What can I say? I am currently feeling very discouraged. This “career” path I chose is much harder than I thought. I keep trying, but when the learning program keeps telling me my answers are wrong, I feel like I know absolutely nothing!
I should probably back up and explain…
A little over a year ago, I decided to pursue a career in Medical Coding…the pay is supposed to be good and there is the added advantage of some companies allowing you to work from home. See, I know a couple people who do “coding” and (in my arrogance) I thought “well if they can do it, it can’t be that hard!” Boy, oh boy was I ever wrong!
I have 2 family members (by marriage) that do coding…neither graduated from high school and one barely speaks English, both do what they told me is coding. Knowing both of them, and knowing that neither of them are that educated and one is frequently so high she can barely have a conversation, I honestly thought coding really can’t be that difficult. (Again, arrogance) but I later found out that neither of them do the actual coding, they do the billing end…
I also, have a friend that does coding (she is very intelligent) and her employer taught her how to code medical charts in less than 3 months. So, again in my arrogance, I thought “Ha! Easy, I can do this, no problem!”
I contacted my friends employer and tried to get in the next “training class” but was told they were no longer hiring anyone without experience or who didn’t have a Certification. So, I looked into training/Certification. Options:
a.) attend a traditional training school over the course of 18 months and pay upwards of $18,000 (and still have to pay to take the exam for Certification)
b.) do an online course for about $3,600 which includes a voucher to take the Certification Exam
So, I discussed it with Hubby and chose option B. I finished the course, took my Exam (passed) and started looking for work while using the “practice” program the course came with. The Practice program has real medical charts that need to be coded for Insurance purposes.
So, I passed the course with a 90% and passed my Exam with an 80%…I honestly thought I knew the material. Apparently NOT! My average accuracy score on coding the practice charts is 57% and each chart is taking me an average of 30 minutes. Now, some employers pay an hourly wage and some pay a production wage (by the chart). All employers have a minimum standard for the number of charts per hour. At the rate I’m going, I wouldn’t even pass the minimum standard for an employer. (Most also require a 90% accuracy rate also).
Hence, the discouragement and feeling like a failure. I texted my friend and asked her if she would be willing to sit down with me and walk me through a couple practice charts so I can ask questions and figure out where I am going wrong, but she hasn’t responded to my request yet (it’s been a week).
I looked for a tutor to see if maybe that would help (the closest tutor I could find is 3 hours away). Apparently, no one in my town is interested in tutoring!
The website I purchased my course through isn’t much help…they recommend the practice program or signing up for another course!
So now I don’t know what to do…I realize that “practice makes perfect” but I am finding it really hard to stay motivated when I keep getting failing grades on my practice charts and the explanations given for the correct answers are so generic that they are no help whatsoever! Needless to say I am frustrated and discouraged. I complained to another friend and her response was “you need to pray about it. You need to ask Jesus to help you.” UUMMM, what? I think it’s great that she has that kind of Faith and believes that would help, but I don’t. I don’t have that kind of Faith and I don’t believe praying is going to help. No, I’m not an Atheist, I believe there is a higher power, but I don’t believe “it” takes an active interest in me.
Anyway, I guess I’ve whined enough about this…back to my practice, maybe it will start to make sense?