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Old 06-23-2011, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Trying to find information on schools and programs in Medical billing and coding in Raleigh or surrounding areas.

Please tell me where you took the course, online or school, how was the program, how long, job prospects or any other information.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:14 AM
 
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Watch out for the phony private schools who will rip you off.

Try Wake Tech.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:03 AM
 
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O*NET Code Connector - Medical Records and Health Information Technicians - 29-2071.00

Probably 2 semesters at Wake Tech - ask for the "Medical Office Administration: Medical Billing & Coding C25310B" program
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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It is 2 semesters. I started in the fall & finished this spring. I am currently taking 2 additional coding classes for the summer semester that were not required for the program, but they are more in depth if you are more interested in the coding like I am. The teachers for the course at Wake Tech are really nice, helpful and want you to succeed in their classes.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Is there decent money to be made in this? Thanks.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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A friend's wife was doing this for a long time, but the field was getting difficult because a lot of this type of work is being automated. I'd research more about that before considering it a long term career. I wish you luck in whatever you do!
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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A friend's wife was doing this for a long time, but the field was getting difficult because a lot of this type of work is being automated. I'd research more about that before considering it a long term career. I wish you luck in whatever you do!

I kind of wondered the same thing. What exactly is Medical Coding? I know someone who is going to school for it right now, but if it what I am imagining isn't this the perfect job to be outsourced or automated?
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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I was going to go into medical coding before I decided on nursing. There should be plenty of good paying jobs in the next few years with all medical records going digital. There are supposed to be huge changes coming and alot of accredited coders needed. I did a lot of research and found that Pitt Community College has an accredited program. You can take almost all of the classes for the degree online and the ones you can't. you can take at Wake Tech and transfer. I think the only 2 that weren't offered online were Anatomy and Physiology I and II. I've taken them at Wake Tech. I would definately check out the PCC website. They're a great, respectable school. Good luck!
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:03 AM
 
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Here's a good explanation with links to associations:
Medical coder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I know of someone who has worked at home doing it for many years, and I also wondered.

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I kind of wondered the same thing. What exactly is Medical Coding? I know someone who is going to school for it right now, but if it what I am imagining isn't this the perfect job to be outsourced or automated?
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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Default Medical Billing is a GREAT business

I've owned and still operate a medical billing company for the last 20 years. It is a VERY good business to get into. I've moved to 3 states during the course of my business and each time I've been able to take my same clients with me since everything is so automated and electronic based.

I've had the opportunity to mentor many people wanting to get into the business and the one thing I always tell them that instead of going and paying a bunch of money to take some classes nothing is better than actual on-the-job learning and training. I often tell those interested to take that receptionist job at a medical office and begin there. So, often in medical there are openings all the time with so much staff needed to run medical offices you can get your foot in the door and then move into the billing dept. I've seen many people be successful at this route. Sometimes starting at the bottom is the best way to work your way up in the medical billing industry.

There is money to be made in medical billing but not unless you put in the time and energy to learn, learn, learn. Even now, 25 years later I am always learning new and better ways to run my business and process clients work.

Once you have a good client base the opportunity to grow your business has no limits.
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