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specific principle. There is also a principle for a query when documentation needs to be clarified which the AAPC does not address. AHIMA also has a code of ethics that is for gathering and reporting data, as well as facilitating, advocating, and collaborating for higher standard of data (AHIMA, 2011). AHIMA’s code of ethics would apply to me when I start working in the HIM field. AHIMA’s code of ethics are more specific when dealing with coding, whereas, AAPC has a more generalized set of codes which address everything that AHIMA does but with less specificity. AHIMA provides the HIM bible as I view it. It is very cut and dry and there is little tono gray area. If I had to pick which one was most important it would be “Refuse to participate in,support, or change reported data and/or narrative titles, billing data, clinical documentation practices, or any coding related activities intended to skew or misrepresent data and their meaning that do not comply with requirements”. (AHIMA, 2001). This one is the most meaningful because it really has to do with integrity. I think personal integrity is very important in the HIM field. You need to follow the rules even if no one is watching. I also see it as a strong warning against following bad advice from coworkers and managers.
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