Still Time to Demonstrate Your I-10 Proficiency

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Still Time to Demonstrate Your I-10 Proficiency

To ensure employers’ continued confidence in credential holders’ abilities to accurately code for current code sets, and to reinforce the high standards set by our certifications, AAPC members holding CPC®, COC™, CPC-P®, CPC-I®, CRC®, a coding specialty (excluding CIRCC®), or CPMA® must demonstrate proficiency in ICD-10-CM.
Demonstration of proficiency can be made in one of two ways, depending on your comfort level, learning style, and familiarity with diagnostic coding
Due to the varying nature of continuing education and audience participation, certified members may not show ICD-10-CM proficiency via CEU submissions. ICD-10 certifications from other organizations are not acceptable for demonstrating proficiency.
Timed Assessment – This is an online, 3.5 hour assessment of 75 multiple choice questions. An 80 percent or better passing rate assures demonstration of proficiency. Members have two attempts to pass and the assessment is open-book and not proctored. No CEUs are given for completion.
Cost is a $60 administration fee for two attempts.
At Your Own Pace – This is an online, 16-hour assessment course that includes training about ICD-10-CM format and structure, groups, categories, guidelines, and coding concepts. Successful completion of 150 questions while taking the course assures demonstration of proficiency. Assessment questions are open-book and untimed. Members may earn 16 CEUs.
Cost is $395 for the course and assessment.
Scholarship Opportunities for Assessment
The AAPC Chapter Association (AAPCCA) offers a Hardship Scholarship fund, part of which has been designated for members whose situation requires help to maintain professional credentialing. The scholarship committee is composed of former AAPCCA board members and ICD-10 applications are reviewed several times a week. Information in easy-to-understand FAQs is available here.


Rhonda Buckholtz

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Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CDEO, CMPE, CHC, COPC, AAPC Approved Instructor, is owner of Coding and Reimbursement Experts. She spends her time helping physician practices achieve operational excellence, compliance, education, and Lean Six Sigma through her consulting. Buckholtz has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management, compliance, and reimbursement/coding sectors. She was responsible for all ICD-10 training and curriculum at AAPC during the transition from ICD-9. Buckholtz has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and she has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC and others. She is past co-chair for the WEDI ICD-10 Implementation Workgroup, Advanced Payment Models Workgroup, and she provided testimony for ICD-10 and standardization of data for National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Buckholtz is on AAPC’s National Advisory Board.

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  1. Connie L. Anderson says:

    Need to know exact site I go to to take the proficiency exam

  2. Andrea otano says:

    I would like to apply for the hardship scholarship fund. Please email me at otanoandrea@yahoo. Com