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AAPC Fact Sheet

About AAPC

AAPC was established in 1988 and now has more than 160,000 members worldwide.

Members

AAPC is the nation’s largest association for the business of healthcare, with more than 160,000 members representing health systems, hospitals, physician offices, outpatient facilities, and payer organizations. AAPC training and certifications validate the knowledge and expertise of healthcare professionals in disciplines surrounding medical coding, billing, auditing, compliance, and practice management. Industry-leading credentials include Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Professional Biller (CPB™), Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®), Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™), and Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM®).

AAPC Membership

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Healthcare Business Industry Profile

All USA physicians and hospitals are required by federal law to use standardized sets of medical codes to report supplies, diagnoses, procedures, and other services associated with patient care. All payments for medical services in the USA are linked to these codes. Medical codes are accurately assigned by coders, determine payment charged by billers, and are monitored and verified by auditors and compliance officers. Practice managers ensure these positions function well together to support the revenue cycle.

Standardized medical codes expedite information gathering, billing, and data collection. This system allows payers to better compare charges for services and set payment rates that fairly reward providers for their work while reducing insurers’ risks. The data can be collected and analyzed for trends, such as which treatment methods work best over time for certain conditions, or what is the frequency of certain diseases or treatments in specific localities? All of this contributes to an overall reduction in the cost of healthcare delivery and better patient care.

Organization Profile

  • Founded: 1988
  • Headquarters: 2233 S Presidents Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah 84120
  • Industry: Healthcare Business
  • Members: More than 161,000 members
  • Website: www.aapc.com
  • AAPC News:news.aapc.com
  • PR/Media Contact: Alex Mckinley

Purpose

AAPC is the nation’s largest education and credentialing organization for medical coders, billers, auditors, practice managers, compliance specialists, and revenue cycle managers working in physician offices, hospitals, outpatient centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and payer organizations. All members of AAPC agree to abide by the AAPC Code of Ethics, which ensures high levels of professionalism, integrity, and ethical behavior.

Certifications

AAPC offers the gold standard in credentials for the business of healthcare:

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC®)
  • Certified Outpatient Coder (COC™) - Formerly Certified Professional Coder-Hospital (CPC-H®)
  • Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™)
  • Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC™)
  • Certified Professional Coder-Payer (CPC-P®)
  • Certified Professional Biller (CPB™)
  • Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®)
  • Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™)
  • Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM®)
  • 20+ Specialty Credentials

AAPC's CPC® certification is the most recognized credential in the coding industry. Currently 111000 healthcare business professionals are certified through AAPC – more than any other organization in the country. Part of ongoing certification through AAPC is adhering to the most rigorous continuing education unit (CEU) requirements. We support 500+ local chapters nationally, which provide a forum for members to meet to discuss industry issues, network, and earn low-cost CEUs.

State law in Hawaii requires that auditors hold an AHIMA or AAPC credential. In most government documents, however, “certified coder” is the requirement, without further explanation. For example, according to CMS, RACs are expected to hire “certified coders.”

National Advisory Board

AAPC’s National Advisory Board (NAB) advises AAPC leadership and is comprised of 20 AAPC-appointed members who serve a two-year term. Jaci Johnson Kipreos, CPC, COC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC is the 2015-17 president. The NAB works with the national office for the betterment of the entire membership and the healthcare business community through active participation in nationally sponsored conferences, events, publications, educational programs, and activities.

AAPC Chapter Association

The AAPC Chapter Association (AAPCCA) is a non-profit organization within AAPC that leads the 500+ local chapters througout the nation. Every AAPC member is automatically part of a local chapter, which provides leadership and education opportunities.

The AAPCCA has a voting board consisting of 16 members from across the country and one AAPC liaison. The AAPCCA Board of Directors was organized in 2007 with the advent of the AAPCCA, and board members serve for three-year terms. Independent of the AAPC national office, the AAPCCA Board of Directors works in tandem with AAPC local chapter leaders to support their strategic initiatives and programs.

Code of Ethics

Every AAPC member agrees to uphold the highest standard of professionalism in the healthcare industry, in serving employers, clients, and patients. Professional and personal behavior of AAPC members must be exemplary. Adherence to AAPC’s standards and its Code of Ethics assures public confidence in the integrity and service of credentialed AAPC members.

AAPC takes its Code of Ethics very seriously. Violators may lose their AAPC credentials and membership.

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