The AAPC Launches Nonprofit Chapter Association

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Additional financial and organizational support for Local Chapters.

The nation's leading credentialing organization for professional medical coders announced today that it has formed the American Academy of Professional Coders Chapter Association, a Utah nonprofit corporation.

The new Chapter Association will allow the AAPC to further support its growing local chapters, strengthen member recruitment, and provide financial and organizational support to local chapter leaders.

"Local chapters are the lifeblood of the AAPC," says Reed Pew, president and CEO of the AAPC. "Incorporating all chapters within a nonprofit association will support their mission and continued growth."

AAPC currently has 425 local chapters. "The local chapter officers, who are dedicated volunteers, will now benefit from the support of an umbrella nonprofit organization specifically designed to provide finances, help with educational services and advertise events and meetings," says Pew. "All AAPC members belong to a local chapter and this nonprofit Chapter Association will become the driving force in the growth of each local entity and AAPC," says Pew.

The new nonprofit will be governed by a soon-to-be-announced Board of Directors, led by a new Chairman. This new Board of Directors will work closely with the AAPC's National Advisory Board and AAPC's executive leadership to guide the Chapter Association.

The National Advisory Board is made up of certified members representing clinics, facilities, payers and consulting firms. The Advisory Board supports AAPC and offers direct input into the certification programs, educational curriculum and membership services the AAPC offers.

About AAPC:
The American Academy of Professional Coders was founded in 1988 to elevate medical coding standards and the coding profession by providing certification, ongoing education, networking and recognition. Currently, the AAPC has almost 60,000 members worldwide, and more than 44,000 are Certified Professional Coders (CPCs) in the physician, hospital and payer areas.

The members of the AAPC were gathered in Seattle April 15-18, 2007, for the AAPC's 15th Annual Coding Conference.

AAPC Contact Information:
Bruce Morrison, Chapter Development Director
Bevan Erickson, Vice President Marketing
800-626-2633 or 801-236-2200
http://www.aapc.com

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