Alicia: Q: For those that are already certified, isn’t there I10 proficiency exam that needs to taken before 2015?

A: Yes, and I have already taken it, and it is not as bad as everybody was thinking. It’s 75 questions and you get like two hours or something. I can’t remember how long you get. I got it done ahead of time and don’t think it’s because I’m particularly smart. It is true I do love diagnosis coding; in fact, it was one of the highest scores I’ve ever gotten on an exam for coding, but it’s not bad. It’s just paying attention to the detail. You look them up just like you do ICD-9, just pay attention to the laterality and know that it’s much more specific, you won’t have any problems. Now, just so you know they are offering new way for the AAPC, there are people who are scared of that proficiency exam so they want to know if they can get, take a special class and do it a little bit differently. And to me, it sounds like not a very good deal, but you have to pay for the class, and it has to be through the AAPC.

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Instead of a 75-question exam, you have a 150-question exam and then you can take a long time to actually get it done. It’s not timed. But, I would just as soon, just take the75-question exam. You can take it again if you don’t pass it, and you can take it again if you don’t pass it. Its open book, you got your computer in front of you, anything you want. You can have a medical dictionary; you can have whatever you need. Do it, get it over with, it’s not hard; it really isn’t hard, guys.

Q: What is the best way to prepare for ICD-10; can you get a coding manual for ICD-10 yet?

A: Yes, you can. I think it’s $84, you get a draft of the AAPC. Nobody has one as cheap as the AAPC offers.

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Alicia has been working in the medical field for over 20 years. She first learned about medical coding while working in a medical records department at a resort town hospital near where she was raised. Through the years she has held several jobs in the medical field from, CNA, EMT, Pharmacy technician and Medial Records Abstractor and Analyst. Outside of the medical field she has worked as a Real Estate agent, and owned her own on-line retail business. The medical field has always been where she felt the most comfortable. Alicia has taught medical coding, billing and medical law and ethics at a private college. She also did contract work in HCC Risk Adjustment and discovered she really enjoyed ICD work. Because she loves to learn Alicia is working towards her Masters in Health Care Administration with an emphasis on education. Having taken many online classes through the years to complete her degree she feels very comfortable with both face to face and on-line learning. Alicia will tell you that not only does she love medical coding but she has a passion for teaching it. Alicia lives in the middle of Texas with her husband who is a Pastor, five of her six children, three dogs and two cats.


  1. Susan Ward January 20, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Are there PCS questions on the exam also?

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