Medical coding/billing

Shannon - posted on 05/28/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I want to go to school to get my certificate in medical coding/billing so I can work from home but I don't know how that works really. Do you have structured hours? Or do you just have a certain amount of things you have to do per day? Any advice or info will help! Thank you:)

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Jennifer - posted on 08/18/2010

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I went to school at Everest University for my Billing/Coding Certification. While I was in school I loved it....BUT......to work from home, yes you would set your hours the employers will want you to work in the office for a minimum of 1 year *most* so they can see your work and speed. You would then have to code a certain number of charts per day....my teacher that worked from home had to code 175 per day. AND you would have to code in a seperate room from your children *old enough to read numbers and names* and spouses because of HIPAA rules and patient confidentiality. Once you finish school it is VERY hard to break into the industry because even though EVEREST said they did job placement assistance they did nothing, and on my own the employers all want experience. Most of them wanted 2-5 years. So yeah, if you are truly interested go for it because I LOVED it while I was in school because it is so interesting and honestly just FUN. But be careful what school you choose and know going in that there is a major chance you will not be able to work from home for a while. Best of luck. Feel free to ask me any questions. Jennifer

Stephanie - posted on 06/24/2010

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I'm not sure, but I'm studying it through online college, under a 2yr degree program. i can work at my own pace on my school stuff, and its all online, so no paper to write or places to go for class

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