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    Default How do you gain experience if no one will hire you?

    AAPC: Back to School
    I graduated in June from an accredited university. I have both and A.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and an A.A.S. in Medical Billing and Coding. I passed the CPC on the first try in July. I have many years of experience in predeterminations, precertifications, and insurance verifications. Additionally I worked in a unit where we preformed unlisted procedures exclusively. With all of my credentials and experience, I still can't find a job. Everyone wants 3-5 years of experience. I'm back in school again pursuing my B.A.A. hoping that will make me more marketable. My question, as stated in the title, how do you gain the necessary experience to obtain a job if no one will give you a chance? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default You DO have experience

    Sue - if I read your post correctly you DO have experience. Doing pre-certifications, etc, requires daily use of CPT and ICD-9! Working in the medical field has given you experience with medical terminology. Your education has given you an excellent understanding of anatomy & physiology.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007

    Default How do you gain experience if no one will hire you?

    Congrats Sue on your many accomplishments.
    I took a leap to gain the educational necessities so I could expand my customer service background.
    I graduated in July (2011) with AS degree in MIBC and I too passed my certification exam on the first try in April (2011). I've been on a few interviews but never a response back.
    According to the program studies in school it was under Allied Healthcare and it included everything that a MA does except for BP, temp taking and needles. I picked up easily on the way systems work and the daily routine but because I only have an internship experience (120/hrs) to fall back on, it's not much help. Had someone in the beginning been honest with me on how hard it is to get into this line of work I might have gone in a different direction.
    I feel your disappointment.

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    Default Medical Billing and Coding

    I took a year long course in Mediacl Billing and Coding with Penn oster Career School.
    Now I am looking for work,but i get the same response/ I need at least 3-4 years doing DRG work. If I would have known this I would have tryed something else also.

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    Default Useless career

    I agree- If I had known how closed this field was I would have chosen accounting or anything that would accept entry level with training. I also passed AAPC my first time, but still feel I have wasted my money and time.

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    Default Sad but true

    Unfortunately, employers and consulting groups are NOT WILLING to give anyone a chance. During my externship, I worked with a woman who was one of the "main" girls in the office who was there for 6 years. She didn't know a lot of things that she should have known as a "biller". She was still putting PO Box addresses on the CMS 1500 forms and wondering why the claim was denied...hmmmmm? I wish some of the people who hire would give us a chance so we can gain the experience.

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    yeh, I myself did my CPC with AAPC and I am presently an apprentice after passing my CPC exam since 2009; I still cannot find a practice that will allow to be an extern. Luckily I am working in the dental field for about 10 years now and had wanted to change career but no luck so far. I am presently in process of getting my 36 credit I needed to keep my CPC-A certificate because I have studied a lot and also paid a lot to get this certificate. I have called a few of offices that is on AAPC as xtern location but they all said 'no' they are not taking anyone right now...

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    Pensacola, Fl

    Default I cannot say the word recession loud enough!

    To Sue, congrats, you have a lot more experience then I think you realize. What I would suggest is getting with someone at a local unemployment agency, your local library, or your local temp agency to help you write a resume that works.
    For the rest of you out there struggling, keep in mind, this is like any other business, no matter what your programs “promised you”. I for one was out of work in my field for almost three years due to this recession (and I had three years experience with an associate’s degree). I’ve just obtained a coding job back in July and during my unemployment from this field had to take anything I could get my hands on, including working at a convenience store at night at one point.
    The thing I did keep in mind is that the market would change, but I decided to invest any and all free time I had to educating myself about the changes that are going to be implemented with ICD-10. If this is really what you want to do, then make sure to update your resume, watch what you post on here (grammar, spelling, content; many employers search these boards), keep trying to get your foot in the door. I cannot stress the importance, to keep educating yourself through these boards, and through just searching online, on coding and billing issues as well as ICD-10.

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    Default wrong field??

    Sue, you are definitely luckier than me. I have absolutely no experience in billing and coding. I passed my CPC exam in September of 2011 on my first try, but I haven't had any luck finding a job. Every single place I applied for wants someone with two years experience, but you don't necessarily have to be certified. I mean, what sense does that make? I hope I didn't choose the wrong field of study.

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    That's what I want to know also. I just graduated from UMA from the Medical Billing and Coding class. Now I am studying to take my CPC certification exam which is scheduled for December 3rd at 7 am. Do you have any advice for me while I am doing this? I still don't have a job yet but I am still looking.

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