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Removal of A (CPC-A)

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    Raleigh North Carolina chapter
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    I am curious about the removal of "A" in the CPC-A program, after completing the 800 questions, does that give you an experience, or you still have to hear from employers that you don't have experience? I just want to make sure before spending my money for nothing.

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    Leonardtown, MD
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    You can go to the certification area of this website and look it up. It will be under the exam information or credentialing area.
    CCS, CPC, AA

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    i feel the same way will employer still say you dont have the experience even though the A is removed

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    Guys I was wondering the same thing. The employer may not consider it as real work experience. I would suggest that you perform a good research on the Removal of the A program before spending your money.

    LaQueshia Shaw, CPC-A

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    I am wondering why anyone would spend money to have their "A" removed from the CPC?? I am confused about that. I just two months ago had the "A" removed and only submitted two letters of recommendation to AAPC (noting how long I had been coding) and a new certificate was sent to me shortly after. Kelsey Benson, CPC

  6. Question RE: CPC-A removal
    The program that AAPC is offering is a great idea. I also have reservations about spending yet more money to pursue this career path. I have read about the program and am not sure whether I would be capable of coding these notes without the help of an experienced coder. Yes, I am able to follow rules and do research - but - because I have not been in "real world" situations, how would I know if I am applying the rules properly. My certification is for physician only - the example op note looked like an in-patient situation. Would I need the hospital/in-patient book bundle?? There are alot of questions that I have concerning this, and I am not sure that this program is completely fleshed out.

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    This is for apprentices who have no real world experience, so they can't get letters of recommendation.

    Not knowing anything about this, I will say: I have been in the medical field for 13 years. I am an auditor, and I don't know all the Medicare guidelines by heart. I rely heavily on outside sources to clarify things. I think that using google, or searching this forum, are perfectly acceptable if you're unsure of a rule or guideline.

    That said, I think everyone concerned would like to be given more information on this!

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    The Virtual Experience is another option for you to remove the apprentice status. This is just another way for members who don't have externship opportunities near them and who haven't been able to find a job due to lack of experience. The 800 cases are challenging and cover many specialties. It's not multiple choice answers, you actually have to dissect the note and enter in the correct codes. This program covers all aspects of coding. This will not only remove your apprentice status but also teach you things you may not have learned in class. These are actual cases that you will see in the field. If purchased this year, you will need the 2010 CPT, ICD-9-CM: Vol 1 & 2, and HCPCS Level II code sets to use throughout the cases.

    It is possible that some employers won't take the lack of hands-on experience even with these notes coded, but it'll put you in a position where you can prove your competency. Upon passing, you'll be able to hand a potential employer the certificate of completion that states your accuracy score as well as a detailed explanation of what the course involves. Of course, you'll be more marketable with the removal of the apprentice status. You have a better chance at getting a job with your apprentice designation removed and completing this program than if you did nothing at all.

    For questions regarding the program, please feel free to email me at

    Hope this helps. Thank you!

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    Charleston, South Carolina
    This might be a good question to pose to some office and/or hiring managers in your local area. Find out what the opinion is from them. As stated in some other posts about lack of experience, do your research.
    Machelle Morningstar, CPC, COC, CEMC, COSC
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

  10. Smile removing CPC-A
    Is there a study guide in taking this test?

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