Well, first let me say that these companies typically only offer work for 3 months of the year. All of the nurses I've done chart reviews with, including myself, have "hoped" they would have more work, but they don't.
I have found one company that I'm working for now though that says they will have big projects coming up....but so far I am getting 3 hours a week or less....so it's very "per diem". But keep reading below because there is opportunity with one company for full time work
Q Mark Inc, out of Englewood Co, does the HEDIS reviews where I made $5.75 per chart. They are disorganized, but seem to pay the best. This last assignment they refused to pay for paper....which the offices often demand that you reimburse to them. I told them that I would no longer work for them since they refused to pay for the paper. Actually, the paper only cost me $10; so that wasn't really worth leaving them for; it was mostly due to their disorganization. They hire "best friends" to be project managers, instead of hiring people who are qualified. Our project manager cost us so much work and aggravation because she didn't know what she was doing. But hey....if I were telling you to go with a particular company, I would tell you to work for Q Mark. Several of us just finally got fed up and said "we're done with this company". That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be a good place for many of you to get started, especially since i've heard they pay the best, and pay better than Outcomes. So, definitely, I recommend Q mark inc. for doing the HEDIS reviews. You can find their website and apply right now and you'll be called for work next November for the HEDIS reviews in the spring.
Outcomes, as mentioned in another post. Haven't worked for them, but I would disagree with some of what the other poster said. Yes, you go to offices that are closed. You just go on to the next one. You should be paid your gas, but she is saying that Outcomes did not pay her (which is bad). Yes, you must get both paper and EMR charts. Theres nothing wrong with that. Doesn't take ay extra time....just takes the time it takes. You are being PAID to review the charts whether they are written on Paper, are on EMR, or are written in gold on Papyrus scrolls. Dont' know why the other poster thought this was so awful. It's a normal part of the job. You should NEVER keep a laptop, as they WILL WIN as you have signed a contract saying you will return it or pay for it. And yes, sometimes you go in expecting 30 charts but there are only 5. Most of the time you will welcome that, as you have a full day scheduled and now you can breathe easier. Whether they truly didn't pay the poster below, or whether the poster did not get paid because she didn't finish the contract, I don't know. Since she's complaining of all the things that are "typical" of the job, it makes me think she just didn't understand it. And to hold a laptop "hostage" thinking that would get her her money was very immature. You can never win against a huge corporation. They will ALWAYS win. You can only really "vote with your feet" by leaving.
MedAssurant is the new company I am working for. They do HEDIS reviews also, but I haven't worked with them on HEDIS yet. MedAssurant does have full time work in every large city but like any other, if the positions are filled you will only be allowed to do do per diem. I saw an ad to do "a 24 hour job", and being desperate I took it. There was a week of training to do coding reviews as that is what they needed. Then my 24 hours was really just a couple hours a week, spread out over weeks. They have full time workers here in town, and I hope to work there, but may never get a chance to. Right now, they are just per diem until their bigger projects come around.
Also, these companies start hiring in Nov for the March-May HEDIS jobs. So look in Craigslist and Careerbuilder then. They advertise for Nurse Auditors/Reviewers. You can also sign up ahead of time. And to look for other companies doing this work, do searches on HEDIS. You can also search Nurse Auditor, Nurse Reviewer, Data Abstraction, Nurse Abstractor....on job sites now.
So, as you can see, except for MedAssurant, these companies don't have work year round. The other nurses that do these jobs are typically nurses who do per diem at other places, and then they reserve March-May for the HEDIS reviews.
MedAssurant is the one to contact for possible full time work. They will train you.
As an aside...if you can stand the coding review (which is what i'm doing at MedAssurant)....and can get some experience....you CAN take a serious coding certification exam that will cost you about $1000 altogether including your books, and then you can do coding reviews on a contract basis from home. Like anything, it gets easier with time. They recommend you dont take the test until you have at least 2 years of experience under your belt, and I can see why. But you won't get that unless you are specifically hired by a hospital to do coding or coding reviews. But if you want, you could do the coding reviews part time with MedAssurant, study the books on your own and take the test if you feel inclined. For those that are desperate enough to get out of patient care it is something to think about
(I feel your pain!) Once you are certified you are good to go to work in hospitals as coders and coding reviewers also. But USUALLY the experience comes before the certification....but hey, maybe you could do it backwards, I don't know.
To read about the test and the certification go here: http://www.aapc.com/certification/cpma.aspx
there is coding and auditing certification http://www.namas-auditing.com/Namas
This is the national board for auditing
When I say it costs $1000, I mean the test is $300 by itself, but there is 1 week's training for the test is $1000 and includes your test. If you wanted to go that route....but the people taking that 1 week course have been coders for years.....
Anyway, i know many of you are desperate like me for work, as well as some of you are desperate to leave patient care (one of you wrote me a private message, but when I tried to answer there was an error and I could'nt respond so I'm just responding here)