Hello:Other options are to look into job shadowing at hospitals or clinics. Most organizations have this available. Contact the HR Department and ask.
Check into the AHIMA Apprenticeship program mentioned in another post.Make connections with the local and state AHIMA chapters.Every employer would like to hire someone with experience, but it doesn't mean there are that many experienced nonemployed coders out there. Sometimes talking to an employer about giving you six months on the job to meet certain parameters will help.You can also start out with a job in billing, which can lead to coding. Most of the time, getting your foot in the door doing anything in HIM will help you make that transition. If you don't have the certifications, pursue them in the interim while you are working other jobs.
Licensure / Certifications: AAPC or AHIMA Coding Certification (i.e. CPC-A, CPC, CCS-P). Experience: Minimum of 1 year coding experience or successful completion of coding curriculum.http://mercy.ttcportals.com/jobs/8514663-coding-specialist-remote-medical-coder-physician-revenue-cycle-coder-cpc-certified-professional-coder#You also might want to check out jobs for Edit coders. You could try Conifer Health Solutions whom I used to work for. I thought I saw a Remote Edit Coder position that did not say you needed coding experience so you might want to check that out or do an internet search for edit coders. https://tenet.taleo.net/careersection/10123/jobdetail.ftl?job=1805005953&tz=GMT-06%3A00You could also try zip recruiter and check out insurance companies too. Also, even if the job posting states "experienced preferred" or min of x amount of years experience I still recommend to apply. If you get and pass the interview and a coding test they may hire you.