Wednesday, October 20, 2010


So, here's the latest...

I've been trying to figure out what to do, so I made an appointment with HR at two hospitals to find out what they are looking for when they hire someone in the medical coding and billing field. In particular, are they just like willing to train the right person, do you have to have a degree, how do they feel about techincal schools etc.

While I was waiting to talk to the HR people, Anthem of course kept calling and calling and calling. I know they are just doing their job and they want to know if and when I am starting school, but it gets annoying.

So, finally, today, I decided to e-mail the recruiter and ask her the hard hitting questions. This is the message I sent...


I am just going to be honest with you. I found a message board where students of Anthem Institute review the school and there's a lot of bad reviews. I'm just very torn. In particular, I'm hearing that the job placement department is a joke and that the college has a terrible reputation with employers.

As you know, my sole reason for attending Anthem would be to gain knowledge of coding and billing and then to immediately start working in the medical field. What is your rate of success with job placement? Can you give me a few references of students who completed the coding and billing degree and used Anthem for job placement??

Thank you so much."

So, normally, she's responding to me immediately. Like, I asked her if they are accredited the other day and she said they are. But, I sent this e-mail this morning and it's like 5 p.m. now and I haven't heard back from her. It's funny. I'm thinking she's scrambling to figure out how to appease me.

Other than that, my cousins are in town, we went to Fremont Street last night and on the way we found that Gold and Silver Pawn shop that they do the reality sh ow about on A&E. Wow. Talk about ghetto. There were hookers standing out front, the place was really run down, it was dark and dismal and not a nice place to be at night. I've never seen the show myself, but they said that on T.V. it looks SO much bigger and it looks like it's near all the big casinos. hehe The marvels of film!

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Blogger par88 said...

That Anthem school sounds like a scam. I think a lot of trade/tech schools are like that. They are just out to get the money from government programs. They don't care if you learn anything or get a job.

October 20, 2010

Blogger FleaStiff said...

Anthem... what you care what Anthem says about itself? Unless employers in the area were willing to tell you that they tend to look favorably upon graduates of that place, the school is junk. You already know a diploma from that place will gain you zilch in the job market that you could not have obtained alone. Those disgruntled and unemployed graduates gave unfavorable reviews. Sure some may be a bit skewed but overall they indicate what the truth is.
Is billing and coding stuff what you really want? Have you spoken with anyone who really does that work?
I'd say quit futzing around with a school that makes Terribles look palatial.

October 20, 2010

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Gl Carmey! Looks like your doing good research. Good luck finding a new direction!

October 21, 2010

Blogger FleaStiff said...

Pawn Stars is entertainment and is no more a reflection of reality as any other "reality show". Much of it is pre-arranged. Its the history channel at its lowest ebb.

Isn't it nice to have relatives visit you? You get to do all the touristy things you would never do otherwise such as go look at the welcome sign or the like.

October 21, 2010


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