Community Resources

For those with advanced lipedema, working in jobs which require being on our feet is grueling. Below are some suggestions for alternative careers and employment.

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Looking for Employment

Most states in the US have a workforce connection. Simply search the internet using the words “work force” along with your state’s name to locate your state’s job listings.

Medical Biller

Billers process services provided to patients and submit claims to insurance companies and then follow up with the claim to ensure it is processed and paid in a timely manner. Any part of the services not covered by insurance is then billed to the patient. There are several organizations which certify billers, and the two most notable ones are the American Academy of Professional Coders – AAPC and the American Medical Billing Association – AMBA. AAPC offers the Certified Professional Biller – CPB certification, and AMBA offers the Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist – CMRS certification. There are numerous online schools which offer instruction in medical billing, and scrutiny is important to determine if you’re getting your money’s worth.

Medical Coder

In the healthcare industry, there are several coding systems which insurance companies use to describe a given diagnosis or procedure, and a coder assigns these codes to patient records. This career is a natural progression for nurses and others with knowledge of disease processes. The two largest organizations which certify coders are the Americal Academy of Professional Coders – AAPC and American Health Information Management Association – AHIMA. Knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology is a must for this role. There are many independent online courses for anatomy and terminology, some of which are free, and numerous online schools which offer coding programs; scrutiny is important to determine if you’re getting your money’s worth.

AAPC offers several coding certifications: Certified Professional Coder – CPC, Certified Outpatient Coding – COC, Certified Inpatient Coder – CIC and Certified Risk Adjustment Coder – CRC. In addition, AAPC offers several specialty exams in the fields of ambulatory surgery, anesthesia and pain management, cardiology, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, dermatology, emergency department, evaluation and management, family practice, gastroenterology, gastric surgery, hematology and oncology, interventional radiology, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, rheumatology and urology to augment an initial certification.

AHIMA offers the Certified Coding Associate – CCA, Certified Coding Specialist – CCS and Certified Coding Specialist-Physician – CCS-P. PLEASE NOTE: The CCA certification denotes an apprentice certification, and that status cannot be removed; most employers do not recognize this certification.

Learn More

How to Get Back to Work After a Career Break – The Balance Careers
How to List Gaps in Employment Due to Having Children – Houston Chronicle

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