Get Excited for Local Chapters

Get Excited for Local Chapters

More than 500 local chapters make up the backbone of AAPC. Our unique local chapters are places to learn, network, and have fun. And each chapter’s vitality is the product of its members. These chapters are perfect examples.
South Denver, Colorado
Kudos to the South Denver, Colorado, local chapter for their generosity in bringing canned goods to meetings for distribution to local food banks. Vice President Deborah M. Wightman, CPC, CHONC, said, “We started the program at our first chapter meeting in February of this year and the response has been overwhelming at each meeting. Thanks to all our members for caring about others in need.”
Toledo, Ohio
April’s Toledo, Ohio, seminar was a big success, with 78 attendees from all over Ohio and Michigan. Numerous vendors donated items to make the day special for members. Toledo’s local chapter President Robin Moore, CPC, gave two thumbs up for the “awesome snacks and lunch” provided. A special thanks goes to Mandy Flagg, CPC, CEMC, of the Flint, Michigan, local chapter for keeping everyone involved.
Stuart Sailfish, Florida
The Stuart Sailfish, Florida, local chapter held their first new member “Meet and Greet” on April 25, 2015 at Panera Bread in St. Lucie West, Florida. The goal of the meet and greet was to get to know new members, to make them feel welcome, to answer any chapter questions, and to explain how to become more involved in the chapter. The officers who attended were President Leila Bishop-Masterson, CPC; Education Officer Kathy Pride, CPC; and Member Development Officer Monika Liddle, CPC, CGSC. The chapter invited all nine new members from the first quarter of 2015. Also in attendance were coding students from Fortis Institute; nurses looking for new employment; and a few others asking about the CPC® exam and how to prepare. It was a great turnout; the chapter plans to hold their next Meet and Greet on July 25, 2015, at Panera Bread in Stuart, Florida.
Indianapolis, Indiana
The Central Indiana Local Chapter has been busy making 2015 a fabulous year. The chapter participated in the Susan G. Komen Central Indiana Breast Cancer Walk. The event supported and honored those who lost their battle with breast cancer, are fighting the battle, and the survivors. Central Indiana chapter members were there to support survivor, sister, friend, and Vice President-elect Shannon Glass, MBA, RN, CPC, COC.
Central Indiana also held a 2015 ICD-10 boot camp, at which AAPC Chapter Association board of directors region 6 representative Faith C.M. McNicholas, RHIT, CPC, CPCD, PCS, CDC, spoke on how members can be ICD-10-CM compliant in their organizations.
The chapter also hosted an officer training with the National Advisory Board’s Chandra Stephensen, CPC, COC, CPB, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CIC, CCS, CANPC, CEMC, CFPC, CGSC, CIMC, COSC, as the presenter. It was an excellent way to network, give feedback, incorporate new ideas, and share talent with other officers.
A special thank you goes to May MAYnia Committee, Tracy Kellogg, CPC; Janet Smith, CPC; Cassie Wright, CPC, CPEDC, CMA; and Kristen Mercer, CPC, COC, for your hard work at making this year’s event a memorable success.
Winchester, Virginia
The Winchester, Virginia, local chapter held their May MAYnia event on May 13, 2015. Kari Keller, CPC, CPMA, CIRCC, CPC-I, CCS, spoke about the importance of documentation using ICD-10. She focused on the details coders need from providers so they can encourage better documentation using ICD-10. Participants had their fill of food and no one left empty handed; there were door prizes for all attendees. Treasurer Michael S. Resan, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, told Healthcare Business Monthly, “Typical meeting attendance is 20 to 30 members, but thanks to the hard work of chapter officers, 56 members and seven guests attended the May MAYnia event held at Lord Fairfax Community College!”

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