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CEUs

What is a CEU?

Continuing education units are required for certified coders to show they are staying current on coding information.

CEUs Required to Maintain Credential(s)

Number of Certifications:Number of CEUs:

One Certification:

36 CEUs every two years

  • If CIRCC®, 16 must be related to interventional radiology or cardiovascular coding
  • If CPMA®, 16 must be related to auditing
  • If CPCO™, 16 must be related to compliance
  • If CPPM®, 36 must be related to practice management
  • If a specialty, 8 must be specialty specific

Two Certifications:

40 CEUs every two years*

Three Certifications:

44 CEUs every two years*

Four Certifications:

48 CEUs every two years*

Five or More Certifications:

52 CEUs every two years*

*Specific Credential Requirements:

  • If CIRCC®, 16 must be related to interventional radiology or cardiovascular coding
  • If CPMA®, 16 must be related to auditing
  • If CPCO™, 16 must be related to compliance
  • If CPPM®, 16 must be related to practice management
  • 8 must be specialty specific for each specialty earned

Note: Events must be specifically pre-approved for CIRCC®, CPMA®, CPCO™, CPPM®, and all specialty credentials, based on relevance and level of difficulty, in order to be eligible for CEUs.

OnceCIRCC, CPMA, CPCO, CPPM and specialty CEUs have been met, the remaining credits due can be obtained from any pre-approved program.

If CEUs have been pro-rated due to a corporate membership addition, this may exceed the cap of 80 CEUs every two years.

Effective October 1, 2012, pre-approved Specialty CEUs can be applied toward one Specialty and one Core credential concurrently.

**Pay membership every year and submit your CEUs online via the CEU tracker every other year. **

CEUs are reported every two years on or before your membership due date. You must pay your dues every year, even on a year when you are not required to report CEUs. The year that your CEUs are due is based on the month of your membership*:

If your membership is due in the months below, two years of CEUs are due on your membership expiration date in 2015

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September
  • November

If your membership is due in the months below, two years of CEUs are due on your membership expiration date in 2016

  • February
  • April
  • June
  • August
  • October
  • December

*If you are newly certified, CEUs will likely be pro-rated to match your existing renewal month for your first submission. CEUs earned prior to certification will not be accepted.

  • CEUs must come from the AAPC Approved vendor list.
  • CEUs must be earned and submitted within your two-year renewal period*. Excess CEUs do not carry over to the next renewal period.
  • CEUs earned within your renewal month can apply to either the current submission or the next
  • AAPC awards all CEUs based on completion date except for Healthcare Business Monthly Test Yourself quizzes, which are awarded based on publication date (be sure to only use issues from your specific timeframe).
  • Effective April 30, 2012, AAPC will charge a $50 CEU extension fee. To avoid this extension fee, stay current on your CEUs and submit them on time. If a CEU extension is needed at the end of your renewal period, please contact AAPC to purchase your extension. CEUs earned after your due date will be limited to AAPC education.
  • Twenty-five percent of all CEU submissions will continue to be randomly selected for verification. Members should maintain their CEU certificates on file for at least six months beyond their renewal date so the evidence is on hand should he or she be selected for CEU verification.
    • AAPC accepts unaltered copies of the original PDF certificate. You will need to submit supporting documents ONLY if you are asked to.
    • If you are randomly selected to submit your supporting CEU documentation please note that all certificates of approval must contain the index number (pre-approved by AAPC), name of sponsoring organization, title of program attended, number of CEUs approved, and date of program.
  • CEUs earned prior to certification will not be accepted.

*If you are newly certified or if you have been added to a corporate membership, your renewal period may differ from the standard two years.

CEUs must come from the AAPC approved vendor list.. There are only a few exceptions*:

CMS Sponsored Events (not eligible for specialty required CEUs)*

AHIMA Sponsored Events (not eligible for specialty required CEUs)*

CMEs and AMA PRA Category 1 credits for CEUs*

Post Secondary Education (not eligible for specialty required CEUs)*

*If completed education doesn’t fit into one of these categories, CEUs will not be accepted.

Healthcare Business Monthly

AAPC offers 1.0 CEU for completing the test in each Healthcare Business Monthly for a total of 12 CEUs per year.

Please note: CEUs earned from the Healthcare Business Monthly publications are counted based on the issue date, not date of completion (be sure to only use issues from your specific timeframe).

Authorship CEUs

Core Educational Content

CEUs must be comprised primarily of core educational content (Curriculum A) to show competency. Curriculum A is something that AAPC credentialed members do at the core of their day-to-day practice. As such, APPROVED Curriculum A CEUs must comprise no less than 66% (2/3) of the total CEUs earned per CEU period

Curriculum A

Related educational content (Curriculum B), includes professional self improvement and topics not core to a member’s certification. As a result, APPROVED Curriculum B can comprise no more than 33% (1/3) of the total CEUs earned per year. For example, if one core credential is held, 12 of the 36 total CEUs due every two years may be from Curriculum B.

Curriculum B

Professional Self Improvement

  • Communication Skills
  • Management Skills
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Employee Issues
  • OSHA
  • Workers Compensation Benefits
  • JCAHO

Noted Exception: As the topics under Curriculum B are core responsibilities of a practice management, these limitations are not enforced for the CPPM® certification.

Pre-approval for CEUs submitted by members are for Professional Self Improvement (Curriculum B) CEUs only.

For commonly asked questions about member requested CEU applications and the approval process please click here. For members to apply for Curriculum B CEUs only .

For members to apply for Curriculum B CEUs only.

Twenty-five percent of all CEU submissions will continue to be randomly selected for verification. Members should maintain their CEU certificates on file for at least six months beyond their renewal date so the evidence is on hand should he or she be selected for CEU verification.

Verification Requirements

  • AAPC accepts unaltered copies of the original PDF certificate. You will need to submit supporting documents ONLY if you are asked to.
  • If you are randomly selected to submit your supporting CEU documentation please note that all certificates of approval must contain the index number (pre-approved by AAPC), name of sponsoring organization, title of program attended, number of CEUs approved, and date of program.
  • You can view a list of items submitted online in your CEU tracker under the Previously Submitted tab. Click Details next to the most recent submission.
  • It is not required to submit proof of AAPC education that is automatically entered into your CEU Tracker. This might include Healthcare Business Monthly Test Yourself exercises, pre- and post-quizzes from webinars or workshops and ICD-10-CM Anatomy & Pathophysiology modules. These items will be listed in blue and are links to the certificates.
  • *Specific Credential Requirements:
    • If CIRCC®, 16 must be related to interventional radiology or cardiovascular coding
    • If CPMA®, 16 must be related to auditing
    • If CPCO™, 16 must be related to compliance
    • If CPPM®, 16 must be related to practice management
    • 8 must be specialty specific for each specialty earnedNote: Events must be specifically pre-approved for CIRCC®, CPMA®, CPCO™, CPPM®, and all specialty credentials, based on relevance and level of difficulty, in order to be eligible for CEUs.

Specialty Policy

Events must be specifically pre-approved for CIRCC®, CPMA®, CPCO™, CPPM®, and all specialty credentials, based on relevance and level of difficulty, in order to be eligible for CEUs.

Members who hold both a CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPB, CPMA, or CPCO credential (hereafter defined as core credentials) and one or more specialty credentials will now (effective for renewals due after October 1, 2012) be able to apply earned, pre-approved specialty CEUs to their core credential CEU requirements. AAPC is approving this because specialty approved CEUs are also approved for core credentials. This should save members time and money in the future. The CEU Tracker will be modified to easily enable the recording of CEUs.

Details

* Pre-approved specialty CEUs, effective October 1, 2012, can be applied to one specialty and one core credential concurrently.* Specialty CEUs can be applied to core credentials (CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPB, CPMA, and CPCO)

;

core CEUs cannot be applied to specialty credentials because they are not specialty approved.
* Any pre-approved specialty CEUs can be applied to the CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P or CPB.
* Specialty CEUs applied to the CPMA or CPCO must be pre-approved for both the specialty and CPMA or CPCO credentials, respectively.
* The member is still required to meet the 16 required CEUs relative to and pre-approved for the CPMA and CPCO credentials.
* Core CEUs cannot be applied to multiple core credentials.
* Specialty CEUs cannot be applied to the CPPM credential.
* Specialty CEUs cannot be used simultaneously toward another specialty credential CEU requirement.
* There is a minimum requirement of 36 unique education hours spent for any combination of credentials held.
* Total CEUs due (every 2 years) remain the same as in the current policy:
* 36 CEUs for one core or specialty credential
* 40 CEUs for two credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA, CIRCC or CPCO)
* 44 CEUs for three credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CIRCC, CPMA or CPCO)
* 48 CEUs for four credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA, CIRCC or CPCO)
* 52 CEUs for five or more credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA, CIRCC or CPCO)
* Once CIRCC, CPMA, CPCO, CPPM and specialty CEUs have been met, the remaining credits due can be obtained from any pre-approved program.

CEUs

What is a CEU?

Continuing education units are required for certified coders to show they are staying current on coding information.

CEUs Required to Maintain Credential(s)

Number of Certifications:Number of CEUs:

One Certification:

36 CEUs every two years

  • If CIRCC®, 16 must be related to interventional radiology or cardiovascular coding
  • If CPMA®, 16 must be related to auditing
  • If CPCO™, 16 must be related to compliance
  • If CPPM®, 36 must be related to practice management
  • If a specialty, 8 must be specialty specific

Two Certifications:

40 CEUs every two years*

Three Certifications:

44 CEUs every two years*

Four Certifications:

48 CEUs every two years*

Five or More Certifications:

52 CEUs every two years*

*Specific Credential Requirements:

  • If CIRCC®, 16 must be related to interventional radiology or cardiovascular coding
  • If CPMA®, 16 must be related to auditing
  • If CPCO™, 16 must be related to compliance
  • If CPPM®, 16 must be related to practice management
  • 8 must be specialty specific for each specialty earned

Note: Events must be specifically pre-approved for CIRCC®, CPMA®, CPCO™, CPPM®, and all specialty credentials, based on relevance and level of difficulty, in order to be eligible for CEUs.

OnceCIRCC, CPMA, CPCO, CPPM and specialty CEUs have been met, the remaining credits due can be obtained from any pre-approved program.

If CEUs have been pro-rated due to a corporate membership addition, this may exceed the cap of 80 CEUs every two years.

Effective October 1, 2012, pre-approved Specialty CEUs can be applied toward one Specialty and one Core credential concurrently.

**Pay membership every year and submit your CEUs online via the CEU tracker every other year. **

CEUs are reported every two years on or before your membership due date. You must pay your dues every year, even on a year when you are not required to report CEUs. The year that your CEUs are due is based on the month of your membership*:

If your membership is due in the months below, two years of CEUs are due on your membership expiration date in 2015

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September
  • November

If your membership is due in the months below, two years of CEUs are due on your membership expiration date in 2016

  • February
  • April
  • June
  • August
  • October
  • December

*If you are newly certified, CEUs will likely be pro-rated to match your existing renewal month for your first submission. CEUs earned prior to certification will not be accepted.

  • CEUs must come from the AAPC Approved vendor list.
  • CEUs must be earned and submitted within your two-year renewal period*. Excess CEUs do not carry over to the next renewal period.
  • CEUs earned within your renewal month can apply to either the current submission or the next
  • AAPC awards all CEUs based on completion date except for Healthcare Business Monthly Test Yourself quizzes, which are awarded based on publication date (be sure to only use issues from your specific timeframe).
  • Effective April 30, 2012, AAPC will charge a $50 CEU extension fee. To avoid this extension fee, stay current on your CEUs and submit them on time. If a CEU extension is needed at the end of your renewal period, please contact AAPC to purchase your extension. CEUs earned after your due date will be limited to AAPC education.
  • Twenty-five percent of all CEU submissions will continue to be randomly selected for verification. Members should maintain their CEU certificates on file for at least six months beyond their renewal date so the evidence is on hand should he or she be selected for CEU verification.
    • AAPC accepts unaltered copies of the original PDF certificate. You will need to submit supporting documents ONLY if you are asked to.
    • If you are randomly selected to submit your supporting CEU documentation please note that all certificates of approval must contain the index number (pre-approved by AAPC), name of sponsoring organization, title of program attended, number of CEUs approved, and date of program.
  • CEUs earned prior to certification will not be accepted.

*If you are newly certified or if you have been added to a corporate membership, your renewal period may differ from the standard two years.

CEUs must come from the AAPC approved vendor list.. There are only a few exceptions*:

CMS Sponsored Events (not eligible for specialty required CEUs)*

AHIMA Sponsored Events (not eligible for specialty required CEUs)*

CMEs and AMA PRA Category 1 credits for CEUs*

Post Secondary Education (not eligible for specialty required CEUs)*

*If completed education doesn’t fit into one of these categories, CEUs will not be accepted.

Healthcare Business Monthly

AAPC offers 1.0 CEU for completing the test in each Healthcare Business Monthly for a total of 12 CEUs per year.

Please note: CEUs earned from the Healthcare Business Monthly publications are counted based on the issue date, not date of completion (be sure to only use issues from your specific timeframe).

Authorship CEUs

Core Educational Content

CEUs must be comprised primarily of core educational content (Curriculum A) to show competency. Curriculum A is something that AAPC credentialed members do at the core of their day-to-day practice. As such, APPROVED Curriculum A CEUs must comprise no less than 66% (2/3) of the total CEUs earned per CEU period

Curriculum A

Related educational content (Curriculum B), includes professional self improvement and topics not core to a member’s certification. As a result, APPROVED Curriculum B can comprise no more than 33% (1/3) of the total CEUs earned per year. For example, if one core credential is held, 12 of the 36 total CEUs due every two years may be from Curriculum B.

Curriculum B

Professional Self Improvement

  • Communication Skills
  • Management Skills
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Employee Issues
  • OSHA
  • Workers Compensation Benefits
  • JCAHO

Noted Exception: As the topics under Curriculum B are core responsibilities of a practice management, these limitations are not enforced for the CPPM® certification.

Pre-approval for CEUs submitted by members are for Professional Self Improvement (Curriculum B) CEUs only.

For commonly asked questions about member requested CEU applications and the approval process please click here. For members to apply for Curriculum B CEUs only .

For members to apply for Curriculum B CEUs only.

Twenty-five percent of all CEU submissions will continue to be randomly selected for verification. Members should maintain their CEU certificates on file for at least six months beyond their renewal date so the evidence is on hand should he or she be selected for CEU verification.

Verification Requirements

  • AAPC accepts unaltered copies of the original PDF certificate. You will need to submit supporting documents ONLY if you are asked to.
  • If you are randomly selected to submit your supporting CEU documentation please note that all certificates of approval must contain the index number (pre-approved by AAPC), name of sponsoring organization, title of program attended, number of CEUs approved, and date of program.
  • You can view a list of items submitted online in your CEU tracker under the Previously Submitted tab. Click Details next to the most recent submission.
  • It is not required to submit proof of AAPC education that is automatically entered into your CEU Tracker. This might include Healthcare Business Monthly Test Yourself exercises, pre- and post-quizzes from webinars or workshops and ICD-10-CM Anatomy & Pathophysiology modules. These items will be listed in blue and are links to the certificates.
  • *Specific Credential Requirements:
    • If CIRCC®, 16 must be related to interventional radiology or cardiovascular coding
    • If CPMA®, 16 must be related to auditing
    • If CPCO™, 16 must be related to compliance
    • If CPPM®, 16 must be related to practice management
    • 8 must be specialty specific for each specialty earnedNote: Events must be specifically pre-approved for CIRCC®, CPMA®, CPCO™, CPPM®, and all specialty credentials, based on relevance and level of difficulty, in order to be eligible for CEUs.

Specialty Policy

Events must be specifically pre-approved for CIRCC®, CPMA®, CPCO™, CPPM®, and all specialty credentials, based on relevance and level of difficulty, in order to be eligible for CEUs.

Members who hold both a CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPB, CPMA, or CPCO credential (hereafter defined as core credentials) and one or more specialty credentials will now (effective for renewals due after October 1, 2012) be able to apply earned, pre-approved specialty CEUs to their core credential CEU requirements. AAPC is approving this because specialty approved CEUs are also approved for core credentials. This should save members time and money in the future. The CEU Tracker will be modified to easily enable the recording of CEUs.

Details

* Pre-approved specialty CEUs, effective October 1, 2012, can be applied to one specialty and one core credential concurrently.* Specialty CEUs can be applied to core credentials (CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPB, CPMA, and CPCO)

;

core CEUs cannot be applied to specialty credentials because they are not specialty approved.
* Any pre-approved specialty CEUs can be applied to the CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P or CPB.
* Specialty CEUs applied to the CPMA or CPCO must be pre-approved for both the specialty and CPMA or CPCO credentials, respectively.
* The member is still required to meet the 16 required CEUs relative to and pre-approved for the CPMA and CPCO credentials.
* Core CEUs cannot be applied to multiple core credentials.
* Specialty CEUs cannot be applied to the CPPM credential.
* Specialty CEUs cannot be used simultaneously toward another specialty credential CEU requirement.
* There is a minimum requirement of 36 unique education hours spent for any combination of credentials held.
* Total CEUs due (every 2 years) remain the same as in the current policy:
* 36 CEUs for one core or specialty credential
* 40 CEUs for two credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA, CIRCC or CPCO)
* 44 CEUs for three credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CIRCC, CPMA or CPCO)
* 48 CEUs for four credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA, CIRCC or CPCO)
* 52 CEUs for five or more credentials (8 in specialty if one is specialty or 16 if one is CPMA, CIRCC or CPCO)
* Once CIRCC, CPMA, CPCO, CPPM and specialty CEUs have been met, the remaining credits due can be obtained from any pre-approved program.

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