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Professional Associations

The American Academy of Professional Coding (AAPC) was founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders and to elevate the standards of medical coding by providing student training, certification, ongoing education, networking, and job opportunities. For more information on AAPC, visit

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) is a community in which CDI professionals share the latest tested tips, tools, and strategies to implement successful CDI programs and achieve professional growth. Its mission is to bring CDI specialists together for improvement. For more information, please visit,

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. The organization\'s mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence. For more information on ACHE, visit

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. For more information on AHA, visit

America\\\'s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. AHIP\\\'s principal purpose is to represent the interests of our members on legislative and regulatory issues at the federal and state levels, and with the media, consumers and employers. AHIP\\\'s goal is to provide a unified voice for the healthcare financing industry, to expand access to high quality, cost effective health care to all Americans, and to ensure Americans\\\' financial security through robust insurance markets, product flexibility and innovation, and an abundance of consumer choice. For more information on AHIP, visit

The American Health Information Management Association\\\'s (AHIMA) mission is to be the professional community that improves healthcare by advancing best practices and standards for health information management and the trusted source for education, research, and professional credentialing.

AHIMA is a federation, which includes a system of component state organizations (state chapters) in every state plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Component state associations (CSAs) provide their members with local access to professional education and networking. CSAs also serve as an important forum for communicating national issues and keeping members informed of regional affairs that affect health information management. For more information on AHIMA, visit

VARIS coders actively participate in Component Local Associations based on individual\\\'s geography.
These local associations include:
California Health Information Management Association
Colorado Health Information Management Association
Florida Health Information Management Association
Georgia Health Information Management Association
Illinois Health Information Management Association
Indiana Health Information Management Association 
Louisiana Health Information Management Association
Massachusetts Health Information Management Association
Michigan Health Information Management Association
Mid-Michigan Health Information Management Association
Minnesota Health Information Management Association
Montana Health Information Management Association
Nebraska Health Information Management Association
New Hampshire Health Information Management Association
New Jersey Health Information Management Association
New York Health Information Management Association
North Carolina Health Information Management Association
Ohio Health Information Management Association 
Oklahoma Health Information Management Association
Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association
South Carolina Health Information Management Association
South Dakota Health Information Management Association
Tennessee Health Information Management Association
Texas Health Information Management Association
Virginia Health Information Management Association
West Virginia Health Information Management Association
Wisconsin Health Information Management Association

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the leading membership organization for healthcare financial management executives and leaders. Its more than 35,000 members value the Association\\\'s role as a respected thought leader on top trends and issues facing the healthcare industry. Through various initiatives, coalitions, and the work of member bodies such as the Principles and Practices Board, HFMA develops and promotes ethical, high-quality healthcare finance practices. For more information on the HFMA, please visit

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an association dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity, is the world\\\'s largest technical professional society. It is designed to serve professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic and computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilization. For more information on IEEE, please visit,

The Michigan Association of Healthcare Auditors (MAHA) is a not-for-profit organization which has been active since 1991.  Our members consist of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Credentialed Coders, Quality Assurance Supervisors, Case Managers, Legal Nurse Consultants and others in the state of Michigan as well as Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia. For more information on MAHA, please visit,

THe National Alliance of Medical Accrediation Services (NAMAS) is an organization dedicated to advancing the medical career of all varieties of staff for physician-based services. NAMAS training programs and products focus on supporting and advancing the auditing career of billing, coding, and compliance staff, as well as aiding physicians and mid-levels in their understanding of coding and auditing.  For more information on NAMAS, please visit

The National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity (NAMPI), began in 1985 by staff from the various states\\\' Medicaid agencies.  The purpose of NAMPI is to assist states in providing the greatest control of fraud and abuse for the national Medicaid program.  Strong program integrity helps assure that Medicaid funds are channeled appropriately to those who need the services.  For more information on NAMPI, please visit,

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