AAPC Announces Topics for Workshops and Webinars in 2010

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The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) will host four workshops and dozens of webinars in 2010, the organization announced today. As part of its ongoing efforts to provide members and all certified coders with affordable, accessible and timely continuing education, the AAPC has built up its 2010 educational offerings to include workshops in 53 cities across the country and webinars that cover all specialties and must-know medical coding information (i.e., ICD-10, etc.).

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) will host four workshops and dozens of webinars in 2010, the organization announced today. As part of its ongoing efforts to provide members and all certified coders with affordable, accessible and timely continuing education, the AAPC has built up its 2010 educational offerings to include workshops in 53 cities across the country and webinars that cover all specialties and must-know medical coding information (i.e., ICD-10, etc.).

The topics for the 2010 workshops represent the most popular and needed areas:

  •     EMRs--What You Need to Know Now (Held in March)

Learn how to proactively deal with EMR challenges that plague the industry and understand the importance of having coding and HIT professionals at the table during the selection, implementation and optimization process to assure appropriate documentation, coding and charge built into your EMR.

  •     Identifying Leaks in Your Revenue Cycle (Held in May)

Master proven methods used to identify and eliminate weaknesses within your revenue cycle and ways to make sure that every appointment has a reimbursable value. Learn to identify simple, pain-free methods for collecting co-payments, patient balances and deductibles and understand proper use of modifiers to reduce claim denials.

  •     How to Perform a Successful Internal Audit (Held in August)

Develop a functional knowledge of the key elements of medical chart auditing to ensure accurate auditing¯validating examination, surgical documentation and other services for every patient chart for reporting and initiating corrective action plans. Confidently validate medical services from a compliance perspective.

  •     Medicare Compliance¯It's Not a Choice (Held in October)

Stay up-to-date and compliant despite daily guideline changes¯learn the differences between Medicare compliance regulations and other federally mandated compliance regulations, understand the importance of compliance and the consequences for those who do not take it seriously and identify compliance hot spots and how to avoid them.

Each workshop is three hours, and participants can earn up to six continuing education units (CEUs) per workshop with pre- and post-workshop tests. Registration can be completed online at http://www.aapc.com or by calling (800) 626-2633. More information, including a list of locations and dates is available online at http://www.aapc.com/medical-coding-education/workshops/index.aspx.

The AAPC will also host webinars, formerly called audio conferences, throughout 2010. Topics include specialty-specific training, ICD-10 and complete code updates. A complete listing of the 2010 webinar topics, along with a schedule, is available online at http://www.aapc.com/medical-coding-education/webinars/index.aspx.

About the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
The AAPC (http://www.aapc.com) is the nation's largest medical coding training and certification association for medical coders. The AAPC provides credentials to medical coders in physician offices, outpatient facilities and payer environments. The certifications AAPC offers are Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Professional Coder - Hospital (CPC-H®) and Certified Professional Coder - Payer (CPC-P®), Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) as well as 19 specialty-specific credentials and the Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder® (CIRCC®) credential. These credentials represent the gold standard certifications for medical coding. The AAPC provides a wide variety of benefits to its 84,000 members worldwide.

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