AAPC Trademarked Certifications for Medical Coders and Billers

The AAPC offers several trademarked certifications for the medical coding and billing field. These specialty certifications do not require you to get a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification, although each requires continuing education specific to the defined specialty. Thorough knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology is also a must. These certifications are beneficial to those already working in a medical office.

Certification Related Skills and Competencies
Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center Coder (CASCC) Ability to read and assign the correct codes and modifiers to procedures performed in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC); understanding rules for ASC reimbursement, including the multiple procedure discount coding for discontinued procedures
Certified Anesthesia and Pain Management Coder (CANPC) Proficiency in selecting the highest based anesthesia Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code for surgical cases and assigning the appropriate American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) codes; correctly using anesthesia modifiers and determining base units for cases; having a good grasp of procedures performed by physicians specializing in physical medicine, rehab and pain management
Certified Cardiology Coder (CCC) Proficiency in coding surgical procedures, including heart catheterization, coronary interventions, and vascular procedures, that are performed by cardiologists
Certified Chiropractic Professional Coder (CCPC) Proficiency in coding procedures performed by licensed chiropractors
Certified Emergency Department Coder (CEDC) Proficiency in coding surgical procedures performed by emergency department physicians; awareness of evaluation and management guidelines and time-based code protocol
Certified ENT Coder (CENTC) Proficiency in coding ENT (ear, nose, throat) procedures, as well as determining appropriate evaluation and management codes by reading office notes and operative reports (which may document surgical procedures performed by otolaryngologists)
Certified Evaluation and Management Coder (CEMC) Expertise in assigning the correct evaluation and management codes by identifying the level of visit based on the three key components of medical decision making
Certified Family Practice Coder (CFPC) Expertise in determining the correct kind of evaluation and management codes to capture the level of visit; proficiency in coding minor surgical and ancillary procedures that a family practitioner may perform; full understanding of relative value unit (RVU) sequencing
Certified Gastroenterology Coder (CGIC) Proficiency in coding procedures performed by gastroenterologists; determining evaluation and management codes
Certified General Surgery Coder (CGSC) Proficiency in coding surgical procedures performed by general surgeons; knowledgeable in global periods and RVU sequencing
Certified Hematology and Oncology Coder (CHONC) Proficiency in coding surgical and therapeutic procedures performed by hematologists, oncologists, and members of their staff
Certified Internal Medicine Coder (CIMC) Proficiency in determining billable procedures based on physician office notes, including office procedures (injections, vaccinations, and so on) and minor surgical procedures (such as joint injections)
Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder (CIRCCO) Expertise in interventional radiology and cardiovascular coding; proficiency in coding cardio-related items (like diagnostic angiography), cardiac catheterizations, and nonvascular procedures
Certified Obstetrical Gynecology Coder (COBGC) Proficiency in coding obstetric services and surgical procedures normally performed by OB/GYNs
Certified Pediatric Coder (CPEDC) Proficiency in coding office procedures and surgical procedures performed by pediatricians, as well as determining correct evaluation and management codes based on office notes
Certified Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Coder (CPRC) Expertise in coding surgical procedures performed by plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as the ability to identify procedures considered cosmetic
Certified Professional Coder in Dermatology (CPCD) Proficiency in coding surgical procedures (including various types of lesion excisions) performed by dermatologists
Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO) Proficiency in understanding the requirements necessary to develop and implement a compliance protocol for a medical office
Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) Proficiency in coding and documentation guidelines; being able to offer advice to improve a facility’s or practice’s revenue cycle; possessing advanced knowledge of medical documentation, fraud, and abuse as well as a familiarity with penalties for violations based on government regulations
Certified Rheumatology Coder (CRHC) Proficiency with evaluation and management codes and surgical procedures performed by rheumatologists
Certified Urology Coder (CUC) Expertise in coding office and surgical procedures performed by urologists
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