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  1. #11
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    Apr 2007
    Detroit, Michigan


    AAPC: Back to School
    Thank you so much it's so nice to know that others are also continuing to search for something else. I don't plan on giving up and I really want to continue my education it's just that not being in the field and not being around the healthcare profession I feel like I'm losing what I learned and it's puting me at even more of a disadvantage. But I will keep plugginf away.

  2. #12
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    Apr 2007
    New Port Richey & Gulf to Bay

    Lightbulb Reality!!

    I guess instructors are told to paint a fairy tale for the students. That we will be highly desirable for being new graduates and certified. The employers will eat us up!

    I'll never forget being denied positions on my first three interviews. It was heartbreaking! Here I thought I went to school and got certified, where is my job?! Also, to be honest, I often felt I was discriminated against, due to my age!!

    Instructors and institutions need to be straight forward and paint a realistic outlook for the upcoming coding professional. Many people feel they wasted their time and money after being repeatedly denied positions. In the end, they will give up.

    Sadly, I think I'm one of the only people from my class to get into medical coding. Half of my peers got into medical reception and other jobs within the medical spectrum. The other half are still working in their old professions.

    As for the employers, they complain they are understaffed, but will pass up dozens of newcomers. They will leave positions open for years, when they should implement a training program for the new coders. This program can help the employers bring the new coders up to their expectations, and train them to their preference.

    Again, your key to success is based upon the old theory of survival of the fittest. Many will give up on the job quest, but if you maintain persistance, you will eventually end up in your desired profession.

    Again, take it from me! After thousands of phone calls, sending five hundred resumes, and over forty interviews.....I have ARRIVED!! You just have to keep on keeping on, and don't let despair make you lose site of your ambitions!

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    I totally agree with you. These institutions paint a vivid picture for students while they are in school and once they are finished with school it's a totally different ball game. I went to one of those schools. I ended up completing the Medical Assisting program and could not find a job as a medical assistant. I had the same problem that many of the coders are having, the jobs wanted people with at least two years of experience.

    I then decided that I wanted a job with little to no patient contact. I began working the front desk at a hospital and from there I have worked at another hospital and two doctors offices. I found all of these jobs on my own. The schools claim to have guaranteed job placement, which is all a LIE!! Most of the people in the career services departments are all about putting students on an externship and after you complete it you are on your own. They are too busy helping current students and finding externship sites for current students to help a student that has already graduated. I know this first hand because for one, I was once a student and for two, I currently train extern students.

    Yes, it is very frustrating at times when you see all these jobs and they want five years of experience or a RHIT certification, but I apply for the jobs anyway. There is always a possibility that the employer will be interested in me and offer me at least an interview, but the thing that gets to me is most employers don't even want to give you a chance. One chance is all it takes to prove yourself. It's either you can do the job and perform it to the best of your abilities or you can't, it's plain and simple. I have been and will continue to be persistent in job search for a coding position and I hope that everyone who is looking for a coding position and can't seem to find one will do the same. I wish everyone much success and I hope that we all land a job as a coder very soon.

    N.Williams, CPC

  4. #14
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    Apr 2007
    New Port Richey & Gulf to Bay

    Wink Tricks Aren't For Kids!

    I always said the best thing to do, is try to bypass human resources! I use to always get interviews by contacting the coding supervisor directly. I also would offer them to test my skills. The first job was impressed with my score, they hired me. The second job I received, I nearly got a perfect score. I always tell people to check a wide variety of resources. Apply for "For The Record" and "Advance" magazine. Take a look at some websites, like Medgigs.net and Careerbuilder.com. While having breakfast......READ THE NEWSPAPER!!! Most people bypass the paper nowadays, but it is still efficient. Go to those chapter meetings and network. Don't just go to the AAPC, try AHIMA's as well. Networking is a key component to finding job placement. Become affiliated with several staffing agencies. They might be able to better place you too. To keep yourself on top of coding....try www.ritecode.com, AHIMA's distance learning program, etc. There are hundreds of sites where you can keep on top of your game!!!

  5. #15
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    Apr 2007
    York, Pa


    I just saw this post tonight and it's funny because I taught an icd-9 class at a community college and I just was not into "deceiving" the students they were "told" that once they finished these few classes like cpt4, icd9 and anatomy that they could get a job doing coding, and that they would pass any certification test easily. One student asked me alot of questions and I answered her honestly and the reality of it is she did not like what I had to say she said I was discouraging her from becoming a medical biller/coder but I felt it was my duty to be honest and to tell them the truth...

    Most of the students understood but mainly the ones who had no medical background besides just coming to take these class could not comprehend, the student asked me if she should take the cpc or ccs test right after taking my icd-9 class I told her I would wait and get a job first doing billing or something to get her feet wet, she took me telling her that as saying there was no chance of her passing the exam.

    But she was hanging on to the words the "people" at the school told her to get her money, now I'm not saying its a bad idea to take classes but just be realistic, do you really expect to make top $$$ to start.

    Just wanted to add my 2 cents.

    R.D.T, cpc

  6. #16


    It is important not to give up. My situation is different. I started at the other end. I have been coding for seven years and only certified for a year. I had some interviews that did want me certified but I also had many that took into account my experience rather than a certification. Don't give up there are many positions out there, you just have to come across the right one. I didn't have any problems finding a job and that's that I moved to Texas from Virginia. Keep your chin up something will come up.

    Brandy, CPC

  7. #17
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    Apr 2007
    Windsor, CT

    Talking I fully understand

    When I signed up for my Health Claims Specialist degree I was told that there would be so many job offers because the coding and billing field is growing faster than any other career. I tried "getting my feet wet" and applied for data entry, billing, medical records, even as a medical secretary. Every place told me I had no experience to even answer the phone! I applied at countless places ( well over 150 to date) throughout my 2 year program and nothing. (I do have a great resume with good experience and my CPC-A license, but no medical office experience)

    For my internship I went to a pretty well known office. I got the run around just like others with the whole we will hire you and blah blah blah. Then I discovered and highly vocalized the intentional errors in the billing system. I was immediatly pulled off of all paper work and was resorted to putting address labels on envelopes (well for one day...my last) I left because I discovered fraudulent acts that are not right and I can't take part of that.

    I landed a internship at a hospital, but all they had was medical records. The people loved me, but unfortunately, there were no jobs just yet. I could take a per diem but I can't quit a job to go to my medical record job a few hours a week after driving 1 hour there and 1 hour back. A few coding jobs have opened up since then, but they want someone with experience.

    Other hospitals that called me back wanted to see where I was in my coding career. Of course, they need more experience. I offered to take their coding test and I guarentee that I can pass it. I am not a cocky person, but I have the utmost faith in my coding abilities. I am still, after a month, waiting on replies on if I am experienced enough to take a test.

    I ended up taking a job in data entry because I still am told I don't have to experience doing coding and billing even though I did that in school and on my internships. I am not pleased with the job, it feels degrating, but I can build experience for $10 an hour. I am starting to get into the billing aspect, with no raise, but my passion lies in coding. In all honestly, I can bill, understand all of the aspects that go into it, but I am bored as can be. I will take whatever job comes right now, but my future lies in coding.

    This is my story. There is much more if you feel like sending me a message. I like talking to people that share my same experience in this "flourishing money making" (ha ha) career. I do understand what it is like out there and I live in the middle of 2 big cities that have millions of jobs and hospitals.

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