Medical billing certification - Is it good in the state you got the cert or can it be good in any state?

by Christi
(San Diego CA)

I am a current Medical Specialties student and majoring in Medical Billing and Coding along with pharm Tech, Med Assistant, and ECG reader. I hope to get my certifications in all of these but my main is the Medical Billing and Coding. My question is I live in California at the moment I graduate in November and soon I will be taking my Med Bill Certification test and I wanted to know is that certification only good in the state of California or is it good in any state I go to? I will be moving to Spokane WA come Jan 2012


Christi,

With regard to certification it should be acceptable in any state. You may check with the organization that you seek certification from - like AMBA (American Medical Billing Association), AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) or AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). I've haven't heard of any certifications that are limited to a particular state - they should be applicable in any state.

Some states may license certain professions but licensing is different from certification. Licensing is typically required to demonstrate a minimum level of knowledge or ability as required by law - but I'm not aware of any states that license medical billing or medical coding.

I'll post on the site and welcome anyone's comments on this subject if they have seen otherwise.

Thanks - Gina

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NETWORKING AS NEWLY CERTIFIED MEDICAL BILLING
by: JOHN WHOLEY

I AM 65 YEARS OLD AND A RETIRED SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHER OF 23 YEARS. I TAUGHT WITHIN THE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR 23 YEARS AND RETIRED JULY, 2009.

I HAVE TWO SONS AGES 6 AND 5. (I AM A LATE BLOOMER AND/OR NUTS TO TAKE ON A FAMILY AT MY AGE)
I AM CONSIDERING ENROLLING IN A MEDICAL BILLING SCHOOL/PROGRAM EITHER ON-LINE OR AT A FACILITY BUT I AM NOT SURE OF THE LEVELS OF EXPERTISE OFFERED OR THE AVAILABILITY OF JOB PLACEMENTS.

PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AND YOUR PROSPECTIVE ON MY INTERESTS. BOSTON, AS YOU WELL KNOW, IS A HAVEN FOR A NUMBER OF EXCELLENT MEDICAL FACILITIES.
THANKS,
JOHN WHOLEY

John,

I've found the biggest hurdle to getting a job in the field is lack of experience. We get a lot of submissions to the site from people who have taken a training course but have a difficult time finding a job.

If you want to get a job at one of the medical facilities I would suggest a training program that prepares you for coding certification exam. Most of the larger reputable facilities value certification. A good training program in medical billing & coding can be usually be completed within a year to 18 months.

Also anything you can do to sharpen your technology skills with respect to the healthcare field. Healthcare providers really seem to value people experienced with Electronic Medical Records software and practice management software.

You also might want to consider a local reputable technical or vocational school. They usually are a great deal for the curriculum they offer. They are more likely to have a relationship with the local employers. They are also more likely to have some sort of apprenticeship or mentoring program with the local healthcare facilities.

Of course there is also the option of working for a private practice or billing service. They may not have as stringent qualification requirements but it can be hard to get a job with little experience.

Also I would recommend taking a look at the local jobs for billers and coders just to get a feel for the demand, experience, and training requirements. Try a job search site like Indeed.com, Careerbuilder.com, or Monster.com.

Hope this answers your questions - Thanks again and best of luck with your second career.

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