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the healthcare setting (e.g., inpatient, outpatient, post-acute care, alternative care, etc.) in which they work or function.American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) has a code of ethics which addressescoding professionalism and compliance integrity. These ethical standards assist in assuring public confidence in the integrity and professionalism of AAPC members. Failure to conform professional conduct to these ethical standards, as determined by AAPC’s Ethics Committee, may result in the loss of membership with AAPC. AAPC and its Ethics Committee does not function as a judiciary body. Any complaint to AAPC should have a foundation in law (for example, someone has been found guilty of fraud or has been placed on the Medicare Exclusion List) or a foundation in AAPC administrative rules (for example, counterfeit CEUs or a member using credentials falsely).
ETHICAL STANDARDSAHIMA’s and AAPC’s standards are similar with the aspect of upholding the privacy and confidentiality of data in the electronic health record. 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,