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Certified Surgical Foot & Ankle Coder (CSFAC)

APMA, in conjunction with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), has developed the Certified Surgical Foot & Ankle Coder (CSFAC™) examination to provide a means for podiatrists, billing staff, professional coders, and orthopedists to demonstrate their expertise in coding medical services and surgical procedures performed on the foot and ankle.

Curious about why you should take the exam? Consider these benefits:

  • Enhanced Business Practices—Being a certified surgical foot and ankle coder benefits a practice by ensuring that services and procedures performed are coded correctly and validated with supportive documentation. Claims are submitted correctly the first time (“clean claims”), reducing chances for costly errors that result in payment delays.
  • Personal Marketability—With the implementation of ICD-10, the field will see a vast increase in the need for certified coders for audits and audit defense. The knowledge you demonstrate by passing the CSFAC exam will put you ahead of the curve.
  • Investing in Podiatric Medicine—AAPC chose to partner with APMA for this exam, not with another association or profession. When you become a CSFAC, you are demonstrating your support for podiatric medicine and affirming your standing as the most knowledgeable foot and ankle physicians in the medical field.

The exam features 150 multiple-choice questions (proctored) and is open code book (manuals).

The CSFAC examinee will be tested on:

  • Ability to read and abstract physician office notes and procedure notes, and then apply correct ICD-9-CM, CPT®, HCPCS Level II codes, as well as apply correct modifiers
  • Correct evaluation and management code usage using both 1995 and 1997 guidelines
  • Medicare billing rules and regulations, including, but not limited to incident to, consultations, NCCI edits, and global surgery
  • Coding of surgical procedures performed by foot and ankle specialists
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology of the lower extremity

Examinees will have 5 hours and 40 minutes to finish. The cost is $245.00 (includes 1 free retake). Visit the AAPC website to learn more and register for the exam.



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