AAPC National Conference Draws Nearly 2,000 Attendees, Presents First-Ever Anatomy Expo
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC, www.aapc.com) held its 17th Annual National Conference last week, bringing nearly 2,000 coders and health care professionals to the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. The four-day education event included the AAPC’s first-ever Anatomy Expo, more than 45 educational courses and a keynote presentation by three-time cancer survivor Matt Jones on winning strategies for the “race of life.”
“We are thrilled with the turnout at this year’s conference,” said Reed Pew, AAPC CEO and president. “Despite the current economic landscape, coders and health care professionals nationwide recognize now, more than ever, the importance of current education. This conference kept our members updated on many topics.”
New this year, the AAPC’s Anatomy Expo invited conference attendees to roll up their sleeves and learn from the experts. Nine physicians—all experts in their fields—led the Expo, which provided attendees with an in-depth look into the different functions and parts of the body through the use of anatomical models, devices and videos. The three-hour event allowed attendees to rotate through different anatomy stations, including percutaneous interventions, pelvic and abdominal, colonoscopy and the heart, among others.
In his annual conference address, Pew discussed the state of the health care industry and its impact on conference attendees and the AAPC. He presented the AAPC’s training plan for the transition to the new ICD-10-CM code set. The AAPC was instrumental in the Department of Health and Human Services’ final rule on the Oct. 1, 2013 implementation date for ICD-10, as more than 60 percent of comments came from AAPC members. Related to ICD-10 training, Pew cautioned attendees to not “get sucked into getting individualized training too early because it can be very difficult to remember anything four years later.” The AAPC’s implementation plan includes organizational efforts beginning in early 2010 and code training for individuals beginning in 2012.
A new National Advisory Board was introduced at this conference as the AAPC bid a fond farewell to Deborah Grider (Indianapolis, Ind.) and installed Terry Leone (Palmyra, N.Y.) as the new president.
The AAPC’s 2010 National Conference will be held June 6-9, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn., at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The AAPC is also hosting two regional conferences later this year:
- Hawaii Regional Conference, Oahu, Hawaii, Sept. 10-12, 2009
- Virginia Regional Conference, Norfolk, Va., Oct. 8-10, 2009
More information about the AAPC’s regional and national conferences is available on the Web site at http://www.aapc.com/conferences/index.aspx.