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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2011, 04:03:14 PM »
The only stupid question is an unasked one. 


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« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2011, 09:35:30 AM »
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KNOWLEDGE can actually TRUMP experience if you have enough of it

When it comes to medical billing....I disagree

For the life of me, I cannot see the aversion to getting experience....why is the advice to 'get experience' prior to starting your home-based medical billing frowned upon?  Tha advice is not to discourage---the advice is to HELP....when someone suggests to 'get experience'.....it is to help assist you when it is time to market.....I just don't get it.............newbies come in to the forum for advice...."What advice can you give me to start out?"  "How did you start?" etc etc...............of course, people can choose to do what they want....they can choose to start-up with NO experience....but why NOT get experience??  Why NOT work in a provider's office first to get the hands-on feeling for it-----see even, if you like it or not??  What happens if you have no experience at all---you land your first client and you HATE medical billing?? Then what?? 

You will be sooo much better off in sooo many ways if you get the experience first!!!
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« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2011, 11:14:30 AM »
I was very shocked to see what has been going on.   I feel that this forum is very much needed, no matter if your a "newbie" or if you have been billing for "100 years".  With that said, people need to realize that once you have made your opinion known, then leave it be. It does take 2 to tango.  I feel that all the back and forth is very catty and I just wonder how physicians would feel if they knew how their contracted professionals where acting.     I have enjoyed knowing that I have somewhere to go when needed on this forum.   I hope that instances like this does not backfire on the rest of us.   I thank you Michele and Alice for starting this forum.  I have never been made to feel "less than" even as a newbie.
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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2011, 02:11:28 PM »
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KNOWLEDGE can actually TRUMP experience if you have enough of it

When it comes to medical billing....I disagree

For the life of me, I cannot see the aversion to getting experience....why is the advice to 'get experience' prior to starting your home-based medical billing frowned upon?  Tha advice is not to discourage---the advice is to HELP....when someone suggests to 'get experience'.....it is to help assist you when it is time to market.....I just don't get it.............newbies come in to the forum for advice...."What advice can you give me to start out?"  "How did you start?" etc etc...............of course, people can choose to do what they want....they can choose to start-up with NO experience....but why NOT get experience??  Why NOT work in a provider's office first to get the hands-on feeling for it-----see even, if you like it or not??  What happens if you have no experience at all---you land your first client and you HATE medical billing?? Then what?? 

You will be sooo much better off in sooo many ways if you get the experience first!!!

I agree, experience can help out a lot.  I am considering looking for a billing clerk position or anything that can help get my feet wet.  It reminds me of how now with education and the economy even having a bachelors isn't enough at times to get a "good" job. 

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« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2011, 02:44:54 PM »
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When it comes to medical billing....I disagree

So what are you saying, those of us who never did billing can't do it because we didn't have "experience"  I think there are many of us who have and will prove that false.


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For the life of me, I cannot see the aversion to getting experience....why is the advice to 'get experience' prior to starting your home-based medical billing frowned upon?  Tha advice is not to discourage---the advice is to HELP....when someone suggests to 'get experience'.....it is to help assist you when it is time to market.....I just don't get it.............newbies come in to the forum for advice...."What advice can you give me to start out?"  "How did you start?" etc etc...............of course, people can choose to do what they want....they can choose to start-up with NO experience....but why NOT get experience??  Why NOT work in a provider's office first to get the hands-on feeling for it-----see even, if you like it or not??  What happens if you have no experience at all---you land your first client and you HATE medical billing?? Then what??

You will be sooo much better off in sooo many ways if you get the experience first!!!

In case you have not noticed, the country is in a bad recession. Getting a "job" (especially one in a new field) is a bit hard. And didn't we just say of course experience is great, but how do you get experience to get those so called jobs without actually working?  It's a catch 22.  I know many billing companies who set out to get jobs and had either no luck or just decided to go for it in their business, many of them doing quite well.

This is what I said exactly, pay attention to the word in bold:
"KNOWLEDGE can actually TRUMP experience if you have enough of it"

There are far too many of us to prove this is correct. And besides who are any of us to say no one CAN NOT do this w/out experience? As I pointed out in a previous post, you did not come out of the birth canal with experience.

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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2011, 08:32:59 PM »
Thanks rdmoore.  :)

I don't have any aversion to getting experience.  If a person has the opportunity to get experience I would encourage them to do that.  But I also believe that there are people out there that getting experience is not an option and to those I say, it will be difficult, but I won't say it can't be done. 

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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2011, 10:52:28 PM »
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I agree, experience can help out a lot.  I am considering looking for a billing clerk position or anything that can help get my feet wet.  It reminds me of how now with education and the economy even having a bachelors isn't enough at times to get a "good" job.   

Very smart of you Alicia!! ;)  If you are finding it hard to get a billing position, try for a front desk receptionist, filing clerk, etc....anything to get your foot in the door....get yourself familiar with the 'flow' of the medical office....the 'forms' you will encounter....it will be a GREAT benefit to you once you get that first client!!
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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2011, 10:56:28 PM »
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So what are you saying, those of us who never did billing can't do it because we didn't have "experience"  I think there are many of us who have and will prove that false.



Did I say that?  I don't recall saying that  ???

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In case you have not noticed, the country is in a bad recession. Getting a "job" (especially one in a new field) is a bit hard.

EXACTLY!!!  And getting a CLIENT in a new field isn't???
Michelle Rimmer, CHI, CPMB
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« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2011, 07:00:41 AM »
I'm going to step in much earlier this time and ask that we all just stop, respect each other's opinions and leave it at that.  We do not all have to feel the same way about a topic.  People on the forum are grown up enough to read all responses and decide what is best for them and their situation. 

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« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2011, 08:32:11 PM »
Hello everyone, I'm new here but hope to be coming here very often. I plan to open my own medical business in the near future after completing a few priorities in my life at the moment. I was going to post a reply regarding experience and where to go from where I'm at now, but after reading through the forum, I am really excited about my venture into my own medical billing business.  I do have very little experience with an Associates degree in Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. I can say most employers do look for experience  and cerifitcation in coding, if you are looking for a coding position, unless you can really sale yourself at the interview for a coding position. This is one reason why I wanted to start my own business. To provide people (male or female) a place to gain experience in the field if they wish to venture into a physicians office or hospital. My only question is can this be done with a well established business and how long would it take me to provide and offer this service to both the client and employee? Thanks in advance for your help in this. By the way, fantastic site. The first and best one I found since researching this field.

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« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2011, 07:11:55 AM »
I'm not sure I understand what you are asking.  Are you saying that you want to start a Medical Billing Business so that you can offer a way for others to get experience?  And if so, I don't understand the part about if it can be done with a "well established business".  You mentioned that you are just starting out. 

Sorry if I totally missed this one, it is early!

Anyway, if I do understand it correctly it sounds like you want to start a MB Business to provide a service of training for both providers and individuals?  Sounds interesting but I would have many concerns.  For us, training new employees is the worst part, and it sounds like you would be doing that perpetually.  Makes me cringe.  But also, I would be concerned at having someone new always be doing the work on accounts that I was responsible for.  If I read the question correctly I would think you would want to set up a training program, instead of actually doing work on live accounts.

Anyway, glad you like the site and I hope I didn't totally miss your question??

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« Reply #26 on: February 21, 2011, 05:05:56 PM »
Not really. I do want to help others gain experience in the field of medical coding and billing, but know with me just starting out it could not happen. I do understand the business would have to be well established before embarking on such a desire. I do agree with what you are saying and understand the part of training newbies into the field and working with physician files. You gave great advice to most of what I was asking and appreciate it. I guess I'm just looking into the future a little too fast and just be concerned with building my business first (LOL). Thanks though and appreciate your response.

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« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2011, 04:34:28 AM »
You've got the same problem I do.  Michele says she doesn't want to hear any more ideas.  I get way too many!

My advice - keep dreaming!
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« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2011, 08:10:01 AM »
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You've got the same problem I do.  Michele says she doesn't want to hear any more ideas.  I get way too many!

My advice - keep dreaming!

I can so picture that!  LOL
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« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2011, 10:19:57 AM »
Again, thank you for your advice and hope I didn't offend anyone. Just an ideal of my own not to place any more burden on anyone else. I do understand the problems of trying to embark on new things or ideas and hope one day to provide a great service to physicians in my area with your help. Have a blessed day.