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!
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