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  1. Default CPC-A and very frustrated.
    Medical Coding Books
    I put a year and several thousand dollars into an educational program in hopes of making a career change. I was informed that medical coding and billing was the job to have for the next 25 years. I very much enjoyed the program and working in a field that required critical thinking skills. I graduated with honors.
    My experience in my job search has been a real wake up call. Entry level positions seem to require three years experience in the field. If this is true, and many posts from working coders support this notion, then where did these coders get the experience? Do coders just switch jobs with one another? If an experienced coder leaves a job for another position, shouldn't that eventually leave an open position somewhere?
    It seems counter-intuitive to me that a country on the verge of switching to ICD-10 and the Affordable Care Act would not be hiring and training as many coders as possible in order to prepare. Perhaps earlier posts are correct that coding positions are being sent abroad to countries already up and running with ICD-10. I really don't know. What I do know is that after months of searching and over 250 applications, I am beginning to feel that my certification may be working against me. In the eyes of the industry I am simultaneously over qualified and under experienced. I find I am looking forward to ICD-10 as a possible game changer in the job market. Aside from that, all I can do is continue to send resumes and applications into the ozone.
    Is there a way to get an AAPC intern program set up in a specific area? The closest site is just too far to commute for no pay. I would be more than willing otherwise.

  2. Red face coding jobs that are not paying
    I also went to school and spent over10,000 to do it with the loans now due. I was very lucky to get a job which only started me out at $10/hr. After10 months, I was moved up to practice manager for a .70 raise! I was a bit insulted and now my boss wants me working a whole lot more for it. I have been in the hair business for 30 years(& still am) and have made so much more money but I do love coding. I still do hair thankfully because this coding job is very demanding and difficult with the credentialing of the doc. We have taken on another doctor and the practice is growing by leaps and bounds. Not worth $10.70/hr. I feel that it's hard to get your foot in the door somewhere so I just feel the experience is huge right now. I hear that in southern NH coders are starting out at $14./hr so I feel very underpaid and the doctor agrees but the funds are not there yet. Insurance companies are very difficult to work with I am looking for a way to get to know which codes are covered by insurances and the key to getting the doctor paid for what he is doing. It's not just coding I am doing, it's running the whole office and even dealing with collections. I am thankful to have the opportunity but it's a bit wearing! I am not even certified yet, flunked the exam twice! So frustrating! Good luck to all of you. Sometimes you just have to network with people everywhere and let them know that your looking for a coding job. We are in high demand so be very demanding and pesky to let them know your are serious and need the job. Good luck!

  3. Default I am glad I am not alone
    I don't know if I should feel comforted or feel panicked after reading all these posts. I live in East Tennessee and I am in the same frustrating situation. I am working on a degree in HIT at a local community college and I also have a strong nursing background. I have also passed the AAPC exam and I have been searching for an entry-level coding position and because I have no coding experience, I have not had a single response to my resume. I have never had any trouble getting a job before. This is certainly new territory for me. I also don't have many years left to work my way up the ladder, I am 51 and went back to school so I could obtain my degree and code from home, if it takes me forever to get there, what's the point?

    Brenda Smith

  4. Default Waste of time and $$$
    I am writing to you from Roseville, Michigan right outside of Detroit. I am so in the same place as you are!!!!!!!! I've been certified for over 2 years now and this schooling has done nothing for me except get me a receptionist job. I was dumb enough to listen to a good friend of mine and waste all this money on a billing certificate I am horribly disappointed. Every job out there requires 2 years experience. I have been given no chance to utilize my schooling. I should have gone for Medical Assistant because those jobs are listed on a daily basis. This is my last week with AAPC, as I'm wasting $125 a year for what??? I wish you luck in the billing/coding world, as I am not even bothering with the applications any longer. Take Care, Jan

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    I've been certified for well over 10 years. I started as a secretary for a small medical records auditing consulting firm and knew nothing about coding. The owner introduced me to the coding world and helped me get through school. I was eager to learn and would do any task she asked. Eventually, I changed companies, and I'm now making a 6 figure salary as a director of auditing - never imagined that would happen. I didn't want to do this for money necessarily; I truly enjoy every aspect of my job. But it was NOT easy nor did it happen overnight (meaning in the first 5-6 years). I would be doing this even if I didn't make the paycheck I bring home. If you are only in it for the money, you are likely to remain disappointed with the decision to enter into this profession.

    All that said, I mean no disrespect. My advice is to find a place within the coding family and love it. The money will come. I promise.

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    I am always shocked to see these types of threads on the AAPC website and Facebook page. Do you all really think that this situation only happens in the coding field? Unfortunately, when you are unexperienced AT ANYTHING it is hard to get your foot in the door. When I worked as a Practice Manager, we often had to post the receptionist position due to high turnover. The resumes we received for that entry level position paying $26,000 checking in patients and scheduling appointments were astonishing. The sheer volume was difficult to weed through, and there were applicants with Masters degrees, Bachelors degrees, varied experience across many industries. The last receptionist we hired before I left that job had an associate's degree in Interior Design. Guess why she applied for the job? Because she couldn't "get her foot in the door" in the interior design industry! So she volunteers after work to get experience in her field. Someone said it already: Attitude is everything! If you don't expect to get a job, you won't. If you put out negativity, that's what you'll get back. Completing one year of schooling and passing a certification test doesn't mean you are automatically entitled to a job, you have to contiue to work for what you want... unless what you want is a handout, because that's just never gonna happen. $25/ an hour jobs don't just fall out of the sky...

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    Please keep in mind that AAPC is a for-profit organization and does not have the best interests of its members at heart. We are part of a capitalist society and they certainly subscribe to those principals.

    After 2 years of trying to find work, I have given up on medical Coding and Billing. I have no more cash to donate to the AAPC who gladly takes my money for membership and CEUs, but offers nothing useful in return except for a forum for venting my frustration.

    All of the talk about keeping hope alive and staying positive is nice, but it is not sustainable in the long term. You simply cannot wish and smile your way into a new career, even if your wishing is supplemented with hard work and continuing education. Time to take off the rose-colored glasses, Pollyanna...welcome to the real world.

  8. Default Frankly my dear...
    I am good and tired of being lectured to about expecting a handout and being unwilling to start anywhere to get "my foot in the door."

    I am no child, and I am far from naive. I am an experienced and seasoned professional, very familiar with the ways of the work world. I NEVER EVER expected to walk out of school into a high-paying coding job, or a remote coding job, or even an entry-level coding job. I KNOW I am not ready for that, regardless of my education and my certification. I wouldn't WANT the responsibility of coding at my level of knowledge and ability, I am a complete beginner. I know and accept all that. I did from the day I BEGAN my coding classes two years ago.

    Here's the problem. Those entry level jobs in the medical field are almost as hard to get as a coding job. They are completely locked out to anyone who doesn't have the precise experience they require. I cannot get hired as a medical office receptionist, file clerk, ROI clerk, billing clerk, or taker-out of trash. I have a background in restaurant work and I can't get hired to work in dining services at a nursing home or hospital. I can't get hired in the hospital gift shop. I can't get hired to answer phones or fill out insurance forms. Yes, I have applied to all these types of jobs HUNDREDS of times.

    It isn't just me. My best friend has over 20 years of experience as a secretary, office manager, and executive assistant. A year ago she completed a course in medical office management and graduated with top grades. The only "medical" job she's been offered in the last two years is answering the phone two days a week at a surgery clinic (she couldn't take it because she works as a restaurant cook four days a week for a lot more money and hours than they were offering).

    Another friend got her certificate in medical billing and has decided not to keep her certification because she hasn't come within spitting distance of a billing job in the past two years, either (and she actually has medical office experience).

    So please. Cut it with the "get your foot in the door like I did" lectures. The world has changed. When I started in the work world I did the same thing.

    I deliberately set myself up to be able to take a low-paying job. I have no student loan and paid off all my credit card and other debts before finishing school, and my overhead is low. But. Going back to school and getting my certifications in coding cost me not only money and time, but opportunity costs--I could have put my focus, energy, and money elsewhere. Heck, I could have stayed in retail or restaurant work and been a manager by now.

    At what point do I cut my losses and move on? At what point do I direct my focus elsewhere that has a better chance of payoff? How long do I keep pouring money into this money pit, or do I just cut my ?

    All I can say is it's getting very close to that point.

  9. Default I hear your fustration
    I share your fustration. I took a certificate coding class in 2010 luckily i had an awsome teacher who had cancer at the time but was awsome and new her stuff. I took the exam two weeks later and to my surprise i passed. And like you i was unable to get a job with no experience. A year later i signed up for an Asssociates degree program for Administrative Specialist with concentration in Billing and Coding. I learned a lot about computers but the billing and coding part was very poor. But i got my associates degree than did a six month internship at a pyschologis office to gain some office experience as i have been cleaning houses and offices on my own for about ten years and had no office skills. This paticular office did not do any billing in this office it was all done in Florida by the Dr.s sister but i did learn a lot of office skills. I finished that in Feb of 2014 with a profesional recomendation and i still am unable to find a job. I have applyed for almost everything in the medical field only to be told that they hired someone with more experince. I registered with a temp agency who has been unable to get me anything in the medical field. There are times i just want to give up. I do not like going to the local chapter meetings because i feel embaresed that i still have not found a job. I mean how many times can you stand up and say hi my names Jodi and i am a certified coder with no job or experience. You would think that the people that know me there would try and network with you but that does not seem to be the case. I am now going to start applying for service jobs at local hospitals just to get my feet in the door. I thought being certified would give me a leg up. But i have met a lot of people who are not certified and have been hired and working in the coding and billing departments. I think i might take some more courses not sure what else to do. I have learned a lot since 2010 and feel more confident in my skills and my abilities now if someone would just give me a chance to proof my self and see that i am a good worker. So i feel your fustration. If any one has any ideas please let me know.

  10. Default Reply to cthompson1446
    Replying to cthompson1446, yes I took Careerstep IP/OP Medical Billing & Coding program, finished in 9 months, graduated with honors, and took my cpc exam 2 months after that and passed first time. Now, been applying to places for 6 months and nothing yet. Have to say the careerstep program is great as it prepares you to sit for the exam immediately and also has a great practicum section doing Inpatient and Outpatient. Been applying all over for any type of medical job to get in the door, been to multiple temp agencies, still waiting,,,,,

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