At the American Academy of Professional Coders conference in Las Vegas, a wave of ICD-10 info (and emotion) washed over the conference attendees. Reed Pew, the AAPC CEO and president, made one announcement during his conference address on April 6 that caught the attention of many.
The AAPC will require all those with a certified professional coder (CPC) credential to take an ICD-10 proficiency exam to keep their certification. Even though this was met with a number of groans from the crowd, the AAPC is quick to stress the facts about the test:
- The test will be open book
- The test will be online
- It will consist of 75 questions
- It will cost about $60
- Coders will have two years to take the test, starting October 1, 2012
“We want to make sure we’re the best in the industry,” said Deb Grider, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPC-P, CEMC, COBGC, CCS-P, president of Deborah Grider and Associates in Indianapolis, IN, and the former president of the American Academy of Professional Coders National Advisory Board.
What is your reaction? Do you think this proficiency exam will help to ensure your coding department is prepared for the transition to ICD-10? Let us know what you think!