American Association of Clinical Coders & Auditors
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RN-Auditor Program your certification testing fee is included in the cost of the program.
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RN-Coder, RN-Auditor, RN-Coder ICD10 Certification

Maintaining your certification is easy with AACCA!  

1.  Maintain your membership in good standing.  $199/year   

2.  Send your CE credit (certificates of completion, letter from an employer or other association) to AACCA:  909-680-3157  

You will need 40 CE contact hours every 2 years. CE credit must be in coding compliance, conducting chart reviews, RACs, HCCs, etc.
AACCA Certification Examinations are for AACCA Members Only.  Each Examination is $399.  To maintain certification, please maintain current membership and submit 40 continuing education contact hours every 2 years.  You may choose RN-Coder CE courses from www.RiteCode.com, www.HCPro.com, and/or
other organizations.   
NOTE:  Unlike other organizations which require that if you don't pass a PART of their exam,
 you have to PAY AGAIN and start all over,  AACCA allows you 2 FREE re-takes on any 2 sections of the exam.  Passing is 70% Thus, if you need to re-take MORE than 2 sections, you will have to pay $399 again.

ertification, Licensing, and Accreditation?
The term certification is often used as a catch-all term for several different activities that apply to the credentialing of individuals and institutions. This fuzziness of definition has resulted in confusion when it comes to discussing credentials. This article is intended to provide more clarity on the subject.

Certification is essentially the process of publicly attesting that a specified quality or standard has been achieved or exceeded. We see this in an informal way all around us nearly every day. For example, when a product has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, it means that the item has been attested to meet the standard set for it. Whenever we make a recommendation or referral to a colleague or client we are informally certifying the competence of the person or the quality of the item being recommended.
Professional certification uses a formal process to identify and acknowledge individuals who have met a recognized standard. Usually this standard includes education, experience, and an exam of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the job. When an individual meets the standard, he or she receives certification from a certifying agency. The credibility and integrity of the certifying agency determines whether the agency’s certification means anything to the public, and therefore, ultimately, its value. Accordingly, certification agencies may seek out recognition by an outside agency that will, in turn, attest to the certifying agency meeting a standard. Generally, this standard involves the qualification requirements to take the exam, whether the exam meets accepted psychometric standards for exam development, how the exam is given and scored, how the agency is administered, and whether its rules are fair. The National Organization for Competency Assurance operates the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for that purpose.
Professional certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental professional organization grants recognition to an individual who has met certain qualifications. It is a credential which attests that the individual has demonstrated a certain level of mastery of a specific body of knowledge and skills within the relevant field of practice. Certification should not be confused with either licensing or accreditation. While each involves some type of evaluation and the awarding of some type of credential, they are quite different from one another and the terms should not be used interchangeably.

Licensure is a non-voluntary process by which an agency of government regulates a profession. It grants permission to an individual to engage in an occupation if it finds that the applicant has attained the degree of competency required to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare will be reasonably protected. Licensing it always based on the action of a legislative body. Once a licensing law has been passed it becomes illegal for anyone to engage in that occupation unless he or she has a license. The health care professions are typically licensed at the state and/or local level, but not usually at the federal level.
Two regulatory variations are state certification (not to be confused with professional certification referred to elsewhere in this article) and registration. These generally are somewhat less restrictive than licensing, but how each is defined exactly can vary from state to state.
Certification differs from licensing in that it is nearly always offered by a private, non-governmental agency. Such agencies are usually outgrowths of professional associations which create certifying agencies to identify and acknowledge those who have met a standard. Another contrast with licensure is that, under a licensing law, practitioners of the licensed occupation must have a license in order to practice. It is involuntary. On the other hand, certification is voluntary. One does not have to be certified in order to practice. An individual takes the certification exam because they want to enjoy the benefits of certification. However, to use the title and initials copyrighted and associated with the professional certification, one must be certified.

Accreditation is a non-governmental, voluntary process that evaluates institutions, agencies, and educational programs, (i.e., institutions that grant certificates or diplomas) while certification and licensing involves individual practitioners. Accreditation is defined as the process whereby an agency or association grants public recognition to a school, institute, college, university, or specialized program of study (such as a massage training program) for having met certain established qualifications or standards as determined through initial and periodic evaluations that usually involve submitting a self-evaluation report, site inspection by a team of experts, and evaluation by an independent board or commission.

Summary Chart
Credential Recipient Credentialing Body Participation
Certification Individual Association/Agency Voluntary
Licensure/State Certification Individual Government Agency Involuntary/Required
Accreditation Institution or Program Association/Agency Voluntary


What are Certification, Licensing, and Accreditation?


The term certification is often used as a catch-all term for several different activities that apply to the credentialing of individuals and institutions. This fuzziness of definition has resulted in confusion when it comes to discussing credentials. This article is intended to provide more clarity on the subject.


Certification is essentially the process of publicly attesting that a specified quality or standard has been achieved or exceeded. We see this in an informal way all around us nearly every day. For example, when a product has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, it means that the item has been attested to meet the standard set for it. Whenever we make a recommendation or referral to a colleague or client we are informally certifying the competence of the person or the quality of the item being recommended.


Professional certification uses a formal process to identify and acknowledge individuals who have met a recognized standard. Usually this standard includes education, experience, and an exam of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the job. When an individual meets the standard, he or she receives certification from a certifying agency. The credibility and integrity of the certifying agency determines whether the agency’s certification means anything to the public, and therefore, ultimately, its value. Accordingly, certification agencies may seek out recognition by an outside agency that will, in turn, attest to the certifying agency meeting a standard. Generally, this standard involves the qualification requirements to take the exam, whether the exam meets accepted psychometric standards for exam development, how the exam is given and scored, how the agency is administered, and whether its rules are fair. The National Organization for Competency Assurance operates the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for that purpose.


Professional certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental professional organization grants recognition to an individual who has met certain qualifications. It is a credential which attests that the individual has demonstrated a certain level of mastery of a specific body of knowledge and skills within the relevant field of practice. Certification should not be confused with either licensing or accreditation. While each involves some type of evaluation and the awarding of some type of credential, they are quite different from one another and the terms should not be used interchangeably.


Licensure is a non-voluntary process by which an agency of government regulates a profession. It grants permission to an individual to engage in an occupation if it finds that the applicant has attained the degree of competency required to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare will be reasonably protected. Licensing it always based on the action of a legislative body. Once a licensing law has been passed it becomes illegal for anyone to engage in that occupation unless he or she has a license. The health care professions are typically licensed at the state and/or local level, but not usually at the federal level.


Certification differs from licensing in that it is nearly always offered by a private, non-governmental agency. Such agencies are usually outgrowths of professional associations which create certifying agencies to identify and acknowledge those who have met a standard. Another contrast with licensure is that, under a licensing law, practitioners of the licensed occupation must have a license in order to practice. It is involuntary. On the other hand, certification is voluntary. One does not have to be certified in order to practice. An individual takes the certification exam because they want to enjoy the benefits of certification. However, to use the title and initials copyrighted and associated with the professional certification, one must be certified.


Accreditation is a non-governmental, voluntary process that evaluates institutions, agencies, and educational programs, (i.e., institutions that grant certificates or diplomas) while certification and licensing involves individual practitioners. Accreditation is defined as the process whereby an agency or association grants public recognition to a school, institute, college, university, or specialized program of study (such as a massage training program) for having met certain established qualifications or standards as determined through initial and periodic evaluations that usually involve submitting a self-evaluation report, site inspection by a team of experts, and evaluation by an independent board or commission.


Summary Chart

Credential

Recipient

Credentialing Body

Participation

Certification

Individual

Association/Agency

Voluntary

Licensure/State Certification

Individual

Government Agency

Involuntary/Required

Accreditation

Institution or Program

Association/Agency

Voluntary


Certification Application
Please note:  Only AACCA members may apply to sit for the RN-Coder RN-Auditor Certification exams.  Please print the Exam Agreement below, sign & fax to:  909-680-3157.  We must have your signed agreement on file prior to emailing you the test access.  Thank you!
PLEASE CALL 909-579-0507 if you have any questions prior to enrollment.
OUR EXAM FEES HAVE NOT INCREASED SINCE 2003 WHEN THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL CODERS & AUDITORS STARTED.  They are very competitive with other organizations.

** Please call 909-579-0507  (M-F 10am - 4pm) to register for your certification exam.

AACCA Certification fees are $399 per test unless you are in an RN-Coder program which includes the testing fees. Testing fees are non-refundable.  

PLEASE WRITE DOWN YOUR ANSWERS TO AVOID LOSING ANY OF YOUR WORK DUE TO AN INTERNET FAILURE, ETC.  

Pass is 70% and above.  You must pass all 4 sections of 50 multiple-choice questions each in order to pass the certification examination.  You may retake an exam section (or its equivalent) once free-of-charge.  After 2 attempts, it is $75 per attempt of that section.

The American Association of Clinical Coders & Auditors (AACCA) has been around since 2003.  We are the most recognizable name in the U.S. healthcare coding industry specializing in testing and certification of Registered Nurses, physicians and other clinical professionals in compliant coding and chart reviews.


AACCA is the National Standard for RN-Coder & RN-Auditor certification in the United States. 


The AACCA is proud to be the only organization to offer a self-study RN-Coder Certification Course (RN-Coder STAT program), and the RN-Auditor Institute Certification Course.

Acquiring national RN-Coder and/or RN-Auditor certification places you above others competing for employment in the healthcare coding field because your certification is through the AACCA, the most established and respected clinical coding testing and certification organization in the U.S.  In the nursing profession it is well known that if you are not nationally certified with the American Association of Clinical Coders & Auditors then you are not considered a certified coder. 


Several years ago Medicare and the Office of the Inspector General published various compliance programs in the Federal Register.  ALL of them indicate that ALL coders should be certified and should have continuing education to keep up with changes.


More critically, coding
certification is the expectation in the industry.  The same is true for chart review and auditing certification.  Therefore, we strongly urge you to keep this in mind as you look to advance your career in the health care coding field.  Having AACCA certification simply puts you ahead of the game now, and in the long term.  Why take a certification for high school graduates?


On a more practical level our RN-Coder certification testing provides you with the opportunity to fine tune your knowledge and acquire new skills and techniques with minimal out of pocket cost at $349.00.  You take the test online in 4 sections (50 multiple-choice questions each) and it is scored immediately!  So no travel, no expensive airfare/hotel fees, no showing up with ‘they’ say, AND you don’t have to have 6-10 weeks for the results!

 

The RN-Coder STAT program, available from the RN-Coder Institute www.RN-Coder.com is only $999.  This, as opposed to going to a more traditional coding training school or course which can cost thousands of dollars, extra expense such as gas, and time that you don't have. AND you receive NO CREDIT for your nursing training and experience!   If you are interested in becoming a nationally certified RN-Coder  or nationally certified RN-Auditor and being entered into our national database, please call 909-579-0507 to purchase the RN-Coder STAT certification course.  
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