JUN/JUL/AUG – Miscellaneous

Help Members Be Aware of What’s Happening at AAPC
New Policy on CEU Requirements
Beginning October 1, 2014, the number of CEUs due every two years will change. Leaders at AAPC listened to member feedback and made the following changes.

  • 36 CEUs for one credential
  • 40 CEUs for two credentials*
  • 44 CEUs for three credentials*
  • 48 CEUs for four credentials*
  • 52 CEUs for five or more credentials*

*Specific Credential Requirements:

  • If coding specialty, 8 must be related
  • If CIRCC®, CPMA®, or CPCO, 16 must be related 

New Exam Pricing
Effective August 1, 2014, the price for the CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P and CPB certification exams will increase to $325 (from $300). Specialty coding exams (excluding CIRCC) will increase to $275 (from $245). Student exam prices will remain the same.
New Credential Available
AAPC now has an inpatient credential, the CIC – Certified Inpatient Coder! In an effort to make clear that the CPC-H credential does not include inpatient coding, AAPC is changing the CPC-H to COC – Certified Outpatient Coder. This change will be effective January 1, 2015. 
Official Date for ICD-10 Implementation announced
The US Department of Health and Human Services has mandated the replacement of the ICD-9-CM code sets with ICD-10 codes, effective October 1, 2015. If there are members of your chapter that have not taken advantage of ICD-10 training you may consider scheduling an AAPC chapter-sponsored boot camp. Here are the details:
Cost Breakdown: $4,000 base event price + $100 per attendee
(Compared with regular boot camp training costs of $595 per attendee.)

Number of Attendees Base Event Cost $100 per Attendee Total Training Cost Total Cost Per Attendee
10 $4,000 $1,000 $5,000 $500
20 $4,000 $2,000 $6,000 $300
30 $4,000 $3,000 $7,000 $233
40 $4,000 $4,000 $8,000 $200
50 $4,000 $5,000 $9,000 $180

 If you are interested or have questions, feel free to call us for details.
New phone system
Due to an increased volume of calls we’ve hired additional service center employees and upgraded our phone system, which will allow us to provide better service to all AAPC members. However, even with additional staff, during high peak times you may still experience a waiting time. On these occasional times you should be offered the option to use the call-back feature. Here’s how it works, simply leave your name and number, and the next available service center representative will immediately call you back. Your call will be returned in the order it was received. This way there is no need to wait for service or to sit on hold.
With these additional employees, our service center is now able to answer most general local chapter questions; so when dialing the toll-free number for local chapter business, press option 7 and you’ll be connected to a service center representative, specially trained to answer local chapter calls. In most instances, this person can assist you, please allow him or her to do so. However, if you have a difficult issue with your chapter and need more in-depth service, ask to be transferred to the local chapter team. They will gladly do that.
May MAYnia – And the Winners Are…
Highest percentage of members attending:
Spartanburg, SC                Tulsa, OK                               Dayton, OH
Concord, NC                        Springfield, MO                  St. Augustine, FL
Appleton, WI                      Philadelphia, PA                 Winchester, VA
Most guests at a seminar:
Lakeland, FL 
Grand prize winner – most guests at a meeting:
Albany, NY 
The chapters with the highest percentage of members were each sent a box of coding-related books. Albany, the grand prize winner, will enjoy a visit from a special guest speaker!  Huge congratulations go to all the chapters that participated in May MAYnia this year.
AAPCCA Hardship Scholarship Fund
Scholarship awards for membership and certification had been put on hold for a couple of months while the scholarship fund was being replenished. But thanks to the AAPCCA and their generous contribution of $6,000, the committee has reassembled and awards are again being given. The committee meets on a monthly basis but must suspend the process if funds are depleted. Individual members and chapters are encouraged to make donations to the fund in an effort to provide assistance to fellow AAPC members with difficulties maintaining membership and certification. Donations may be mailed to:
AAPCCA Hardship Scholarship Fund
c/o AAPC Local Chapter Team
2480 South 3850 West Suite B
Salt Lake City, UT 84120
It Pays to Pay Attention
Thank you for reading this information for chapter officers. We’ve rolled a lot of information up into one month. Now take this quiz for 1.5 CEUs.

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