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    Apr 2007
    Windsor, CT

    Default Entry Level Postion Problems

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    I just graduated with a Health Claims Specialist degree and have my CPC-A license. I love to code and am very good at it. The problem is that I cannot find a job as a medical coder being a CPC-A with no coding experience in the CT and MA area! When I apply for billing jobs, I run into the problem of being a CPC-A. I am asked why I got my license for coding if I am trying to get a billing positon. How do I go about getting experience with no experience? Feel free to send an e-mail, any information would be wonderful.
    Last edited by kr2011; 01-15-2008 at 06:31 PM.

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    I would tell prospective employers that to fully understand the billing and appeal process one should have an understanding of coding. And that is why you decided to get your apprentice certification.
    Good Luck

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    Apr 2007


    I agree with Shareen. I think being a certified coder gives you a different set of eyes when it comes to billing and you can pick up on problems a little quicker than others. I find it to be a tremendous assest when working my A/R and I am also able to work it quicker which means my employer gets their money faster. Good Luck!
    Susie Corrado, CPC
    ENT Coding/Billing

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    Apr 2007
    York, Pa


    It's sad that people don't understand and consider that billing and coding go hand in hand, I work on the physician end and am a CPC and I know that I am an asset to my office. I can audit the visits the doctors are billing out it helps in understanding some of those "crazy" denials on eobs.

    I know there are some coders too, who feel that billing and coding are two completely differant things... everyone is entitled to their opinion but I really think its a complete package.

    Roxanne Thames, CPC

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    I'm in the same boat. Went to the local community college, completed an HIMT/Coding program and got my CPC-A Certification. Like you I'm looking in Eastern CT, MA, and RI. This was a late-in-life career change for me and I'm also dealing with that. I keeping being told I don't have enough experience; Need that 1 to 3 years of experience. I also tried applying for receptionists and schedulers positions to get a foot in the door. I was hit with why do you want this job if you're a certified coder. If you found an answer, let me know.

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