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Cpc test taking tips

CPC Test Taking Tips

Jen Godreau, BA, CPC, CPEDC

Content Director

SuperCoder.com, The Coding Institute

jenniferg@SuperCoder.com


1 ramp up on a foreign specialty

1. Ramp Up on a Foreign Specialty


2 study anatomy

2. Study Anatomy


2 study anatomy1

2. Study Anatomy

  • Memorize some terms

  • Use take-everywhere index cards

Lists:

CPT 2010 Professional pages xiv, xv

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_medical_roots,_suffixes_and_prefixes


Vocab practice

Vocab Practice

  • The suffix ‘itis’ refers to:

    • Below

    • Destruction

    • Inflammation

    • Weakness


3 focus on golden rule

3. Focus on Golden Rule

  • CPT/ICD-9

  • Medicare

  • Payers


4 read section guidelines

4. Read Section Guidelines

  • Flip to front of each section

  • Tag sections with designators


5 study in groups

5. Study in Groups


6 manage your time

6. Manage Your Time

  • Start with what you know

  • Work on short questions

  • Focus on familiar op notes

  • Fill in EVERY circle

Exam Make-Up:

  • 5 hours and 40 minutes

  • 150 multiple choice questions

  • Section 1 - 50 Questions

    • Medical Terminology - 10 Questions

    • Anatomy - 10 Questions

    • ICD-9-CM - 10 Questions

    • HCPCS - 5 Questions

    • Coding Concepts - 5 Questions

    • E&M Coding - 10 Questions

  • Section 2 - 50 Questions

    • Anesthesia - 10 Questions

    • 10,000 series CPT - 10 Questions

    • 20,000 series CPT - 10 Questions

    • 30,000 series CPT - 10 Questions

    • 40,000 series CPT - 10 Questions

  • Section 3 - 50 Questions

    • 50,000 series CPT - 10 Questions

    • 60,000 series CPT - 10 Questions

    • 70,000 series CPT - 10 Questions

    • 80,000 series CPT - 10 Questions

    • 90,000 series CPT - 10 Questions


7 guess well

7. Guess Well

  • Look for vocab you know

  • Compare answers

  • Rule out:

    • extraordinary ones

    • always/never/all

  • Check answer pattern

Go with your gut!


Guessing practice

Guessing Practice

  • For modifier 59 usage, which of the following guidelines is correct?

    • Always append modifier 59 to an E/M code.

    • Append modifier 59 only to procedure codes.

    • Append modifier 59 only to E/M codes.

    • Append modifier 59 to all digestive system codes.


8 prep the night before

8. Prep the Night Before

  • Shop for your fav snacks.

  • Assemble your pencils, books.

  • Print directions, registration form.

  • Get a good night’s sleep.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast.

  • Trust yourself.


Thank you

Helps coders,

help physicians!

Thank YOU!


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