AAPC Trademarked Certifications for Medical Coders and Billers - dummies

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
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
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
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
Expertise in interventional radiology and cardiovascular
coding; proficiency in coding cardio-related items (like diagnostic
angiography), cardiac catheterizations, and nonvascular
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
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