Free CEU's for Medical Coders

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS AHIMA Leave a Comment

Free CEU's for Medical Coders

In my estimation, we in healthcare, love initials after our last names. While I have no actual data to support my “theory”, I’d say that most of us involved in healthcare (whether practitioners or allied health professionals) have more that one credential. Professional credentials are our way of proving our expertise in a given subject such as HIM, coding, compliance, CDI, billing, and so forth.

As nice as it is to hold credentials that prove our expertise, there is a “downside,” in that we have the responsibility for maintaining the credentials via earning continuing education credit (units) aka CEUs. Earning CEUs is usually equated with costing money. Earning CEUs can be expensive. There are, however, many ways to earn CEUs without spending a dime

It is important to understand that this article will briefly describe information for three healthcare-related associations, it will not be an in-depth discussion about credential maintenance. PLEASE NOTE: Anyone holding a professional credential is responsible for knowing the maintenance requirements.

AHIMA

CEUs must be relevant to the HIIM domains in AHIMA’s Recertification Guide. AHIMA does NOT require CEUs be preapproved. As long as requirements outlined in the Recertification Guide are met, AHIMA will accept CEUs from other professional associations.

AAPC

AAPC requires all CEUs must come from a large pool of CEUs that have received prior approval by AAPC. See the AAPC website for specific information on their requirements.

 ACDIS

CCDS holders must prove they’ve earned 30 CEUs relevant to the CDI field. Individuals can claim credit from other organization such as AHIMA or ANCC. See ACDIS site for specifics.

 

FREE CEUs

Associations

Some associations offer free CEUs to members as a perk. Check your association’s website thoroughly. You just may be surprised to find a few freebies.

 

Vendor-Offered

Vendors like 3M, AQuity, Verisma often sponsor one free CEU events for “attending.” Following vendors on LinkedIn or perusing their websites and signing up for their email lists is a good way to start being invited to their free training.

 

MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses – these are college level courses, many of which are free. Though the program has already started, St. Scholastica is offering an Ethical Leadership MOOC that qualifies for 12 AHIMA CEUs. You can find MOOCs via Google (or other search engines.) NOT ALL MOOCs ARE FREE.

 

GOVERNMENT-RELATED WEBSITES

CMS

Participation in CMS’ ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Meeting Conference calls, meetings, and webcasts can qualify for AAPC and/or AHIMA CEUs.

NORIDIAN

Noridian offers education sessions, many of which qualify for AAPC CEUs. Check out their site and also verify that your professional association accepts Noridian’s training for CEUs.

OCR, AHRQ, NIH

OCR had a webinar on proposed modifications to HIPAA and different webinar that covered medical equipment standards. AHRQ held a webinar in April on the Disparities and Barriers to Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Care. NIH has seminars, workshops, and conferences.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Don’t just count on HIM companies and websites. Many healthcare-related companies and professional associations offer events that qualify for CEUs. Take advantage of Internet search engines using key words like “free” and “CEUs.” Make sure to watch for those that charge for their events. Remember, check your professional organization’s CEU requirements.

  • Many will grant CEUs for preparing and presenting at local, state, and/or national meetings.

  • Writing articles for professional journals will often earn free CEUs.

 

There are many ways to earn free CEUs; you just have to be diligent in searching your association’s requirements. Remember, “free” does not mean you don’t have to put in some time and effort in finding the free CEUs, however, they’re out there!

CHARTS

VARIOUS FREE CEU LISTINGS

TYPE OF CE

TYPE OF COMPANY

COMPANY

TOPIC

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Webinar

Vendor

YES HIM Consulting  

 

Topics vary.

You may have to do some digging on their site to make certain the offering(s) is (are) free: https://education.yes-himconsulting.com/

Webinar

Vendor

AQuity.org

Example: Inpatient and Outpatient Spinal Procedure Coding

https://aquitysolutions.com/webinars/

Webinars

Vendor

3M

Examples: Clinical Validation Appeals: Establishing a Role for CDIS

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/health-information-systems-us/resources/webinars/quality-series/

Webinars

Professional Association

AHIMA

Look for Rewards Center after logging in to site.

Log in to: https://my.ahima.org/

General Information

Professional Association

ACDIS

Earning CCDS CEUs

https://acdis.org/faq/can-i-earn-ccds-continuing-education-credits-through-my-acdis-membership

MOOC

Educational Institution

College of St. Scholastica

 

 

Examples:

 

Ethical Leadership

 

Leading Effective Project Teams

For further info: http://www.css.edu/graduate/non-degree-seeking/professional-development/massive-open-online-courses/mooc-help-and-faqs.html

MOOC

Education Company

Coursera

Varies – carefully peruse the site; many courses are free, many are not

https://www.coursera.org/

Write Articles/ Take Quizzes

Professional Association

Healthcare Business Monthly from AAPC

Topics vary – check out the webpage for additional information

https://www.aapc.com/resources/publications/healthcare-business-monthly/

 

The above list is for informational purposes only. It is not all inclusive. Free CEUs are not guaranteed. It is the responsibility of each credentialed professional to find, investigate and determine what/how CEUs can be earned and which will be accepted by their professional association.

 

Links to Information on Association CEU Requirements

ASSOCIATION

INFORMATION

URL

AAPC

CEU Information - Members

https://www.aapc.com/medical-coding-education/help/#tab-6

ACDIS

Earning Your CCDS Recertification Units

https://acdis.org/sites/acdis/files/Earning %20your%20CEUs%20111318.pdf

AHIMA

Recertification Guide

https://www.ahima.org/media/gq5jeclv/ recertification_guide_2021.pdf

 

Other Links

ORGANIZATION

INFORMATION

URL

AHRQ

Webinars

https://www.ahrq.gov/evidencenow/projects/heart-health/research-results/results/webinars/index.html

https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/index.html

NIH

Events Information

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/events

CMS

CEUs for attending C&M Committee Meeting

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Continuing_Education_Credits

NORIDIAN

Schedule of events

https://med.noridianmedicare.com/web/jfb/education/training-events

 

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