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    Hi...I'm new to this and have a question that I'm hoping someone can answer....I am a CPC-A and have been told that one cannot try for a specialty credential for two years after one takes the first test...is this true? I noticed in the Coding Edge magazine listed under apprentices, some have both the credentials of CPC-A and CPC-H (for example). I'm just wondering if you have to wait that long or wait until the A drops...any help would be very much appreciated! Thank you!

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    AAPC has developed specialty credentials to enable coders to demonstrate superior levels of expertise in their respective specialty disciplines.

    Specialty credentials are stand-alone certifications with no requirement to hold a CPC®, CPC-H® or CPC-P® credential
    Exams aptly measure preparedness for “real world” coding by being operative/patient-note based

    I copied this from the corporate site. They changed the requirements for 2009, it sounds like the info you are getting is related to previous years.

    Good luck,

    Laura, CPC

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