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 

  1. Please do not use Internet Explorer.
  2. Be sure to read all instructions prior to beginning assessment.
  3. Please remember that this is an assessment and answers are not to be shared, cheating will be forwarded to the ethics board for review.
  4. Each timed assessment has 75 questions and pulls randomly from a bank of 450 questions.
  5. If you accidently exit out of the timed assessment we can not open the same assessment for you, you will need to start over.
  6. Copying assessment questions via any method is prohibited and any known instances will be forwarded to the ethics board for review.
  7. Be sure to take the timed assessment where you have solid internet.
  8. You must complete timed assessment in one session and finish in 3 ½ hours. Most people only require 2 ½.
  9. Please understand that this is an assessment and we are unable to tell you which questions you missed.
  10. 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.
  11. Use of encoders may hinder your results depending on the incorporation of guidelines and code level instructional notes.
  12. 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.
  13. The timed assessment has a pass rate of 98%.
  14. Most questions missed are due to not reading the guideline or instructional note such as:
    1. If the type of diabetes is not documented the default is type 2.
    2. For certain ankle conditions the instructions indicate to code it to foot.
    3. For burns, look not only at the guidelines but also there is an instructional note in the index you should be familiar with.
    4. 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.

Learn more about the ICD-10 Proficiency Requirement. 

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Alex McKinley

Alex McKinley

Alex McKinley is AAPC’s senior marketing communications manager. Prior to his work at AAPC he worked in the tax and accounting industry. He received his bachelor's degree in Mass Communications (Public Relations Emphasis) from the University of Utah.
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Alex McKinley is AAPC’s senior marketing communications manager. Prior to his work at AAPC he worked in the tax and accounting industry. He received his bachelor's degree in Mass Communications (Public Relations Emphasis) from the University of Utah.

13 Responses to “Tips & Facts: ICD-10-CM Proficiency Assessment”

  1. Suzanne Tolbert says:

    Under the tips and facts regarding the proficiency assessment it says that the pass rate is 98%, but when you click into the actual part to order the ICD-10 test it says the pass rate is 80% Which is correct?

  2. Misty says:

    You comment on complications of pregnancy codes concern me:
    ◦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

    This is not what the ICD-10 book says.

    ICD-10 book states:
    Assignment of the final character for trimester should be based on the provider’s documentation of the trimester (or number of weeks) for the current admission/encounter.

    You would only use what you stated in the case of a hospital admission.

  3. Jennifer Schneider-Lueken says:

    it is possible to have codes for one patient when complications have occurred that show multiple trimesters in the coding process.

    What you are stating, is it that a patient may have different complications or the same complication during each trimester and to code for each complication for that particular trimester?

  4. Sandy Simpler says:

    Instructions state not to use Internet Explorer. Why? Is Mozilla ok?

  5. Jenna Miller says:

    I purchased the 295.00 product in lieu of taking the timed examination. But unfortunately I must have missed where it needed to be done by sept 2015. So does this mean I have to take the $60 exam? Or the completion of the 295.00 course is fine in the event I complete before 01-01-2016?

    Please advise
    Thank
    Jenna Miller

  6. Brad Ericson says:

    You’re good until December 31, 2015

  7. Brad Ericson says:

    Mozilla is perfect. Internet Explorer, for some reason doesn’t handle these sort of educational applications very well.

  8. shelly says:

    Can i use the ICD 10 CM 2015 draft to complete the proficiency assessment?
    Thanks

  9. Verna says:

    All I have at work is Internet Explorer. Is it possible to take the test using it?

  10. tiffany says:

    The results are given right away after you complete the test right?

  11. Patty Woodruff says:

    I have taken and passed the self-paced assessment. Can you please breakdown the 16 ceu’s by how many will go toward core vs. specialty certification? Thank you.

  12. Annette White says:

    My daughter is in the hospital and unable to take the test is there anyway to get an extension due to medical reasons?

  13. Medora says:

    Will the AAPC allow any extensions to the 12/31/2015 deadline for extenuating circumstances?

    Thank you.

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