Learn What to Study for the AAPC CPC Examination
Medical coders “translate” physician notes into recognized medical and billing codes, such as the ICD-10, which includes codes for all common and uncommon diseases and medical conditions. Medical coders are not expected to memorize the codes, but must understand how they apply to billing practices.
Structure of the AAPC CPC Examination
The AAPC CPC (American Academy of Professional Coders Certified Professional Coder) exam has 150 multiple-choice questions and requires test takers to bring copies of the ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS manuals. The exam is divided into 17 content areas, each with eight to ten questions.
Content Area 1: 10,000 Series CPT
The exam covers surgical procedures performed on the integumentary system, which is an organ that protects the body from damage and includes skin, nails, and hair. You should be familiar with the system’s function, parts, and relationship to disease.
Content Area 2: 20,000 Series CPT
Prepare to answer questions about surgical procedures involving the musculoskeletal system, which includes parts of the system in the head, neck, back, spine, abdomen, shoulder, arm, hand, fingers, pelvis, hip, leg, foot, and toes.
Content Area 3: 30,000 Series CPT
There will be ten questions about the patient’s general health and well-being, as well as questions about surgical procedures performed on the respiratory system (e.g., nose, larynx, and lungs), cardiovascular system, hemic and lymphatic systems, and mediastinum and diaphragm.
Content Area 5: 50,000 Series CPT
The following are some of the questions to ask about surgical procedures on the male and female reproductive systems: Male reproductive system (e.g., penis, testis, scrotum, and spermatic cord). Female reproductive system – vulva, vagina, and uterus. Maternity and delivery.
Content Area 7: Evaluation and Management
Test your knowledge of the following topics: Emergency Department Critical Care Nursing Facility Domiciliary and Rest Homes. Case Management Care Plan Oversight Preventive Medicine. Non-Face-to-Face Services Special.
Content Area 8: Anesthesia
Prepare to answer questions about reporting, qualifying circumstances, and anesthesia for surgical, diagnostic, and obstetric services. Anesthesia is one of the most expensive aspects of medicine, and the American Association of Pain Control Clinicians (AAPC CPC) website has a separate content area dedicated to it.
Content Area 9: Radiology
The audience of BBC News NI is invited to participate in a Q&A session.
Content Area 10: Laboratory Pathology
In the Organ and Disease Panels section of the Anatomy and Physiology exam, be prepared to answer questions about drug testing and lab pathology.
Content Area 11: Medicine
The test will also include ten questions on medical topics related to any of the following knowledge areas: Pulmonary Allergy and Immunology.
Content Area 12: Medical Terminology
Prepare to answer questions about the circulatory system, skeletal system, and other parts of the human body as part of your preparation for becoming a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in England (RCSE). Expect eight questions on medical terminology relating to systems of the human body, some of which are quite technical.
Content Area 16: Coding Guidelines
How well-versed are you in the ICD-10 and CPT coding standards and notes?
Content Area 17: Compliance and Regulatory
The AAPC CPC exam assesses your knowledge of services covered by Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D, as well as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and NCCI (National Correct Coding Initiative) Edits. The more you know without having to consult a book, the better.
What books do I need to take the CPC exam?
The CPC exam, unlike many other certification exams, is an open book exam, with test takers required to bring copies of the ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS manuals to the exam.
What do I need to bring to AAPC CPC exam?
Confirm what exam materials are permitted during the examination and gather these items several days ahead of time (Photo ID, Member ID, plenty of #2 pencils, and an eraser, as well as the appropriate coding manuals). Most examinees have discovered that a good night’s sleep improves their performance.
Can you write in your CPT book for CPC exam?
Prior to the test, go over your CPT book and highlight the necessary information / guidelines with a different color highlighter so that when you take the test, the highlighted notes will stand out and jog your memory. If you’re using AMA’s Professional Edition CPT Book, you can also highlight the Coding Tip.
What books do medical coders use?
There are three books that every medical coding student should read.
- The CPT AMA Professional will teach you the ins and outs of medical coding and billing procedures and services.
- ICD-10-CM. This book will assist you in choosing diagnosis codes and is fully colored.
- HCPCS Level II.
How much does CPC exam cost?
To take the CPC exam, you must be a member of AAPC, which costs $399 for the exam and $170 for membership.
Can I take CPC exam online?
On the day of each exam session, you will connect with your proctor through Examity (accessible through Blackboard) to complete the authentication and take your exam. Online testing is the best option for 2021 testing.
Is the CPMA exam hard?
I took the test in June and passed it, but it was extremely difficult. I also took the NAMAS two-day auditing course, which was extremely beneficial; we were given an Auditing Curriculum book, which I read several times, as well as the CPC and ICD9 guidelines.
Who is eligible for CPC exam?
Candidates with a graduate/postgraduate degree/diploma in pharmacy, healthcare, medicine, dentistry, biology, zoology, chemistry, microbiology, or even biochemistry are eligible to apply.
How do I prepare for the CPC exam?
Use the AAPC’s resources to prepare for the exam, such as CPC-specific study guides, which are written by the same people who created the certification examinations.
Can you bring a medical dictionary to the CPC exam?
There were no dictionaries allowed on the CPC exam; only the ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS texts were allowed.
Do you have to buy new medical coding books every year?
Yes, new code books are required for every year that there are code changes; however, since there have been no ICD revisions since 10/01/2011, there has been no need for new ICD books beyond the 2012 version; this will change this year, with approximately 2000 new codes becoming effective on 10/01/2016.
How long should you keep coding books?
Some members said they recycle last year’s books, but the majority said they keep them for two or three years and then recycle them, donate them to local libraries, hospitals, colleges, or medical schools, or use them as packing paper for stored boxes or shipping gifts.
What are the basics of medical coding?
Medical coding is the process of extracting billable information from medical records and clinical documentation, and medical billing is the process of using those codes to create insurance claims and bills for patients. Creating claims is where medical billing and coding come together to form the healthcare revenue cycle’s backbone.