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Thread: No Coding Jobs for inexperienced Coders

  1. #71
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    Apr 2007
    Woodland Hills (Los Angeles), California


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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101569 View Post
    Have you applied at Kaiser Permente? Or apply and one of your local hospital, they usually have prn positions.
    Everyone wants experience. I've worked in a few medical centers, but not as a coder.

  2. #72


    There are jobs out there for the inexperienced ones!!! (I hope that gives you more hope than annoyance! )

    I was fresh out of a course, having problems finding a job in my area. You had to have at least three years experience to work anywhere. It was definintely disheartening. Then I decided to broaden my search area to include places a little bit farther away. Not even a month after I did that, I got a job. The drive is long, and I don't get to see much of my family at all during the week, but we all know it will be worth it in the long run.

  3. #73

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    Kelly, I just want to say thank you for sharing the information on jobs for Medical Coders. I will take the CPC exam in two months and was wondering where to look for jobs,although I have been in the medical field for 12 years. My instructor told me that I should not have any problems finding a job,so I am applying for a position at the local VA. Will keep you posted on the outcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by KellyCPC/CFE View Post
    Not sure how close any are located to you but the
    local VA hospitals will hire coders that have just graduated and will train you.

    I know it is frustrating. I have 12 years of coding experience. Once I had my daughter I knew I wanted to stay home and opted to apply for remote coding positions only. Even with my experience and background it took me a full year to find a position.

    Do not give up and stick with it.....

  4. #74
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    Apr 2007
    York, Pa


    I know this "post" has been going on for about a year now but I read every single post all 8 pages!!! I have a theory about these community colleges who "guarantee" students they will get a job right out of school.... I actually taught an ICD-9 class at a community college and one the first night of class I had students telling/asking me about salary, taking the CPC exam you name it they asked... I was very honest with them and they did not like it??? This is the real world and I would not lie to them and tell them yes it's easy to get a job after taking some classes because it is not... I had one of the students report me to my boss for telling her information that differed from what the school had told her. To make a long story short I finished teaching the class but decided it wasn't for me. I refuse to tell a student a lie or something that is not "definite" there are no guarantees in life at all???

    I am now a billing manager for two family practices and I just recently hired a girl right out of school ... why you might ask because I feel everyone deserves a chance to prove themself. She was so thankful to me for giving her the chance to "try" to "learn" will it work out for her, I hope so and I realize I have alot of work ahead of me training someone fresh out of a billing/coding school but like I said we all deserve a chance, too bad some employers don't see it like that, mind you this position I filled is not a coding position but an entry level billing position. I actually picked a newbie over a girl who had previous billing experience but left the billing/coding scene back in 2005.

    My advice to everyone out there keep plugging away, it will pay off in the end.

    Good Luck to you all
    Roxanne Thames CPC, CPC-I, CEMC

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

  5. #75
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    Apr 2007
    East Stroudsburg, PA


    I can relate to your post. I was lucky enough to "work" my way into coding. I started literally worked from the bottom.. Working in a hospital on the overnight shift in the ER. Eventually a position opened up in the billing department and I was able to transfer there. I did not take a coding course but learned what I know on the job. There were many people that where hired and there seems to constantly be conflicting information about the coding environment, guidelines, claims etc.

    The number one thing that will make you shine at any interview is your eagerness to LEARN. Express it. Don't be afraid of what you don't know. If you don't know then find the answer. I have worked with many people that are so set in their ways that it gets in the way of the constant changes.

    We are currently looking for someone in our office and the director and I agree on one thing, we want to hire someone with little or no experience. If no experience then at least some exposure. CPC is preferred but not required.If any of you live in the Scranton area and might be looking for a job, we are hiring. It is a billing/coding position. You can visit:


    Best of luck to everyone out there!

  6. #76
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    Apr 2007
    Topeka, KS


    I am a supervisor of a large medical practice in the midwest. I have hired multiple people with no experience or background. Many of them work out, some don't. We prefer to hire someone with a certification, but not necessarily experienced. So far, in 6 years, we've been able to hire only one certified coder.

    I am also teaching a coding class at the local technical college. And, yes, you get lots of questions about salary. I encourage them to not overlook the entry level positions as these are a foot in the door.

    I have hired some individuals (some with no experience, some with), that complain about the type of work they are doing, that it's not "coding". Whatever position you may hold in a medical practice, it's a job and your coding background and knowledge will only benefit you and the company. Keep at it, maintain your CEU's, be open to an entry level position. Doors will open if you keep an open mind and a positive attitude.

    We currently have three people in our office studying for the CPC. One does follow-up work (researching and appealing denials), one does oncology data entry, one does our internal med coding.


  7. #77


    Add me to the list of frustrated CPC-As. I took the AAPC PMCC and passed my CPC exam in June of 06. I work at University of Michigan as a transcriptionist and apply for almost every coding/coding-related job that comes up. Of the 30+ jobs I've applied for, I've landed only 3 interviews and no job offers, but like the rest of you, I'm not ready to give up yet. Good luck to all the other CPC-As out there.

  8. #78
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    Apr 2007
    Madison, WI

    Unhappy Me too

    you can add another one to the list, I passed my exam in December of 2008 and am still looking. It's tough to get experience if they won't give you a position, I WILL NOT give up though. It does get you down and out sometimes.

  9. #79
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    Apr 2007
    East Stroudsburg, PA


    In addition to looking for jobs in coding you may want to look for AR and medical billing. To get a strickly coding position can be difficult without the years of experience. Most coding positions are looking for auditors and documentation specialists. Without the medical billing background, these positions can be extremely difficult.

    Billing and AR follow up fine tunes your coding knowledge. It's challenging and it's a great start for coders to learn from denials and working the insurances. Depending on the area it may not pay as great as a coder but it is a great start.

    I wanted to let everyone one know this little piece of advice because I recently interviewed a girl who has only medical receptionist experience and has taken coding courses and passed her CPC. She wanted a strickly coding position, meaning not AR follow up. Unfortunately in my office everyone does a little of everything. We have coders but they register patients, do AR follow up, answer the phones and charge entry. Coding is the primary responsibility but it is needed to perform a lot of the AR follow up and handling patient phone calls.

    So please keep in mind that not all coding jobs are listed as coding. Ours is listed as AR/Physician biller.


  10. #80


    I know this is an old thread, but I am also a new coder and maybe I can offer hope. I have my CPC-A and my RHIT and I work at a hospital doing ROI (release of information). I was just promoted to inpatient coder (I start next week ) although my experience coding in limited to the internships I did for my HIT program and a stint with MedAssurant as a data collector.

    I think that attitude has a lot do do with it, attitude and a little luck. But the key is to work in a medical setting, in any capacity, until something comes open. Facilities often only post positions internally and will only go public if they do not have any internal applicants. Even a job in the kitchen will allow you to have access to the internal job postings.

    I think a lot of people think that when you earn a coding credential that means that you'll make $20/hr the next day, but that isn't the case. Often you have to start out at half that, doing things like unit clerk or admitting, before you can move ahead. (And in a hospital setting there is a need for CPCs--the ones at our facility do physician billing or outpatient services like ER and outpatient surgery. The inpatient coders are all RHITs, though.)

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