As the world offers more distractions, don’t let your work ethic and integrity fall by the wayside. The healthcare industry demands the highest ethics and integrity, especially when it comes to protected health information. But it’s important to take those values as seriously in the other aspects of your job, as well. As coders, we ...
Aug 10th, 2017
Telepsychology is a way to treat more patients in more areas. There are patients who live in rural areas where access to treatment is not feasible, and there are others who are disabled and cannot get around. For them, telepsychology is a good option. And sometimes, the patient feels more at ease being in their ...
HIPAA regulations create confusion for when physicians should disclose. In regards to “HIPAA Tip: When It’s OK to Share,” posted on AAPC’s blog (www.aapc.com/blog/33801-hipaa-tip/), a reader asks: Q: Because persons with HIV or AIDS are a protected class, does your comment, “As necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health and ...
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 ...