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let me share my story . I got my Master degree in health information management 2 years ago and passed the RHIA and CCS exam on the first attempt. We were told at school that they don't hire people with no credential in this field any more. I applied for a couple of months after graduation but either no call or asking for experience. for a few interview that I did they told me that experience is a requirement and certification is a plus and they don't have any answer for this question " How can I get my experience if don't work in this field?" I started working in a non-health care company a couple of months ago because I had accounting experience and I cannot afford to wait more than that. I feel I waste my time and investment on education is not worth it. In addition to that I have a big student loan that I have not started to pay yet.
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I am in the process of going for my CPC exam, and I already work at a hospital and had a interview for a coding position. However they told me I do not have enough experience, I was wondering on how do I get the experience I need? I know that most jobs require a few years of experience. Does anyone know of any remote jobs that will take on a new coder or if there are any companies that pay by chart? Even if someone has any suggestions on what to do because I am at a loss on what to do.

Thanks,
Shannon
 

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A HUGE Problem

New coders are finding out that employers insist on at least 2 years experience in “proven coding”. Some are even expecting a proven record of high percentage of correct coding. There’s an abundance of job opportunity for experienced coders but its a dead end for a new grad. I have been a a nurse for 26 years now and I have coded ICD 9 and 10 for labs and use codes to justify the use of medication for patient care. So I am familiar with coding,documentation and terminology/anatomy. And I have sent several resumes out with not one call or a thanks but no thanks email or letter. I got loads of calls and emails for nursing jobs though.

It’s something that I would tell people to think hard and be ready to not work in coding after finishing school or training. Think about how you will pay for keeping your certification and completing the CEUS you have to complete. Does your present job pay enough for the extra expenses?

This is in no way meant to be negative but realistic for those that have to have an income to count on. I have bills to pay and I went back to nursing. It’s the last thing on earth I want to do because after 26 years, I am ready for a change.

Good Luck ? to you and I hope everything works out for you!
 

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Same boat

I, too, am on the same boat! While I have clinical experience and have used both ICD 9 and 10 for work- I am not having any luck with looking for coding jobs much less any site to do an externship or sit and watch with SOME exposure. At first, I thought it was my location as I am not currently near the main city- I have given out resumes but no reply was received. I also reached out to my local chapter officers but only got ONE reply. I am not expecting ANY handouts, I would have appreciated a little bit of help, ideas or suggestions besides networking. Sadly- I had to get a paying job because bills were piling up and now we are locating to a new area. I'm crossing my fingers that I will get SOMETHING to do with medical coding- I have invested SO MUCH MONEY in AAPC, it is a bit discouraging if no one will give a "new" coder a chance.

I'm praying to be in a better situation at the new area where we'll be moving to than here in Fayetteville, NC.

Good luck to all.

H.
 

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:confused::confused:
I decided to do my certification and I got it, but I don't work in the health area. I have tried to find a job and it has been in vain.
With the previous comments I have lost all hope, because my experience is null.
How can I acquire it?
 

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I am in the process of going for my CPC exam, and I already work at a hospital and had a interview for a coding position. However they told me I do not have enough experience, I was wondering on how do I get the experience I need? I know that most jobs require a few years of experience. Does anyone know of any remote jobs that will take on a new coder or if there are any companies that pay by chart? Even if someone has any suggestions on what to do because I am at a loss on what to do.

Thanks,
Shannon
The great company I work for is hiring remote for multiple positions. Visit this website www.ensemblehp.com/careers and let them know I referred you.
 

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I must have missed the original poster's post, so I am not even sure that they will see this post, however my hope is that someone in a similar boat will.

To those who already have received your CPC-A or are in the process of getting it:

If you look through other people's posts in the Employment thread you will find several good and positive suggestions on how to best land your first coding job. I see several frustrated posts of how difficult it is to get your foot in the door when it comes to medical coding. Granted, I was lucky in the sense my work paid for my CPC and I was already coding when I was taking my exam. That said, I do have some suggestions to share, based on my own and the experiences of other people:

-Network, network, network.
These days who you know is almost more important than what you know. I have been in situations where the candidate was probably more qualified than the person who got hired, but because the person who got hired had better networking skills, they got the job instead. Not always fair, but there is that relationship of trust that can be so important.

-What jobs are you applying for?
I have applied for jobs that I did not meet all of the requirements for, but was still contacted for interviews. If you think/believe you can do the job, then apply away. Just make sure your resume/CV is solid and reflects how you can dynamite the job.

-How's your resume?
I have a small panel of trusted people I often have check on my resume and provide me constructive feedback, and I do the same for them. Make sure your resume is not too general and more specific to the position and organization you're applying to. Recruiters will often see through if you're being too general.

-How are your interviewing skills?
Your resume and applications are meant for your ticket to land an interview. Often recruiters will have a number of applicants come in and weed people out from there. Are you interviewing well? There are numerous of YouTube videos that can be helpful in honing your interviewing skills, but most important is to be yourself and show your panel that you are the right candidate for the job.

-What job do you really want?
This is a tricky one, especially for a new CPC grad. Know that there ARE jobs that are only looking for CPC-A out there. I have seen them, in fact my current manager wants to hire CPC-A exclusively from now on. However, they often require some type of medical office experience along with your certification. If you don't have any medical office experience, don't panic and try and get some. It is the old paradox of "Can't get a job because I don't have enough experience, but I can't get experience because I can't get a job". You might have to aim a little lower than Coding to get your foot in the door, and apply for Patient Registration, Billing, Medical Office Specialist/Receptionist, etc., and then from there go for Coder. Once you land your first coding job, then you should be on your way to a great coding career!

If you have some specific questions/concerns (I made my post kinda generic on purpose in order to include most people), you are also free to PM me and I will help as much as I can. I realize it can be very disheartening and discouraging when you get rejected and your interviews/applications turned down. However, there is hope out there and perhaps all that is needed is some fine-adjustments.

Good luck!
 
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I must have missed the original poster's post, so I am not even sure that they will see this post, however my hope is that someone in a similar boat will.

To those who already have received your CPC-A or are in the process of getting it:

If you look through other people's posts in the Employment thread you will find several good and positive suggestions on how to best land your first coding job. I see several frustrated posts of how difficult it is to get your foot in the door when it comes to medical coding. Granted, I was lucky in the sense my work paid for my CPC and I was already coding when I was taking my exam. That said, I do have some suggestions to share, based on my own and the experiences of other people:

-Network, network, network.
These days who you know is almost more important than what you know. I have been in situations where the candidate was probably more qualified than the person who got hired, but because the person who got hired had better networking skills, they got the job instead. Not always fair, but there is that relationship of trust that can be so important.

-What jobs are you applying for?
I have applied for jobs that I did not meet all of the requirements for, but was still contacted for interviews. If you think/believe you can do the job, then apply away. Just make sure your resume/CV is solid and reflects how you can dynamite the job.

-How's your resume?
I have a small panel of trusted people I often have check on my resume and provide me constructive feedback, and I do the same for them. Make sure your resume is not too general and more specific to the position and organization you're applying to. Recruiters will often see through if you're being too general.

-How are your interviewing skills?
Your resume and applications are meant for your ticket to land an interview. Often recruiters will have a number of applicants come in and weed people out from there. Are you interviewing well? There are numerous of YouTube videos that can be helpful in honing your interviewing skills, but most important is to be yourself and show your panel that you are the right candidate for the job.

-What job do you really want?
This is a tricky one, especially for a new CPC grad. Know that there ARE jobs that are only looking for CPC-A out there. I have seen them, in fact my current manager wants to hire CPC-A exclusively from now on. However, they often require some type of medical office experience along with your certification. If you don't have any medical office experience, don't panic and try and get some. It is the old paradox of "Can't get a job because I don't have enough experience, but I can't get experience because I can't get a job". You might have to aim a little lower than Coding to get your foot in the door, and apply for Patient Registration, Billing, Medical Office Specialist/Receptionist, etc., and then from there go for Coder. Once you land your first coding job, then you should be on your way to a great coding career!

If you have some specific questions/concerns (I made my post kinda generic on purpose in order to include most people), you are also free to PM me and I will help as much as I can. I realize it can be very disheartening and discouraging when you get rejected and your interviews/applications turned down. However, there is hope out there and perhaps all that is needed is some fine-adjustments.

Good luck!
Who is your current manager that he only wants to hire CPC-A applicants? Who is the employer? Thanks.
 

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I got my certification 2 years ago, hoping to switch careers and my teacher reassured me i will find work right after i got my CPC, here I am 2 years later still not able to find employment in healthcare and cannot afford to work for free to get experience due to cost of living in NYC 😒 very disappointing..
 

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I got my certification 2 years ago, hoping to switch careers and my teacher reassured me i will find work right after i got my CPC, here I am 2 years later still not able to find employment in healthcare and cannot afford to work for free to get experience due to cost of living in NYC 😒 very disappointing..
Your teacher had no right to say you will find work right after getting your CPC. Just ask 99.9% of people on here who are trying to land that first job. Your teacher needs to get real about employment prospects without experience and not mislead would-be coders.

I guess if the first thing your teacher said when you started classes was 'you'll have a tough time landing a job if you have no experience, even if you get your certification', the room would empty pretty quickly.

Personally I think AAPC needs to change the criteria for those seeking to get certified. Take a leaf out of AHIMA's book as well as some other organizations by ensuring those sitting for credentials have some previous experience in the field first. There are hundreds and hundreds of people gaining their CPC/CPC-A every month (just check out Healthcare Business Monthly), most having no coding experience. That is the reason there are so many coders who cannot find employment. Something needs to change, and change quick.
 
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