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How many gained employment with NO experience?

  1. #121
    Location
    Albany, NY
    Posts
    15
    Default Take Whatever Experience You Can
    Medical Coding Books
    I just received my CPC this week after nearly 20 years of working with insurance billing & coding. Don't turn down any job that will give you experience with the codes, insurance, doctors, etc. The experience helped me when I finally went to school & took the PMCC course.

    I have been working at my local hospital's primary care center for almost 10 years and was hired just by knowing CPT & ICD-9. There are places will hire based on that. I learned the codes by temping at an insurance company who trained me in CPT & ICD-9. Prior to that, I had a business degree and have taken medical terminology & anatomy/physiology.

    I finally became CPC credentialed because I was promoted from billing specialist to coding specialist & knew that I would need further (and current) education.

    Don't get discouraged---hang in there! We've all had to start somewhere. If you have a CPC-A, I believe a lot of medical practices will look favorable on you. It shows your prospective employer that you worked hard to study an intensive course & passed a tricky test

  2. Smile Frustrated
    I worked for 7 years at in a Pediatrics office. where I was trained to code and bill. I took a liking for Billing and Coding and got my CPC certification. unfortunately, my place of employment does not need a CPC ( salary ). I have been home for 10 months now after a motor vehicle accident and have sent out tons of resume , however, different specialties are demanding experience so I am still unemployed. Awaiting advices from all CPC's who got a job without experience in the filed.

  3. Default Aapc certified medical coder with no experience
    I just read this post by you adam and i felt this truly was the position i am in right now. I just graduated from allied business schools back in february of 2014 and just recently took my aapc certification exam on july 19, 2014 and passed it, and am trying to find a job in medical coding, but most companies don't even want to hire me because i don't have the experience. So how am i supposed to get the experience without someone hiring an entry level coder?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!!

    Monica martin, cpc-a
    601-383-4812

  4. Default
    I worked as a medical transcriptionist for acute care hospitals for 25+ years and with the same medical transcription company doing remote medical transcription in my home for 17-1/2 years before finally going back to school for medical coding which i finished in february of 2014 and became aapc certified on july 19, 2014. I am now searching for a job, but now i am finding that most medical coding jobs require 2-4 years experience and it seems no one wants to hire an entry level medical coder to give them the experience and a chance.

    Monica martin, cpc-a
    601-383-4812

  5. #125
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Posts
    30
    Default
    Right before finishing classes in coding and billing and being CPC-A, I got a job in registration at an outpatient surgery center and was fortunately was promoted to billing and during that time they had me code some minor procedures and correct all the errors that the coder made, the coder was outsourced. With all the experience with not only coding but with billing I was able to find a full time coding position with cardiology without any cardiology experience.

  6. #126
    Location
    DALLAS CENTRAL
    Posts
    45
    Default Truly no experience
    When I took my classes and passed my certification I had absolutely no experience in the medical field. I was not even able to find an externship. I tried to get my foot in the door anywhere, not really caring what the position was, just as many people have suggested, but I was still finding that experience was wanted for those positions as well. I was starting to lose hope. I feel like I really tried to sell that fact that I was willing to learn anything and help out anywhere needed just to get some experience. I feel like that helped get me some interviews. I interviewed at a doctor?s office that I left feeling like was a perfect fit and felt pretty confident I may have even had the job. I did not get that job but then shortly after I got a call from a billing agency to come in for an interview. After a week and hearing nothing I was about to lose hope again and then I got a call back telling me they had another position available. It wasn't doing coding and it didn't pay much but I took it immediately knowing that I would learn a lot at a billing company and who knew maybe I would be able to move to do coding someday. About a year later I decided it was time to find something that was a better fit and I got an email from the doctor?s office that I had interviewed at before asking if I was still interested!!! I truly believe I had to go get the experience to get the job I have now and love. It was hard but I didn't give up and I ended up where I wanted to be.

  7. Default Did I choose wrong?
    I am very concerned because I chose to take the CPB, Certified Professional Biller, and all the job postings are for CPC. So, did I make a big mistake? The externship opportunity on here is even for CPC and there is nothing mentioning CPB.

  8. Default Cpc-a
    It's encouraging to read all these stories. I was starting to get very discouraged about finding a coding job. Just graduated from an 8 month billing/coding program in July, and passed the CPC test in August. So far no job, but I have been on several interviews. Fining out that in the West you really need to get a CCS to get into a hospital coding position. I will keep on looking and will take anything to get some experience!

  9. Unhappy discouraged with no experience
    I went through an online program last year and then took CPC exam and passed on first try. I did an xtern program for 7 months and then moved from VA. Since moving to SC, can not find ANYTHING. It has been 5 months of looking.
    Even volunteering and there are 2 xtern programs not far from me but they are not currently hiring. I have also completed my AAPC ICD 10 proficiency exam to get that out of the way while I had the time. I am 5 months short of getting my "A" status removed and coming up empty handed. On paper I have over a year of experience because my schooling counts as one, but even trying to volunteer I am coming up empty. Any suggestions?

  10. Default
    Quote Originally Posted by ryanemma1@hotmail.com View Post
    I went through an online program last year and then took CPC exam and passed on first try. I did an xtern program for 7 months and then moved from VA. Since moving to SC, can not find ANYTHING. It has been 5 months of looking.
    Even volunteering and there are 2 xtern programs not far from me but they are not currently hiring. I have also completed my AAPC ICD 10 proficiency exam to get that out of the way while I had the time. I am 5 months short of getting my "A" status removed and coming up empty handed. On paper I have over a year of experience because my schooling counts as one, but even trying to volunteer I am coming up empty. Any suggestions?
    I know people hate to consider this, but try a local staffing agency. They are in a great position to know what the job market is.

    Your local chapter as always is the best place to network and find out who is looking for coders.

    Try working for a billing company until you are able to get some on the job experience to get the "A" status removed. A billing company would be a great way to get the experience you need to remove the "A".
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    To remove your apprentice designation via on-the-job experience, you must obtain and submit two letters of recommendation verifying at least two years of on-the-job experience (externships accepted) using the CPT?, ICD-9-CM, or HCPCS Level II code sets. One letter must be on letterhead from your employer*, the other may be from a co-worker. Both letters are required to be signed and will need to outline your coding experience and amount of time in that capacity. Download our Apprentice Removal Template for easier submission. Letterhead and signatures are still required when using this template.

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