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"sometimes" i feel like my cpc is a joke.

  1. #31
    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire
    Medical Coding Books
    Quote Originally Posted by MrBob75 View Post
    My biggest concern is i'm 35 and from what I have read it's taken some 4 - 5 years to land a coding position from within a company. I worry that my age will play a factor in finding a coding job.

    Well, Bob, here's the good news. Most healthcare facilities are pretty conservative...meaning there are probably more opportunities for 'mature' employees than there are for the twenty-somethings. Life and job experience is much more valuable than being able to pay rock-bottom salaries. Because your experience is in finance, I'd say you have a definite edge when it comes to work in the billing/coding area. Good luck to you!
    Pam Brooks, MHA, COC, PCS, CPC, AAPC Fellow
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

    If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

  2. #32
    What's this?! Another pity party?! Could this be telling me I've wasted my time trying to earn qualification, once again?!

    Quote Originally Posted by kit4wit View Post
    Speaking to you all, I have been coding without credentials in my medical billing jobs for the past 39 years. When my last physician boss retired, I was out of work and could find no other, with loads of experience, but WITHOUT A CPC. Having gone to school to get a CPC and still interviewing all the time, I can't tell you how many prospective employers drooled over my experience but said to come and talk to them once I had that CPC in my hot little hands. Keep your chins up. No one is getting hired without one, I can attest to that! KS

  3. #33
    Los Alamitos CA
    Quote Originally Posted by MrBob75 View Post
    I just completed an online medical coding class. I have no experience whatsoever in medical coding. I've worked in the mortgage industry for the past 10 years.

    Now that I started looking at the field your ideas about simply gettin a job in a healthcare facility is one I am aiming for. I realize it wont be anywhere near coding but like you said I gain access to the internal postings and meet people.

    My biggest concern is i'm 35 and from what I have read it's taken some 4 - 5 years to land a coding position from within a company. I worry that my age will play a factor in finding a coding job.


    I was around the same age as you when i got certified, it wasnt easy making pennies is not the kind of money i was used to, you just have to look at it as if they are paying you to learn.

    it didnt take me long to get into a coding position, maybe about a 1yr.. Then I took that experience and moved on. Good luck there is alot of work out there for us coders.

  4. #34
    Sarasota FL
    Default CPC a joke/age
    I was 54 when I landed my first coding job and yes, I think my life 'experience' was helpful rather than a hinderance. Most of my work colleagues in our department are older than me anyway and i am a lone male in what is definitely a female-dominated profession. I did an online coding course which was fairly useless really so I basically 'self taught' although i didn't find it particularly difficult as I have been in the medical field for many years in a completely different role in a different country. Terminology,anatomy etc are the same wherever you are.
    Anyway, don't look at your age or past work experience as an obstacle to becoming a coder if that is what you want. A lot of people enter the profession later in life than age 35.
    Good luck.

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