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  1. #81
    Medical Coding Books
    I just passed my exam but have been looking for a job as well but I can't seem to get my foot in the door no where everyone asks for experience and I have tried to get a internship but there is none available in my area. Very job in New York state has asked for it, but no one is willing to give me the opportunity to prove myself. Our school was suppose to help with internships and they got one and gave it to someone without anyone knowing it. So that is it now I have to find a job outside my field to help me take care of my family but I feel like I went to school for nothing.

  2. #82
    I actually just interviewed for a Jr Coding Position that does not require experience. I got a call telling me they are checking background and references and they will be in contact. Hoping this is a positive indication!

  3. #83
    Unhappy no jobs issue
    I agree - it seems as if the market is flooded with new coders and the schools and organizations are of no help in finding a entry level job, they are just very happy taking our money. Maybe we need to hear from the veterans out there - how did they first get started??? I am getting very worried that I picked the right carrier at the wrong time, not only will I never get a chance at having even one years experience under my belt now I am hearing scary rumors that EMRs will be eliminating coding positions in the future. It sounds as if the game is over while I am still sitting on the sidelines, all dressed up and no where to go!

  4. #84
    San Antonio, Tx
    I got started by volunteering. I know this is not always a viable option for those of us who are already struggling let alone work for free. But, think about this: Are you learning anything sitting at home? You can only submit so many resumes and read so many job "openings". I was hired after 3 weeks. I am sure that the office you volunteer for would be very understanding if you get calls about potential job offers while at work, however, you should always show how professional you are by making sure you are at a point where you can take the call. Even if the place where you volunteer doesn't hire you, you are in the environment that gives you more access to other practices that may be looking but not advertising. Keep a positive attitude and don't give up on your dreams and goals.
    Ray Galvez CPC

  5. #85
    San Gabriel Valley,CA
    I would have to say that there are much more coders out there from when I recieved my certificare (2004). I find that there are not many coding positions as there was back when I first got certified. I do not regret it at all as it has opened many doors for me. I guess the tough economy does not help right now. All of you who are trying to find a coding job, hang in there. I would look into billing, insurance, collections, something of that sort in order to get your foot in the door. A lot of positions that I see are through agencies which would not be a bad idea to start with. Best of luck to all of you who are looking for a coding position!!!
    Elizabeth M., CCS, CPC, ICD-10 CM/PCS
    Multi Specialty Coder/Compliance Auditor/ICD-10 Educator

  6. #86
    Default I feel your pain......
    I am just now reading everyones frustration in trying to obtain a career in medical coding. Well its 2009 now, so I hope everyone has found a job.
    I am very disappointed in seeking a job in medical coding. I am a CPC and have 10 years experience in the field. I had a wonderful job in New York as a senior coder for a physician billing company own by one the largest hospital in NY. I relocated to Virginia just knowing with my experience, I would have no problem in seeking employment in my field. Well I was wrong. The only jobs that seem to be available were for hospital and outpatient coders. One of my specialty was General Surgery-physician based amongst many others. But no luck. I did find a job as a clinical information coordinator for an organ procurement organization and I love it. I would not leave my job for anything. The benefits are good, a flexible schedule and the mission to save lives and restore health gives a wonderful feeling as to why we do what we do. But I miss coding so much. That was my first love. I am now seeking physician coding part-time or to work from home. I hope I can find something. I feel I am loosing my skills, something I work so hard to get. I keep up in reading and going to my local chapter meetings, but its nothing like actually coding. Please help. That why I say, I feel your pain. I have experience, but the market for a physician coder is no where to be found in this town, Richmond which is the capital of Virginia. Go figure. So if there is anyone out there who can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. I am even thinking of starting my own billing company and if there is anyone out there that lives in Richmond area that would be interested, send me a e-mail and lets talk.
    We coders have got to stick together.

    Thanks for listening.

    Joan M. Murphy, CPC

  7. #87
    Quote Originally Posted by ttsaunders1 View Post
    I have been searching for a coding job for over 5 years. I have an associate's degree in MOT and I am now a CPC. I am still searching for a job. I have done externship with an AAPC accredited company. Still there are no jobs available in my state for those with no experience. What can we do as a community to change this. I spoke with the president in my local chapter. She speaks as if we can not change the way things are. I believe that we can if we all pull together and work hard for what we believe in. I want to know is there anyone else out there that is having this same issue. I know of several other people in my area. Someone please help me to change this. I am not going to give up. Though at times I do get a little discouraged about this. I am 30 year old single mother of three and in dyer need of a job with a lasting career in the medical coding field. I have many other talents but they are not a challenge to me only this medical field is my biggest challenge. So if you hear me, feel me and understand me help me please! We are counting on helping hands and those of you who are having this same issue. To push this through all states around the world to give people that do not have experience to give them the opportunity to gain experiene with varies companies besides just dong volunteer work which is a great thing. But after you have taking that step where do you go from there. I have been faxing my resume, posting my resume and building my resume. I am not looking for a hand out just a breakthrough. I will work hard for what I believe in and this is something that I will work hard for to change. I just need people on y side and to help shjow me the way. Thanks
    Tanisha Saunders Atlanta, Georgia native. I can be contacted through email: DESPERATELY SEEKING FOR ANSWER
    I have no answer for you BUT want to commend you for your hardwork!! In a world where so many feel entitled, it is good to hear from someone else who feels that hard work and a dream is the best route!! Have faith, never give up and keep up the hard work. It will pay off someday!!!

  8. Smile coding jobs for inexperienced coders
    Keep trying. About 15 years ago I graduated from a community college 1 year coding course and couldn't get a job. I finally talked my way into a 2 week trial/no pay 4 hours a day job with a small billing company. I told the owner in my interview that I would work FREE and if at the end of the trial she liked my work she would hire me permanent. I got on as full time. Foot in the door and it looked good on my resume. I have also worked for temp agencies. They gave me the experience to learn the computer systems of larger facilities. Once you learn the computer systems of hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers, you are valuable enough for them to hire. Don't pass up billing or collecting jobs for both of these give you an invaluable educational overview of what coding is just a part of. Read medical documentation to keep up your skills. Keep adding to your knowledge.
    I now work for a very large consulting company and feel pretty secure.
    Good luck and welcome to creative job hunting. Hope this helps.

  9. #89
    Baltimore East, MD
    Hi everyone,
    I was just browsing the forums and saw how many posts are in this thread Thought I would share my story on finding a coding job...

    I took a course and became a certified health unit coordinator several years ago, and had the same problem most of you are encountering... no entry level jobs (my only jobs had been at factories or McDonalds at that point), so I ended up taking a call center job while I looked for something better. That experience was enough to get a part time job doing data entry for an insurance company. I decided to go back to school...this time for coding...and ended up with a job at Information on Demand doing release of information in the medical records department of a hospital. When I graduated I was able to land a job working for a group of ER docs because I had some experience with their medical records system. That position only lasted about 6 months before they decided to have an outside company take care of their medical coding and billing. Fortunately I'd developed a good relationship with the physicians, and they asked the company to hire me on as a coder.

    It took a couple years to get here, but I am finally where I want to be. So just hang in there you guys, and take ANY job that can get you even a tiny step closer to coding. Any experience you can get is only going to help you!

  10. Thumbs up KikiM.
    When I started out years ago. I was both a MA and a Medical Secretrary. I took a lower paying job to learn how to bill insurance. It took me two years and self teaching to becoming the Surgical Center's coder. I was certifed with AAPC when they were still in Chicago, ILL.

    When a big hospital bought us out and put the manager in my position. ( She hated coding but wanted to keep her job.) I went away from the field for many years always missing my career as a coder.

    I went thru classes to up date my skills to become certified as a CPC which to me is harder with the E&M codes, internships and all but I already know that I will not have to wait 6month to get my full CPC because of prior years of coding but I WILL HAVE TO START BACK UP AS a medical biller possibly a referral authorize specialist and work it back up.

    This is the reality it always has been. AAPC has not always been around but it is a must if you are not certified thru AMA or have other degrees.

    Love my coding still,

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