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What year manuals should I get?

Your manuals should match the year you plan to take your AAPC certification exam.  

  • If you’re taking your exam in 2017 use 2017 manuals.  
  • If taking your exam in 2018 use 2018 manuals.  

You are allowed to use whatever year you want but why risk getting a question wrong and failing because of having an outdated manual – our advice don’t do it!

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.

Your manuals should match the year you plan to take your AAPC certification exam.  

  • If you're taking your exam in 2018 use 2018 manuals.  
  • If taking your exam in 2019 use 2019 manuals.  

You are allowed to use whatever year you want but why risk getting a question wrong and failing because of having an outdated manual - our advice don't do it!

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.

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