A CPOC™ is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating proficiency, expertise, and validating superior knowledge in an optometric coding environment.
What tasks does a Certified Paraoptometric Coder (CPOC™) perform?
Paraoptometric coders are responsible for ensuring that all the information about diagnoses and procedures for patients is accurate and complete. This prevents delays in reimbursement from insurance companies or denials of claims. A certified paraoptometric coder can be the first line of defense against non-compliance and improper coding for the provider. Another benefit of employing a certified coder is maintaining compliance with state and federal laws. This is especially important since the government has started focusing on identifying, decreasing and fining or prosecuting for fraudulent claims.
"Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. As the population continues to age, the occurrence of health-related problems will increase," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What's the examination about?
The CPOC™ examination is open-book and consists of 125 multiple choice questions related to anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, CPT® and ICD-9-CM codes, medical records, claim filing, and compliance matters. Candidates will have two hours in which to complete the examination.
View the application, fee and eligibility requirements.
View the Recertification Requirements
What content do I need to study?
The full content outline is shown in the CPOCTM Candidate Handbook. Testing in 2015 will cover ICD-9. Some standard or professional editions of 2014 Codes for Optometry and CPT® books may still be available from the AOA Marketplace or other supplier. The 2013 or 2014 editions of these books are the only reference books permitted for use during testing. (2015 versions would not be helpful as they include ICD-10.)
Suggested Study Materials
CPOC Certification Study Bundle
(Item PS-71)—The CPOC Study Bundle includes two education modules, insurance processing flash cards, a webinar, and a coding book set with CD. This bundle may be ordered through the AOA Marketplace.
If there is a resource that you cannot locate through the Marketplace, please call 1-800-262-2210.
If you have any questions about Paraoptometric Coding Certification (CPOC) please call Sharon Alderson, 1-800-365-2219 Ext. 4210