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Internships for Medical Coding and Billing

I have just completed the Medical Coding and Billing program at my local college and I'm currently looking for Internships to gain some experience. I would like to get some guidance/experience under my belt before taking the certification exam. I have noticed that a majority of the open positions require at least 2 years of experience. I have yet to find any listings for internships in my area nor have I been able to connect with anyone (by word of mouth) who claim to need interns. I have talked to a couple of temp agencies about possible openings but to no avail. My next step is to approach the Urgent Care centers. My question is how can I market myself as a Medical Coder and Biller, with no experience, so that someone will give me the opportunity to work for them?

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Penelope Calderon

Marketing yourself when you don't have the experience is all about what is your field of interest and why you are so passionate about it. A cover letter will truly come in handy for you. Use the skills you already to showcase that you are willing to learn and adapt to change.

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Thanks for the info!

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At this point u got to sell yourself to them! Go in there like u already got the job and tell them u are always willing to learn new things and u are sure they can teach u by working fot them! Good luck u will get a good job soon, be patient!

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Thanks for the info!

Sharon Joyner

Try looking into training hospitals, they normally take people right out of school or with minimal experience.

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Thanks for the info!

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Try to get your foot in the door under medical records technician jobs or even as a medical receptionist. That is what I did and then became a coder/biller.

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Really!? How long have you been a coder/biller?

Stacy Palomares

That is how I got in as well, good advice.

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Rita, don't wait and let the time pass by before taking the exam. Take it now while the information is fresh in your mind. It also helps if you know someone in the medical field that can refer you as a very energetic, reliable, hard worker, team player, and works without supervision....that would be a truly asset to their company.

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Unfortunately, the school that I attended for this program did not properly teach us about the main focus in Medical Coding. I would hate to take the exam right now and fail it. Confidence level is kind of low right now. I had a phone interview today for a possible internship and this person had some very interesting things to say about the way students are being taught Medical Coding today. It seems to be outdated and it's totally different than what is actually utilized in the workforce. I also do not have any reliable contacts in the medical field. I've tried reaching out to them but they have not been of any help to me. Thanks so much for your input :-)

Kelli Smith

Apply for the jobs requiring experience, you never know when they may take a chance on you and how desperate they may be to fill their positions. As a coding coordinator, I would be more willing to take on an inexperienced employee to train than an intern that I am going to train and send them to someone else to be hired. Just my point of view.

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Kelli - I will take that into consideration! I've tried that in other fields and received a Thank you but no thank you letter. I will definitely try it with Medical Coding. Thanks!

Mitchell Harris

Haven't read other posts, but Medical Billing and coding jobs are usually telecommute jobs. Try and online agency like monster or flexjobs, there are many openings all over the country... good luck

Winnie Sanders-Hamilton

....so true. Also join Indeed and FB Medical Coder pages (there are so many); network. Don't worry bc the demand for coders is very high. Focus on one - coder or biller.

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Check with the school you went to....most schools have externship placement.,or recommendation s of places you can apply to

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Paula - I would not recommend anyone attend this school for the Medical Coding program! We (other classmates) experienced so many problems that it is ridiculous. Thanks for the suggestion :-)

Taquesha Landers

Rita B what school did u attend..

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Have you tried looking on Indeed or LinkedIn? Or FlexJobs like another person here posted. Also check out Insurance companies they are usually looking for medical billing/coding people.

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Lori - I have looked on most of the websites that everyone has listed. Most of the jobs call for either the certification, experience or both. But, I am going to go ahead and apply for them and see what happens. Thanks for the suggestion :-)

Greg Pochinski

I finished my course about 3 yrs ago; the best thing I found was to go back to my college and utilize their job placement center. You could also stop in clinics, private and public, also send out resumes even if they state, blah blah on the resume - Its a start - who knows what you'll find out there.

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Greg - I have talked to a few clinics. I will start applying for positions even if they are asking for certification and years of experience. Thanks for the suggestion :-)

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Another possibility to look into would be yo contact a professional coding association to see if they offer any opportunities for internships. One is The Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (PAHCS). They might be able to offer assistance to help you along.

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Tammy - I will look into that. I know that one of our instructors kept pushing for us to get a membership with AAPC. It's kind of hard to pay for these memberships when you're not working! LOL Thanks for your suggestion :-)

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I know what you mean. I was a student member of AMT. I would love to renew with full membership but one must have a way to pay for it. ;). I hope you're able to find something soon

Jack Nieporte

How about nursing homes retirement centers etc.

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Hadn't thought of that. I will check into it. Thanks!

Lisa Booth

The school should be able to help you with that, but in order to do anything you are going to need the certification. Even if the add says you need experience apply any way

Lisa Booth

Your school should be able to help you with that. Before you do any job searching you will need that certification. Even if the job says you need experience apply anyway you never know.

YVETTE JONES

Yes someone will give you a try. Just think positive, and things will work.the right person is coming up GOOD luck

Julia Thomas

I understand what youre going through. I have an associate degree in medical billinh and coding in 2010. No luck finding job in the field. Got certified in 2015. Still no luck finding a job. Now everyone with experience. So give me some

Sarah Spencer

Also, research the companies or healthcare facilities that you are interested in, try to get the name of the hiring manager and send a letter of interest along with your resume and transcript, they don't need to be hiring at the time. There is a lot of turn over, so when the time comes, they will have your info. The other suggestion about getting your foot in the door with a different position will give you a leg up when a coding position opens at the place you are already working.

Gwendolyn Ingraham

Try nursing homes

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The school that offer that programs should look and establish structured internship from area businesses within your locality. It would be a much better ideas for all graduating students from the program in the future. looking for an internship site on individual basis can be tasking and frustrating. Anyway, good luck

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Yes, my sentiments exactly. Unfortunately, this school took away the Internships that were originally a part of the program. I'm not happy about that. Thanks for your input :-)

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I would recommend to get certified first. The CPC certification test is different from real work. If you just finished school your knowledge should be pretty fresh for the test. The longer you wait the worse.

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A fellow Jobcaser

Generally the school where you completed your studies has a placement services department or at the very least has a placement director. Perhaps there is assistance there. Another possibility may be the opportunity to shadow someone at one of the larger institutions.

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Unfortunately, this school took away the Internships that were originally a part of the program. Their advice is to become a member of AAPC (which cost) and network through them. I've also been given information for a Medical Coding 3-day class to help pass the Certification Exam (again which cost). So there are some tools to help me but when you're not working, it's kind of hard to pay for these tools. Thanks for your input :-)

Steven Hulbert

I understand your frustration. Took medical tetminology years ago followed by Coding and the open positions all wanted minimum 1 year experience. You may have to go front or back office route snd work into coding

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I was thinking about that today as well. Everyone has given me some good advice on this subject, so I have something to work with. Thanks for your input :-)

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Rita,
Congrats on finishing a difficult course. I am graduating from a Health Information Mgmt program w/ a diploma in Coding/Billing and I understand. You are correct everyone wants you to have at least 2 years experience. My suggestion is: Check and see if United Health Care has ffices near you; If so look and see if they are hiring. They have entry level positions that can lead to Billing and Coding. Now for the coding, that is going to be a little more difficult, but if you take a position that is Patient Registration or something similar, it gets your foot in the door and you can move from there. If you want more information about coding: there are two professional organizations you need to connect with:
AAPC.org- this is the professional organization for Coding and Billing and CCO.us- is a training company run by coders: but they offer free webinars and other great resources- talk to someone at both organizations and let them assist you. Also, what is your college doing for you? Why aren't they providing you with an internship? If you need more assistance reach out to me at cynthia.danielhim@gmail.com, be glad to help.

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Cynthia - I will send you and email right now. Thanks so much!

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Rita I have just taken my CRS exam with an awesome institution.

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Rita- I have just completed my CRS exam with an awesome organization. They offer prep classes for your boards. I will leave my email please feel free to contact me. I have experience in coding and still find it difficult to land an interview(my resume has to be desired)
My email is demetragcrs@yahoo.com

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Demetra - I will send you an email right now. Thanks!

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I agree, go ahead & take test now, also be willing to start as receptionist in office, but if they're not willing to train you to move up and get experience go and look for another job. If I had it to do over again I would've not taken this class or gotten a job while I was still in school. Also check with your coder assoc for externships.

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Rita,
As an administrator, we would not hire anyone without the certificate. Having said that, we never filled the position because it was difficult to find someone qualified and with the credentials to do the job.
I suggest that you do the cover letter as mentioned denoting your skills and abilities. Suggest a voluntary internship where you are not being paid but learning the job (and demonstrating) while you work on obtaining your certificate.

Maybe apply for a lower grade job with pay as you work on your certificate is another option. Once you're with the company and perform tasks beyond the expectations of the position, the possibility of doors opening for you to secure that upgraded position increases. Put your resume out there and don't give up. Good luck.

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Thank you!

Henrietta Gasque

Hey Rita I think hands on experience is the best way to get where you want to be you just finish your course so why not just go right go to the hospital or talk to a doctors office and go for what you know you are already in there and don't know it you already did your internship so take control and do what it is you know how to do cause what ever job you get hired on they are going to train you anyway on how they do things. Good luck to you God Bless

Carmen Morales

Taking the exams for Medical Coding and Billing cost too much!