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    Default How many gained employment with NO experience?

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    As I have been reading over these forums, I have noticed alot of discouragement coming in from those not being able to find work having no experience. Though I do feel for them, I wanted to also start a thread that might give hope to those people who have no experience and are looking for a job.

    I'm wondering, how many people actually found work as a "Medical Coder, Medical Biller" without having ANY experience in said field? If you have, please share, and I believe it will encourage everyone currently looking.

    Personally, I have not graduated with a CPC or anything yet. I did however call a hospital around my area (mid missouri) and she said she was willing to hire CPC-A's with no problem. She said of course, she would test the applicant, and that was that.

    Thank you.
    Adam L. Shoop CPC
    You will be successful in whatever you choose to do,
    and light will shine on the path ahead of you. Job 22:28

    Only because of God, my father, and Jesus Christ,
    did I make it into this field so smoothly. Thank you God!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamShoop View Post
    As I have been reading over these forums, I have noticed alot of discouragement coming in from those not being able to find work having no experience. Though I do feel for them, I wanted to also start a thread that might give hope to those people who have no experience and are looking for a job.

    I'm wondering, how many people actually found work as a "Medical Coder, Medical Biller" without having ANY experience in said field? If you have, please share, and I believe it will encourage everyone currently looking.

    Personally, I have not graduated with a CPC or anything yet. I did however call a hospital around my area (mid missouri) and she said she was willing to hire CPC-A's with no problem. She said of course, she would test the applicant, and that was that.

    Thank you.
    I started out in commercial claims follow-up and appeals 3 years ago. I gained enough coding and compliance experience to get my certifications and get promoted to oversee coding compliance for all of our (120) providers. If you really want to do more hands-on coding, consider being a biller/charge entry rep - perferrably for a specialist. You'd be surprised at how redundant family practice encounters can be. Be willing to think outside of the box...if you can get your foot in the door, you can go wherever you want.

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    I started out at a front desk prior to education and certification. While in school I got a position in a billing office posting payments. I learned alot there. After receiving my associate's degree, and MA and CPC certifications I found a company that was willing to give me a shot with no "actual experience". They paid a little less, but it was worth it in the end.

    Thanks for starting this thread, I think encouragement is needed.

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    I started as a receptionist and easily worked my way into medical billing for an orthopaedic practice, with absolutely no medical experience, I picked everything up from the other staff, xray techs and event the doc. I evenutally went and got my associates in business, and now manage a 5 provider ortho practice with NO CPC certification.

    I plan on getting certified for my own peice of mind, but if your willing to learn every aspect of a practice to answering phones to filing charts... You will do great!

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    I got my start at an insurance company because of good data entry skills & medical terminology knowlege in the claims processing department. From there, I learned everthing I could about the process which was very attractive to potential medical providers. I didn't become a CPC until I had been in the industry for about 17 years.

    A positive can do attitude can get your foot in the door, a never stop learning approach will take you even further.

    It has been a fun ride and the future is only going to get brighter for those of us who thrive in the environment of challenges with regards to coding, billing & behind the scenes patient accounts.

    Ranae Hedges, CPC
    Aberdeen, SD Chapter President

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    Default worked my way up to coding

    I started out working at the front dest of a physicians practice group that was associated with the local hospital. My billing/charge entry was the most accurate of all my co-workers so I started focusing on the billing/charge entry portion for the clinic. The office manager was very supportive and mentored me to get more into the coding side of things. I applied for a coding job at the hospital, which of course said you had to be certified and have experience, but the manager was willing to give me a chance and let me learn on the job. After about 9 months working in coding I took the CPC exam and passed on the 1st try and I haven't looked back since.

    I think a lot of people who want to get into the coding world are put off by the so-called requirements of having experience. Just because the job posting says you have to have experience doesn't necessarily mean the manager won't give a non-experienced person a chance. The worst that can happen is you don't get hired, so just go for it! You won't get anywhere if you don't try. Also, you may have to take a so-called "lesser" job to get your foot in the door. Jobs in billing, medical records filing, front desk, etc open lots of doors that will lead into coding. Just keep your sights on your goal and you'll get there!

    This was a wonderful thread to start. Let's encourage our colleagues!

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    Default Thank You Coders

    I just wanted to respond to the coders and non coder that was trying to encourage the CPC-A. I was certified in November, but I don't have the experience. I am discouraged, but try to remain encourage, your responses just gave me some well needed encouragement. I live in Norfolk, VA. and I can't seem to get my foot in the door.

    Thank You to all that responded, you have truly brightened my day!

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    I was hired as a CPC-A with no experience in a general surgical office. I first started working there as a part-time transcriptionist and then went to check out; however, I did not particularly care for the position. It was at that time, I decided to go back to school for coding, which I took online and passed the exam. I also returned to a former employer as a transcriptionist (where I worked as a full-time transcriptionist) while I was taking the online class for coding.

    After I passed my CPC exam, a coder that I worked with at the general surgical office told my former manager that I passed the exam. She later called and offered me a position to code their E/M and minor surgeries. Of course I jumped at the chance because I knew that I would be learning so much from an experienced coder. I am happy to say that I am going on three years and just recently passed my CEMC exam!

    For those looking for work with no experience, don't give up! Try to obtain a position in an office, even if it is a receptionist, transcriptionist, check-out person, medical records, etc. That way at least you have your foot in the door, which could potentially lead to more possibilities.

    Peggy

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    2 months out of a continuing ed course at my local tech college i landed a job coding for three pain management clinics. Unbeknownst to me at the time my employer was on his way to federal prison. Within 3 months he was in jail, the doors to the business were shuttered and i was unemployed again. 2 months after that a company that i had applied to 3 times over the prior year was in need of someone to code pain management because the woman that was doing so was going on maturnity leave. I answered their ad on a whim. Not expecting much but got an interview. I was offered the position.
    Since then i have coded pain management, wound care, physc, anesthesia, general practice, pediatrics and a little ob-gyn. I work for a management group and we do a lot of varied disciplines.
    The group had purchased a new software platform three yrs ago but only had a handful of practices on the new software. Being kind of a techie I offered to start migrating the other practices over and that has become a large part of my job description for the time being.
    I took and passed the CPC exam last Fall. The "A" comes off this July with a yrs experience and the schooling. I am sitting for the Auditor credential this fall.
    I am the current Secretary and Treasurer of my local chapter.

    I understand that the search can be frustrating. Believe me I lived it. The first employment i gained in this field ended up being a nightmare but it was enough experience to lead me to a better place. Persevere and you shall overcome.

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    Hi, recent CPC-A here.

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who posted their stories of how they got into the industry. It is very encouraging to know that it can be done w/o experience [which is basically the boat that I'm in now].

    Thanks again!

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