Medical Coding and Billing from home: a possibility?

@mfrancq (1808)
United States
December 11, 2006 3:26pm CST
I have had experience in medical coding and billing. I would love to pursue this career. I am a stay at home mom that would like to find a way to do this from home. I have found many sites claiming that you can do this from home you just have to pay several hundred dollars to start. i do not have the money to do this. I would like to find something that costs nothing to start and that is LEGITIMATE. Has anyone found anything like this. If not this, I would settle for data entry from home. Please share any resources or ideas. Thanks for your help!
26 responses
@mbs730 (2151)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
Unfortunately it doesn't seem like a free work at home program truely exists. As far as transcribing goes, you would need to take courses and then look around for a transcribing job... these courses are not cheap either but I have heard of some doing this from their homes and earning money.
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I can not afford to take courses. I have some experience in it, but not much. However, with the coding and billing I have a lot of experience.
• United States
11 Dec 06
Most of the programs are scams- there are some real jobs out there- go to WAHM.com and check out the message boards- they have TONS Of oppertunites there (not all of them are medical coding and billing, though) and none of them charge a fee or anything like that. It's a great resource for all stay at home/work at home moms. I personally work at home (I don't do medical coding and billing, though) and I have many friends who work at home as well =) Good luck!
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Sounds great! I will check into this as well! Thanks for the response!
@1fatpig (785)
• Australia
12 Dec 06
Another scam pay $7 a month if these people have lets say 50,000 people sign up $350,000 a month cost nothing to send out e-mail newsletters all the stuff in the newsletters will be what youve written so everyone else does the work ***SCAM***
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@1fatpig (785)
• Australia
12 Dec 06
look all the info you want is on the net all you have to do is look .... pay nothing not even 50 cents for info ... I treat everything as a SCAM as soon as theres money involved .. dont get burnt ..
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@clownfish (3276)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Hi! There's one more thing you should know about getting into medical billing/coding. It's very difficult to do correctly. The regulations change frequently and if you bill incorrectly, the doctor doesn't get paid. You really have to know the job thoroughly and keep up with the changes. I hope you find something that works for you. :-)
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Yes, I know this. It is a very difficult occupation. However I do have experience with it. I spent a great deal of time in the medical world. Learning terminology and coding. Thanks for the response!
@clownfish (3276)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Hi! Oh, good, I'm glad you knew that. My sister has done coding and billing for years and she actually talked me out of doing it because it can be so frustrating. I hope it works out for you!
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I like it being frustrating though. It really keeps you on your toes and thinking. I hate jobs that are boring and the same old thing everyday you know? I enjoy coding and billing because of this. I also worked alot with reconsiderations. Claims the doctor sent back because they didn't agree with the way we did, or didn't pay the claim. I would have to go into the computer system and see why we didn't pay it, and then figure out how to get it to pay correctly, etc. I loved that as well.
@Kscott (634)
• United States
11 Dec 06
I am a medical assistant, and I have always done this in the workplace, but I no longer am able until I go to school and receive a diploma or degree in Medical billing and coding. I started school last year for this (but had to stop due to financial hardship and other problems) with the goal in mind to work at home. It is very possible to do this at home, I dont know about doing it if you dont have experience or a degree. It used to be that it wasn't a big deal for the medical secretaries to do this, but it has become so complex that now everyone wants you to be schooled in this area. I am very skeptical of the internet for this particular job and data entry also, although I would love to do both and am still pursuing it. I suggest maybe taking out a personal add, or making a special resume and posting it on line on Career Builer, Yahoo Jobs, Monster.com, to name a few, and let employers know you are wanting to do this. Maybe even contacting Dr's office's, by submitting your resume and a specialized cover letter letting them know you can do this service at home. There are a bunch of people who really do this for a living, mostly ex-nurses that I knew of....I know alot of nurses and still cant figure out how to get the ball rolling with this. I am a stay at home mom as well and this would be great. My counselor at school last year said they have had about 10 people who graduated from there ending up being able to obtain employment at home doing medical billing. So it is very possible!
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
So there really is some hope! Thanks so much, I was beginning to get very discouraged. I do have experience in Medical Coding and Billing. Two years experience. However I am not certified for it. I also have 10 years experience with data entry. So maybe I can find something. I think I will check into clinics around town. Thanks so much for the response and advice!
@Kscott (634)
• United States
15 Dec 06
Your very welcome, and I wish you good luck...Remember, anything is always possible if you have faith and hope...Let me know how things work and if you get a job at home.!! Also, ask the Dr or even the dentist you go to, it may be easier to bring up the subject, since you are familiar with them.....TRANSCRIPTION IS Also a VERY DEFINATE POSSIBILITY TO DO AT HOME.... Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I work in a small town, so there is only one doctors office and one dentist office. I went to both and presented my resume and what my interests were. They said they would give me a call, however, I have not heard back. I am going to call them today to just keep in touch with them. I did get an email from a company I applied with to do data entry. They had me take a test, and I am waiting for the second part of the test now. Then they will hire, or not hire me. So, hopefully that works out.
• United States
11 Dec 06
I have researched this topic for another person a year or so ago. My findings are that most if not all of those sites are in reality scams. They do send you forms and programs but they do not help you find work. I suggest if you are interested in doing this from home you contact several local medical offices etc to see if there is a need for the services...and if there is a need for them to out source this job, then ask what programming they prefer and if they will make it available to you.
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Great idea, I will check into this tomorrow! Thanks so much for the advice and response!
@ZuperBoy (258)
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
yah yur right
• United States
12 Dec 06
You are very welcome!
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@vhmehta (621)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Medical billing and coding may not be for everyone. There are courses to study those in about 3-4 months. The curcial element is knowing medical terms and typing at a very high speed. Both of the qualities are hard in normal person. Yes you can earn money doing it but the question is can you do it. If you think you can do it then apply for positions at site which does not have any fees to join. Some companies want experienced people. If there is a fee chances are its a scam. Have you ever been told in your job interview to pay 30 bucks for informations?
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
22 Dec 06
As i stated, I have experience in this field. I worked at an insurance company doing coding and billing and always had 98-99% accuracy on my reviews of my work. I know it is not an easy field, I have done it. I know the codes change constantly, however, this is something i am used to. So, that is nothing new and I already know how to search the right codes. Plus I have the most recent code books at home with me.
@kamalcpc (704)
• India
12 Dec 06
i am doing medical coding, but it is very hard to do at home because many codes changes day by day and client specifications change, it will become a big mesh for u to do at home
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Trust me I know about the changes, and how constant they are. This is what I like about the job. It keeps you on your toes and thinking. I don't like jobs that are boring. I've had a lot of experience with ICD-9, CPT, and NDC coding, and I very much enjoy all of it.
• United States
12 Dec 06
Go to www.sohojobs.com They are legit! They have a discussion forum at: http://www.activeboard.com/forum.spark?forumID=74874&p=1 where they post legit work at home jobs some of them are data entry and some of them are coding. The entire website is for work at home jobs ALL LEGITIMATE! You will not be disappointed with this website. At least check out the forum and check out the website. I've been scammed to in the past but somehow I stumbled on to this legitimate website and was quite pleased with the results. If I were you, I would also go to the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org and check out a business before you invest any money with them. I honestly hope you try www.sohojobs.com. The competition is tough because the people who subscribe to that website all want a work at home job but is so worth it if you beat everyone else and get hired for the job. I truly hope to hear from you in the future telling mylot about your work at home job! Best wishes, Sharon
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Thank you so much sharon, I will check into this and you are right. Hopefully I will be able to post a discussion soon about a job I got at home. Thanks for the response and information.
• Canada
12 Dec 06
YES! Absolutly you can work from home legit. There are tons of good websites out there that show you legit work from home opportunities. One of the best ones is www.wahm.com. register for the forum and there are literally hundreds of legit work from home jobs listed. The problem is people have learned that people wanting to work from home usualy look for jobs like that "work from home" the only way you are going to find legit work is to look under telecommuting.Another good site is:http://www.telecommutingmoms.com/bb/viewforum.php?f=10 Another thing you should remember is no legit company will charge you any money to work from home. I hope this helped. Ive worked from home for 4 years now and am able to support myself and my son. THere really is legit work out there if you know where to find it.
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Yes, I don't pay for anything anymore. I have done made that mistake and learned from it. It is encouraging to know you have worked from home for so long and have been able to support both your son and you. That is my goal and it helps to know there are some that are doing it. Thanks for the sites, I will check them out!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I did medical billing for a doctor in the office for 8 years. When I went online to try it. Its allthe same they want money and even if they are legit they dont get you the work. You have to go around to drs, in your area and ask them if they have someone doing the billing and can you do it for them. So its really hard. If you find better let me know too. Thanks
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I will definately let you know if I find anything! Thanks for the response!
• United States
12 Dec 06
Here are two forums that have many SAHMs that are employed by the companies you are asking about: www.workplacelikehome.com www.wahm.com You must register at their forums. You won't regret it. Membership is free! There are also other ways to earn money from home. I earn a a full time living from home and created a site to help others do the same: http://www.squidoo.com/supermom_in_ny/ If you're a blogger, sign up for BLOGITIVE. Read all about it at the site above. Have fun earning money!
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Thank you very much for the information. I will definately keep all this in mind and look into it! Thanks for the response!
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
11 Dec 06
if you have not check the website wahm.com try checking it.. they have free lists of companies that hires telecommuters. but of course always take extra precautions in applying for a work at home job.. and NEVER pay for a job.
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
yes, I have learned that the hard way. I have had several people reference the website you listed and I am definately checking it out. Thanks for the response!
@mauier113 (688)
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
I'm also trying to work this things out for myself. Hope this discussions woul help and benefit us all. Thanks.
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
That is the whole point. We are all here to help each other out. Hopefully this will not only help us but a few others out there in need of the same thing! Thanks for the response!
@Aali311 (6126)
• United States
11 Dec 06
I've paid over two hundred dollars for the course to do medical billing from home, I never finished it cuz it was difficult to study with the kids always needing my attention, then I had to go through the process of starting up my own business, that's what they didn't tell me before I bought it, and there is no refund policy, so I was scammed into it. Oh well one of the many scams out there. I don't think there is such a thing as legitmate data entry work from home, been scammed on that also, I think everyone is doing scams just to make a few bucks so be very careful.
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Yes, I have learned the hard way never to pay for anything! I know better! Thanks for the advice and the response!
@asikjmc01 (107)
• India
22 Dec 06
Well my dear frnd!!! And i do have over 5yrs exp in medical billing and coding (US healthcare industry).As per my knowledge if u r in US citizen, then u can do this work in u r home.But for the rest of peoples don't have that options.
@lcsamano (200)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Why don't you try cold calling some of the local doctor offices. Sometimes they will outsource some of their work. As well like other members have stated check out wahm.com they are a great place to start.
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@cdirock (289)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I took a course at home with At-Home Professions located in Colorado. It was a good course but they didn't help you find a job. I love it though and found out that to get into a job from home.. you have to have lots of experience and also its your own business. The best thing to do is try to work for an office first even if it is part-time. Well good luck to you!
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@vipul20044 (5798)
• India
12 Dec 06
Well buddy i would say that even if you start with data entry dont go for those you find on search engines As most of them are scams There are a few legitimate ones and am trying hard to search for them If you come across some please please do message me:)
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@nontoxic (1065)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Snack time - snack time
You should try http://www.mtdaily.com/ http://www.mtjobs.com/ http://www.untroddenroad.com/ http://www.whydowork.com/work-at-home/employers.php#2
@cutepenguin (6455)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
I wouldn't use any of the services available on the internet for this, as a lot of them are scams. I'd go to some medical offices and ask them who they use, or what education they'd recommend. You'll probably have to take classes at a college for this. Data entry or basic bookkeeping might be easier. There are a lot of busy people who just need their receipts entered in, or need bookkeeping done that you can do at home. There are courses for this, or you can get a book about how to do it.
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