Tips & Facts: ICD-10-CM Proficiency Assessment
Ready for the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment? If you haven’t registered, time is running out! AAPC members holding the CPC, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CRC, CPMA, or a coding specialty (excluding CIRCC) must demonstrate ICD-10 proficiency to maintain their certification. Learn more about the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment options.
Review the tips and facts below to help you successfully show your proficiency.
ICD-10-CM Proficiency Tips and Facts
- Please do not use Internet Explorer.
- Be sure to read all instructions prior to beginning assessment.
- Please remember that this is an assessment and answers are not to be shared, cheating will be forwarded to the ethics board for review.
- Each timed assessment has 75 questions and pulls randomly from a bank of 450 questions.
- If you accidently exit out of the timed assessment we can not open the same assessment for you, you will need to start over.
- Copying assessment questions via any method is prohibited and any known instances will be forwarded to the ethics board for review.
- Be sure to take the timed assessment where you have solid internet.
- You must complete timed assessment in one session and finish in 3 ½ hours. Most people only require 2 ½.
- Please understand that this is an assessment and we are unable to tell you which questions you missed.
- If the thought of the timed assessment scares you, you can demonstrate proficiency at your own pace via completion of the AAPC online ICD-10-CM general code set training.
- Use of encoders may hinder your results depending on the incorporation of guidelines and code level instructional notes.
- For newly certified members who have received their first credential from AAPC in November or December, we will grant an extension for proficiency until February 29th if needed. Please note that it is important for them to demonstrate proficiency as soon as possible in order to be employable.
- The timed assessment has a pass rate of 98%.
- Most questions missed are due to not reading the guideline or instructional note such as:
- If the type of diabetes is not documented the default is type 2.
- For certain ankle conditions the instructions indicate to code it to foot.
- For burns, look not only at the guidelines but also there is an instructional note in the index you should be familiar with.
- Complications in pregnancy can occur in different trimesters, you code the complication to the trimester in which the complication occurred, not the trimester the patient is currently in, it is possible to have codes for one patient when complications have occurred that show multiple trimesters in the coding process.