All I can say is it doesn't seem to matter if you were a nurse in your previous career, and I have a hard time understanding that attitude. I have 40 years LPN/RN background with many years in surgery, and all I want to do is code. Everybody's answer to not finding a job is "go into auditing; that's where the money is". If I wanted to audit, I would have chosen auditing. If I wanted/needed a higher wage, I would have continued in nursing.
No, the money is not in auditing. Being a nurse, look into CDI-ACDIS that is where most nurses are hanging out. Nurses are great for documentation reviews for payment models and CMs programs.
 

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Hello, I am looking for 4 certified coders for a telemedicine company working from home. Please reach out to Me if interested. My email is millie.woodard@accessphysicians.com. I am all about giving people opportunities! Thank you so much!
Hello,

Will you hire someone still in training? Exam scheduled for 05/15/2021. I am very confident that I will pass and I have over 10 years experience in the healthcare field.
 

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No, the money is not in auditing. Being a nurse, look into CDI-ACDIS that is where most nurses are hanging out. Nurses are great for documentation reviews for payment models and CMs programs.
Well it seems sad to me that coding can't use someone with experience in the field. Who better to weed through the CPT descriptions and op notes, defend their code choice , or make an effective query of a physician than an nurse who has dealt with MDs in other situations. I just don't see it.
 
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I got my CPC in 2017 and still no luck with an actual coding job but that being said I do work in prior authorizations for a hospital. I have recently come into a possibility for a coding position within our revenue cycle and the manager understands how difficult it is to get a coding position without experience. He’s more of the as long as you understand the guidelines this is something you can do but of course the right person needs to see that.

I would suggest to try and get something within the department even if it is collections because you can network and will know when positions open up. Plus many hiring managers like to hire internally and you would have proven to be a good employee. Good luck!
 
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I passed the CPC exam in the spring of 2020, and the only job I have been able to find is collections. There's not really in room for advancement at this time where I currently work, so I'm job hunting again. I live in a rural area (Marion, VA), so jobs are hard to come by. I worked as a LPN before I made the decision to change career paths. I have applied to many positions, but I have been turned down because I lack experience. I'm willing to work in billing, or anything relevant to get my foot in the door. Any help is appreciated!!
I passed my CPC exam in September of 2020. I am now taking the CPMA course. Finding jobs without experience is near impossible, however, I just found a wonderful coding youtube channel called "Contempo Coding", Victoria the owner is a Certified CPC instructor and posts informational CPC coding videos, CPC coding questions, and information on obtaining medical coding jobs plus more.
This is one of the job info videos:
MEDICAL CODING JOBS - USE YOUR CODER SKILLS IN THESE POSITIONS - What to look for in alternate jobs…

Finding a medical coding job can be hard but I (Victoria) want YOU to get the insight on how to position yourself to move into an awesome role!
Entry-Level Position titles to consider:
Medical Records Specialist
Billing Clerk
Accounts Receivable Representative
Payment Poster
Medical Biller
Registration / Scheduling Specialist
Chare Entry Specialist
Medical Coding Support Specialist
Insurance Verification Specialist
Prior Authorization / Precertification Specialist
Credentialing Specialist
Coding Apprentice
Patient Access Representative

Mid-Level
Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Coder 1 & 2
Medical Coding Coordinator

Advanced:
Compliance
Medical Coding Analyst
Medical Coding Auditor
Coding Quality Specialist
Medical Coding Consultant
Expert Witness

Side Work:
Coding Tutor
Cheat Sheet Sales
Blogger / Writer
Craft / Merch Sales
 
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I passed the CPC exam in the spring of 2020, and the only job I have been able to find is collections. There's not really in room for advancement at this time where I currently work, so I'm job hunting again. I live in a rural area (Marion, VA), so jobs are hard to come by. I worked as a LPN before I made the decision to change career paths. I have applied to many positions, but I have been turned down because I lack experience. I'm willing to work in billing, or anything relevant to get my foot in the door. Any help is appreciated!!
Same here. Looking as well. Have you looked at Temp. agenices? Just a thought.
 
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After reading all of these responses I feel sooooo lucky to have found a position in coding. I passed the CPC in 2019, no experience in this field at all or even in the medical field but a job for surgical biller came up at the Rural Hospital and I applied never thinking I would be hired without experience but I did get hired and the training for the job was just about nothing but I have been at it for 8 months, learning as I go, Googling a lot but persevering. It is hard but I really am enjoying coding the surgeons work, mostly Colonoscopy, EGD, Hernia Repairs other things. All I can say is stick with it, and I wish you well.
 

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I passed the CPC exam in the spring of 2020, and the only job I have been able to find is collections. There's not really in room for advancement at this time where I currently work, so I'm job hunting again. I live in a rural area (Marion, VA), so jobs are hard to come by. I worked as a LPN before I made the decision to change career paths. I have applied to many positions, but I have been turned down because I lack experience. I'm willing to work in billing, or anything relevant to get my foot in the door. Any help is appreciated!!
Check out Maine Health Coder I positions.
 
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I passed the CPC exam in the spring of 2020, and the only job I have been able to find is collections. There's not really in room for advancement at this time where I currently work, so I'm job hunting again. I live in a rural area (Marion, VA), so jobs are hard to come by. I worked as a LPN before I made the decision to change career paths. I have applied to many positions, but I have been turned down because I lack experience. I'm willing to work in billing, or anything relevant to get my foot in the door. Any help is appreciated!!
Hello! I'd just like to add my input, which I hope can create some optimism! So I started my career off in Medical Billing working for a small Pulmonary Health practice and I advanced from there. I've learned quickly that it's sometimes about networking and sometimes "thinking out of the box". Not saying that you're not doing this, but this was something I learned and I did not do initially. To be honest, I did not enjoy so much working in the Pulmonary billing practice, but it gave me some experience, which is needed! During my time there, I offered extra areas in which I could be helpful. At that time, we were implementing our new patient portal service for our practice. So I offered my eagerness to help and I ended up taking lead on this initiative. Once we were up and running successfully, I then landed an opportunity working for an insurance company. Many CPC's typically work in hospitals, physician offices, billing companies, etc. Sometimes, we tend to think that these are the only areas our expertise is needed. This is not the case!

I landed a job working as a Medical Adjuster for an auto insurance company. This role involved ensuring medical claims are paid and working with claimants with regard to their injuries. It also involves medical record review, working with special investigations, and many other different areas. So please try searching for coding jobs with auto insurance companies. There's also jobs at attorney offices. I know you mentioned you live in a rural area, so this may be limited. But there's many insurance (auto/health) that hires coders. Life Insurance companies as well. I currently work from home for a Medicaid Health plan, now, so just keep an eye out in this area as well.

Wishing you the best of luck on your future endeavors~

Stephon
 

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I passed my CPC exam in September of 2020. I am now taking the CPMA course. Finding jobs without experience is near impossible, however, I just found a wonderful coding youtube channel called "Contempo Coding", Victoria the owner is a Certified CPC instructor and posts informational CPC coding videos, CPC coding questions, and information on obtaining medical coding jobs plus more.
This is one of the job info videos:
MEDICAL CODING JOBS - USE YOUR CODER SKILLS IN THESE POSITIONS - What to look for in alternate jobs…

Finding a medical coding job can be hard but I (Victoria) want YOU to get the insight on how to position yourself to move into an awesome role!
Entry-Level Position titles to consider:
Medical Records Specialist
Billing Clerk
Accounts Receivable Representative
Payment Poster
Medical Biller
Registration / Scheduling Specialist
Chare Entry Specialist
Medical Coding Support Specialist
Insurance Verification Specialist
Prior Authorization / Precertification Specialist
Credentialing Specialist
Coding Apprentice
Patient Access Representative

Mid-Level
Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Coder 1 & 2
Medical Coding Coordinator

Advanced:
Compliance
Medical Coding Analyst
Medical Coding Auditor
Coding Quality Specialist
Medical Coding Consultant
Expert Witness

Side Work:
Coding Tutor
Cheat Sheet Sales
Blogger / Writer
Craft / Merch Sales
I passed my CPC exam in September of 2020. I am now taking the CPMA course. Finding jobs without experience is near impossible, however, I just found a wonderful coding youtube channel called "Contempo Coding", Victoria the owner is a Certified CPC instructor and posts informational CPC coding videos, CPC coding questions, and information on obtaining medical coding jobs plus more.
This is one of the job info videos:
MEDICAL CODING JOBS - USE YOUR CODER SKILLS IN THESE POSITIONS - What to look for in alternate jobs…

Finding a medical coding job can be hard but I (Victoria) want YOU to get the insight on how to position yourself to move into an awesome role!
Entry-Level Position titles to consider:
Medical Records Specialist
Billing Clerk
Accounts Receivable Representative
Payment Poster
Medical Biller
Registration / Scheduling Specialist
Chare Entry Specialist
Medical Coding Support Specialist
Insurance Verification Specialist
Prior Authorization / Precertification Specialist
Credentialing Specialist
Coding Apprentice
Patient Access Representative

Mid-Level
Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Coder 1 & 2
Medical Coding Coordinator

Advanced:
Compliance
Medical Coding Analyst
Medical Coding Auditor
Coding Quality Specialist
Medical Coding Consultant
Expert Witness

Side Work:
Coding Tutor
Cheat Sheet Sales
Blogger / Writer
Craft / Merch Sales
I can attest to Victoria's channel- she is super helpful and has a wealth of information (and advice). I made the switch from Credentials Specialist to Coder in 2019. So glad I did!!
 
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