American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

AACE - Certified Endocrine Coder

What is an AACE-CEC?

An AACE Certified Endocrine Coder (AACE-CEC) is an individual of high professional integrity who has passed a coding certification examination sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).  An AACE-CEC has achieved a certain level of knowledge and expertise in coding of services, procedures and diagnoses for endocrine physician practices.  An AACE-CEC is ethical, compliant, and always striving for knowledge.  The AACE Certified Endocrine Coder's responsibilities may include:

  • Determining accurate codes for diagnoses, procedures and services performed by physicians and recognized licensed non-physician practitioners.  (These services may include evaluation and management services as well as reviewing operative notes)
  • Keeping current with medical compliance and reimbursement policies, such as medical necessity issues and correct coding issues
  • Performing various auditing duties related to physician practice management and coding to maintain compliance with payer reimbursement policies and governmental regulations as well as CMS guidelines
  • Monitoring progress resulting from periodic internal audits
  • Providing training in coding and compliance issues to physicians, non-physician providers and staff on an ongoing basis
  • Providing physicians and staff with up-to-date coding information from reliable, update to date and accurate sources
  • Providing orientation training to include medical practice guidelines for new physicians and non-providers to the practice
  • Implementing of new coding guidelines in a timely manner within the practice
  • Updating encounter forms/super-bills on an annual basis with respect to diagnostic, procedural and supply code changes
  • Updating other patient information forms as necessary from time to time
  • Updating the clinic's fee schedule based on Relative Value Unit (RVU) updates that come out annually and based on additions and deletions to codes for procedures, services, and supplies
  • Reviewing explanations of benefits from payers, evaluating denied claims and filing appeals for denied claims

How do I take an AACE-CEC exam?

AACE offers the CEC-Coding Essentials for Endocrinology course yearly.  The two day course provides an introduction to diagnosis and procedure coding rules and regulations for common endocrine services.  Attendees are expected to bring a current CPT®, ICD10-CM, and HCPCS book to the course.  The AACE-CEC exam is offered to each attendee immediately after the course.  Attendees who elect to take the exam may use all notes, books, etc. to take the exam and must pass with a 70% or higher.  Click here for the next location and date for the AACE-CEC.

What are the renewal requirements for the AACE-CEC 

A renewal fee of $75  and (6) CME/CEUS are due each January 1st  for the AACE-CEC certification to be current for the upcoming calendar year.  If the AACE-CEC expires December 31, 2017, CMEs or CEUs must have been obtained from January 1 – December 31, 2107 to be eligible CEC renewal for the calendar year 2018.  The (6) hours of continuing medical education (CMEs) or continuing education units (CEUs) must be related to coding and/or billing and must be obtained within the previous 12 months prior to applying for CEC renewal.  There will be a $25.00 charge per month applied for late renewals, not to exceed 90 days.  If the renewal has lapsed past 90 days, a new exam must be taken to earn AACE-CEC status back.

How do I obtain CME/CEUs?

There are many courses, publications and subscriptions that are not on AACE’s preapproved list that offer continuing education in the coding/reimbursement field.  Many of these courses may be accepted for CMEs/CEUs if they pertain to endocrine-specific coding or general coding pertinent to endocrinology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, pediatrics, or related discipline.  Approval does not need to be granted before submitting them with your complete CME/CEU packet at the time of your renewal.  Submit all of the following information at the time of your renewal for determination of approval.

  1. Seminar/Workshop:  one hour of coding instruction  equals one CME/CEU                                                                 
    1. Name of seminar or workshop with copies of the agenda and course objectives
    2. Name and credentials of speaker or sponsoring organization, as applicable
    3. Number of hours spent in actual coding instruction.  Do not include time for registration, meals or breaks
  1. Webinar/Audio Conferences:  one hour of coding instruction equals one CME/CEU
  1. Name of webinar/audio conference with copies of the agenda and course objectives
  2. Name and credentials of speaker or sponsoring organization, as applicable
  3. Number of hours spent in actual coding instruction.  Do not include time for registration, meals or breaks

The current CEC course and exam may be retaken and serve as the 6 CME/CEU credit hours required for annual recertification.  The course and exam cost will not include the mandatory certification renewal fee of $75.  Contact the Practice Management Department to set up your exam.  All applicants must adhere to all exam pre-registration procedures to be eligible for applicable credits.  Exams must be taken before the renewal date.

Renew AACE-CEC

Our online payment process is automated and secure.  Emailed payments will not be accepted.  Renew AACE-CEC here and please contact the Practice Management Department (904-353-7878) if you experience any problems with renewal process. 

Pay Online (You still must mail in CME/CEUs) 

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