CPC-A frustration

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Hi,

I have had my CPC-A for a little while now, and feel like since I have been on the job search it's not good enough. Do I need another certification to get a job, I don't have a medical background because I have worked in customer service. I understand the experience factor, but do employers hire a person with a CPC-A?
 

sls314

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Have you tried getting a foot in the door job with a hospital or medical provider in your area?

It might be difficult to be hired directly into the coding department as an external candidate with a CPC-A. However, getting hands on experience with the EHR system and networking as an internal candidate could help give you an edge when a coding position opens up.

Do you attend your local AAPC chapter meetings? I'd encourage you to go, if you're able. Networking with local coders in your area could help you find out about job openings and get your name out there.

Also, if you have an interest in Risk Adjustment, I'd look into that as well.

Good luck!
 

Pam Brooks

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There's no one trajectory that any of us could recommend. It's difficult to get a job with a CPC-A, since most organizations want experienced coders, but it's not impossible to get a job within a healthcare organization where your training as a coder would be advantageous. Try scheduling, pre-certification, medical records, patient access, front-desk representative, payment poster, or charge entry specialist. Sitting for an additional certification is probably not going to help you at this point, although if I were to recommend any of them it would probably be COC, if you plan to work in a hospital. Additional certifications are better utilized when you have a plan of action for your career and can focus on the areas of expertise you want to pursue. I would take Susan's advice above and get to your local chapter meetings, but take it one step further and get involved. Your participation in the local chapter events and planning can potentially introduce you to hiring managers and other senior coders who might recommend you for positions. Good luck. Pam
 

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Hi, I had a similar situation in that I passed my CPC with no employment history in the medical field. I was fortunate that one of the instructors at the school where I took my coding course knew that a billing manager of a medical practice was looking for someone to help with their front desk and to answer phones. Eventually after putting in my dues for a year and learning the basics I was able to make a sideways transfer into their billing department. Even then I did not code for another year after having to work on aged claims and just getting to know the process. I agree with Pam above that it's very unlikely to get hired as a coder straight away, but definitely get your foot in the door somewhere and hopefully you can make some sort of lateral move once you prove yourself.

I hope that helps :)
 
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There's no one trajectory that any of us could recommend. It's difficult to get a job with a CPC-A, since most organizations want experienced coders, but it's not impossible to get a job within a healthcare organization where your training as a coder would be advantageous. Try scheduling, pre-certification, medical records, patient access, front-desk representative, payment poster, or charge entry specialist. Sitting for an additional certification is probably not going to help you at this point, although if I were to recommend any of them it would probably be COC, if you plan to work in a hospital. Additional certifications are better utilized when you have a plan of action for your career and can focus on the areas of expertise you want to pursue. I would take Susan's advice above and get to your local chapter meetings, but take it one step further and get involved. Your participation in the local chapter events and planning can potentially introduce you to hiring managers and other senior coders who might recommend you for positions. Good luck. Pam
Thank you for your advice 🙏
 
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Hi, I had a similar situation in that I passed my CPC with no employment history in the medical field. I was fortunate that one of the instructors at the school where I took my coding course knew that a billing manager of a medical practice was looking for someone to help with their front desk and to answer phones. Eventually after putting in my dues for a year and learning the basics I was able to make a sideways transfer into their billing department. Even then I did not code for another year after having to work on aged claims and just getting to know the process. I agree with Pam above that it's very unlikely to get hired as a coder straight away, but definitely get your foot in the door somewhere and hopefully you can make some sort of lateral move once you prove yourself.

I hope that helps :)
thank you
 

stindle1

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I share your frustration... I currently work for a healthcare company, but keep running into the issue of 'no experience', but I'm going to keep applying... hopefully we both land something soon!
 
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