About AAPC

AAPC was founded in 1988 in an effort to elevate the standards of medical coding by providing certification, ongoing education, networking, and recognition. Currently, AAPC has a membership base of more than 110,000 worldwide, of which more than 80,000 are certified.

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 Get Certified Through AAPC

Within the Medicare Modernization Act, CMS recommends physician offices and other health care facilities employ certified coders. AAPC currently provides certification exams for physician office coders, outpatient facility coders, and auditors working in a payer environment. AAPC currently has more than 80,000 certified coder members – all helping physicians get paid.

AAPC CPC® Exam Schedule

These dates and locations may have changed. For the most up to date information, please visit AAPC’s website.You will need to fill out AAPC’s Exam application before signing up for the exam. To fill out the application, please go to http://static.aapc.com/ppdf/Exm-Application-WE6.pdf

The application must be filled out & given to AAPC four weeks in advance of your test date.

What is CPC® Certification

A Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) is an individual of high professional integrity who has passed a coding certification examination consisting of questions regarding the correct application of CPT®, HCPCS procedure and supply codes and ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes. These codes are used for billing professional medical services to insurance companies. A CPC® must have two years coding experience, maintain a yearly membership, and submit Continuing Education Units (CEUs) every two years.

Why Become Certified?

CPC® means you’ve passed a rigorous coding examination. You’ve proven you have an understanding of codes, modifiers and guidelines for their use. CPC® means you’ve got training and you’ve kept up with your changing profession through continuing education programs. CPC means you’ve agreed to a stringent code of ethical conduct.

CPC® means you have embraced your work not as a “job”, but as a profession, and that you care about the success of your team and the patients you serve.

That’s what CPC® means to you. Let’s talk for a minute about what the credential means to others in your workplace. Credentials from AAPC represent a recognized standard to employers seeking ethical, accurate and experienced coders. Office managers and physicians will specify, “We’re looking for a CPC®” because the credential is synonymous with quality. Most employers, whether providers or payers, know the value of AAPC credentials. CPC® has become the “gold standard” for physician coders and outpatient facility coders.

  • Certified coders can reduce denial rates.
  • Certified coders can increase charge captures.
  • Certification shows a commitment to your career.
  • Certification validates your abilities in the job market.
  • Certified coders are evidence a practice desires to stay in compliance.
  • Certification requires continuing education, which keeps you on your toes.

Who Should Become Certified

Within the Medicare Modernization Act, CMS recommends physician offices and other health care facilities employ certified coders. AAPC currently provides certification exams for physician office coders, outpatient facility coders, and auditors working in a payer environment. AAPC currently has more than 80,000 certified coder members – all helping physicians get paid.

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