Certified Chiropractic Professional Coder (CCPC™) Credential
The Certified Chiropractic Professional Coder exam was developed by a team of leading chiro coding professionals. Those coders with sufficient experience and expertise in chiropractic coding are
encouraged to sit for the CCPC™ exam.
The CCPC™ examinee will be tested on:
- Ability to accurately assess the type and level of Evaluation and Management Service and proper use of modifier 25.
- Ability to read and extract relevant information from treatment plans and daily notations to determine how to appropriately code services performed and supplies provided using CPT and HCPCS, the
patient’s diagnoses using ICD-9, and supplies
- Ability to apply provided medical policy standards in making coding decisions.
- Ability to differentiate modalities and procedures based on descriptions of services provided
- Ability to apply AMA and CMS rules pertaining to time-based services
- Ability to apply provided CMS bundling relationships and ability to determine the appropriate use of modifier 59.
- Ability to differentiate between various types of manipulative procedures under AMA standards
- Ability to code radiologic, neurologic, and musculoskeletal diagnostic procedures
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
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Prepare for Exam
- 150 multiple choice questions (proctored)
- 5 hours and 40 minutes to finish the exam
- 1 free retake to be used within one year of first attempt
- Open code book (manuals)
Reviewed by a Chiropractic Steering Committee:
- Michael Miscoe, JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC – Chair
- Greg Lonscak, DC, CCPC
- Michael Massey, DC, CPC, CCPC
- Denise L. Laudenberger, CPC, CCPC
- Chris Emerman, CPC, CCPC
Specialty exams aptly measure preparedness for “real-world” coding by being operative/patient-note based. In addition to questions regarding the correct application of ICD-9-CM,
CPT®, HCPCS Level II and modifier coding assignments, examinees will also be tested on specialty-specific coding and regulations.
- Must schedule examination four weeks in advance
- Must have current AAPC membership
- While there is no requirement, we strongly recommend that the candidate has at least two years of experience in the specialty. Please be aware that these are difficult, high-level
examinations not meant for individuals with little, limited or no coding experience
Examinees that pass a Specialty certification examination will receive recognition in the Cutting Edge within three months of their examination date and will receive a diploma
suitable for framing.
Approved Manuals for Use During Examination
- CPT® Books (AMA standard or professional edition ONLY). No other publisher is allowed
- Your choice of ICD-9-CM
- Your choice of HCPCS Level II
Highly Recommended References:
- One reference of your choice
Electronic devices with an on/off switch (cell phones, smart phones, tablets, etc.) are not allowed into the examination room. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disqualification
of your exam.
Any officially published errata for these manuals may also be used. No other manuals are allowed. Each code set is updated annually; it is essential that examinees use the
current calendar year's coding manuals when taking the certification exam.
Non-Approved Manuals for Use During Examination
Due to the advantages of additional information and/or ease of use, the following references cannot be used during the exam:
- Current Procedural Coding Expert® - Ingenix
- Procedural Coding Professional - Contexo
- Procedural Coding Professional - AAPC
- Procedural Coding Expert - Contexo
- Procedural Coding Expert - AAPC
- CPT® Insider's View - AMA
- CPT® Plus! - PMIC
- Coders' Choice CPT® - PMIC
- ICD-9-CM Easy Coder - Unicor
Each examination is separate and distinct from one another. To obtain all certifications, each examination must be taken separately and passed. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) submissions are
required for all certifications. For CEU requirements please see our CEU Information page.