No entry level job available even after passing CPC

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I am a Certified Professional Coder since 2017. I am also a foreign medical graduate. Each year I have been renewing my membership with AAPC and keep submitting 36 CEU. It is really frustrating for me that I could not find an entry level outpatient coding job till today. Every one is asking for previous experiences. I don't know how come if someone become experienced with out any opportunity to make it. I applied in multiple places during this 4 years and now planning to cancel my membership with AAPC. I think it is nothing but waste of money.

Hosne A Begum
 

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I understand your frustration. I started as an Extern that led to verifying insurance. Then, I found a coding position. I recommend taking any position you can to get a foot in the door to prove yourself. Also, a great resume is very important, as it's your introduction and first impression with a potential employer. Best of luck to you in whatever you decide to do.
 
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I agree it is frustrating, however the key is just getting a foot in the door. Are you just looking at coding jobs or have you considered billing or AR positions? I've been in this field for over 20 years, and I began as a medical assistant and front desk receptionist, and found the billing more interesting, and honestly more flexible. Working at the front desk "check out" window we would post the office visit charges, so I was able to get comfortable with codes. I changed jobs few times, and was able to eventually stick with billing. I've worked in private practices and billing companies. I find billing companies are a little more flexible with who they hire, because training is not as a big deal because they have multiple billers who are able to spend the time training you. The billing companies that I have had experience with are still not looking for coders, they were looking for people to enter charges provided by the doctor's office and they wanted us to work the insurance and patient AR. Doctor offices are looking at replacing that one person whose leaving and they need the experience biller/coder who can step in and take over, so its understandable that you would be looked over for no experience. A large practice may be willing to work with no experience, but that is probably rare. Working at a billing company exposed me to multiple specialties, and the AR allowed me to better understand the importance of getting the icd and cpt right the first time, because everyone hates doing corrected claims. It exposed me to Medicare LCD guidelines, medical necessity, and appeals. Thanks to the billing company, when applying to other jobs I have always emphasized the knowledge of knowing multiple specialties, knowledge in the appeals process, and how to check a claims to make sure it cleared edits prior to submission. With each job I've had, I've learned something different and was able to bring it along to the next job. And even with all those years of experience and obtaining my CPC approximately 5-6 years ago, I finally landed my ideal job two years ago.
 

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I started out in billing, entry level and worked my way up to billing manager. After many years I developed a great sense for the diagnoses and procedure codes. From there I took my CPC exam and passed. It took me almost two years before I got my now current job where I code.
 

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I am a Certified Professional Coder since 2017. I am also a foreign medical graduate. Each year I have been renewing my membership with AAPC and keep submitting 36 CEU. It is really frustrating for me that I could not find an entry level outpatient coding job till today. Every one is asking for previous experiences. I don't know how come if someone become experienced with out any opportunity to make it. I applied in multiple places during this 4 years and now planning to cancel my membership with AAPC. I think it is nothing but waste of money.

Hosne A Begum
You are a lot more patient than I am to keep paying so much cash but at my age, I can't afford it. I can't work at all now so it doesn't matter for me. Good luck with the hunt.
 

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I've been certified since 2019 and cannot get ANY medical jobs, coding or otherwise. Every job posting requires 3 or more years coding experience and billing jobs are the same. As for CEUs, the only free ones I could find have left me 3.5 short, and it EXPENSIVE to purchase the webinar packages or any other methods offered to obtain CEUs, on top of paying dues. The people I know who are actually working as medical coders aren't even certified. I think it's just a money making scheme, so I give up. It's not working out despite the promises of great opportunity and growth in the industry and wealth. The market is saturated with newly certified coders because of these promises. I enjoyed learning something new and challenging myself, but it hasn't led to employment.
 

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I am finding this thread interesting. I am in the opposite situation. I recently changed companies, and I've had nothing but luck seeing coding positions open.
 

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I've been certified since 2019 and cannot get ANY medical jobs, coding or otherwise. Every job posting requires 3 or more years coding experience and billing jobs are the same. As for CEUs, the only free ones I could find have left me 3.5 short, and it EXPENSIVE to purchase the webinar packages or any other methods offered to obtain CEUs, on top of paying dues. The people I know who are actually working as medical coders aren't even certified. I think it's just a money making scheme, so I give up. It's not working out despite the promises of great opportunity and growth in the industry and wealth. The market is saturated with newly certified coders because of these promises. I enjoyed learning something new and challenging myself, but it hasn't led to employment.
I highly suggest doing the monthly PDF reviews for FREE CEU's through AAPC. You read the pamphlet, then answer the questions to get free credits.
 
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