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AACCA Certification


Please go to the American Association of Clinical Coders & Auditors' website for details concerning membership, testing and certification.   www.AACCA.net
THE AACCA CERTIFICATION EXAMS FOR REGISTERED NURSES & OTHER CLINICAL PERSONNEL ARE GIVEN ON FRIDAYS DURING REGULARLY-SCHEDULED 5-DAY CONFERENCES.  You may also take or re-take the AACCA exams at home  -- they are online and time-proctored.

YOU MAY USE YOUR CODING MANUALS DURING ANY AACCA CERTIFICATION EXAM.


ON FRIDAYS, THE EXAMS ARE ALL-DAY  AND TAKEN ONLINE WITH YOUR OWN WIRELESS-ENABLED LAPTOP. YOU WILL RECEIVE IMMEDIATE RESULTS AND YOUR CREDENTIALS. YOU MAY TAKE A 10-MINUTE BREAK BETWEEN SECTIONS.

WHY WAIT FOR WEEKS TO TAKE YOUR EXAM? THEN WAIT SEVERAL MORE WEEKS TO RECEIVE YOUR RESULTS?  THESE ARE THE ONLY CODING & AUDITING EXAMS DESIGNED AND WRITTEN BY REGISTERED NURSES -- SPECIFICALLY FOR THE UNIQUE KNOWLEDGE & SKILL SETS OF RNs. 

Why take an exam written for high school grads? 
Employers will possibly require other coding certifications, depending on the positions offered.
The American Association of Clinical Coders and Auditors (AACCA) was founded in 2003 by a group of concerned and dedicated nurses and a few others clinical personnel such as an MD, a PA-C, and a physical therapist.  In response to a unsettling situation with one organization and refusal by another to even allow RNs to join their group -- AACCA was born out of necessity for licensed clinical personnel to demonstrate their understanding of compliant coding concepts.  

AACCA was the first and remains the only organization dedicated strictly to the testing and certification of clinical personnel -- primarily Registered Nurses -- and provides the nation's only computer-based examinations.  You receive your test results by email within 1-2 days.  AND you don't have to travel to take the AACCA exams either.  All are written by Masters-prepared Registered Nurses, who are credentialed coders, and the exams are updated annually based on the new, modified or deleted codes:  CPT, ICD-9, HCPCS.  The new AACCA RN-Coder ICD-10 exam is based on the 2012 DRAFT ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codebooks.

You always use your coding manuals when testing -- that is the national standard.  AND certification always stands for at least 2 years coding experience.  
WHY GET CERTIFIED?


The simple answer is that to remain compliant with the Federal Government and competitive in the US healthcare industry, you must be certified in coding and medical chart review.  Whether you work for a hospital, a health insurer, a government agency, or a Recovery Audit Contractor – you must be certified according to the various compliance programs published by the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services.  

 

The bar has been raised in the US healthcare industry by required HIPAA standards – and with the advent of ICD-10-CM, the bar will be raised even higher.  Why?  How?  Because in order to implement such a substantially larger, more clinically sophisticated system of diagnosis coding for tracking morbidity and mortality, the industry will require the services of specially-trained, Certified RN-Coders to train, supervise and monitor non-clinical personnel in compliant and correct ICD-10 coding of inpatient services and procedures, and inpatient/outpatient diagnoses.

 

Medical groups, hospitals, insurers, government agencies are all gearing up to hire the most skilled and knowledgeable individuals available – and with the NEW ICD10 coding system – everyone is learning.  Thus requirements like “5 years coding experience” will be irrelevant.

 

Professional certifications from AACCA offer potential employers another screening tool which have the backing of the only credentialing organization specially created and managed by clinical personnel.   The American Association of Clinical Coders and Auditors is the ONLY organization in the United States testing and certifying nurses, physicians, physical therapists, paramedics, etc. in compliant coding and conducting chart reviews – and the ONLY organization which has always provided computer-based testing with immediate test results.