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Taking Coding to a Higher Standard?

  1. Thumbs down Taking Coding to a Higher Standard?
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    Title: Colorectal Surgery - Butt ... How Should I Code That?
    Date: Sept. 1, 2010
    Time: 1:00 PM EST
    CEUs: Up to 2 CEUs (with post-exercise)
    Price: $99.95
    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Does anyone else feel that the title of this webinar is unprofessional? I would expect this type of "potty humor" from a group of middle school students, but not from a professional organization with the goal of lending credibility to the coding profession.

    I have an excellent sense of humor, but really just don't think this is funny. It detracts from what is probably an excellent educational opportunity, and likely diminishes the AAPC in the eyes of some.

    Colleen Mathias, CPC, CMPE
    Practice Administrator

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    Columbia, MO
    I agree poor taste. what company is this from? Is this from the AAPC?

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Yes, this is an AAPC Webinar scheduled for 9/1...
    Walker Bachman, CPC, CPPM

  4. #4
    Elyria, OH
    I also agree, very poor taste and immature.

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    I think it is harmless and hardly "potty humor"

    Our local chapter is having a meeting entitled:

    "Is mental health driving you crazy?"

    Is that unprofessional? No, it is light hearted and fun.

    I personally think you guys are being a little over sensitive. And I realize that the original poster was offended by it, but couldn't you have just sent a message to AAPC instead of posting it here? was that very professional?

    I don't know, maybe I am the only one that feels that way

  6. #6
    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire
    Any 'joke' that trivializes or pokes fun at any illness, no matter what the intent, is in poor taste and very unprofessional. Sometimes I wonder about who thinks this stuff up...and who OKs it for national marketing.

    I don't need a catchy title to interest me in any of the workshops....keep it simple, and tell me what the course involves, without the clever title. Leave the creative marketing to the Geico people.

    I also don't believe it's ever appropriate to make fun of any kind of mental illness. "Crazy" is a word that is offensive to psychologists and psychiatrists, but maybe it's acceptable in some circles. As professionals, we should be mindful of how our 'lighthearted, fun' approach might offend others who are personally affected by any disease.

    Just my two cents.
    Pam Brooks, MHA, COC, PCS, CPC, AAPC Fellow
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

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    North Carolina
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    Well said, Pam.
    Rebecca CPC, CPMA, CEMC

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    Stuart, Florida
    I'm not seeing what the big to do is. The word "butt" is really that offensive to you guys? I don't find the title to be catchy or clever but I don't really see it as poking fun at people with an illness either. I'm more offended by "up to 2 CEUs" costing a hundred dollars!
    Vanessa Mier, CPC

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    North Carolina
    It's not the word itself. It's the way the statement is used; for a comical play on words.
    Rebecca CPC, CPMA, CEMC

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    Default Well Said Colleen!
    I totally agree with Colleen, not that the verbage is necessarily offensive in itself, but used as advertising it discredits the organization and is in very poor taste and it is not the slightest bit clever.

    K.V., BSN, MA, RN, CPC

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