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CPC Test Taking Tips

Jen Godreau, BA, CPC, CPEDC

Content Director

SuperCoder.com, The Coding Institute

[email protected]

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
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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