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Old 01-18-2007, 08:32 AM   #1
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Default Medical Billing/Coding or Pharmacy Tech

I need a new career and have narrowed it down to medical billing/coding or pharmacy technician.

If you work in either field, would you take a couple of minutes and let me know what you like about your work? I'd appreciate hearing your comments!

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Old 01-18-2007, 08:43 AM   #2
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I'd love to hear from medical billing myself. I've thought that might be an interesting field to get into. Right now I'm in HR for my company and help enroll people in insurance, I think it would be interesting to see another side of insurance.
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:46 AM   #3
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Hi
I do medical billing have been doing it for about 16 years or so. I love it. I used to be an LPN (well technically I still am) and a doctor I worked for offered me more money and said he will send me to a class and teach me what he knew so I jumped at the chance. I like this much better and I can basically set my own hours and I can even work from home if need be. I have done several different types of billing too. If you have any questions let me know and I will be happy to answer them for you. Good Luck
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:46 AM   #4
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I am a certified professional coder. I work for the Department of Defense coding for military hospitals. I currently work from home.

Once you get into the field and really get a good background, you can find companies that allow you to work from home. I currently am a subcontractor, so I work when I want and as much as I want. It really is nice. The money is great and I can also travel if I want to.

I started out doing medical billing and don't like it as much because it just seems like a vicious cycle. My friend is also a coder and has recently been promoted to the billing supervisor where she works and she also doesn't care for it as much.

I don't know where you plan on getting your credentials, but please realize that there are only 2 nationally recognized licensing agencies. One is AHIMA and the other is the AAPC. Alot of "career colleges" will tell you that you will be certified when you graduate from their school, but you really aren't. You will be eligible to sit for the certification exam, but you will not be certified. The certification exam is a 5 hour test that you must pass.

I believe AHIMA and AAPC both offer at home/online study courses to prepare you to sit for your exam.

Check out their websites for more info.

http://www.ahima.org/

http://www.aapc.com/

Good luck to you.
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