Author Topic: Is the medical billing field saturated?  (Read 631 times)

Mikeymt

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Is the medical billing field saturated?
« on: September 22, 2016, 07:35:51 PM »
I am still in school couple more months to go in medical billing and coding but I'm afraid it will be hard to find a job exactly in my field. What can I do not to stand out than the rest?

Thanks hoping to hear from you guys

kristin

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Re: Is the medical billing field saturated?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2016, 08:18:51 PM »
Do you mean what can you do to stand out from the rest? Because what you said in your post is the opposite of that.

So lesson number one...attention to detail. It is key in this career field.  ;)

The bad news is yes, this field is saturated with people getting billing and coding degrees and looking for jobs, and/or deciding they want to start a medical billing company.

The good news is that since ICD-10 was implemented, I have seen a serious uptick in the amount of jobs being offered by offices, hospitals, facilities, and coding and billing companies.

In particular for coders, HCC and hospital/IP coding is hot right now. Private practices not so much, because of EMR.

The fact remains, though, that very few employers of any kind will hire someone fresh out of school with a CPC-A, even if they were top of their class, have previously worked in a medical setting, and have other attributes that may put them ahead of the pack. Most places want 3 years experience first. Which means most people are just trying to get their foot in the door any way they can, even if it means starting out as a receptionist or working in medical records.

The biggest advantage you can have from what I have seen on various forums where coders and billers are looking for jobs is networking or knowing someone in the field already, that can help them get hired. So if AAPC has a local chapter by you, start attending meetings now. If you know people in the field, feel them out about if their companies are hiring. Then there is just being in the right place at the right time, which is how quite a few people find jobs right away, versus applying for numerous positions for over a year, and getting nothing, not even a call back. Location has a lot to do with that, I think.

As for remote work, which it seems every new coder or biller wants, that is almost impossible to get right out of the gate. All those "work from home!" advertisements for degrees are very misleading. Yes, there are a few coding companies that will hire remote coders fresh out of school, but they aren't very good to work for, from what I have heard/read. The pay is abysmal, and the production standards even worse.