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Specialty Policy

New policy on CEU requirements for those that hold AAPC specialty credentials:

Members who hold both a CPC, COC (formerly CPC-H) CPC-P, CPMA, or CPCO credential (hereafter defined as Core credentials) and one or more Specialty credentials will now (effective for renewals due after October 1, 2012) be able to apply earned, pre-approved Specialty CEUs to their Core credential CEU requirements. AAPC is approving this because Specialty approved CEUs are also approved for Core credentials. This should save members time and money in the future. The CEU Tracker will be modified to easily enable the recording of CEUs. Details include:

  • Pre-approved Specialty CEUs, effective October 1, 2012, can be applied to one Specialty and one Core credential concurrently.
  • Specialty CEUs can be applied to Core credentials (CPC, COC (formerly CPC-H), CPC-P, CPMA, and CPCO); Core CEUs cannot be applied to Specialty credentials because they are not specialty approved.
    • Any pre-approved Specialty CEUs can be applied to the CPC, COC (formerly CPC-H), or CPC-P.
    • Specialty CEUs applied to the CPMA or CPCO must be pre-approved for both the Specialty and CPMA or CPCO credentials, respectively.
    • The member is still required to meet the 16 required CEUs relative to and pre-approved for the CPMA and CPCO credentials.
  • Core CEUs cannot be applied to multiple Core credentials.
  • Specialty CEUs cannot be applied to the CPPM credential.
  • Specialty CEUs cannot be used simultaneously toward another Specialty credential CEU requirement.
  • There is a minimum requirement of 36 unique education hours spent for any combination of credentials held.
  • Total CEUs due (every 2 years) remain the same as in the current policy:
    • 36 CEUs for one core or specialty credential
    • 40 CEUs for two credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA or CPCO)
    • 44 CEUs for three credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA or CPCO)
    • 48 CEUs for four credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA or CPCO)
    • 52 CEUs for five or more credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA or CPCO)

Examples:

Two credentials – Ms. Smith holds both the COBGC and CPC. She has a total of 48 CEUs due, 16 of which need to be COBGC specific. She attends a two day OB/GYN workshop worth 16 CEUs to meet her COBGC requirements. She also applies the same 16 CEUs to her CPC, leaving her with 16 CPC CEUs to obtain. However, a minimum of 36 unique education hours must be obtained. So instead of Ms. Smith having only 16 CEUs to obtain, which would total 32 education hours, she must get 20 additional CEUs for her CPC to meet the minimum requirement of 36 unique education hours. Total CEU hours earned = 52. Hours spent = 36.

Three credentials – Ms. Jones holds the CPC, CCC, and CASCC. She has a total of 60 CEUs due - 16 CEUs need to be CCC specific and 16 need to be CASCC specific. She attends a number of different events, meeting both her CCC and CASCC requirements (32 CEUs). She applies 16 CEUs to her CCC and 16 CEUs to her CASCC. The same 32 CEUs (CCC and CASCC) are also applied to her CPC credential, covering the 28 CEUs needed for the CPC. Again, to meet the minimum requirement of 36 hours spent, she will need to obtain 4 more CEUs. She does so by completing Test Yourself quizzes. Total CEU hours earned = 60. Hours spent = 36

Four credentials – Mr. Johnson holds the CPC, CPMA, CANPC, and CRHC. He has a total of 72 CEUs due -16 must be CRHC, 16 must be CANPC, and 24 must be CPMA. He attends two 2-day conferences, obtaining all of his CANPC and CRHC CEUs (total 32). The same 32 CEUs also apply to his CPC, which completes his CPC requirement. He also attends a 3-day conference to get his 24 CEUs for the CPMA credential. Total CEU hours earned =72. Hours spent = 56.

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