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Thread: How many gained employment with NO experience?

  1. #41
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    AAPC: Back to School
    Coding is the only profession that I know of where the credentials are not trusted. In every other profession, once a person passes their license or certification they are not retested by each individual potential employer, ie. CPA, MD, RN, LPN, MSW, Esq., etc. Patients lives are in the hands of some of these professionals.
    Credentials are a uniformly recognized demonstration of mastery of a particular field. What is the point of CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CCS or CCS-P if everyone needs to be retested by each potential employer all the time. Only people without credentials should be tested by potential employers.

  2. #42
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Manhattan New York Chapter


    I started out working at a hospital in a couple different departments...first surgery. I worked in the surgical waiting room, data entry, surgery holding area and then surgery control desk. I then worked in outpatient registration as a medical registrar checking in patients for outpatient procedures and registration for outpatient labs, xrays, etc. I have also worked for an offsite billing company as a patient account rep and also for a private physician's office as a front desk receptionist/medical biller. I am now in the O&P (Orthotic/Prosthetic) field as an office manager, which I am seeking other opportunities right now since the practitioners do the coding in this field. You may not immediately get the position you want, but if you can get a job somewhat similar to your field, then you have a good chance of obtaining the position you want. I am now a CPC-A and like many others, am struggling to find a coding position or internship/externship, but I keep on looking and applying for positions. I have 2 interviews scheduled tomorrow, so I am pretty happy about that.

    Kaylee Blodgett, CPC-A

  3. #43
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I just got my CPC-A 1 week ago. The following week I went to a chapter meeting and I was participating. An office manager (fellow CPC) was there also and was impressed. She asked the chapter secretary for my contact information to set up an interview. I went to the interview and today found out I got the job. So the chapter and participating really helped me get "my foot in the door"

  4. #44


    In the Phoenix area, there appears to be a glut of MBC postions posted requiring years of experience. Many of these posted positions have been on the job boards for months. At some point, the industry has to give and let the freshman in. Many excellent newbies are searching for jobs. If given a chance, I'm sure a great many of them would prove to be excellent employees.

    Many of the replies to this thread mention starting in front desk positions. The same multi year requirements are requested in those postings as well. Equally as frustrating.

    When did "entry-level" get such a bad rap? I realize it takes time to get a new employee up to speed but think how great it would be to mold your new trainee into your facilities standards and practices, especially because your way is the right way! Entry level employees have a lot to offer and are often much more eager and willing than those who have been around and bring with them bad habits and jaded attitudes.

  5. #45


    Where did you study online? I'm looking for an EXCELLENT --- meaning highest quality; online program that does not try to cram all training into 4 months.

  6. #46
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I thank everyone for the words of encouragement, but I am also unable to find any job in the medical field...let alone a coding job. I have my CPC-A and my CHAA (also taken a Professional Medical Coding course, Medical Insurance Reimbursement, Patient Access Fundamentals, Medical Terminology, and Anatomy and Physiology I) . I do not have an extern program in my area. But I do need to work full time to survive.
    I have no experience in the medical field. I do have 8 1/2 years of personal lines insurance experience (Home, Auto, Boat, Motorcycle. I was a processor). I am willing to take ANY entry position to learn and get environmental experience. I have applied for receptionist, customer service, billing, medical records, patient access representative, patient access specialist, unit secretary, clerk, etc. I have applied at several places. I too am starting to feel that it is not as easy to get someone to give you a chance at a job in the medical field as it once was. I did renew my credential, but I have mixed feelings. I see a lot of schools offering training and worry that the market is flooded. In a bad economy or even a good economy are there too many new coders out there and too few jobs? Need help and words of encouragement : )
    Last edited by Butler; 08-27-2011 at 09:17 AM.

  7. #47

    Unhappy In the same boat

    I have been trying to change careers for the past 6 years now, but have not yet been successful. I have the credentials, but lack the actual WORK experience in health care. I believe this is why I am constantly turned down. I have had several really good interviews, but no offers. There are just so many coders out there and so few opportunities right now. I was out of work for over a year and have had to fall back on my former career to find work. I just can't wait any longer. I need health benefits and was shocked by the number of physicians that offer minimum wage positions with absolutely NO health benefits! Maybe my timing is off....or maybe I have made a mistake in all this? Either way, it is very disappointing. I have also pursued volunteering at the local hospitals, but the requirement is a 1 year comittment with specific hours worked per week. I feel like I've hit a brick wall.

    I have made a huge investment in my career change and I'm not giving up. I'm going to continue to search for a job in health care while working in my former field. I just thank God that I was able to find work at last! I truly believe that those of us who don't give up will be blessed.

    Best of luck to everyone,

  8. #48

    Default Thank you!

    I wanted to thank you for the encouragement. I am a CPC-A as of Nov. 2010 and work at the Medical Academy I graduated from, while I enjoy what I do and keep up with my CEU's and have my hands in the coding education I have yet to work in a direct coding environment and this gives me hope,

    Allison Hamilton CPC-A

  9. #49

    Default Love this thread!!!!!

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! I am kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place, maybe whoever reads this next can give me some advice.....
    I work for a place that does preauthorizations for radiology exams (MRI's CT's things like that) and I also have an Associate Degree in Medical Billing and Coding, and an Associate Degree in Health Insurance Specialist. Now my delimma.....
    It took me so long to find a job, I guess I am scared to leave it. The internship I had went well and they had made me PRN at an Ambulatory Surgery Center. I was answering phones, billing and filing. The position ended, I was no longer needed and I am looking for something as maybe a file clerk or something if I can't somehow get anything else. My question is...
    Should I leave the preauthorizing and look for a file clerk job, office job, or something at a hospital or do I stay at the preauthing place and go into claims there? No matter what, I want to code. I am just unsure of how to go about it from here. Please help.....


  10. #50


    I had absolutely no experience in the medical field whatsoever. I was running a child care service out of my home when I decided I wanted something better & more reliable, that didn't tie me to my house all the time.
    My only experience in the medical field was as a patient!!! I did a bit of research about what I would like to train for and I was looking seriously at medical transcription. I went to my ex-husband's niece for advice because she had been in transcription for years. She advised me against it because she knows I am partially deaf and she was concerned I would have too much difficulty discerning what the doctor's were saying because they talk quite fast in the dictation and many have heavy accents. She recommended that I look into coding instead.
    I went to school online and continued with my daycare for the first couple of semesters before I decided to close up shop and devote more time to studying & classes. I graduated with honors and set about looking for work in a medical office. I got a lot of the "no experience" turn downs and set my sights lower. I signed up for a temp service that specialized in office placements and asked for any position in a medical office. I got placed in a patient greeter position and kept applying for coding jobs
    Finally during an interview where I was getting the same old song & dance about no experinece I just asked her exactly how I was to GET experience if no one would give me a chance. I wasn't angry or rude or anything like that. I figured I had already was off the prospect list for that position and I truly did not understand how to get over this hurtle. I asked hoping for may be some sort of helpful advice. Instead I got a moment of silence followed by "You know what? You're right. I like you. Welcome aboard." I got lucky, really. I tell people in any field having this problem don't give up because somewhere out there is the person who is going to give you a chance.
    That job lasted 6 months before She got let go & the whole department I was in got revamped & I was the last one in, so I was the first one out. I filed for unemployment & went about pounding the pavement again. About 2 months later I got a call out of the blue from a company I had never heard of called Medassurant. They said they found my resume on CareerBuilder.com and wanted to know if I would be interested in a remote coding position. They emailed me a couple of tests to take. I passed them & I was hired. I have been working from home ever since. Two years for Medassurant then two more for Outcomes Health Information Solutions. Outcomes generally has no work for remote people most of the spring & summer but you do get plenty to do the rest of the year. Medassurant kept me busy year round. Try your luck with them. I still had my apprentice tag when they hired me.

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