Ever thought of volunteering?
I just got my test results today and I passed! 1st time! I took the coding course through my local community college and while in school read over and over that volunteering is a good place to start if you don't really have much medical office experience. So I started volunteering at Providence while I was still in school. Thankfully the person that interviewed me for volunteering knew I was doing it primarily to get a job and he put me in a clinic that needed help. Within a few months they offered me a job. It isn't in coding, but its a job in a medical office and it pays pretty decent. I learned getting a job at a hospital isn't easy even when you are already a volunteer there. There are so many hoops to jump through, but now I have my "in" and hopefully will be able to make some connections. My suggestion is to volunteer. It doesn't have to be a lot. Providence only asked at minimum 4 hrs/wk (I did two 4 hr days a week). If they see you're a hard worker, have a brain, and are determined, they will want you (or will recommend you to someone else in another dept. who does).
Medical claims processor/bill reviewer be experience?
I hope being a medical claims processor/bill reviewer would be considered experience. I don't do actual coding, the software determines if the codes are correct. But I am familiar with the codes I see everyday, what documentation/reports are needed, and so forth.
Unfortunately, the department at my company that does actual coding is located out of state, so applying for open positions there is not an option right now.
I also have an Associates degree in Medical Office Admin with Coding Concentration and plan to sit for the CPC exam this fall.
I was CPC-A certified last December. I sent out over 70 resumes in January to 3 different states. I got one phone call interview, then didn't get called back for the 2nd interview.
I find it very discouraging. Especially for the fact that the exam isn't easy to accomplish and I feel like offices are not being accepting of this. I wish there would be a way that medical staffing would be encouraged to at least try us out. I know for a fact that this profession is getting over saturated now.
I have had over 30 plus years working at various jobs and the only time I didn't work was the two years that I was going to school for Medical Coding under the government TRA program. I always point this out on cover letters, the fact that I was going to school when I was unemployed, to better myself. I am having a hard time getting any kind of job in the Grand Rapids area. Did some temp work for a few months but not long enough to draw unemployment again. I am moving out of state to move in with a friend as I have gone through all of my retirement money. So, I am a little discouraged, but, try to keep a positive attitude.
P.S. I have also been trying for other positions in Doctor offices etc., as I have my CBCS and CMAA along with my CPC-A. So I haven't just been trying to get into Medical Coding, I figure that even if I worked at one of the other types of jobs, that after awhile I could transfer into coding. But, don't even get considered for those.