CPC Practice Exam

Certified Professional Coder Hospital (CPC-H)

certifiedprofessional coderhospital The Certified Professional Coder Hospital (CPC-H) credential is offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). This credential focuses mainly on an individual's knowledge of outpatient facility coding. This includes coding for things like outpatient procedures, emergency medicine, and observation services.

The CPC-H examination is a 150 question, five hour and forty minute exam. This exam covers CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM volumes I & II with the greatest emphasis on correct ICD-9 coding, sequencing, and linkage.

Individuals who wish to obtain the CPC-H are encouraged to have prior education and must have a minimum of two years of outpatient coding experience. Those without prior experience may still sit for the examination and upon passing will be awarded the Certified Professional Coder Hospital Apprentice (CPC-H-A) credential. This credential is similar to the CPC-A credential regarding the rules of apprenticeship and the removal of the "A" once experience is obtained.

There is also another option for those who wish to obtain the CPC credential, but do not have experience. For a fee of $200 individuals may code 800 actual operative notes. If these notes are coded with a 90% accuracy (within three attempts) the CPC credential will be awarded without the apprentice status.

Although the CPC-H 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 CPC-H) have marked themselves as experts in two areas and gain a competitive edge over individuals holding single credentials. This credential is also a wonderful tool for career advancement in facility administration.

CPC-H Exam

The CPC-H exam tests individuals over several areas in each medical coding book.

Emphasis for this exam is placed on the ICD-9-CM.

Knowing how to propperly select codes and sequence them and having a full understanding of ICD-9-CM guidlines are stongly encouraged.


Once you obtain your CPC-H credential it must be maintained in order to avoid re-taking the exam.

Maintenence includes a current annual membership through the AAPC and earning 18 continuing education units each year.

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