AAPC is to provide education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders and to elevate the standards of medical coding by providing training, certification, networking, and job opportunities. AHIMA’S and AAPC’S standard of ethics are similar in the aspect of upholding the privacy and confidentiality of data in the electronic health record (EHR). Both organizations state that a professional should portray a professional manner to maintain a higher standard for that profession. Another standard that they share is continuing education, which allows for the latest laws, regulations, and practices to be kept up to date. Behavior is also listed and states to conduct oneself in a professional and ethical way to avoid conflicts and demonstrate good judgement. By not maintaining the values and ethics of professional conduct, goes against the code of ethics. Both organizations promote the ethical standards of medical coding and AHIMA’s guidelines on code of ethics. While they both perform different things for HIM and medical coders, they have the same principles of following the code of ethics. I think to be good in HIM you really need integrity.
RUNNINGHEADER: Ethical Standards The difference between the two organizations mainly fall on the AHIMA’s side of ethics, which is more specific to coding professionals. The AAPC code of ethics has a more general guidelines for professionals. In AHIMA’s code of ethics, coding only what is documented in the EHR is a specific principle. There is also a principle for a query when documentation needs to be clarified
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- Fall '15
- Electronic health record, AHIMA