FAQs

 

1. What is the eligibility criterion for ICD-10 Training?
Comprehensive ICD-10 Training is required for Certified Coders (CPC, COC, CIC, CCS, CCA, CCS-P) who have been working in the medical coding industry. A fresher may wish to take this training program as well.



 

2. Does training include ICD-10 material?
Yes, online training package includes softcopies training manuals including detailed Anatomy and Pathophysiology explanation.



 

3. Does package include Certification exam?
Yes, package includes ICD-10 Coder Certification exam too if you wish to pay though our corporate.



 

4. When and where ICD-10 Certification will be exam conducted? What is pattern of the exam?
ICD-10 Certification exam is an unproctored exam. You will have two options to take ICD-10 Exam. Once you complete our Comprehensive ICD-10 Training, you can take ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment Exam on or before December 31, 2015.



 

5. Do I need to buy the ICD-10 Manuals?

Medisoft will provide the ICD-10 Coding Manuals in the form of PDF and softcopies of all other required training materials. For the exam, you need to use books. Medisoft will provide books free of cost for the exam session only. You can also buy ICD-10-CM manual from Medisoft with a 30% discounted price of original price.



 

6. When results will be published?

Results will be published within two to three weeks of the exam. Information about results will not be given over phone; you will receive an email notification about the same. Alternatively you can check your member area in www.aapc.com to see your result.



 

7. How many years the certification would be valid? How to renew?

ICD-10-CM Certification is valid for lifetime. When you successfully pass a certification exam, you’re considered certified. To maintain the certification over subsequent years, you have to study for and take interim assessment tests to earn CEU which is the basic requirement to keep your certification valid.



 

8. What about ICD-10-PCS?
ICD-10-PCS is a code set designed to replace Volume 3 of ICD-9-CM for inpatient procedure reporting. It will be used by hospitals and by payers. ICD-10-PCS is significantly different from Volume 3 and from CPT® codes and will require significant training for users. The system was designed by 3M Health Information Management for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.



 

9. When will ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS be implemented?
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in January of 2009 that ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS will be implemented into the HIPAA mandated code set on October 1, 2015.



 

10. Why should a coder take ICD-10 Anatomy and Pathophysiology training?

Due to the clinical nature of ICD-10-CM, it is recommended that those without a very strong understanding of, or experience in anatomy and/or physiology strongly consider a refresher course. AAPC’s ICD-10 Anatomy and Pathophysiology training covers all body systems in 14 modules and helps coders prepare for the advanced specificity and stronger clinical knowledge requirements of ICD-10.



 

11. What is the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment and is it required?
The ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment is the only step of this roadmap required for all certified AAPC members (excluding CIRCC, CPPM, and CPCO). You should prepare yourself as you would for other exams or assessments. To ensure employers continue to have confidence in a certified coder’s ability to accurately code the current code sets, AAPC certified members will have two years to pass an open-book, online, unproctored assessment.
It will measure your understanding of ICD-10-CM format and structure, groupings and categories of codes, ICD-10-CM official guidelines, and coding concepts.