I just completed 2-1/2 years of medical insurance billing courses in Woodland Hills, (Los Angeles) California. Iâ€™m trying to get â€śmy foot in the doorâ€ť as well--in an outpatient facility whether itâ€™s in a medical center or a doctorâ€™s office.
Currently, Iâ€™m preparing to take the CPC-A exam in October. I have years of experience working as an Executive Administrative Assistant/Legal Transcriber, but itâ€™s very difficult to get in the medical field as a coder without medical experience and certification. We have to start somewhere. This is very frustrating, because years ago my friends learned on the job as a temporary employee without any formal training from school. Then they were hired permanently, and to this day they arenâ€™t certified.
If thereâ€™s a demand in coding, why is it that weâ€™re being shut out? Iâ€™ve even heard from those who took the certification exam that itâ€™s too advanced from what we were taught in school. My former classmate told me that â€śour teachers need to get connected with some hospital sources or medical groups that know coding and can give them some inside operating reports or real life scenarios or something to be taught in class . . . because some of them including teachers have to take the certification exam several times in order to pass it.â€ť I was shocked when I heard this, because we had so much work in school and it was overwhelming, plus they studied Carol Buckâ€™s study guide months in advanced and did well on the sample exams.
AAPC is well aware of this, and they agree that the certification exam is too advanced. They received many complaints about the exam.
Now there are coding books that are pretty advanced, and Iâ€™m working with those. Then there are the $149 CEU classes and audio tapes, but basically I was told it consists of things we already learned--which is a lot of book reading. Then there are low cost CEU courses.
I donâ€™t mean to be "long winded," but I just think a change needs to come, because I need to start working as a coder soon.
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