All AAPC certified coders are required to pass the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment sometime between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2015 to maintain their credential(s) and validate their knowledge of the ICD-10-CM code set. After completing ICD-10 General Code Set Training, coders are encouraged to utilize this ICD-10 Online Practice Proficiency Assessment to gain practical experience and tips for passing the assessment.
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.
Required for AAPC certified coders (excluding CIRCC, CPPM, and CPCO), recommended for all other coders