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Last post 08-09-2016, 5:19 AM by Kevin Bradley. 51 replies.
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  •  06-08-2011, 6:45 PM

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    I am also in school for medical billing and coding.  I have heard that it's hard to get in without experiencel.
  •  06-11-2011, 5:02 PM

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    I had a question for anyone with experience in medical billing and coding. I understand it is crucial to have and gain experience in this field to land the job you've been hoping for. But does anyone know of any legit companies that hire new graduates for medical billing and coding from home!? 
  •  06-26-2011, 1:01 PM

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    I am currently in school for Billing and Coding, and I am trying to get my foot in the door at a nearby hospital.  I am  open to doing whatever it takes to be a coder and to be good at it, even if it means scrubbing a toilet or two. My fingers are crossed, and my toes too!!! I hope it alljust works out.
  •  06-27-2011, 8:46 PM

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    Hi Amanda, I found you on here, how funny!  I also am planning to get my foot in the door at a nearby hospital, although I plan to volunteer first.  Last year I volunteered at a hospital in California before I moved to North Dakota, doing a little work in the obstetrics department as well as the gift shop!  It's great to meet people that way so that people remember who you are and see your smiling face.  Good luck!
  •  06-28-2011, 2:26 AM

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    I am also in the medical billing and coding program and from my experience when it comes to the healthcare field in general it is kind of hard to get your foot in the door without experience.  I have heard that some companies are becoming more apt to hire people withour experience because then they can train them how they want to and there are not old habits to break.  I don't know how true this is it's just something I have heard.
  •  07-06-2011, 12:01 AM

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    I have over 13 years of billing/collection experience and 9 years of outpatient coding experience.  I am currently in school getting an A.S. degree in Administration Healthcare Management and certification in coding.  I want to work for one of the large medical centers in the area but must be certified now.  I have the advantage of already having the experience once I graduate.  I would suggest that you get a job in an outpatient billing service or in a hospital billing office to get your experience.  Even a doctor's office would work as it is related to coding.  Once you can finally get an interview for a coding position, they will test you at that time to see if you are still knowledgible in the field.  Most coding tests are very basic and easy to pass.  You will all do fine.  Because the hospitals have millions of dollars at stake,  they need to know that their coders are able to perform their jobs accurately. 
  •  07-06-2011, 12:23 AM

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    Hi Amy!!!! i am going back to school for my A.S Degree in Administrative Health Care. After school i hope to get a job a a medical biller in a hospital. Now as far a liking this as a career you won't find out till yu start the courses. My billing class was quite easy for me. For others its hard. Billing takes time because you have to sit and look for the codes. So if your an impatient person it wont be good at all for you. And as far as people making the work place better its true but if their not just stay away from the drama. Don't seperate yourself completely from people with drama, still keep that professional communication line open. 
  •  07-17-2011, 3:02 PM

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    Hi im cassandra im in school for medical assistant i wanted to do something different because i'm a CNA and i've been doing that for years but medical assistance is hard

  •  08-18-2011, 9:25 AM

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    I'm in the billing coding program also. I guess the answers to these post pretty much answers my question. Is it hard to get in the doors to be a medical coder?  I seriously hope not though because I really am hoping for my mountain of paperwork.

     

  •  08-18-2011, 10:14 PM

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    Hi Melinda:

    I have read what you have written to Amy, but can you tell me if you still start at the very bottom of the ladder when you have a 30 year medical background as a RMA, Unit Secretary, CNA, etc.?  I have worked in many aspects of the medical field.  I have dabbled in coding and billing, but I know the field is different know with new technology.  I have worked in hospitals, nursing homes and doctors offices.  I am really looking forward to this new direction in my life and as you can see I am an older woman starting anew. :)

     Thanks for your input.

  •  09-11-2011, 8:32 PM

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    I am also in school right now trying to get my associates for coding, and I know it seems hard to believe but you will get a job as long as you have confidence. I feel that you will love your job as long as you like medical, and sitting behind a desk.
  •  09-12-2011, 3:04 PM

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    I have been in the medical field for over 20 years.  I am now changing my career to medical coding and billing.  My roommate works in the HIM department at a hospital and is a revenue specialist and works with coders.  She loves it and her co-workers are wonderful.  I was told that usually once you become a coder you usually don't change your field.  The pay depends on where you work.  If you are in a big city then of course it will be more.  The area that I am in  is in the middle.  I have been thinking about this for about two years now.  I am so looking forward to finishing school and moving into my new career.  I think that you will enjoy it from what I have heard.  I hope that you will enjoy your new career choice as I know I will.
  •  09-13-2011, 12:09 AM

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    It is difficult going to school and learning the skill set for what you want to do and then not actually be able to apply that knowledge immediately in the position you desire.  I do think you paint a realistic picture for what the real world is like.  You have to be patient, look for opportunities that will allow you to obtain different positions.  Seeking someone out to mentor you is something that has been beneficial for me, personally.  Being in the workforce for several years, I have learned that it is important to learn the culture of the organization.  Organizations like employees who have an overall knowledge of the organization's structure and mission.  Other positions that seem less desirable now, may provide an opportunity to learn more about the organization and provide the new employee with some add'l skills that will enhance their job performance now and in the future.   
  •  12-05-2011, 9:43 PM

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    I am in the same boat as you Amy. I am currently working towards my HIMS degree with an emphasis on Coding and Billing. I luckily have family that works in the medical field that can assist me with my placement. I would probably say that you should for sure think about this career and what aspect of the medical field you would like to work in. If there is any information that you learn and would love to share, I would be so glad to hear.

    Ally 

  •  12-13-2011, 7:52 PM

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    Melinda, 

    I am going to be a new coder as well and i found your information to be very helpful. I know i am very late in this conversation but i just stumbled across the website and signed on.

    Thank you.

    Dawn 

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