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Old 07-15-2008, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Memphis
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What is the difference between Medical Billing Specialist and Medical transcriptionist?
I want to work from home one day doing this but I have no experience so if any of you do any of this things I would love to chat with you. I am not looking to make any big bucks here. Just pay my bills and avoid having my son i childcare. I understand that I might have to work in an office the first year or so before I can work from home and that is okey with me.
How much are the training and how long does it take normally? How hard is it to get a real job after you are certified?

Thanks in advance

redwine
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:41 AM
 
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What is the difference between Medical Billing Specialist and Medical transcriptionist?
I want to work from home one day doing this but I have no experience so if any of you do any of this things I would love to chat with you. I am not looking to make any big bucks here. Just pay my bills and avoid having my son i childcare. I understand that I might have to work in an office the first year or so before I can work from home and that is okey with me.
How much are the training and how long does it take normally? How hard is it to get a real job after you are certified?

Thanks in advance

redwine
I sent you some links via Direct Message. I hope they help!
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:36 PM
 
Location: USA
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A lot of companies are going to EMRs and many are outsourcing their medical records. Yes, folks, even with HIPAA, your records do go overseas!

I know people in the field, and they say the jobs are diminishing in that because computer programs can do the work...the radiologist dictates into Powerscribe.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:36 PM
 
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There are plenty of transcription jobs. My worry right now is with the bad economy doctors will go out of their way to find a cheaper way for their dictation to be transcribed. My feeling is if they have to cut jobs, ours will be the first to go. They can always send work overseas if they're desperate or they can use templates. I lost one account several years ago to a company that outsources to India, and just last year lost another account to templates.

Right now I have more work than I can handle, so I'm not worried this very second. I'm not naive, though. I know I can be out of work at the drop of a hat. When my kids are older I will probably go back to school for nursing or something.

Lucy
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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There are plenty of transcription jobs. My worry right now is with the bad economy doctors will go out of their way to find a cheaper way for their dictation to be transcribed. My feeling is if they have to cut jobs, ours will be the first to go. They can always send work overseas if they're desperate or they can use templates. I lost one account several years ago to a company that outsources to India, and just last year lost another account to templates.

Right now I have more work than I can handle, so I'm not worried this very second. I'm not naive, though. I know I can be out of work at the drop of a hat. When my kids are older I will probably go back to school for nursing or something.

Lucy
Everyone is going into nursing. It will be hard to earn an income and support yourself and the kids if you go to nursing school because of clinicals too...
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:32 PM
 
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Everyone is going into nursing. It will be hard to earn an income and support yourself and the kids if you go to nursing school because of clinicals too...
That's true. However, my income is the secondary income. I'm still undecided on whether or not I'll do it, though. I really would prefer to continue working from home and in all likelihood will do it for as long as possible.
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