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Letter to the President of AAPC

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    Medical Coding Books
    Even worse are those of us that have spent alot of money going to "for-profit" colleges to get a diploma, only to find out our school does not offer and externship and we were not told that we would be concidered "apprentice" coders for at least a year after we pass the CPC exam. I am very dis heartened at the lack of prospects

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    I fully blame myself for my situation. Had I done some research and found out getting a coding job without experience was impossible, I'd have never wasted the $2,000+ on classes, books and certifications to wind up with a CPC-A but no experience. No, the AAPC doesn't owe anyone a job. But do they have a hand in certifying all the community college programs out there churning out grads with useless degrees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgewatson View Post
    I fully blame myself for my situation. Had I done some research and found out getting a coding job without experience was impossible, I'd have never wasted the $2,000+ on classes, books and certifications to wind up with a CPC-A but no experience. No, the AAPC doesn't owe anyone a job. But do they have a hand in certifying all the community college programs out there churning out grads with useless degrees?
    I do feel for everyone in this situation.I really do.

    I think the situation is caused by multiple things though. The state of the economy has something to do with it. Entry level positions are being taken by over qualified individuals because they need work.

    Graduates in many different fields are stuggeling to find employment, it's not just medical coding.

    Colleges have been churning out grads, but the AAPC doesn't certify these colleges. There is no required education to sit for the CPC exam. If someone wanted to pay membership and exam fees they could sit for the exam with no education. The AAPC only "recomends" education and/or experience.

    Any college can create a medical coding program without the AAPC's blessing.

    Because so many education programs are out there right now the level of education that new grads. have vary from superior to poor. I think this also plays a part in why employers are becoming hesitent against hiring cpc-a. They just aren't sure what type of educaiton to expect.

    I think the AAPC and AHIMA should work together to have education standardized so employers know what to expect. Until that happens is is up to the consumer to investigate where they spend their money.

    As an officer in our local chapter I've been trying and get the Project Xtern going. Encouraging local chapters to take a part in this may prove to be helpful for CPC-As as well.

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    Lack of jobs is not just in coding or the medical field in general. We relocated last year for a better job for me, but my husband has been looking for a job for over a year now and not getting any bites. And believe me, he isn't being too picky about a job or payscale either!

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    I just wanted to give a little background to where I came from so other's would understand that every company is not the same way. I went to coding school also and took my CPC in 2003 right after I got my certificate and failed. I was so upset, I then decided to wait till last minute and then retest after I had more time studying alone versus a classroom with 20+ women. I then found a temp job with a physician's office helping out in the insurance department. That was my foot in the door. From there I was hired on full time doing insurance, then Medicaid, then Medicare until eventually a coding position became open. I was working for over a year when I was offered the coding position and had become CPC-A certified also. Point of my story is that you have to start some where's. It does not matter if someone with credentials of CPC, CPC-H, CCS and CCS-P were to apply for that job, I would have still got it over anyone because my foot was already in the door and I had proved my knowledge and motivation to them. I worked for that company for over 9 years and can tell you that every time a coding position became available we would hire within first. I am currently at a new job doing coding and was hired on as a coder here but the coders here have been here forever and the newer ones were promoted from a lower level position. My best advice to someone is become certified if you can afford to and apply at any company if your area you can think of. Even if you are a receptionist at a medical supply office chances are that someone there might hear of an opening and you'd be the first to know. Most companies hire within because these are loyal employees that are wanting to move up in the medical field and already have a knowledge of the coding system or computer system they use along with insurance, Medicaid and Medicare knowledge making them a better candidate for the job. So please don't give up hope, there is job's out there, you just need to find the right one, and like I said you don't always start off in the coding world so try not to limit yourself to just that.

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    Wow!!!

    I am new to the medical field as well. I have worked and gone to school obtaining an Associate Degree in Medical Billing and Coding and another Associate Degree in Health Insurance Specialist. I am finding it hard to get into the role I want to play in the medical field. I can attest to the hardship of going from one career to another or to starting a career rather than just having a job of any kind. I can say I understand the frustration of my fellow CPC-A's, and the lack of experience and the courage it took to take a chance on something that wasn't guaranteed. The biggest thing is to not give up!!!!!

    It's easy to do because your anger can and will get the best of you, if you let it. But that's when you need a break, rest your mind, and get back to it when you settle down some. It will open your mind up to possibility and thought. Then you are on your way. Remember it always takes more out of you to be upset about it than to come up with a way to get around it or make it happen. Be positive!

    Like I said, I am still a CPC-A. It's not like I have gotten where I want to be just yet, but I will keep my eyes and ears open. Don't let the hardship talk you out of all the obstacles you have overcome to get here. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it!!!!

    To all those out there feeling overwhelmed and out right mad, take a step back to let the anger boil over and to de-stress and get back to it when you can handle it better. Til' then, one day at a time.

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    I want to encourage all of you coders looking for a coding job to keep on trying. You may have to "get your foot in the door" as the one person wrote. You will eventually find something! I had a lucky break when I first started out. I was a new coder credentialed thru AHIMA. I was looking for a job just like everyone and no one wanted to hire me because I didnt have the experience. Online I saw a PRN job for an outpatient coder thru a consultant firm out of Florida. I emailed them and they sent me a test to take which I took and passed. When they called me to talk to me about the job they told me they were choosing someone without experience on purpose (who they felt would do well based on test scores) to help them gain experience so they could move on and get a coding job and be able to say they had experience now, because they knew how difficult it was.

    They told me I had passed the test with better score then alot of experienced coders. I worked for them for 2 years PRN. After that I applied for my current job as coder and was hired. Thank goodness the consultant company was willing to take me on and give me the training I needed.

    I still keep in touch with my "old" supervisor and have told her thank you for giving me the chance!
    Theresa CCS-P CPMA CCC ICDCT-CM

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgewatson View Post
    I fully blame myself for my situation. Had I done some research and found out getting a coding job without experience was impossible, I'd have never wasted the $2,000+ on classes, books and certifications to wind up with a CPC-A but no experience. No, the AAPC doesn't owe anyone a job. But do they have a hand in certifying all the community college programs out there churning out grads with useless degrees?
    I paid over 5k at a trade school, I'd paid that off within a 1yr cause i was determine to get a job, i did anything i could to make my money's worth. I am grateful to have started as biller, now i know how the revenue cycle works.

    There is alot of jobs out there for us you just got to go out there and get it, ive applied for 3 remote job in the past 6 months and got all three.

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    SusieQ2010 you are going to be an asset to anyone who hires you. What a tremendous attitude.

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    Thank you for the compliment Oceanlivin!!!

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