Just to add, I too think the AAPC membership is invaluable. I am very glad that the CEUs are monitored as they are, they mean something! I can't speak enough about networking with fellow AAPC members.
I actually found my current job as the employer called me, along with some other officers (he found our information on the AAPC website thru local chapters) and asked us to relay the job opening information to our members. In addition to announcing this to our membership, I applied for and was offered this position. It is the best job I have ever had, bar none. I feel this was a direct advantage of having membership in AAPC, especially since I really liked my job at the the time and was not looking for a new position.
I also will seach on the forums for topics I have an interest in, or sometimes a need for more information. I will PM a certain member if I need help with something, and I have ALWAYS gotten a warm reception along with a great response. Many of these members I have then met at conferences and/or become not only networking friends with, but friends outside of coding and networking as well. This membership, to me, is worth every cent I pay for it.
Just to say, I belong to another coding organization and they do NOTHING for my money. For the past two years I have questioned this with the management and have received a very nice response. Having consider it each year, I decided to give it another year. I will not be renewing that memebership the first of the year as I have not received one thing from them except repeated "come to our conference" type emails.
Just food for thought, no criticism intended, but have you asked yourself what you put into the membership? Do you use many of the aspects available (ie forums, job announcements, etc), or do you just skim thru certain sections and possibly miss other opportunities? Have you reached out to someone from your area, via forums or meetings, asking for any guidance in locating employment or possible mentoring? I know its tough in today's job market, not only in coding but most other fields as well. I think the membership is most fortunate in what AAPC does for us and again, I find my membership extremely valuable.
Last edited by mmorningstarcpc; 08-11-2010 at 05:30 AM.
Machelle Morningstar, CPC, COC, CEMC, COSC
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer