AAPC was founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders and to elevate the standards of medical coding by providing student training, certification, ongoing education, networking, and job opportunities. Since then, AAPC has expanded beyond coding to include training and credentials in documentation and coding audits, regulatory compliance, and physician practice management. Currently, AAPC has a membership base of 128,000 worldwide, of which more than 95,000 are certified.
AAPC credentialed coders have proven mastery of all code sets, evaluation and management principles, and documentation guidelines. CPC's and other AAPC credentialed coders represent the best in outpatient coding.
AAPC certifications encompass the entire business side of provider care, with physician coding ( CPC®), the hospital outpatient facility ( CPC-H®), payer perspective coding ( CPC-P®), interventional radiology cardiovascular coding ( CIRCC™), medical auditing ( CPMA™), medical compliance ( CPCO™), and practice management ( CPPM™). All certifications demonstrate a strong hands on, working knowledge to support cleaner claim submission, faster reimbursement, fewer denials, and better run practices. Specialty coding credentials are currently offered in 20 different fields of expertise. AAPC offers continuing education for all our credentials through local chapters, workshops, webinars, a monthly newsmagazine (Healthcare Business Monthly), other publications, and conferences.
AAPC educational offerings cover both pre-certification needs and post-certification CEU requirements. See our Training page for more information about educational services.