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  • Carol Roush
    Hello, I hope everyone doesn t mind me asking this question. I m just really curious for I m still looking for an internship or externship. I ve even tried
    Message 1 of 6 , Jan 30, 2008
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      Hello,

      I hope everyone doesn't mind me asking this question.
      I'm just really curious for I'm still looking for an
      internship or externship. I've even tried getting a
      job as a medical receptionist to get my foot in the
      door. I run into the same thing...have to have 1 - 2
      years experience. I have regular receptionist
      experience along with years of customer service
      experience. Offices here in Northern CA want medical
      reception experience. Even my certificates for
      Medical Receptionist and Medical Insurance Specialist
      don't help me. I'm starting to wonder if I changed to
      the wrong career field. I've even considered moving
      to a different state where I see medical offices
      giving non-experienced applicants a chance.

      Thank You,

      Carol

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    • Lin
      Have you thought of starting your own billing company? Granted it does take some patience and start up funds, but if you are educated in the industry you
      Message 2 of 6 , Jan 30, 2008
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        Have you thought of starting your own billing company? Granted it does take
        some patience and start up funds, but if you are educated in the industry
        you might stand a better chance.





        Linda Walker

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        From: MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com]
        On Behalf Of Carol Roush
        Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 5:16 PM
        To: MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [MedicalBillers] How did all of you get started in the medical
        billing field?



        Hello,

        I hope everyone doesn't mind me asking this question.
        I'm just really curious for I'm still looking for an
        internship or externship. I've even tried getting a
        job as a medical receptionist to get my foot in the
        door. I run into the same thing...have to have 1 - 2
        years experience. I have regular receptionist
        experience along with years of customer service
        experience. Offices here in Northern CA want medical
        reception experience. Even my certificates for
        Medical Receptionist and Medical Insurance Specialist
        don't help me. I'm starting to wonder if I changed to
        the wrong career field. I've even considered moving
        to a different state where I see medical offices
        giving non-experienced applicants a chance.

        Thank You,

        Carol

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      • B Burgess
        Well, I don t think my story will help you any ! Believe it or not, after almost 30 years of being a nurse, I just sort of fell into my current position
        Message 3 of 6 , Jan 30, 2008
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          Well, I don't think my story will help you any ! Believe it or not, after almost 30 years of being a nurse, I just sort of fell into my current position which is a coder/auditor/trainer at a university affiliated teaching hospital by accident (or serendipity !!) My orthopedic clinic position sort of got "written out of the budget" and I was given a take-it-or-leave-it choice to transfer to our dept of Compliance and Reimbursement. Of course, I had some limited knowledge of CPT ICD coding, but not much !! Everything I know and do was all on the job training with the help of a good mentor. I don't do any actual billing per se, but I do code, audit services, and help with staff, med student, resident, and physician training. I do a lot of research into problem coding issues, looking at rejections, etc. I've been here for 4 years now and love it ! Don't think I'll go back to actual nursing any time soon............

          I can tell you that our medical institution has had coders that started out as clinic staff such as receptionists, schedulers, record filing clerks, etc. As a matter of fact our dept Director started here some 20 something years ago as a filing clerk. She worked her way up to receptionist, front office supervisor, secretary, coder, and actually was the grass roots of our current Compliance and Reimbursement department, overseeing the coding/billing operations for ALL of the 200 plus physicians we have here. Soooooo, set your sights high and don't give up !!

          Barbara Burgess, RN, CPC, ACS-EM, PCS

          Carol Roush <carol.roush@...> wrote:
          Hello,

          I hope everyone doesn't mind me asking this question.
          I'm just really curious for I'm still looking for an
          internship or externship. I've even tried getting a
          job as a medical receptionist to get my foot in the
          door. I run into the same thing...have to have 1 - 2
          years experience. I have regular receptionist
          experience along with years of customer service
          experience. Offices here in Northern CA want medical
          reception experience. Even my certificates for
          Medical Receptionist and Medical Insurance Specialist
          don't help me. I'm starting to wonder if I changed to
          the wrong career field. I've even considered moving
          to a different state where I see medical offices
          giving non-experienced applicants a chance.

          Thank You,

          Carol

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        • Carolyn Nagle
          I started out as a Bookkeeper 30 years ago. It just happened to be at an Orthotic/Prosthetic Supply business and in my spare time I started helping out with
          Message 4 of 6 , Jan 30, 2008
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            I started out as a Bookkeeper 30 years ago. It just happened to be at an
            Orthotic/Prosthetic Supply business and in my spare time I started helping
            out with the billing and coding. No official training, just going to the
            DME and Orthotic/Prosthetic Medicare Seminars. When the business sold I
            went with it and did all the billing and collecting for the new Owners until
            they closed that department. At that time I went to work for the only
            Hospital in our area doing their own billing. Now I am again looking for
            employment.

            I am afraid that doesn't help you much, Sorry,

            Carolyn in Illinois





            From: MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com]
            On Behalf Of Carol Roush
            Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 4:16 PM
            To: MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [MedicalBillers] How did all of you get started in the medical
            billing field?



            Hello,

            I hope everyone doesn't mind me asking this question.
            I'm just really curious for I'm still looking for an
            internship or externship. I've even tried getting a
            job as a medical receptionist to get my foot in the
            door. I run into the same thing...have to have 1 - 2
            years experience. I have regular receptionist
            experience along with years of customer service
            experience. Offices here in Northern CA want medical
            reception experience. Even my certificates for
            Medical Receptionist and Medical Insurance Specialist
            don't help me. I'm starting to wonder if I changed to
            the wrong career field. I've even considered moving
            to a different state where I see medical offices
            giving non-experienced applicants a chance.

            Thank You,

            Carol

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          • nicole mezni
            I started doing medical data entry for a large third party billing company. I worked there for almost 4 years, and gained alot of the medical billing/data
            Message 5 of 6 , Jan 30, 2008
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              I started doing medical data entry for a large third party billing company. I worked there for almost 4 years, and gained alot of the medical billing/data entry/insurance knowledge. That company decided to close our office, so I went to another large DME company. I stayed with them for 3 years.

              I ended up becoming a stay at home mom because my son needed 2 open heart surgeries, and we just decided it was best for me to stay with him.
              Then, a year later, a doctor that I had known since I was little hired me to do his billing from home. So, that's what I'm doing! Since I didn't (and still am learning) have that much 'private practice' billing experience, I took a course online to refresh myself and learn some of the ways of billing that I wasn't familiar with. I don't think the class helped much, I think I learned just as much from billing conferences that I've attended......

              I must say that it is hard to find jobs for billing at home if you don't know the doctor, or don't have good connections. A lot will let you work from home if you've already worked in their office for some time. I know I tried like crazy before finding my opportunity.

              Good luck!!!

              Nicole Mezni
              Biller, Urologic Wellness Center of Vero Beach
              321.331.9487-phone
              407.507.4064-fax
              nmezni@...


              ----- Original Message -----
              From: Carol Roush
              To: MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 5:15 PM
              Subject: [MedicalBillers] How did all of you get started in the medical billing field?


              Hello,

              I hope everyone doesn't mind me asking this question.
              I'm just really curious for I'm still looking for an
              internship or externship. I've even tried getting a
              job as a medical receptionist to get my foot in the
              door. I run into the same thing...have to have 1 - 2
              years experience. I have regular receptionist
              experience along with years of customer service
              experience. Offices here in Northern CA want medical
              reception experience. Even my certificates for
              Medical Receptionist and Medical Insurance Specialist
              don't help me. I'm starting to wonder if I changed to
              the wrong career field. I've even considered moving
              to a different state where I see medical offices
              giving non-experienced applicants a chance.

              Thank You,

              Carol

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            • Melinda
              In 18 years, I have worked for 2 medical billing companies, and for a local hospital (8 yrs), as the primary biller. I have currently been working in family
              Message 6 of 6 , Jan 30, 2008
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                In 18 years, I have worked for 2 medical billing companies, and for a
                local hospital (8 yrs), as the primary biller. I have currently been
                working in family practice, for the past 4 years, in Kennewick,
                (Eastern WA).

                The way I got started? I was working in a deli part-time, while
                going to community college and the owner of a medical billing service
                came over and asked if I wanted to learn medical billing. I
                said "sure" and have been doing it ever since. From there, I managed
                to get on at the local hospital doing billing of secondary insurances
                (it was all paper back then and not electronic billing). From there,
                I moved into the primary medical biller position, when a position
                opened up, and I also billed Medicaid secondary. I was solicited by
                another medical billing service and was with them, for 4 years, and
                now have been billing in family practice.

                When I became laid off from the medical billing service, I was on the
                search to become certified; however, the local college doesn't offer
                billing certification and only for front office work. I was beyond
                that and wanted more. I found the Medical Association of Billers
                http://www.e-medbill.com/. I had enough knowledge under my belt, by
                then, that I took their Power Weekend and became certified in one
                weekend. I am now a Certified Medical Billing Specialist.
                I became certified in 2002 and am proud of myself for doing it.

                Hang in there & keep your dream!

                Melinda Brown, CMBS
                Ins Biller


                --- In MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com, Carol Roush <carol.roush@...>
                wrote:
                >
                > Hello,
                >
                > I hope everyone doesn't mind me asking this question.
                > I'm just really curious for I'm still looking for an
                > internship or externship. I've even tried getting a
                > job as a medical receptionist to get my foot in the
                > door. I run into the same thing...have to have 1 - 2
                > years experience. I have regular receptionist
                > experience along with years of customer service
                > experience. Offices here in Northern CA want medical
                > reception experience. Even my certificates for
                > Medical Receptionist and Medical Insurance Specialist
                > don't help me. I'm starting to wonder if I changed to
                > the wrong career field. I've even considered moving
                > to a different state where I see medical offices
                > giving non-experienced applicants a chance.
                >
                > Thank You,
                >
                > Carol
                >
                > __________________________________________________
                > Do You Yahoo!?
                > Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around
                > http://mail.yahoo.com
                >
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