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What manuals does CCO recommend to take the CPC?

CCO recommends using the current year manuals.

Approved Manuals for Use During Examination

What year’s books should I use?

Since the code sets for each coding book are updated every year, it’s essential for coders to have the current year’s books 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 that 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.

What is allowed in our books?

Handwritten notes are acceptable in the coding books only if they pertain to daily coding activities. Questions from the Study Guides, Practice Exams or the Exam itself are prohibited. Tabs may be inserted, taped, pasted, glued, or stapled in the manuals, for as long as the obvious intent of the tab is to earmark a page with words or numbers, not supplement information in the book.

No materials (other than tab dividers) may be inserted, taped, pasted, glued, or stapled in the manuals.

What are the preferred manuals by the CCO Instructors?

The CCO instructors all have their favorites – there is no one set of ICD or HCPCS we recommend. We do recommend the professional version of CPC. Our favorites are listed here in the CCO Store.

CCO recommends using the current year manuals.

Approved Manuals for Use During Examination

What year’s books should I use?

Since the code sets for each coding book are updated every year, it’s essential for coders to have the current year’s books 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 that 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.

What is allowed in our books?

Handwritten notes are acceptable in the coding books only if they pertain to daily coding activities. Questions from the Study Guides, Practice Exams or the Exam itself are prohibited. Tabs may be inserted, taped, pasted, glued, or stapled in the manuals, for as long as the obvious intent of the tab is to earmark a page with words or numbers, not supplement information in the book.

No materials (other than tab dividers) may be inserted, taped, pasted, glued, or stapled in the manuals.

What are the preferred manuals by the CCO Instructors?

The CCO instructors all have their favorites - there is no one set of ICD or HCPCS we recommend. We do recommend the professional version of CPC. Our favorites are listed here in the CCO Store.

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