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Perform honorably health informationmanagement association responsibilities,either appointed or elected, and preserve theconfidentiality of any privileged informationmade known in any official capacity.Importance of Adherence to the EthicalStandardsAHIMA Code of Ethics’ Seven PurposesConsequence of failure of complianceViolation of principles in this code does not
automatically imply legal liability or violationof the law. Such determination can only bemade in the context of legal and judicialproceedings.As can be observed in Table 1, the generalstructure and main ethical foundations of theAAPC and AHIMA are the essentially thesame. The itemization of values (i.e. integrity,respect, commitment, competence, fairness,and responsibility), the importance ofadherence to these ethical standards, and theconsequence of non-compliance are alldiscussed in their code of ethics.AHIMA Coding Ethics:Coding professionals should:TheAHIMA Code of Ethicsserves sixpurposes: Promotes high standards of HIM practice. Summarizes broadethicalprinciples that reflect the profession's core values.Establishes a set ofethicalprinciples to be used to guide decision-making and actions.Establish a framework for professional behavior and responsibilities when professionalobligation conflict or ethical uncertainties arise.Provides ethical principles by which the general public can hold the HIM professionalaccountable Monitor practitioners new to the field to HIM’s mission, values, and ethical principle Professionals who are members of the two organizations are both expected to exhibit the valueslisted in the code of ethics, which are apparently the same set. They are expected to upholdintegrity, be respectful and respectable, committed, competent, fair, and responsible in theconduct of their professions. By doing so, they adhere to their organizations’ code of ethics andthey can function ethically in their profession. Failure to do so, as their codes imply, would leadto liabilities in context of legal and judicial proceedings. Put simply, the codes of ethics of thetwo organizations both make their members responsible to live up to their ethical standards andhold them accountable in adherence or non-compliance to it.The DifferencesAt the first glance, it is apparent that the AAPC Code of Ethics is shorter than the AHIMA Codeof Ethics. However, if the discussion of each of the values identified in the AAPC are consideredpart of the ethical principles, the length would not exactly be a difference between the twoorganizations’ codes of ethics. What mainly differentiates the two is the evolution of their codesof ethics. Given that AHIMA was founded in 1928 and AAPC in 1988, the former has a lot moreexperience in the field compared to the former. As early as 1957, AHIMA has issued its code of