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  1. CPC Test Taking Tips Jen Godreau, BA, CPC, CPEDC Content Director SuperCoder.com, The Coding Institute jenniferg@SuperCoder.com

  2. 1. Ramp Up on a Foreign Specialty

  3. 2. Study Anatomy

  4. 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

  5. Vocab Practice • The suffix ‘itis’ refers to: • Below • Destruction • Inflammation • Weakness

  6. 3. Focus on Golden Rule • CPT/ICD-9 • Medicare • Payers

  7. 4. Read Section Guidelines • Flip to front of each section • Tag sections with designators

  8. 5. Study in Groups

  9. 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

  10. 7. Guess Well • Look for vocab you know • Compare answers • Rule out: • extraordinary ones • always/never/all • Check answer pattern Go with your gut!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Helps coders, help physicians! Thank YOU!

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