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My concern is how feasible it is to be starting out at 2 careers at the same time.  I'm not some super woman who can do it all...I tried to do work relating to my desired field while I was working my last job.  It ended up as a disaster.  How time intensive is the curriculum?  I can't give up on my desired career path or chuck it to the side, that will make the past 20 years of my life a waste of time and if this medical thing doesn't work I think I'm just going to give up at life.
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Originally posted by mangachan mangachan wrote:

My concern is how feasible it is to be starting out at 2 careers at the same time.  I'm not some super woman who can do it all...I tried to do work relating to my desired field while I was working my last job.  It ended up as a disaster.  How time intensive is the curriculum?  I can't give up on my desired career path or chuck it to the side, that will make the past 20 years of my life a waste of time and if this medical thing doesn't work I think I'm just going to give up at life.
To be honest with you its numbers and keeping updated with insurances and changes. Also knowing the law that pertains to the medical field. The course depends on where you take the classes. Some people do it in 3 -6 months. About your desired career...can acquire a volunteer job just to have a good idea of the path you have decide?. If so you can try that oath first before jumping in head first.hth
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I worked in a medical billing office doing insurance aging (basically checking on claims status for the providers we had in our company, an entry level position) and the medical billers had consistent hours and pay. I don't know how much they got paid, but one of my co-workers used to work in NY and she got great money (I'm in FL). I think it's a good career and it's something you can make great money in whether you're billing for a private company, private practice or a hospital. ICD codes are always changing so the career is always needing people
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how does someone with no experience get started in ICD10 ?
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Originally posted by bunzaveli bunzaveli wrote:

how does someone with no experience get started in ICD10 ?


Connections. That's how I got my last job, by the grace of god. I had no experience in medical billing or insurance aging. I mostly did insurance aging, I basically called the insurance companies for the providers accounts and asked for payments that are missing or got updates on payments. I did a little bit of medical billing, nothing that required schooling though
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Originally posted by bunzaveli bunzaveli wrote:

how does someone with no experience get started in ICD10 ?

I always see medical billing jobs posted online...how is it hard to find a job in that field? You basically work from home or at a hospital. There will always be work for a medical coder/biller.  
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good thread
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Medical billers often translate the data that is documented on a superbill onto a HCFA 1500 or UB04. That form is then submitted to the insurance company for payment.

ICD10 has been in the making for a few years now and I think the go-live should finally begin late this year. Some of the easiest information to ICD10 can be found on CMS dot gov. If you are familiar with ICD9, the transition may not be so difficult. It's mostly them adding additional digits and/or letters to the diagnosis code to make it more specific.
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Originally posted by sugabanana sugabanana wrote:

Originally posted by bunzaveli bunzaveli wrote:

how does someone with no experience get started in ICD10 ?

I always see medical billing jobs posted online...how is it hard to find a job in that field? You basically work from home or at a hospital. There will always be work for a medical coder/biller.  


Truth. The medical field isn't going anywhere. EVER
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gosh.. yall are really making me extra regret my choice.. and making my consider going back for it. 

id like to have something that pays well so that i can just do it part time and still be good throughout my 20 more years in school... 
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