According to the Urban Dictionary's top definition, "Commitment is what transforms the promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; The power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism."

Before you make a commitment, consider carefully the possible outcomes of your decision. A commitment obligates you to do something. Some commitments, like marriage, can be life altering. When you take a job, you're making a commitment to show up and do the job well — whether it is a paid position and your employer has committed to compensate you, or it's a volunteer effort.

Volunteering for your AAPC local chapter shows commitment to your professional growth and the development of chapter members. When we commit to membership in AAPC, we commit to "uphold a higher standard," which includes the responsibility to continually increase our level of professional competence. We commit to the AAPC Code of Ethics and the AAPC Chapter Association Code of Ethics, as well. Adherence to standards, like commitment, ensures public confidence in the integrity and service of medical coding, auditing, compliance, and practice management professionals who are AAPC members.

AAPC Chapter Association board members have the privilege of working with local chapter officers and members, as do the local chapter representatives at AAPC headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. In doing so, we see commitment demonstrated consistently by officers and members of our local chapters. These are the people who volunteer their time and energy to our local chapters. They are committed to the vision and mission of AAPC. They are committed to advancing the work of those who are involved in the business of healthcare by teaching, mentoring, proctoring, and supporting the members of our local chapters. Similarly, members of the AAPC advisory boards, such as the National Advisory Board, Ethics Committee, and Legal Advisory Board, make a commitment to serve the members of AAPC. Without these committed members and staff, AAPC could not function effectively.

The commitment you express to yourself, members of AAPC, and employers includes an obligation of complying to the kind of standards that exist in every professional discipline. Without these standards, we cannot represent ourselves as a professional discipline. As you consider your commitment to professional conduct, think about your willingness to enhance and improve your professional image, and the image of healthcare professionals across the globe.

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