For the CPC®, COC™ (formerly CPC-H®), and CPC-P® exams, you may use Physician Bundle 1, which includes the AMA CPT® Professional, HCPCS Level II, and ICD-9-CM for Physicians, Vol. 1-2 books. You may use professional or standard versions of these books as well, but remember that the expert editions of ICD-9-CM and HCPCS Level II books are the best quality and contain more supporting information for accurate coding. Also, you may use the ICD-9-CM for Hospitals, Vol. 1-3, but the third volume is not necessary for either the CPC®, COC™ (formerly CPC-H®), or CPC-P® exams.
For the CPMA® exam, you may use the three core coding books, audit tools of your choice, and both CMS DGs (1995 and 1997).
For the CIRCC® exam, you may use the CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and anatomical charts to assist in catheter selection (labeled with catheter selectivity).
For the Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™) exam, you may use one reference book of your choice: OIG Compliance Program Guidance for Individual and Small Group Physician Practices, OIG Compliance Program Guidance for Third Party Billing Companies, or OIG Supplemental Hospital Program Guidance. You can find these references on the Office of Inspector General website.
For all of AAPC's specialty exams, you may use the set of three code books that are in Physician Bundle 1 and one reference material of your choice. Most specialty exams also allow the use of an E/M Audit Worksheet of your choice and both CMS Documentation Guidelines (1995 and 1997). For a complete listing of approved manuals specific to your exam, click on your specialty from the list of specialty certifications, and then click on the "Approved References" tab. Although unnecessary for the specialty exams, you may use the ICD-9-CM for Hospitals, Vol. 1-3.
*Only AMA Standard or Professional versions of the CPT® book may be used during any AAPC exam.
**AAPC’s Study Guides, CPT® Assistant, or other CPT® books may not be used during the exam.
View a full list of allowed reference materials for all AAPC exams.