Post # 1
Does anyone here have experience (or know someone who does) as a medical coder? Anyone taken the CPC exam? Thoughts on entering this career with no related work experience? Thoughts about this topic in general? Any guidance would be helpful.
My SO has worked in food industry for 10 years and is miserable. He is looking to change careers, particularly to one in an office setting. He has 100+ undergrad credits, but he never obtained his degree. We’re both trying to find a viable career path without him needing to go back to school, and one where he will start at at least $13/hour.
Post # 2
Hi bee! I LOVE my job working in billing! It has even prompted a career change. I will be returning back to working in billing after awhile in accounting this summer.
I haven’t taken the CPC exam because I was a temp at the place I worked at, but most of my coworkers had it. They say it isn’t difficult to obtain, but they work in the field everyday.
My best advice would be to go in as a temp. This will allow him to see the different parts of billing (believe me- it’s unreal!) and choose one that fits him best. I feel that once you prove yourself in a setting like that, experience doesn’t matter anymore. The people I worked for begged for me to stay there instead of leaving, but I had signed a contract with an accounting firm before I had started, so now I just work at home for them a few days a week. They are always sending me job offers, and I have never been more excited to go back to a job before once my lease is up.
If you have any other questeions, feel free to ask me!
Post # 3
My mom is a CPC as well as an RN/MSN, and she works for an insurance company going over disputed claims to determine if they are medically necessary. She likes it a lot because it relies heavily on her nursing background but the regular hours and ability to work from home when she needs to is nice.
When I was 23, I decided I hated my career as a lab tech and while my mom’s job didn’t really appeal all that much, it was stable. So I studied for the exam and took it. I didn’t think it was that hard, after about 8 weeks of aggressively studying (2-3 hours every day after work, and a practice test twice a week) I got a passing score on the first try.
And could not get a job in the field. Everyone wants experience.
So I seriously recommend your SO tries to get a job in the field first before taking the exam. Having the work experience will help with the studying.
Post # 4
I was a medical biller a few years ago and it sas the most boring job I ever had. We didn’t need to be certified at this place (now I think you do) so that was good and this place paid fairly well. But I would literally run a report each Monday or each day (can’t remember) that had all the bills on it I should look at. Then I’d order the charts (no paperless back then), look over the chart and see what items need to be deleted or added to the bill depending on the line of busines. Ie: Medical (Medicaid), Medicare, Work Comp etc. Not everything can be billed to all the lines of business. So every day was the.same.thing. I don’t know how it is for other billers, maybe their job duties get more involved or change up day to day. Zzzzzzzzz. I don’t know your Fiance, of course, but what would he think about a trade? Those guys can make BANK and you’re not trapped in an office. (though I know you mentioned office) Electrician – we just paid him $1000 for not much work. The plumber was super expensive, too (though he’d have to work with toilets) HVAC – just paid a guy $120 for literally 5 minutes of work.