CEUs with You in Mind
AAPC offers continuing education units (CEUs) to fit your schedule and financial needs.
By Darrelyn Rodman, CPC-A
The AAPC is growing at a phenomenal rate, and continues to provide the best coding products available on the market today. To accomplish this, we strive every day to:
Provide members with the quality education they need and deserve;
Give members their money’s worth when attending, completing, or listening to educational material; and
Ensure our program and publication content is correct, educational, and professional.
By holding ourselves to such high standards, we ensure our certified coders are the cream of the crop, and our credentials mean professionalism, value, and knowledge.
Occasionally, it’s necessary to revise the criteria for awarding CEUs. These revisions are necessary to provide quality curriculum with educational merit and a “great learning experience.” Products approved for CEUs are in compliance with the new, stricter guidelines.
Attend a Recorded Event
The AAPC requires a final test to verify attendance to a recorded product. CEUs are activated by taking the test. The student receives a combined CEU value for the recording and successful completion of the test. If a vendor chooses to include rationale with the final test, supplemental CEUs may be earned. The CEUs may total up to twice the time for the event itself. That is exciting!
Take a Specialty Practicum
Are you currently working for a specialty or anticipating a career move toward one? There is no better time than now to earn a specialty credential. A specialty credential adds value to your skill set and pizzazz to your résumé. Online specialty practicums are highly recommended to prepare for the exam, and allow you to earn up to six CEUs toward your core credential.
Write an Article
Our membership relies on contributors to the Coding Edge to be the most knowledgeable coders in their profession. CEUs are awarded to authors of articles published in the Coding Edge, regardless of general or specialty orientation, who are not employed or contracted with the publication, and who are not being paid for the work performed. For more information please visit www.aapc.com/medical-coding-education/help/index.aspx and open the “Approved Content” tab.
CEUs for CMEs
The AAPC honors one-for-one CEUs for any live event offering continuing medical education (CME) credit. A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation. The certificate offers the total CMEs possible for the event. Physicians are advised to claim only the actual hours they were present during the education. We ask that AAPC-certified members abide by this request also. One hour of instruction is worth one CEU.
In the near future, AAPC members will have access to an online search screen to locate programs/products that have been approved with an application fee based on:
Specialty. Each product may be awarded up to five specialties according to the total hours of content specific to the specialty.
Level of difficulty/expertise. Apprentice Coder [certified with no experience], Beginner Coder, Intermediate Coder, or Expert Coder.
Geo-specific location. According to zip codes and future offering dates.
Media of presentation. Face-to-face opportunities (workshops, conferences, audios, publications, online learning, etc.)
This will be a great way for a coder to locate educational opportunities of which they may not have been aware.