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American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
**Founded to elevate the standards of medical coding by providing certification, ongoing education, networking and recognition for coders.**Publishes the Coding Edge monthly newsmagazine and hosts continuing education.**Credential: CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CIRCC and specialty credentials in 18 different fields of expertise.
American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
**Enables medical assisting professionals to enhance and demonstrate knowledge, skills and professionalism required by employers and patients, and protects medical assistants' right to practice.**Publishes monthly Certified Medical Assistant journal.**Credential: Certified Medical Assistant, abbreviated CMA (AAMA)
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
**Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, and currently advances the health information management (HIM) profession toward an electronic and global environment, including implementation of ICD
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