Still very new to all of this and I have just finished Module one. Very clueless when it comes to joining AAPC or AHIMA. Did I miss something was here something I missed in our readings as far as getting involved with these groups? HELP! Can someone please give me some direction as far as what I should be doing and gettng involved in. I feel a little behind as far as getting my foot in the door. From what I have been reading in the forum this was something I should have done at the very begining...
Did I miss something?... HELP
Hey there Emily,
I wouldn't bother with memberships in AAPC or AHIMA until much closer to your certification exams. Most likely you will take the CPC certification exam just after Module III. Part of one of the early assignments in Module III is to go out and really get to know the AAPC website and then you'll definitely want to go ahead and join. AHIMA you won't need to join until Module IV. Of course you can join either or both of them anytime before that if you want.
They both have tons of information but you can access much of that before you join by just checking the knowledge areas on their websites. The books you get from The Andrews School are first rate and full of information. The books you get in the first module are more valuable than you probably realize right now. I thought I'd be through with those once I moved past Module I but that hasn't been the case for me. I refer to it even now and I clung to them during the weeks before I took my CPC exam.
Hope this helps!