Understand the process for when you witness an AAPC Code of Ethics violation. If you believe an AAPC member has acted contrary to AAPC’s Code of Ethics, detail the substance of the complaint by including the information requirements below, and forward the information to the Ethics Committee via e-mail: ethics@aapc.com. The complaint should include: The ...
What do you do when coding productivity is more important than ethics at your workplace? Q: I have noticed AAPC has an abundance of information regarding coder ethics, but not very much information of how the ethical coder is to react in a “not-so-ethical” environment.  Many of the coders I know are employed in an ...
Mar 1st, 2013
By Ida Landry, MBA, CPC Knowing coding and billing rules, and following them with integrity, is key to success. Compliance is an important part of medical coding. Novice coders are instructed early on that “correct coding is the No. 1 objective,” and “if it isn’t documented, it wasn’t done.” These rules of thumb are the ...
May 1st, 2009
By Janalynne Thorley-Kilgo, CPC, CPC-I, CCS Rotating coding staff or hiring new coders can be advantageous to a practice because it brings fresh eyes and a new perspective to stagnant coding routines. The downside is it can be difficult for new employees. New coders may find they are expected to code in a way they ...