The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), an education and credentialing association for medical coders, and CodeRyte, a provider of computer-assisted coding technology, have entered into an agreement to bring computer-assisted coding technology to AAPC’s membership.
Computer-assisted coding uses technology to identify specific language within the physician’s dictation and automatically assign appropriate medical codes based on the context in which that language occurs.
According to Sheri Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, AAPC vice president of member relations, the association will first provide instructors with the ability to use real-world computer-assisted coding technology to teach coding principles. Later phases of the partnership will make computer-assisted coding available as a practical application for learning both in and out of the classroom, Bernard said.
“CodeRyte’s intelligent technology enables the advancement of certified coders’ jobs, as well as the coding industry,” said Andy Kapit, CodeRyte chief executive officer. “By teaming with CodeRyte, the AAPC is ensuring that its certification will mean an even more successful and rewarding career for its members. By becoming well-versed in computer-assisted coding, coders will be able to more accurately and efficiently identify clinical information for their organizations’ appropriate reimbursement, improved research and enhanced care delivery.”