Does anyone here know anything about a job in medical coding? Is it worth going to school for? Any other details would be appreciated.

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Yin And Yang Profile
Yin And Yang answered

My friend, let me give you this advice the Yin and Yang family has learned. Nothing is as it seems. But you can never have "too much" education under your belt. Getting a job is about who you know now a days, it's not about education anymore. So please if it is something you think you might enjoy...... Go for it. 😊

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Danae Hitch
Danae Hitch commented
I am of "advanced age" (snicker) and have heard about this position paying well. I wouldn't mind being in the medical field, as opposed to the construction field, which I am right now.

So, I was looking for someone that has done it - what are some pitfalls - some things that I wouldn't necessarily know because I'm not in that field - and if it's worth it to make the switch.

I'm saving for retirement rather late so if it pays as well as what I'm being led to believe, I might just go for it. Thanks for your kind words.
Yin And Yang
Yin And Yang commented
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My only experience was with medical assisting and one of the things that held me back was that I am not bilingual. :0(
Toni Pauze Profile
Toni Pauze answered

My daughter took this training Danae. The books are expensive and she had to go to classes on Saturday for 12 weeks I believe.  After passing the class and getting the license, every medical place wants a person with at least a years experience.  Since she can't quit her day job to shadow someone to get some experience, not looking good for job.  You have to continue training and keep up with all the changes in medical coding.  It seems she is always taking another class online. She said someday maybe. That's all I know.

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DDX Project answered

Depends on how long the program is and how much it costs. Then you have to consider if the time and effort is really worth the $16 an hour? From your other comments I would say it's a good idea if the program is short and cheap. Since attending university later in life isn't a very good idea when you're actually trying to save for retirement.

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Darik Majoren answered

You can usually get an entry level job at a hospital in "Registration". It is at this point you start to learn coding (you mean for billing and such, right?). I believe there are some 2 year degrees, and most of this stuff can actually be done online, but best advice is to get your foot in the door in "Hospital Registration".

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Danae Hitch
Danae Hitch commented
This is an angle I had not considered. Thank you for your insight, DM!
Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
You could combine a two year accounting with the medical coding to be more attractive to Medical billing offices.
Danae Hitch
Danae Hitch commented
True. Thanks.

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