AAPC or The American Academy of Professional Coders is an organization that is responsible for offering medical coders with credentials. These medical coders could be working in hospitals, surgical centers, physician’s offices or in payer organization. It is the “Code of Ethics” that is followed by all the AAPC members that ensures a high level of professionalism.Founded in 1988 the AAPC has a global, worldwide membership of over 64,000 out of which over 50,000 are certified. AAPC certifications are gold standard for medical coding and include these three certifications,

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Certified Professional Coder-Hospital (CPC-H)
  • Certified Professional Coder-Payer (CPC-P)
The AAPC has three types of memberships. They are individual memberships, student memberships and also corporate memberships that are for those companies who have more than six AAPC members. What are the benefits of becoming an AAPC member? They include access to coding information, education, networking with other professionals and also recognition as a coding professional.

Individual membership details are at, http://www.aapc.com/onlinestore/item-details.aspx?pid=51712&id=1.

Corporate membership link is http://www.aapc.com/documents/cm2397d.pdf

The AAPC offers continuing education through local chapters, workshops, monthly newsmagazine (Coding Edge), publications and conferences.

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