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I am not CPC certified, but with difficulty finding coding employment even with certification, has anyone tried to take the medical billing course to help with finding employment just to get foot in the door? Thanks.
 
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Any job in the medical profession can be a foot in the door position. Look for jobs in patient registration, accounts receivable, payment posting, etc. All of those can help open doors to coding opportunities.
 
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I am not CPC certified, but with difficulty finding coding employment even with certification, has anyone tried to take the medical billing course to help with finding employment just to get foot in the door? Thanks.
I am taking the CPB online class. Are there any suggestions/guidance for taking the online test before the certification and of course, any guidance for taking the certification test itself? Thank you
 

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I am so sorry; I have not taken the CPB course but was considering taking it just to see if it would help get a foot in the door and then later, hopefully, in coding. I don't know anything about their course; I'm sure it's a good one. Just trying to find out if companies/organizations thought it was useful for someone with no billing experience but the desire to learn it. Good luck.
 

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I encourage anyone interested in the CPB course to take a look at job descriptions in your area to see if that is a required or even recommended certification for billing or coding positions. I have only seen one job interested in that certification in all of my searches. I don't think many employers know that it exists.
 

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I am taking the CPB online class. Are there any suggestions/guidance for taking the online test before the certification and of course, any guidance for taking the certification test itself? Thank you
Hi Myra,

I am both CPC (Certified Professional Coder) + CPB (Certified Professional Biller). If you require any help in terms of billing certification, training, or any other information, please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to assist you.

E-mail: rajinder_dhammi@yahoo.com
 

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Hi Myra,

I am both CPC (Certified Professional Coder) + CPB (Certified Professional Biller). If you require any help in terms of billing certification, training, or any other information, please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to assist you.

E-mail: rajinder_dhammi@yahoo.com
Hi Rajinder,

I posted the original question in this thread; do you think obtaining a CPB would help open doors in the medical field? I have taken an online medical coding course but the CPT coding portion of it was poorly done, I felt. Too simplistic, very few, if any, rationales given for why one answer over another. I am attempting to study for the cert exam but am just about ready to chuck it all and take AAPC's CPC training course. But I also realize most people have to start just about anywhere in the medical field to get foot in the door (hoping to code eventually). Also, is the AAPC CPB course well-done, does it explain things, and do the
instructors get back with you in a timely manner (assuming you took AAPC's course)? Thanks so much for your time and advice.
 

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I encourage anyone interested in the CPB course to take a look at job descriptions in your area to see if that is a required or even recommended certification for billing or coding positions. I have only seen one job interested in that certification in all of my searches. I don't think many employers know that it exists.
Dear Hperry 10,

I don't agree with your thought of holding CPB (Certified Professional Biller) credential/certification useless. Holding any credential/certification does help as it would tell a prospective employer what you know and helps build a trust. Getting a job is all about how you present yourself along with your skill set and certifications help in justifying what you say.

In short, certifications in any trade is of immense value.

Thank you,
Rajinder Singh Dhammi, CPC, CPB
E-mail: rajinder_dhammi@yahoo.com
 

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Rajinder - I think you misread my post. I did not say that it is useless only that the original poster should check to see if that credential is sought after in his/ her area. In my experience the CPB credential is not one that I have seen as a desired certification in the 10 years that I have been in the field because most employers are not familiar with it. I recommended the CPB course several times to my own supervisor as a training tool for several new hires in my department because I thought it was a valuable resource but she did not. Again, despite my best efforts, outside of the CPC certification she is not interested in anything else. I think it would be worth it for AAPC to market this credential more than they do.
 

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Hi Rajinder,

I posted the original question in this thread; do you think obtaining a CPB would help open doors in the medical field? I have taken an online medical coding course but the CPT coding portion of it was poorly done, I felt. Too simplistic, very few, if any, rationales given for why one answer over another. I am attempting to study for the cert exam but am just about ready to chuck it all and take AAPC's CPC training course. But I also realize most people have to start just about anywhere in the medical field to get foot in the door (hoping to code eventually). Also, is the AAPC CPB course well-done, does it explain things, and do the
instructors get back with you in a timely manner (assuming you took AAPC's course)? Thanks so much for your time and advice.
Dear friend,

First of all, thanks for posting the question.

The answer is YES, CPB (Certified Professional Biller) does help to get jobs in medical billing areas. It does show the employer that you have the skill set to perform the below-mentioned tasks:

For instance:
Eligibility & Verification
Authorizations & Referrals
Charge Posting
Payment Posting
Denial Management/AR followup
Patient Collections

As far as certification goes, CPC is a course which helps build your knowledge on medical coding front (150 questions in exam) whereas CPB helps in understanding medical billing (200 questions in exam). CPB exam does consist of coding questions too, so anyone preparing from CPB should not ignore the coding part, even though there are only 15 questions.

I personally found CPB to be a little tougher as compared to CPC. I purchased a book along with practice papers to prepare for this exam. Frankly speaking, I didn't feel the need of any instructor anytime during my preparation.

Just to let everyone know, I do have two decades of US healthcare experience. I also provide free training on Skype for anyone who is interested in pursuing their coding or billing certifications (time passers, please excuse).

For further details, feel free to contact me.

Rajinder Singh Dhammi, CPC, CPB
E-mail: rajinder_dhammi@yahoo.com
 
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Rajinder - I think you misread my post. I did not say that it is useless only that the original poster should check to see if that credential is sought after in his/ her area. In my experience the CPB credential is not one that I have seen as a desired certification in the 10 years that I have been in the field because most employers are not familiar with it. I recommended the CPB course several times to my own supervisor as a training tool for several new hires in my department because I thought it was a valuable resource but she did not. Again, despite my best efforts, outside of the CPC certification she is not interested in anything else. I think it would be worth it for AAPC to market this credential more than they do.
I agree with your point. AAPC should do efforts to promote this certification. But sooner or later employers are going to know about this credential too. I mean there are many other credentials which the employers are not aware of and this is one of them. It is the person's responsibility to make the recruiter aware about it.

To sum up, getting a job is all about selling your services, just as a salesman. I hope I am clear now...:)
 

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I am taking the online course for the CPB. But I am not finding any of this information in the 3 required books that your allow to have in the exam. I looked on the AAPC website for the break down listing of the questions and still there are sections of the exam I would assume you will need to memorize as it is not in any of the books only the class materials. Any helpful tools for the exam would be appreciated.

Thanks Cathy Davis, CPC, COC, CPMA, CHONC
 

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I am taking the online course for the CPB. But I am not finding any of this information in the 3 required books that your allow to have in the exam. I looked on the AAPC website for the break down listing of the questions and still there are sections of the exam I would assume you will need to memorize as it is not in any of the books only the class materials. Any helpful tools for the exam would be appreciated.

Thanks Cathy Davis, CPC, COC, CPMA, CHONC
For the CPB exam, your 3 allowed books are:

CPT book (AMA Professional Edition only - no other publisher books are allowed)
ICD-10 CM (your choice of publisher)
HCPCs Level II (your choice of publisher)

You can find that information on the AAPC website here:


Under the section "What items will I need to bring to my exam?" there is a link you can click for Approved Resources. It will tell you all of the resources that are allowed for all of the exams.
 
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