Q & A about AAPC certification exam

Q&A on the exams at aapc In-Person CPC Exam FAQs How long does the CPC exam take? You will be given 4 hours to complete the exam and will be notified when 30 minutes of test time is remaining. If you finish your exam early, you may leave. What type of questions will be on the CPC exam? The CPC examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and tests your knowledge of a broad range of coding-related topics. Questions based on the CPT® code book include: 10,000 Series CPT®: Surgical procedures performed on the integumentary system (6 questions) 20,000 Series CPT®: Surgical procedures performed on the musculoskeletal system (6 questions) 30,000 Series CPT®: Surgical procedures performed on the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, hemic and lymphatic systems, and the mediastinum and diaphragm (6 questions) 40,000 Series CPT®: Surgical procedures performed on the digestive system (6 questions) 50,000 Series CPT®: Surgical procedures performed on the urinary system, male and female reproductive systems (including maternity and delivery), and endocrine system (6 questions) 60,000 Series CPT®: Surgical procedures performed on the nervous system (6 questions) E/M services (10 questions) Anesthesia, including time reporting and qualifying circumstances Radiology (6 questions) Laboratory and pathology (6 questions) Medicine (6 questions) The exam also covers relevant coding topics beyond the CPT® code book, including: Medical terminology (4 questions) Anatomy (4 questions) ICD-10-CM code application, and the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (5 questions) HCPCS Level II, including modifiers (3 questions) Coding guidelines, including modifier use (7 questions) Compliance and regulatory — Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D; place of service (POS) codes; National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits; HIPAA, and other regulations (3 questions). The CPC exam will test your ability to pull everything together in medical cases requiring you to accurately code from clinical record documentation. Ten cases involving CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and/or HCPCS Level II will cover 10000 series, 20000 series, 30000 series, 40000 series, 50000 series, 60000 series, medicine, anesthesia, radiology, pathology and laboratory, and evaluation and management services. Medical terminology, anatomy, compliance, and regulatory information may also be tested in the cases. What code books do I need for my CPC certification exam? 1.AMA CPT® Professional Edition. No other publisher is allowed for your CPT® code book.2.Your choice of ICD-10-CM code book. You may also bring a printed copy of the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines. Highlighting, underlining and brief notations needed for day-to-day coding is permitted on the printed side of the page. Long passages of information are not permitted on the blank pages of the printout. 3.Your choice of HCPCS Level II code book. What year's code books should I use during my certification exam? Because certification exams are based on the current calendar year's code sets, it’s essential for coders to reference the current year’s code books to ensure optimal performance. We strongly suggest using the current year's books. You may use the previous calendar year’s books during your certification exam, but doing so would put you at a disadvantage. Can I bring my cell phone to the exam? Electronic devices with an on/off switch (smart phones, smart watches, tablets, Fitbits, etc.) are not permitted in the examination room. Failure to comply with this policy will result in disqualification of your exam. Do not bring them as there is no place to stow them. For a c