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Old 08-03-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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I have been looking for work but I can't do just any job. I can't speak more than one language
With a year of unemployment you could speak a few languages fluently I bet....

Times are tough. Sometimes the best option is to pack up and move. That is what I will be doing.

 
Old 08-03-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I have been looking for work but I can't do just any job. I can't speak more than one language nor can I do any of the jobs that require heavy lifting or labor. This leaves out most service jobs. There are plenty of nurses jobs posted with Bayada but I can't do that either. And sadly, as I am sure this will cause problems....being an older female doesn't help. I went to CPCC for 3 semesters while I have been unemployed but it isn't helping. I would much rather have a paycheck and be around other people doing something creative and constructive. I'm sure there are plenty of folks who are just kicking back but everyone I know that has been unemployed for quite a while wants to work. It's sad that employers look down on long gaps as this is a barrier as well. You don't know everyone's circumstances so why do you judge so easily?
It can be helpful to fill the gaps through volunteering. I attended a 2 hour seminar recently where the presenter reminded us that you can and should put volunteer work on your resume, what your accomplishments were, as it shows you are willing to make an effort and want to contribute. Also, it can help you make more contacts.

Don't know what your background is or interests are, but if you have internet connectivity and reasonable access to a PC, you can download 30 or 60 day free trials of many different kinds of software and learn how to use it. I just downloaded a 60 day trial of MS Office 2007 and am following an online training plan (for free) also from Microsoft. You have to create a plan and a schedule for yourself, so that 60 days doesn't zip by without you being able to learn as much as possible.

Physical restrictions do make finding a job harder. My DH has severe arthritis and cannot use his hands much, can't stand for long periods, and so on. So the snide suggestions of "Get a job as a greeter at WalMart!" are pretty stupid. (Yes, he has tried to get a disability, and no, that's not happening, not yet.) Some jobs are for the younger or the fitter!

BTW, what classes did you take at CPCC? Just curious ....
 
Old 08-03-2009, 08:53 PM
 
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I do volunteering and it is on my search records. I have been volunteering since last summer. I attended CPCC until this last April. I took Med. Term, Med. Transcription, Typing, Formatting/Editting. I have applied for some Transription jobs...both local and online companies but I have received rejection letters stating I don't have enough experience. I talked to one of the instructors and she just said to keep applying until you get a break. I enjoyed the work, it kept my mind working but I wonder if I should have taken something else. When I was attending I was paying $60.00 per class. I see now that they have raised the prices to $170.00. I was going to take coding but the new class costs plus $300.00 books/class...wow. I was quite sick and I have spent this same year also working to get healthier. It's been a long haul.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Jersey Shore to Charlotte, NC
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Great, continuation of creating a welfare state....52 weeks is long enough for unemployment benefits...as much as the gov't is wasting as it is, I can't believe they would continue to sanction lazyness...just reading some of the above posts makes me sick...how can you not be doing everything you can to find a job (any job) just to get off taking gov't money for nothing? My god, when I was unemployed 5 yrs ago or so, I was doing everything possible, applying to all jobs posted on all the websites, and in the paper, and driving around and putting in applications anywhere I saw help wanted signs...I basically worked each day of the week trying to find employment like it was my job...I know times are tough, but I'm tired of having to subsidize so many out of work people who continue to do just the minimum to keep their entitlements...52 weeks is long enough for unemployment benefits to be paid...it really sickens me that the unemployment office isn't watching everyone like a hawk that is receiving money for nothing from them...
Some people are probably taking advantage of the "system", and many others are not, every situation can be different. Regretfully, August 1st for me marked "one year" of being unemployed, and I'm real sick over it..I've never been unemployed in my life, I worked for a company back in Jersey for 32 years, "lost" that job as a direct result of 9/11. Unfortunately, I did not have the age to equal the rule of 80 (total years of service plus age), to retire normally, so as a result I lost 70% of my pension. That took me sometime to get over, it was like working for all those years for a measly pension. Since August of '02, I have secured contract projects up until last summer when I lost that job. This time things are very different, number one, I have my age against me, I'm now 57. I have worked aimlessly day in and out job searching, many bites, many interviews, no offers. Thankfully, I had close to one year of emergency funds set aside, which are now exhausted. On one hand I'm thankful to be receiving the unemployement benefits to which I've contributed to for 38 years of being employed. However, it really stabs at me having to depend on these benefits. You name it, I've been to "in person", Trader Joe's, Lowe's, Home Depot....the list goes on, and nothing!! I'm now at a point where I'm working at starting my own cleaning business, so we'll see where this takes me...

Ohio, please don't take this an attack on your post, it's just that we can not in these current economic times make a blanket statement that everyone is taking advantage and being lazy. My God, my financial future scares the living crap out of me, I would never had thought I would be in the position I am in currently, but here I am, and I have to continue to fight...sorry all for the long post..!!
 
Old 08-04-2009, 04:39 AM
 
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^^^^ I'm saddened by the position you're in. No, depressed.We're at a point, especially in this recession, where society puts the 57 y.o. in the trash bin out at the curb. Not even the recycle bin.

How long will it take you to get your biz idea off the ground? Can you put every minute of your day behind it and get it going NOW? Maybe, forget about looking for work other than an hour a day on the net?

SURROUND yourself with this business idea of yours.Make it like it is your life's priority.

John
 
Old 08-04-2009, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I think that the stigma of being unemployed for a long period is either gone or less in this time. I am very grateful to have kept my job when so many in my field have lost theirs. However, I am not complacent, I am going to school to become a paralegal as a backup.

I think that there are now programs for the unemployed to be able to go to school for free or almost free. I think that would be a wise idea for every unemployed person to do. Additional schooling is never a bad thing and it could help with the future job searches or even to help in starting a business. Many classes are online so you don't even have to go to the school!! Plus, when you are enrolled in somewhere like CPCC they have employment "agencies" that help you find work and also support groups to help you through it.

These are unprecedented times. Yes, there are always those that ride the system as it were. But, to that I say..."what goes around, comes around". We still have many friends/relatives that are unemployed and we should all rally around them.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I do volunteering and it is on my search records. I have been volunteering since last summer. I attended CPCC until this last April. I took Med. Term, Med. Transcription, Typing, Formatting/Editting. I have applied for some Transription jobs...both local and online companies but I have received rejection letters stating I don't have enough experience. I talked to one of the instructors and she just said to keep applying until you get a break. I enjoyed the work, it kept my mind working but I wonder if I should have taken something else. When I was attending I was paying $60.00 per class. I see now that they have raised the prices to $170.00. I was going to take coding but the new class costs plus $300.00 books/class...wow. I was quite sick and I have spent this same year also working to get healthier. It's been a long haul.
Hang in there, and keep applying! Do you get the chance to practice so your med transcription skills don't get rusty? I wonder if there are part-time jobs, or something like apprentice?

I have been taking Med Coding and Med Billing, online, through Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). The classes are much less expensive and you don't have to spend zillions on books, although you will have to buy an ICD-9 CM and a CPT coding book, but those can be gotten cheaply through half.com or other sources. After taking a series of courses you can sit for an exam that will certify you as an apprentice coder. DM me for more info.

Keep getting healthier, too!
 
Old 08-04-2009, 07:25 AM
 
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My Wife had been unemployed since last summer. She has a decent education (a bachelors and associate degree) and a ton of experience. Since being out of work she has been on 6-7 interviews at the most. Most of these were through contacts of hers. Our situation is frustrating and I know eventually she will find something. Another poster stated that anyone collecting unemployment for more than 1 year was lazy. I can assure you that this is NOT the case with everyone out there. Before this happened my wife had not been without a job since she was 16 years old. She even worked 2 jobs for several years after college to make ends meet. Having the unemployment extended to 92 weeks would help us out. Before anyone gets up on the soap box and judges others they should imagine themselves in a similar situation. She along with others that are collecting right now have always paid into unemployment and I'm sure that we will all pay even more once this whole situation is over. My point is...just because someone needs a little help it does not make them lazy. Everyone needs a little help at some point. Don't be so quick to point the finger.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 07:55 AM
 
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These jobs are avaialbe through Friday. If you are interested, let me know.


Job Title: Assistant Director of Field Reimbursement
Requisition #: 3906
Dept/Team: Xcenda
Type: Job Opportunity
# of Positions: 1
Hours: Full Time
Location: This position may be located in the following areas:
NY-NJ area
Washington, DC, Arlington VA area
Charlotte, NC
Atlanta, GA
Miami, FL
Cleveland, Cincinnati OH area
Philadelphia, PA

Relocation: No
Posting Status: Internal/External
Accepting Referrals: Yes
Closing Date: 8/7/09

Introduction/Background:
Who we are: Xcenda is an integrated, world-class healthcare consulting organization focused on value, reimbursement and patient access. Our company brings together a team of exceptional healthcare and business professionals whose multidisciplinary experience fulfills an unmet need in the marketplace. Xcenda, a division of AmerisourceBergen, a Fortune 27 company, is seeking candidates with healthcare reimbursement experience, physician office experience, and pharmaceutical sales or private health insurance experience.

Introduction/Background: Xcenda currently provides National field-based health care reimbursement teams for several of our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical clients. These teams are responsible for providing field support for patient access to our client’s products through interaction with the client’s reimbursement support program These field reimbursement specialists are regionally based and provide their expertise and experience to help patient access issues and to provide educational services within a physician office environment. Field reimbursement specialists work directly with prescribers and their office support staff and commonly interact with other reimbursement and patient support services provided by our clients. Xcenda is currently recruiting for a manager position for a field reimbursement specialist team.

Position Description, Duties and Responsibilities:
Skills Required To Be A Successful Field Reimbursement Specialist Team Manager
Field Reimbursement Specialists Team Manager must demonstrate strong management expertise including mentoring, productivity monitoring and coaching of team members. In addition, the role includes coordination and interaction with our client’s management, in a responsive professional manner. All interactions with allied health professionals require detailed attention to customer needs and satisfaction. And most importantly, all field reimbursement activities are required to be conducted and managed within all appropriate legal and regulatory guidelines and require continuous monitoring of compliance with such guidelines and laws.

Field manager will also assist prescribers and their staff with addressing barriers to appropriate patient access to our client’s products and requires broad knowledge and skills, including technical knowledge of health care reimbursement from a patient and provider perspective and an ability to effectively interact with physicians and their staff.

The four most important skills to have to be successful in this position is
• Proven team management experience
• General payer policy knowledge including managed care and Medicare/Medicaid
• Foundational knowledge of benefit verifications and prior authorization requirements
• Knowledge of reimbursement processes within physician office
Specific knowledge of local payer policies related to a specific client product will be acquired during training sessions.


Minimum Qualifications & Education:

• Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred
• Specific practice management experience, patient reimbursement support services, and/or pharmaceutical industry experience mandatory
• Minimum three years experience in public or private third party reimbursement arena required, five years experience preferred
• Proven team management experience
• Demonstrated ability to conduct field-based reimbursement support and consultation
• Experience with reimbursement billing, coding, and appeals process
• Knowledge of private payer, Medicare Part D and Medicaid structure, systems, and reimbursement process required
• Demonstrated presentation and communication skills
• Demonstrated teamwork abilities
• Project management skills
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to travel up 70% of the time
• Ability to manage expenses within allocated budgets
• Review and approval of team members expenses
• Good driving record
• Excellent computer skills
• Ability to utilize own car for travel (mileage reimbursed)

Job Title: Field Reimbursement Specialist
Requisition #: 3911
Dept/Team: Xcenda
Type: Job Opportunity
# of Positions: 10
Hours: Full Time
Location: These positions may be located in the following areas:
Los Angeles
NY-NJ area
Washington, DC, Arlington VA area
Charlotte, NC
Atlanta, GA
Miami, FL
Cleveland, Cincinnati OH area
Dallas, TX
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA


Relocation: No
Posting Status: Internal/External
Accepting Referrals: Yes
Closing Date: 8/7/09

Introduction/Background:
Who we are: Xcenda is an integrated, world-class consulting organization focused on value, reimbursement and patient access. Our company brings together a team of exceptional healthcare and business professionals whose multidisciplinary experience fulfills an unmet need in the marketplace. Xcenda, a division of AmerisourceBergen, a Fortune 27 company, is seeking candidates with healthcare reimbursement experience, physician office experience, and pharmaceutical sales or private payer experience.

Introduction/Background: Xcenda currently provides National field-based health care reimbursement teams for several of our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical clients. These teams are responsible for providing field support for patient access to our client’s products through interaction with the client’s reimbursement support program. These field reimbursement specialists are regionally based and provide their expertise and experience to help resolve patient access issues and to provide educational services within a physician office environment. Field reimbursement specialists work directly with prescribers and their office support staff and commonly interact with other reimbursement and patient support services provided by our clients. Xcenda is currently recruiting for field reimbursement specialist positions and has several very exciting opportunities in locations throughout the United States

Position Description, Duties and Responsibilities:
Services and activities provided by Field Reimbursement Specialists
Field reimbursement specialists manage daily activities that support appropriate patient access to our client’s products in the provider offices and work as a liaison to other patient assistance and reimbursement support services offered by our clients. Activities include, but are not limited to, reviewing patient benefit options, including patient cost-share responsibilities, prior authorization requirements, and alternate funding/financial assistance options as well as coordinating with our client’s patient support services program representatives to address reimbursement issues. Field reimbursement specialists will also educate physician office staff on the use of our client’s patient assistance and reimbursement support services including web based programs. Likewise, field reimbursement specialists provide information on relevant reimbursement topics related to our client’s products.

Skills Required To Be A Successful Field Reimbursement Specialist
The ability to assist prescribers and their staff with addressing barriers to appropriate patient access to our client’s products requires broad knowledge and skills, including technical knowledge of health care reimbursement from a patient and provider perspective and an ability to effectively interact with physicians and their staff.

Three skills critical to being successful in this position include:
• General payer policy knowledge including managed care and Medicare/Medicaid
• Foundational knowledge of benefit verifications and prior authorization requirements
• Knowledge of reimbursement processes within the physician office

Specific knowledge of local payer policies related to a specific client product will be acquired during training sessions.
All interactions with allied health professionals require detailed attention to customer needs and satisfaction. And most importantly, all field reimbursement activities are required to be conducted and managed within all appropriate legal and regulatory guidelines and require continuous monitoring of compliance with such guidelines and laws.

Minimum Qualifications & Education:
• Bachelor’s degree preferred, work experience in a provider office, patient reimbursement support services, or pharmaceutical industry mandatory
• Minimum one year experience in public or private third party reimbursement arena required, three years experience preferred
• Ability to conduct field-based reimbursement support and education
• Experience with reimbursement billing, coding, and appeals process preferred
• Knowledge of private payer, Medicare Part D and Medicaid structure, systems, and reimbursement process required
• Demonstrated presentation and communication skills
• Demonstrated teamwork abilities
• Project management skills
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to travel
• Ability to manage expenses within allocated budgets
• Good driving record
• Ability to utilize own car for travel (mileage reimbursed)
• Above average computer skills

PM me if you are interested. I do not see how this is advertising. My OP was deleted. I do not own this company but my job is hiring. I guess some people do not see this as a networking site. I thougth if I could help someone out with the economy and the unemployment rate at an all time low, that would be great. Guess some people do not want others to have a job. Must be nice to have it like that. There are a lot of jobs out there and without word of mouth, you may not know about the opportunity. Sorry for trying to help someone. You would think as a taxpayer, we would encourage people to work, thus receiving less goverment help coming out of our pockets.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 08:45 AM
 
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These jobs are avaialbe through Friday. If you are interested, let me know.


I havent looked for work yet this week. Is that ok if I jot these 2 jobs down on my unemployment profile?
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