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    Hi everyone

    It is frustrating that they need experience before they can offer a job to a CPC-A. I became a CPC-A in September and honestly there is no hospital, building, clinic, urgent care,employment agency, career builder, etc,etc that does not have my resume.

    I applied everywhere not only for coding, but also for patient registration, dietary aide, and medical records. Just get your foot in, work for 6 months and then you can start applying for the inside jobs in coding. Meanwhile make friends in there for connection, go to your charter meetings and network.

    Almost always you can meet someone that knows a place that hires. Also, I think what helps is you take the extra classes in CPC-H, E/M, and the ICD-10. I am almost done with my CPC-H, and in November I will be taking my E/M class, and in January my ICD-10. All that I made available information in my applications.

    It has been barely two weeks and I got my first job interview for an outpatient coder for a big Hospital. I am so excited and I hope I do well in my interview and my coding test for the job. So, be patient, pray to God for help, network, go to charter meetings and show interest in getting more certifications. Good luck to all and I do pray for all to get a job very soon.

    If anyone is interested to take online classes for CPC-H, E/M, and ICD-10 they are only a couple of months, and taught from one of the best AAPC credited instructor. Her name is Lynn Schoeler, I have taken my classes from her.

    Her website is www.certifiedcodertraining.com and her e-mail is lynn@certifiedcodertraining.com. Her phone is Toll free: 866-737-3701. Please mention that her student (me) referred you to the school.

    Take care all and good luck

    Emmie Gouvisis CPC-A

    PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE TRULY WINNERS. YOU PASSED A DIFFICULT CODING TEST. THAT IS A GREAT SUCCESS ITSELF. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by emmieg1@yahoo.com; 10-06-2010 at 12:43 AM.

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    It sounds like your determination is really paying off. GREAT JOB!!!!!! and Good luck at your job interview.
    Ali Coleman ~ CFE, CPC, CEMC
    Defense Health Agency
    TRICARE/Department of Defense
    Health Care Fraud Specialist

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    I just want to say that I know the job search part is very hard. I stayed in a position for 6 years waiting for the right one to open -but when it did.. it was WELL worth the wait. My circumstances were probably different, I wasnt an apprentice, but sometimes things just are what they are.

    I agree that attitude is key when you are trying for ANYthing new.

    Present yourself in a positive light- focus on what you HAVE to offer.

    For Exanple: Instead of starting out with how hard the job search has been, try this: " I have __ years experience as a biller/coder, I have __ years experience as an MA,LPN, MOT, etc. and I have worked in the medical field for __years. I am a hard worker, loyal employee and am not a partaker in office drama. "

    The interview is not the place to vent about how hard its been to find a job or how frustrating it is to have an opportunity to get experience. Sometimes you might even have to start out in a lower position to work UP to what you want to do (or start out as a temp)- - but at least its a foot in the door. You will have benefits, you will be gaining experience and they learn about you, you learn about them and they can SEE that you are what you have advertised. Doors will open and you will be given the chance to prove yourself.

    Just a thought

    LaNeice Watson, CPC-H, HBA, HCM

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlwatson2005 View Post
    I just want to say that I know the job search part is very hard. I stayed in a position for 6 years waiting for the right one to open -but when it did.. it was WELL worth the wait. My circumstances were probably different, I wasnt an apprentice, but sometimes things just are what they are.

    I agree that attitude is key when you are trying for ANYthing new.

    Present yourself in a positive light- focus on what you HAVE to offer.

    For Exanple: Instead of starting out with how hard the job search has been, try this: " I have __ years experience as a biller/coder, I have __ years experience as an MA,LPN, MOT, etc. and I have worked in the medical field for __years. I am a hard worker, loyal employee and am not a partaker in office drama. "

    The interview is not the place to vent about how hard its been to find a job or how frustrating it is to have an opportunity to get experience. Sometimes you might even have to start out in a lower position to work UP to what you want to do (or start out as a temp)- - but at least its a foot in the door. You will have benefits, you will be gaining experience and they learn about you, you learn about them and they can SEE that you are what you have advertised. Doors will open and you will be given the chance to prove yourself.

    Just a thought

    LaNeice Watson, CPC-H, HBA, HCM
    Thanks, LaNeice! That is great advice and positive advice. I had been wondering what to tell them when they ask me about my unemployment. I have been studying and reviewing again for my CPC retake in Dec. I believe I'm understanding how to look for the correct code(s) in the coding manuals and not spending too much time on the question/scenario. So I hope my extensive practicing and studying will help me to pass it this time. Also, I know I spent too much time on a lot of the E/M questions which I'm not very good at... but I am understanding it better with more practice. Here's hoping and praying!

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    It sounds like your determination is really paying off. GREAT JOB!!!!!! and Good luck at your job interview.
    Thank you for your kind words. My interview was today, I thought it went pretty well. The HIM Director made me feel very comfortable. I will know next week if I got the job. If not, there is a possibility I can work there as an Intern, no pay of course. If they like me I have a better chance of being hired as a permanent employee.It is all in God's help.

    Thank you

    Emmie Gouvisis

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmieg1@yahoo.com View Post
    Thank you for your kind words. My interview was today, I thought it went pretty well. The HIM Director made me feel very comfortable. I will know next week if I got the job. If not, there is a possibility I can work there as an Intern, no pay of course. If they like me I have a better chance of being hired as a permanent employee.It is all in God's help.

    Thank you

    Emmie Gouvisis
    I am wishing you the best of luck on getting this job! You have such a positive outlook.... even if you can get teh internship, as you said it could lead to employement.

    Good Luck!
    Roxanne Thames CPC, CPC-I, CEMC
    rthamescpci@gmail.com


    "Remember the greatest gift is not found in the store but in the heart of true friends"

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    Emmie,

    I add my good wishes to Roxannes. It does pay off by remaining positive and taking initiative.

    Best of luck!
    Machelle Morningstar, CPC, COC, CEMC, COSC
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

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    Never give up! I am a coding director in a billing company in Grand Rapids, MI.
    It is always nice to have those experienced coders, but with them you have to bring on all of the bad ideas or habits that they carry with them.
    We have been doing some hiring for coders. I personally feel that it is nice to take coders right out of school.....they are eager and willing to learn, with fresh ideas and positive attitudes. You are important to the coding world and in the year 2013 when ICD-9 changes to ICD-10 there is going to be a big need for coders because some of those that do not want to learn ICD-10 is going to parting ways with their jobs. Learn all you can and you will come across someone like myself that believes in each and everyone of you.

    Best of Luck and don't give up.

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    I wish there were more managers like you! I'm a hard working and eager apprentice that is willing and able to learn anything.

    Like everyone else, I've been applying everywhere and anywhere. It's a catch-22: Where do you get the experience you need?

    That should be addressed.

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    I am having the same problem but i just graduated. I have spoken to people in meetings and at my internship and even though they are saying that their own work is swamped and are having trouble keeping up with work load, one place even got rid of a position when one gal left. They are not allowed to hire any more. I know that these clinics and hospitals are not hurting for money and people get sick no matter what the economy is doing so why? I really don't get it. I am one of the last few in my class to get a job but I have placed more effort than they have-getting certified and going to meetings. I apply to about 2-3 a day and I dont even get an email saying no thanks- how rude right? I know that when my certification comes up i will not go for it again, I might not even pay any dues cause this is not helping me out at all like it is supposed to.

    I don't know what tricks there are to this but I am frustrated and need to go and pay for schooling so off to those deadend jobs I go right.

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