Book FAQ

If you’re testing for the AAPC exam, you will need the AMA CPT Version during testing. They will not allow any other vendor.

Regarding ICD and HCPCS, the AAPC allows any vendor manual during testing.

If you’re sitting and testing after Jan 1st, 2020, you’ll need 2020 manuals since the exam starts using 2020 content on Jan 1st. Here is the policy direct from the AAPC website:

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 clearly 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, so we strongly suggest you use the current year’s books. The previous calendar year’s books may be used on an exam, but you would be at obvious disadvantage doing so. The upcoming year’s books are not allowed for exam use. The exams are updated every January for the new code sets. Examinees using their second attempt in the next calendar year will not be permitted to take the previous year’s exam.

It doesn’t really matter. We will still be using the same vendor and book title next year so that will not change. Plus, the core content for all our courses barely change from one year to the next. If there are substantial changes, we will address them as Addendums or re-record chapter lessons if necessary in accordance with our Yearly Update Policy.

No. If you’re learning with the current year’s version, you can simply complete your studies with that same version. When next year’s book comes out, you are not required to purchase the new version. Remember, the content is not changing much each year and if there are changes, we’ll add the necessary Addendum to help you stay updated.

Bottom line: Don’t stress the new textbook versions for courses. We feel it’s much more important to get started with studies than worrying about yearly textbook changes.

ICD changes yearly on Oct 1st and new ICD-10 manuals are available 1-2 months ahead of that date.

CPT & HCPCS don’t change until Jan 1st, so you will start seeing those being advertised around mid-October and November each year.

Required Books for Courses

(FBC) Facility Based Medical Coding Course

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(MTA) Medical Terminology and Anatomy Course

(PATHO) Pathophysiology Course

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(PBB) Physician Based Medical Billing Course

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(PBC) Physician Based Medical Coding Course

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(PCO) Professional Compliance Officer Course

(PHARM) Pharmacology Course

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Required Books for Review Blitzes

(RAC) Risk Adjustment Coding Course

ICD-10-PCS Review Blitz

Inpatient Coding Review Blitz

Medical Auditing Review Blitz

Outpatient Coding Review Blitz

Risk Adjustment Review Blitz