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AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam

Certification Provider: AAPC
Exam Name: Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam
Number of questions in our database: 100
Exam Version: Nov. 25, 2023
Exam Official Topics:
  • Topic 1: Identify the information in appendices of the CPT? code book/ List the major features of HCPCS Level II codes Provide practical application of coding operative reports and evaluation and management services/ Understand and apply the official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines
  • Topic 2: Code a wide variety of patient services using CPT?, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes/ Explain the determination of the levels of E/M services
  • Topic 3: Apply coding conventions when assigning diagnoses and procedure codes/ Identify the purpose of the CPT?, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code books

Free AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam Exam Actual Questions

The questions for Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam were last updated On Nov. 25, 2023

Question #1

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MR 005398

Operative Report

Preoperative Diagnosis: Nonfunctioning right kidney with ureteral stricture.

Postoperative Diagnosis: Nonfunctioning right kidney with ureteral stricture.

Procedure: Right nephrectomy with partial ureterectomy.

Findings and Procedure: Under satisfactory general anesthesia, the patient was placed in the right flank position. Right flank and abdomen were prepared and draped out of the sterile field. Skin incision was made between the 11th and 12th ribs laterally. The incision was carried down through the underlying subcutaneous tissues, muscles, and fascia. The right retroperitoneal space was entered. Using blunt and sharp dissection, the right kidney was freed circumferentially. The right artery, vein, and ureter were identified. The ureter was dissected downward where it is completely obstructed in its distal extent. The ureter was clipped and divided distally. The right renal artery was then isolated and divided between 0 silk suture ligatures. The right renal vein was also ligated with suture ligatures and 0 silk ties. The right kidney and ureter were then submitted for pathologic evaluation. The operative field was inspected, and there was no residual bleeding noted, and then it was carefully irrigated with sterile water. Wound closure was then undertaken using 0 Vicryl for the fascial layers, 0 Vicryl for the muscular layers, 2-0 chromic for subcutaneous tissue, and clips for the skin. A Penrose drain was brought out through the dependent aspect of the incision. The patient lost minimal blood and tolerated the procedure well.

What CPT coding is reported for this case?

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Correct Answer: B

Question #2

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MR 099401

Established Patient Office Visit

Chief Complaint: Patient presents with bilateral thyroid nodules.

History of present illness: A 54-year-old patient is here for evaluation of bilateral thyroid nodules. Thyroid ultrasound was done last week which showed multiple thyroid masses likely due to multinodular goiter. Patient stated that she can ''feel" the nodules on the left side of her thyroid. Patient denies difficulty swallowing and she denies unexplained weight loss or gain. Patient does have a family history of thyroid cancer in her maternal grandmother. She gives no other problems at this time other than a palpable right-sided thyroid mass.

Review of Systems:

Constitutional: Negative for chills, fever, and unexpected weight change.

HENT: Negative for hearing loss, trouble swallowing and voice change.

Gastrointestinal: Negative for abdominal distention, abdominal pain, anal bleeding, blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, rectal pain, and vomiting

Endocrine: Negative for cold Intolerance and heat intolerance.

Physical Exam:

Vitals: BP: 140/72, Pulse: 96, Resp: 16, Temp: 97.6 F (36.4 C), Temporal SpO2: 97%

Weight: 89.8 kg (198 lbs ), Height: 165.1 cm (65'')

General Appearance: Alert, cooperative, in no acute distress

Head: Normocephalic, without obvious abnormality, atraumatic

Throat: No oral lesions, no thrush, oral mucosa moist

Neck: No adenopathy, supple, trachea midline, thyromegaly is present, no carotid bruit, no JVD

Lungs: Clear to auscultation, respirations regular, even, and unlabored

Heart: Regular rhythm and normal rate, normal S1 and S2, no murmur, no gallop, no rub, no click

Lymph nodes: No palpable adenopathy


1) Multinodular goiter - the patient will have a percutaneous biopsy performed (minor procedure).

What E/M code is reported for this encounter?

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Correct Answer: A

Question #3

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MR 099405

CC: Shortness of breath

HPI: 16-year-old female comes into the ED for shortness of breath for the last two days. She is an asthmatic.

Current medications being used to treat symptoms is Advair, which is not working and breathing is getting worse. Does not feel that Advair has been helping. Patient tried Albuterol for persistent coughing, is not helping. Coughing 10-15 minutes at a time. Patient has used the Albuterol 3x in the last 16 hrs. ED physician admits her to observation status.

ROS: No fever, no headache. No purulent discharge from the eyes. No earache. No nasal discharge or sore throat. No swollen glands in the neck. No palpitations. Dyspnea and cough. Some chest pain. No nausea or vomiting. No abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation.

PMH: Asthma

SH: Lives with both parents.

FH: Family hx of asthma, paternal side

ALLERGIES: PCN-200 CAPS. Allergies have been reviewed with child's family and no changes reported.

PE: General appearance: normal, alert. Talks in sentences. Pink lips and cheeks. Oriented. Well developed. Well nourished. Well hydrated.

Eyes: normal. External eye: no hyperemia of the conjunctiva. No discharge from the conjunctiva

Ears: general/bilateral. TM: normal. Nose: rhinorrhea. Pharynx/Oropharynx: normal. Neck: normal.

Lymph nodes: normal.

Lungs: before Albuterol neb, mode air entry b/l. No rales, rhonchi or wheezes. After Albuterol neb. improvement of air entry b/l. Respiratory movements were normal. No intercostals inspiratory retraction was observed.

Cardiovascular system: normal. Heart rate and rhythm normal. Heart sounds normal. No murmurs were heard.

GI: abdomen normal with no tenderness or masses. Normal bowel sounds. No hepatosplenomegaly

Skin: normal warm and dry. Pink well perfused

Musculoskeletal system patient indicates lower to mid back pain when she lies down on her back and when she rolls over. No CVA tenderness.

Assessment: Asthma, acute exacerbation

Plan: Will keep her in observation overnight. Will administer oral steroids and breathing treatment. CXR ordered and to be taken in the morning.

What E/M code is reported?

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Correct Answer: B

Question #4

Dr. Burns sees newborn baby James at the birthing center on the same day after the cesarean delivery. Dr. Burns examined baby James, the maternal and newborn history, ordered appropriate blood test tests and hearing screening. He met with the family at the end of the exam.

How would Dr. Bums report his services?

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Correct Answer: B

Question #5

A patient presents to the labor and delivery department for a planned cesarean section for triplets. She is at 37 weeks gestation. She is given a continuous epidural for the delivery.

What anesthesia coding is reported?

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Correct Answer: D

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