an organization that promotes the ethical principles of professional conduct in integrity, respect, commitment, competence, fairness, and responsibility. AHIMA’s and AAPC’s ethical standards are alike in the way of respecting the privacy and confidentiality of the data in a EHR. AHIMA and AAPC state that you should conduct oneself in a professional manner to maintain a high standard for the profession. They also have the standard of continuing education in law, regulations, and practices. One must avoid conflicts and demonstrate good judgment in conducting ones behavior. One must also maintain the values and ethics of professionalism by not participating in any conduct that goes against the code of ethics. The main difference falls on the AHIMA’s side of ethics, which is more specific to the coding profession. The AAPC code of ethics is a more general code of ethics for professionals. AHIMA’s ethical coding only documents in the health record a specific principal. AHIMA’s also has a principle for querying when documentation needs clarification and AAPC does not address this situation in querying. (Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice, 2016).
Ethical Standards 3 AHIMA also addresses the ethics in gathering, reporting data and facilitating, advocating, and collaborating to achieve a higher quality of data. These are some of the basic differences.
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