Share Your Knowledge
Many of the articles you see in Healthcare Business Monthly and our Knowledge Center are written by AAPC members. Who better to understand the needs of healthcare business professionals than those working “in the trenches,” every day? Who better to offer advice and tips on the optimizing reimbursement, or maintaining compliance, or running a smooth front desk than the individuals who have learned by their own experience and education? Who better than you?
You might not think of yourself as a writer, but don’t let that stop you. If you can sit across the table from a coworker and explain the correct application of a coding modifier, or how best to check in a patient, or give any helpful, how-to advice, you already have what it takes. All you have to do is sit down at your keyboard, and tell it the same way. Earning your expertise was the hard part: sharing it doesn’t have to be.
To make the editing process run smoothly, we ask all of our contributors to follow a few guidelines:
Format – Articles should be submitted electronically as a Word document. We cannot publish PowerPoint presentations, but we can help you turn them into articles.
Length– Articles should be between 500 to 2,000 words. If your article runs longer than 2,000 words, we may break it into two articles.
Citations or sources– Make sure you quote anything that is not in your own words. List the source separately after the article or attribute sources in the text. You may include website URLs in your article.
Codes– On the first use in your article, CPT®, ICD-10-CM, or HCPCS Level II codes must be accompanied with full code descriptions. Avoid confusing your readers by paraphrasing descriptions or using short descriptions.
Acronyms – Spell out acronyms and abbreviations on first use. Not everyone is familiar with the acronyms and abbreviations unique to your specialty.
About you– Include a 50-word or less biography at the end of the article and a digital photo for each author. Be warned that photos taken off the Web are usually low resolution and don’t print well, so send the original photo before it was adjusted for the Internet. Send the photo as a separate attachment from the Word document.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Don’t let your inexperience in writing stop you from sharing your experience in the business of healthcare. Our editors will help you make your article look its best. If you’re unsure about where a comma should go, or if you should use “then” or “than,” don’t worry about it — we’ve got you covered.
And I shouldn’t forget to mention: You can earn continuing education units (CEUs) for writing. To be eligible, you must be credentialed, and the article must be a minimum of 500 words. Typically, we offer CEUs only for articles that provide clinical guidance for coding, billing, compliance, etc. If you are eligible to receive CEUs, you’ll receive them several weeks after your article is published and mailed to members.
If you have a helpful tip, tool, or piece of advice, or just a topic you’d like to suggest, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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