OCT – Message from the AAPCCA Chair

Time to Act…
October is here. Days are getting shorter and the weather is turning cooler. ICD-10 is also here. You can finally stop worrying about it, or you can get stressed because you aren’t as prepared as you should be. Hopefully you have already taken and passed your ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment. You’re probably the office ICD-10 expert. If you haven’t completed your assessment, you have until Dec 31st to get this done. You may want to remind your chapter members in case they have not taken and passed the assessment. If this isn’t completed certification holders will not be able to renew their credentials next year. That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself, so be sure that you and your members to take the proficiency assessment as soon as possible.
Once this is completed, sit back with a good book and relax. Now is the perfect time, before we get crazy with the holiday season, to settle into a comfy chair with a good book and a cup of tea. Do you like novels, biographies, or true crime? Do you like to read real-life or historical tomes? Maybe you’re not a reader, but are a do-er. Whatever the case, we have a really good book for you or someone you know, and you can start reading or re-reading it this month: The AAPC Local Chapter Handbook. This is just what you need when you volunteer your name to be considered as an officer in your chapter next year! Elections are coming up in October for most chapters. One of the best things you can do is work with others in your chapter to help put events together or be a part of the officer corps for 2016. Make sure you have people in place who will make your members want to attend your meetings and participate with your programs. Reading the chapter handbook is one of the best things you will do this fall, and it’s a guaranteed great read!
Barbara Fontaine, CPC
AAPCCA Chair 2014-2016
AAPC Chapter Association

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