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What year's code books should I use during my certification exam?

Since the code sets for each coding book are updated every year, it’s essential for coders to have the current year’s books/manuals to ensure accurate performance. Reporting wrong codes can lead to denied claim submissions and substantial penalization. It’s very important to get an education on the annual code set updates and to obtain new code books every year.

  • All AAPC exams are based on the current calendar year’s code sets. It is strongly suggested you use the current year’s books.

  • AAPC exams are updated every January for the new code sets.

  • You may choose to utilize books from the preceding year, the current year, or a combination or both; however, only one copy of each book is allowed.

  • Books older than one year are are NOT allowed for exam use.

  • Upcoming year’s books are NOT allowed for exam use.

  • Examinees using their second attempt in the next calendar year, will not be permitted to take the previous year's exam.

  • Please review the allowed reference materials for a full list that applies to your certification exam.

Note: Please make sure you are now using ICD-10 CM or ICD-10 PCS when needed.

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