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    Default Will we have to re-certify for ICD-10??

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    There was recent discussion at a coding seminar and the rumor was that all certifications would become invalid when ICD-10 is implemented. Is there any validity to this rumor or is it just rumor? I cannot imagine everyone having to recertify.

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    Here is the reply from Rhonda with AAPC (it's in the ICD10 forum):

    To ensure employers continue to have confidence in CPC's ability to accurately code the current codesets, once ICD-10 is implemented (thus protecting all 60,000 credential holders), and that those credentials truly represent one’s ability to code under the current code set, AAPC members holding a credential will have two years to pass an open-book, online ICD-10 proficiency test.

    •You will be given two (2) years to take and pass, beginning October 1, 2012 (one year before implementation of ICD-10) and ending September 30, 2014 (one year after implementation)
    •There will be 75 questions
    •It will be open-book, online and un-proctored
    •Coders will have two (2) attempts at passing for the $60 administration fee

    You may take the proficiency exam as many times as needed until September 30th, 2014.
    Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPC-I, CGSC, COBGC, CEPDC, CENTC
    Vice President of Business and Member Development
    American Academy of Professional Coders
    800-626-2633 ext 183
    Fax: 814-217-0447
    Lucinda (Cindy) McGarry, CPC-P
    Applications Specialist
    Avera Health Plans
    Education Office Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter
    Past President Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter

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    Thank you Rhonda. What happens to non-certified coders? Do you think the lack of a certification may impair employment opportunities?

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