Certified Anesthesia and Pain Management Coder (CANPC)The Certified Anesthesia and Pain Management Coder credential (CANPC) is offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). This credential focuses mainly on an individual's ability to read and understand operative notes and select the proper ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS codes for procedures and diagnosis in addition to ancillary and ASA codes.
The CEDC examination is a 150 question, five hour and forty minute exam. This exam focuses on how to select the appropriate CPT codes for surgical cases and cross walk them to the appropriate ASA code, the examinees knowledge of common anesthesia modifiers, the examinees ability to determine both time units and total units for anesthesia, Medicare rules and regulations including incident to, teaching situations, shared visits, consultations, and global surgery. Examinees will also be tested on both 1995 and 1997 E/M guidelines, NCCI edits, basic ICD-9-CM, CPT, and modifier selections, medical terminology, and anatomy and physiology.
Individuals who wish to obtain the CEDC are encouraged to have prior education and experience, but it is not required. It is also suggested that examinees purchase and complete the AAPC's CANPC study guide and practice exam.
Although the CANPC credential is not one of the top two coding credentials sought after it is a great compliment to existing credentials. Individuals holding dual credentials (Ex. CPC and CANCPC) have marked themselves as experts in two areas and gain a competitive edge over individuals holding single credentials.
CEUsThe CANPC credential requires individuals to earn CEUs in order to maintain them.
The AAPC requires CEUs based on the number of credentials held by them.
For example: 1 credential requires 36 CEUs every 2 years and 2 credentials require 48 CEUs every 2 years.
For more information please see our CEU page.
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