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How can you find a Coding Job?

  1. Question How can you find a Coding Job?
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    How can a person find a Coding Job if you don't have any actual work experience coding physician charts into medical codes even though you are a certified procedural coder?

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    First, don't confine yourself to "CODING" jobs. You may be able to get a foot in the door in medical records, reception, patient registration, or billing. Don't forget to consider the payors ... insurance companies or the state (Medicaid) or federal (Medicare) offices.

    Ask around ... don't just rely on the newspaper or web-based job ads. Check with your friends, your neighbors, your relatives, your church acquaintances, your coding teacher.

    Ask your doctor(s) ... One woman I know got her job as follows: As her husband was leaving his doctor appointment he stopped at the desk to pick up his Rx and make a follow-up appointment. When he was done, the office manager asked (routinely) "Is there anything else you need?" He responded - "Yes, give my wife a job!" The office manager only paused a moment before telling him to have her send her resume. As it turned out that office didn't need her services (they thought she was OVER qualified!), but the manager did call another physician who needed someone, and my friend has a job now.

    I, myself, was NOT looking for a job but met a physician at a social event. As we were introducing ourselves and "what do I do" ... he blurted out - "would you like to come work for me?"

    You have your certification and that is an accomplishment you can take pride in.

    Good luck.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Volunteer your time at a local medical practice in exchange for the experience, accept a medical billing job until a coding job is available, participate in your local chapter!
    Elizabeth M., CCS, CPC, ICD-10 CM/PCS
    Multi Specialty Coder/Compliance Auditor/ICD-10 Educator

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    Call around to local medical billing companies. They usually always have jobs available because of their high turnover rate. It will expose you to experience, and lead to opportunities...

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    With regard to the billing services, if at first they say no, speak to someone in charge. I mentor a CPC-A and they were initially turned down. I worked at the place I referred him too and told him to call back, explain the same things your mentioned and state he was willing to work his way up. He is doing just that and getting paid also. I just hung up the phone with him and he is working hard, earning a paycheck and learning a bunch. Another thing that worked for me in the past, although not with lack of experience, was to pick up the phone book and call every doctors office in there. I got two jobs this way when moving to another city. Good luck to you!
    Machelle Morningstar, CPC, COC, CEMC, COSC
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

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    mberner,

    I have the same problem since I am just entering this field as well! The field is so much in demand, but no one wants to accept anybody without experience. Follow the advice of the other posts (they're all good ideas, i've tried some of them myself); billing is the best route to start off on, I finally found a job with a billing company willing to accept entry-level. I would also search all the hospitals in your area and review their job postings. I found out hospitals usually do not post their job openings on job search sites such as monster.com, careerbuilder.com, etc. (well, at least in my area). Hope this helps. I wish you the best of luck!!

    -Maria
    Perspective CPC-A (Waiting for my test results)

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    I have tried the hospitals direct and they only hire from within or if you know someone. Also some one mentioned being over qualified? I have a bachelors in merchandising and then recently obtain a medical coding and billing certificate at a local college with high honors, have applied to several locations, some at the entry level arena! No luck!!

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    Just hang in there and don't give up; be persistant. I became certified through AHIMA in 2004. I lived in the Chicagoland area, and even though the market is huge, like you said, they all wanted experienced coders. I rememebr one hospital sent me up the ladder on 5 different interviews and each one went well; I had a good feeling until the last one, when the compliance manager, who was an RHIT said 'no' because I had no experience. It was a bummer but I kept at it. Finally, I applied out of state and a hospital here in Iowa was kind enough to phone interview me. After that went well, they wanted to physically meet with me, so they put me up at a Hotel for 2 nights and interviewed me for a few hours one day, and by the time I came back to chicago, I had a phone message to call them back and they offered me a position. Just keep on plugging along and something will come up; at the same time, be open minded. I wanted to code so bad that my wife and I were willing to relocate, but not everyone would feel the same. I wish you the best!!

    Rich

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    Hey Rich, where at in Iowa?

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    I am employed at Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa. I live in Ankeny which is about 8 miles North of Des Moines. Familiar with Iowa?

    Rich

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