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Practice CPC Exam Package Review – 150 Question CPC Practice Exam, Answer Key, With Full Rationale, Medical Coding Certification Study Guide

What I like most about this CPC Practice Exam Package is that the full answers and rationales are given for all 150 questions. It also refers you to the relevant part of your textbook. They also provide the answer keys to each CPC exam question, so you can go through each one and see if your rationale is correct when testing yourself. I also found the CPC Exam Study Guide very helpful as it summarizes the whole textbook for you. As the CPC exam is an open book exam, you can actually mark your book or highlight the important texts or codes to help you search for the codes faster during the test. Do practice answering all 150 questions of the practice test within 5 and a half hours, make it to 5 hours if you can so you will have time to go back and check your answers.

The CPC Medical Coding Practice Exam is delivered as an electronic download (in the PDF format), which means it’s instantly accessible after purchase. The good news is that it’s priced at only $37.

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What is included in this package?

  • The Full 150 Question CPC Practice Exam
  • Answer Key, With Full Rationale
  • Scan Tron Bubble Sheets
  • The Exam Study Guide, including:
    Common Anatomy Terminology Handouts
    Common Medical Terminology Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix Handouts
  • The Official AAPC Proctor-to-Examinee Instructions (read out loud on the day of the CPC exam)

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By: Katherine Dawson, Certified Professional Coder

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Sample CPC Exam Question 2: Musculoskeletal

OPERATIVE NOTE

PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: myelopathy secondary to very large disc herniations at C4-C5 and C5-C6.

POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: myelopathy secondary to very large disc herniations at C4-C5 and C5-C6.

PROCEDURE PERFORMED:

1. Anterior discectomy, C5-C6

2. Arthrodesis, C5-C6

3. Partial corpectomy, C5

4. Machine bone allograft, C5-C6

5. Placement of anterior plate with a Zephyr C6

ANESTHESIA: General

ESTIMATED BLOOD LOSS: 60 mL

COMPLICATIONS: None

INDICATIONS: This is a patient who presents with progressive weakness in the left upper extremity as well as imbalance. He has a very large disc herniation that came behind the body at C5 as well and as well as a large disc herniation at C5-C6. Risks and benefits of the surgery including bleeding, infection, neurologic deficit, nonunion, progressive spondylosis, and lack of improvement were all discussed. He understood and wished to proceed.

DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE:

The patient was brought to the operating room and placed in the supine position. Preoperative antibiotics were given. The patient was placed in the supine position with all pressure points noted and well padded. The patient was prepped and draped in standard fashion. An incision was made approximately above the level of the cricoid. Blunt dissection was used to expose the anterior portion of the spine with carotid moved laterally and trachea and esophagus moved medially. I then placed needle into the disc spaces and was found to be at C5-C6. Distracting pins were placed in the body of C6. The disc was then completely removed at C5-C6. There was very significant compression of the cord. This was carefully removed to avoid any type of pressure on the cord. This was very severe and multiple free fragments noted. This was taken down to the level of ligamentum. Both foramen were then also opened. Part of the body of C5 was taken down to assure that all fragments were removed and that there was no additional constriction. The nerve root was then widely decompressed. Machine bone allograft was placed into C5-C6 and then a Zephyr plate was placed in the body C6 with a metal pin placed into the body at C5. Excellent purchase was obtained. Fluoroscopy showed good placement and meticulous hemostasis was obtained. Fascia was closed with 3-0 Vicryl, subcuticular 3-0 Dermabond for skin. The patient tolerated the procedure well and went to recovery in good condition.

a. 22554, 63081, 63082, 20931, 22845

b. 22551, 63081, 20931, 22840

c. 22551, 63081, 63082, 20931, 22845

d. 22554, 63081, 20931, 22840

Rational:

Answer: A

Per. Paul Cadorette and the American Medical Association article titles, “Coding Guidance for Anterior Cervical Arthrodesis”, “When a spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is performed, the first thing a coder needs to recognize is the approach or technique that was utilized. With an anterior (front body approach)to cervical fusion the incision will be made in the patient’s neck, so the key terms to look for are platysma, esophagus, carotid, and sternocleidomastoid. These structures will be divided and/or protected during dissection down the vertebral body. After dissection, the procedure can proceed on one of three ways:

1) When the interspace is prepared (minimal discectomy, perforation of endplates) then 22554 would be reported.

2) When a discectomy is performed to decompress the spinal cord and/or nerve root(s) report 22554 for the arthrodesis along with 63075 for the discectomy procedure.

3) When a partial corpectomy (vertebral body resection) is performed at C5 and C6 report CPT code 22554 for the arthrodesis with 63081 and 63082. Two codes are reported because the corpectomy procedure is performed on two vertebral segments (C5 and C6). CPT codes 63081-63091 include a discectomy above and/or below the vertebral segment, so code 63075 (discectomy) would not be reported if performed at the C5-C6 interspace.

Once the decompression procedure has been completed, a PEEK cage can be placed within the interspace or a structural bone graft can be fashioned to fit the vertebral defect created by the previous corpectomy. Insertion of the PEEK cage would be reported with a biomechanical device code 22851. This code is only reported one time per level even if two cages are placed at C5-C6. When a structural bone graft is used, determine whether it is an allograft (20931)) or an autograft (20938). The bone graft codes are only reported one time per procedure and not once for each level. Finally, the physician will place an anterior plate with screws (22845) across the C5-C6 interspace to stabilize the area fusion”.

Some guidance on coding such procedures can also be located in the Spine (vertebral column) coding guidelines (above code 22010).

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By: Katherine Dawson, Certified Professional Coder

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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The CPC Exam is one of the most feared terms in the dictionary of a medical coding student. It is a challenge for some, cause of panic for few especially if they are not well prepared and yet for many it is just a process that can help them move forward as their preparations and merit get evaluated and certified. Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination is quite a tough paper without proper preparation, and amongst the medical coding students, they often find it quite essential to practice CPC exam questions before sitting for the actual paper.

CPC and some facts: No one can be completely prepared for an exam, but they can give their all during exam preparation and do their best during the exam. During the preparation phase, finding the courses and sample questions and completing them in the allotted time is very much needed. There are many institutes who provide the medical billing and coding courses online. They also provide assistance for the preparation of the CPC exam practice test.

The idea there is not only to practice the CPC exam questions but also having an expert guide that helps in gathering detailed knowledge, and giving the full rationale answers and reference to the textbook. As the CPC exam is an open book exam, it is essential that every medical coder knows where to flip through the medical code book. The CPC exam practice test helps the students to practice the questions as if in the real exam, within the stipulated time of five and a half hours. This makes them not only certified but also gain recognition as they read the medical charts and assign the correct diagnosis and procedures more precisely.

Online Medical Coding Course And The Facilities:

The medical billing and coding courses online have its own share of advantages. These can be done at any own convenience from the comforts of the home. Laureen Jandroep has developed a Medical Coding Certification Review Blitz Videos for this purpose, which is available both online in video format, plus she also ships a physical copy of the videos in DVD format right to your home. The wonderful thing about these CPC Review Blitz Videos are that they are very affordable and genuinely helpful in your exam preparation, and even helps in your day to day work as a medical coder after you’re certified. These videos along come along with a detailed guide on the CPC Exam, which is an exhaustive review of all the various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures covered in the exam. These medical billing and coding courses online helps to get in touch with the experts such as Laureen Jandroep who demonstrate her proprietary study techniques such as the bubbling and highlighting technique and also teaches you how to make best use of the examination time allowed.

The video blitz reviews and the CPC exam practice test are exhaustive in nature and hence cover for every therapeutic and diagnostic procedure which form part of the exam syllabus. It also covers the physician based medical coding procedures, medical terminology and anatomy courses. When the students practice the CPC exam questions, it helps them in understanding the time allocation also. It is important because though some may say five and half hours is lot of time for an open book exam, in reality it actually feels otherwise. Hence, rather than feeling disheartened and scared for the exam, it is better to begin thorough preparation with the help of all the guides available online. Staying focussed and remembering the tips of the experts of the medical billing and coding courses online holds the key to cracking the exam at your first try.

By: Katherine Dawson, Certified Professional Coder

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Sample CPC Exam Question 3: ICD-9-CM

Jim was at a bonfire when he tripped and fell into the flames. Jim sustained multiple burns. He came to the emergency room via an ambulance and was treated for second and third degree burns of his face, second degree burn on his shoulders and forearms, and third degree burns on the fronts of his thighs.

a. 941.20, 841.30, 943.25, 943.21, 945.36, 948.42, E897
b. 941.30, 943.29, 945.36, 948.42, E897
c. 941.09, 943.09, 945.09, 948.64, E897
d. 941.30, 943.29, 945.36, 948.64, E897

Rational

Answer: B

Burn codes always have no less than three codes: A burn code, a total body surface area code (948.XX), and an E code. You can have more than three codes but never less. Burn codes have the following rules (which can be found at the beginning of the ICD-9 book under general guidelines), always code one location to the highest degree (Ex. 1st and 2nd degree burns on the arm, only code 2nd degree). When sequencing burn codes always list the highest degree first (Ex. 1st degree burns to the face and 3rd degree burns to the arm. List the arm burn first and then the face burn). Answer B is the answer because its codes describe the highest degree burn to each anatomical location, it sequences the burn codes in order of highest to lowest degree burns, the 948 (TBSA code) has the correct calculation, and the E code correctly describes the bonfire incident.

Sample CPC Test Questions 4: Anesthesia

When does anesthesia time begin?

a. After the induction of anesthesia is complete
b. During the pre-operative exam prior to entering the OR
c. When the anesthesiologist begins preparing the patient for the induction of anesthesia
d. Once the supervising physician signs over the patient’s care to the anesthesiologist

Rational

Answer: C

The answer to this question can be located in the anesthesia coding guidelines under the title “Time Reporting”

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Tips For Passing CPC Exam – Practice CPC Exam Questions

If you are preparing for CPC exam then it is always recommended for you to take the CPC practice exams first, and timing yourself to finish within the stipulated five and a half hours. It is important that the practice CPC exam questions and answers are well crafted, and that full rationale answer keys are provided as this is where you will learn the most from, by learning where to refer for the answers in your medical codebook manual (as the CPC exam is an open book test). The medical coding practice exams that you can take are listed below:

  1. 1.      Downloadable 150 Question Medical Coding Practice Exam comes with a e-book for study tips and the exam questions, price of this whole package is $37 which includes all of the below:

a)      The Full 150 Practice CPC Exam Questions

b)      Answer Key, With Full Rationale

c)      Scan Tron Bubble Sheets

d)      The Exam Study Guide, including:

e)      Common Anatomy Terminology Handouts

f)       Common Medical Terminology Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix Handouts

g)      The Official AAPC Proctor-to-Examinee Instructions (read out loud on the day of the CPC exam)

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  1. The Medical Coding Certification Review Blitz Videos 2013 version, costs $179 for online access plus all free bonuses, or $247 for online access plus all free bonuses with the addition of a physical complete 6 DVD set and book being shipped to you:

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a) 9.5 hours of CPC Exam preparation video (immediate access online, also available in 6 DVDs)

01 Introduction To The Program

02 Medical Terminology CPC® Exam Prep

03 HCPCS CPC® Exam Prep

04 Modifiers CPC® Exam Prep

05 ICD-9 CPC® Exam Prep

06 E&M Section CPC® Exam Prep

07 Anesthesia Section CPC® Exam Prep

08 Radiology Section CPC® Exam Prep

09 Path & Lab Section CPC® Exam Prep

10 Medicine Section CPC® Exam Prep

11 Integumentary System CPC® Exam Prep

12 Musculoskeletal System CPC® Exam Prep

13 Respiratory System CPC® Exam Prep

14 Cardiovascular System CPC® Exam Prep

15 Digestive System CPC® Exam Prep

16 Urinary System CPC® Exam Prep

17 Genital System CPC® Exam Prep

18 Endocrine/Nervous System CPC® Exam Prep

19 Eye/Ear System CPC® Exam Prep

b) 60 minute one on one telephone support – Still have questions about coding? Getting a job in your area? Having problems with a particular area? Just send Laureem an email to the members area support and schedule a free 60 minute bonus call- one on one with her!

c) Yahoo Groups: Coding and Reimbursement News- This is a group of dedicated medical coders just like you.Join a thriving Yahoo Groups community and learn from those already in the field- and those looking to become coders too!

d) Monthly Training Webinar- Once a month Laureen Jandroep holds a special Q and A webinar session. Listen in as Laureen interviews other successful medical coders and take your questions!

e) Bubbling and Highlighting Technique- Use this technique to organize your manuals to use during your exam- and also when you actually are working! It will save you tons of time and make your work super- effective. Laureen’s students swear by it!

 

Laureen’s medical coding video review program prepares you for the following exams:

A) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the

B) Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) exam by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA).

This is both a review of the subject matter and a guide to doing well on the exam. You will not only have an exhaustive review of all the various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures covered on the exam, the program will also demonstrate ways to go through the process of taking the exam in the most efficient manner, making best use of the time allowed. Since this is an open-book exam, the program teaches you my proprietary “bubbling and highlighting technique”. This technique demonstrates how to mark and highlight your coding manual to make it easier to choose the correct answer of the choices given for any question on the exam. You’ll see how to best manage some questions you might find more difficult than others.

The best approach for preparing for CPC exam is to take the second choice which is the CPC Exam Preparation Video Reviews, however it is more costly than the first choice, but well worth the money. The first choice CPC practice exams are online based and you’ll have instant access to the questions and full rationale answers. The method of this exam is really great and you get to learn alot from studying the full rationale answers.

This practice exam was previously available in the printed pattern but has recently been updated to the digital format and allows the exam to be done using downloadable PDF files. The download is quick and the exam provides great rationales as well. The package comes with a mini study guide that contains tips that you should follow for the preparation of the exam. The approach for it is great as you can solve it while using your computer or you can even print it out on the paper and then solve and maybe you want to scan tron it to have yourself a real CPC exam simulation.

IF you want to prepare a little more which you should; given the difficulty level of the CPC exam and your budget allows it, then you should also consider adding Laureen Jandroep’s CPC Certification Exam Video Reviews to your CPC exam practice preparation.

Tips for passing CPC exam:

-          Practice the CPC exam questions while referring to your medical codebook, without distraction and when you are completely ready. Attempt the questions like the real CPC exam simulation, timing yourself to exactly five and a half hours.

-          Time management is key, make sure you divide your CPC exam sections and spend a maximum time on each section.  Do not give a hard question too much time, just skip the ones you’re not sure of and come back to it later.

-          My students have found starting from the back of the paper saves them more time, because the questions in the CPC exam paper are typically more advanced and difficult at the end. So this way they get to tackle the toughest questions in the beginning, breezing through at the end.

 

By: Katherine Dawson, Certified Professional Coder

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We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Practice Test For CPC Exam – How To Pass The AAPC Coding Certification Exam

If you are preparing for the AAPC CPC exam then it is always recommended for you to take some practice exams first. The practice tests that you take in order to prepare for the exam and the method of the exam is very important. You should always rely on the practice tests that are close to the actual exam schedule and question level.

AAPC exam for Certified Professional Coder can be quite a tough exam and many of us feel extreme need of integrated assistance for the exam. The exam can be hard to pass in the first attempt without proper guidance and practice, and that is why many people realize the need of a good quality practice exam to prepare for the exam in their second attempt for it.

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A good practice exam should fully prepare its examinee for the real exam. Knowing what to expect and not being surprised on exam day are important.

AAPC’s CPC exam is 150 questions and must be completed in 5 hours and 40 minutes or less.

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There are three main sections to the CPC exam:

1)      Medical Concepts

2)      Surgery and Modifiers

3)      Remaining CPT codes

Each of these three sections are then further divided into the following smaller headings.

 

1)      Medical Concepts:

**The following sub-divisions are each assigned 5-10 category specific questions**

Guidelines

Payment management

Medical terminology

Anatomy

ICD-9-CM codes

HCPCS codes

 

2)      Surgery And Modifiers:

**This section is mainly sub-divided to reflect the surgery section of the CPT book and assigns 5-10 category specific questions to each of the following sub-divisions**

Integumentary

Musculoskeletal

Respiratory

Cardiology

Hemic/Lymphatic systems

Mediastinum/Diaphragham

Digestive

Urinary

Male and Female reproductive organs

Maternity/ Endocrine system

Nervous system

Eyes/Ears

 

3)      Remaining CPT Codes:

**This portion of the exam focuses on the remaining CPT codes and assigns 5-10 category specific questions to each of the following sub-division**

Evaluation and Management

Anesthesia

Radiology

Pathology

Medicine

 

This 150 question CPC practice exam was created using the structure listed above in order to emulate the actual CPC exam as closely as possible. We felt that by doing this examinees would know exactly what to expect on examination day. By utilizing this structure examinees can better prepare for the exam by focusing on category specific questions and identifying areas of weakness. Knowing what to expect in detail also tend to help calm pre-test anxiety.

AAPC’s CPC exam is 150 questions long. Questions range from true and false, to 1-2 sentences, to full page operative notes.

 

Questions on the CPC exam do not cover just specific medical codes. Questions can be very diverse, testing the examinees knowledge on:

 

Coding Guidelines

Understanding of Conventions

Correct Modifier Use

Bundling and Global Packages

Medical Terminology and Gross Anatomy

 

We have taken into account the wide spectrum of diversity the CPC exam offers and have constructed the questions on our CPC Practice Exam to reflect those on the actual exam as closely as possible.

In addition to our well constructed questions we are also providing a full rationale for each question.

 

These rationales provide the correct answer for each question as well as a full explanation as of why this option is correct, why the other three options are incorrect, and where in the medical coding books the answer can be located.

 

Studying the rationale of an answer may very well be the easiest and most efficient way to learn how to pass the CPC exam.

The best approach for preparing for CPC exam is to take the Laureen Jandroep’s program for Medical Coding Practice Exam. The benefit of this package is that it allows you to have more closer and real time exam experience to the CPC exam. The method of this exam is really great and you get to learn a number of things from this exam session. The CPC practice exam offers 150 questions that are closely based on the method and level used by the CPC exam and the student has to attempt all questions in the time of 5 hours and 40 minutes. The practice exam tries to test your abilities of the following-

-The knowledge of coding guidelines

-The understanding of conventions

-use of the suitable modifier

-Knowledge of package types- bundling and global

-The knowledge about the terminology used in medical coding.

The CPC practice exam is available at reasonable price of $37. The package consists of 150 well constructed questions for the practice of the CPC exam, and an answer key for the paper. The package also consists of study material containing essential parts of the medical science which is important for the preparation of the exam and each question is supplied with a rationale. You can easily prepare for the CPC exam by studying the rationales provided in the CPC practice exam, and this is an effective way of preparing for actual exam scenario. The package also consists of additional matter as the official instructions guide for the AAPC exam and scanned copy of the bubble sheet for the practice exam so that you can actually take the exam in real exam environment.

The CPC practice guide contains questions with great consideration for the CPC exam and the questions are to provide realistic practice for the CPC exam. The questions given are of all types from true/false to the one liner and the full page questions, based on all three sections in the exam, which are Medical Concepts, Surgery and Modifiers, and Remaining CPT codes.

Some following tips are also useful while preparing for the CPC exam-

-           Take the exams like the real exams without distraction and when you are completely ready. Attempt the question like the real exam simulation.

-           Divide the questions with equal time management and don’t give a hard question too much time.

-           Go over the wrong answers and learn to fix the mistake.

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Download your Free copy of my “Medical Coding From Home Ebook” at http://medical-coder-certification.com

 

We specialize in preparing students for the AAPC CPC Medical Coding Exam and also the AHIMA CCS-P exam.

 

We also have a CPC Practice Exam Package With Full Study Guide which is very popular because it simulates the 150 Questions in the actual CPC Exam, and we also provide the answer keys and full rationale for each and every question. It even refers you back to the relevant part of your textbook. To get a copy of this sample CPC practice test paper, you can visit http://curemydisorder.com/links/cpcexampracticequestions

 

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Medical coding review videos as your exam prep

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to getting help to get you certified as a medical coder fast. You may have the experience and coding knowledge to take the CPC exam, but it is still a good idea to invest a little to get further coaching and advice as part of your preparation. There are no shortage of practice exams, books, prep courses, certified trainers, and review classes that you can use.

Let’s add one more unique choice to the list: coding review videos. Video engage more of our senses, so when we study using coding review videos or DVD, we simply absorb more due to the fact that it is in an audio and visual form. Laureen Jandroep has released her blitz review videos for coding and CPC exam for some time, and since it’s release has been helping students to pass the CPC exam on their first or next try.

So lets review again why Laureen Jandroep’s coding blitz videos or DVD are so much better as review materials:

First of all, you simply get more value from the videos or DVD because you get Laureen personally guiding you through all the steps you need to do to pass the certification exam. Every aspect is covered from identifying areas to focus on, how to maximize your study and exam time, how to mark up your CPT book, time management, and more. Check out her credentials as a certified medical coding and billing trainer and you’ll see why she has a long list of testimonials from past students.

When you do your review in videos, you absorb more information. She is speaking directly to you in the videos, so you pay more attention. You also get to follow along with her explanations and illustrations. Also, videos are less likely to make you fall asleep. If you commute a lot, why not download the videos onto your iPod or MP3 player to squeeze out more review time. When you’re at home, just pop in the DVD.

Not everyone studies at the same pace, so in a classroom environment you are usually either ahead or behind. The blitz review videos is like your virtual classroom, you get to pause, rewind, and fast forward your teacher. And if you have questions that aren’t answered in the videos, you still have her telephone support and access to her private community of experienced coders and billers.

Click here now to see a special video presentation for you by Laureen herself!

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Tips for taking the CPC exam

Nobody wants to know how to fail the AAPC CPC exam, so the following tells you what to look out for. You just need to be aware of certain CPC exam rules that can result in you getting disqualified or automatic failure. You can consider this as a quick checklist of what not to do when you’re in the medical coding certification or AAPC CPC exam hall. So let us discuss what are the things you shouldn’t do that breaks the exam rules.

Leave your cell phone behind

First of all, you’re not allowed to bring your cell phone to the exam. This also goes for any electronic devices like smart phones, tablets, mobile gaming consoles, etc. You wont have any place to stow them during the exam anyway, so the best solution is to just not bring them at all.

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Bring the right tools

With that said, make sure you do bring the required items for the medical coding certification exam. Check with the CPC exam proctors several days beforehand to know what you’ll need. Basically you’ll need a picture ID, your member ID, #2 pencils, as well as the CPT, ICD-9CM, and HCPCS II manuals.

Keep up to date

Remember that the code sets for each coding book are updated every year, so it’s essential for you to have up to date books. Using out of date books would obviously puts you at a disadvantage, with substantial penalization. The exams are updated every January for the new code sets, so you can’t use upcoming year’s book for the exam. Do keep in mind that the exam proctors may not clarify test questions during the CPC exam.

Tabbing your coding books

You’re permitted to tab your coding books for quick reference, whether you inserted, glued, pasted, taped, or stapled it in the manuals. Having handwritten notes in the coding books are also acceptable only if they pertain to daily coding activities. The guideline is that they should be used with the intent to earmark a page with words or numbers, not supplement information in the book.

Keep it to yourself

Finally, any attempt to smuggle exam materials out of the exam hall will result in you failing the AAPC CPC exam. If you exhibit collaborative or disruptive behavior, then it can be cause for immediate action by the proctors. Because the CPC exam materials are confidential, you may not copy or discuss the questions with others during or following the examination. Now that you know how to fail the AAPC CPC exam by breaking the exam rules, be sure to keep all the points here in mind and you’ll do well to pass the AAPC CPC exam.

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What’s inside Laureen Jandroep’s Medical Coding Videos?

Click here for the latest updates.

You’ll get immediate online access to all her hours of videos, presented by Laureen Jandroep to personally coach you towards passing the AAPC CPC/AHIMA CCS-P exam. The videos are divided into chapters of about 20-35 minutes of videos each. The topics include:

1. Introduction to the program
2. Medical Terminology
3. HCPCS CPC
4. Modifiers
5. ICD-9 (new ICD-10 updates here)
6. E&M Section
7. Aneshesia Section
8. Radiology Section
9. Path & Lab Section
10. Medicine Section
11. Integumentary System
12. Musculoskeletal System
13. Respiratory System
14. Cardiovascular System
15. Digestive System
16. Urinary System
17. Genital System
18. Endocrin/Nervous System
19. Eye/Ear System

The videos cover all you need for the exam. You will learn Laureen’s proven study technique bubble and highlighting” to help you organize your notes and manuals so come exam time, you’ll be looking up codes faster than those without this strategy. Exam tips, pitfalls, and time management strategies are also covered by Laureen to help you along. These are study and exam techniques that apply equally well to any other open-book exams.

In addition to the videos, you’ll receive support from Laureen herself personally in the form of a telephone calls. Anything you’re not sure of have questions will be answered by Laureen herself. Not only that, you get access to her monthly webinars to interview and ask questions of medical coding success stories. And to ensure your continued success after passing the exam, you also get invited to her community of medical coders. This is where you can introduce yourself and meet others in this field to share ideas, discuss issues, or to help each other out!

Providers see only minor productivity declines after ICD-10 implementation, according to survey

 By Steven Andrews

A decrease in staff productivity has been the top challenge for providers after ICD-10 was implemented, but relatively few organizations have seen a significant decrease in productivity, according to a recent survey from Navicure.
 
Despite nearly half of the participants (48%) noting a productivity decline as the top issue, only 13% of administrative staff and 15% of clinical staff saw a significant decrease. Another 46% of administrative staff and 42% of clinical staff didn’t see much of an impact, and the remaining respondents saw a minor impact or didn’t know of one.
 
The survey included 360 participants representing a broad range of specialties and sizes, with 60% from organizations with one to 10 providers.
 
Beyond productivity, 20% of respondents said revenue disruption was their top concern. However, 60% of organizations did not see any impact on monthly revenue following the transition. In terms of denial rates, 89% of respondents saw either no change or an increase of less than 10%.
 
All of these statistics are overwhelmingly positive for the industry, which was subject to constant fear mongering from organizations such as the AMA in the months before the transition, with predictions of massive productivity declines leading to insurmountable revenue problems for countless providers.
 
Predictions about how much providers would spend to get ready for implementation varied widely, depending on the source. An AMA-funded report from Nachimson Advisors estimated small physician practices would spend approximately $ 57,000-$ 200,000 to get ready. Even though this was already questioned, the actual results from the survey show a much different story.
 
Half of the respondents spent less than $ 10,000 on training and software updates, with another 14% spending between $ 10,000-$ 50,000. Only 5% spent more than $ 50,000, while 20% weren’t sure how much their organization spent.
 
And organizations are confident they’re coding correctly. Nearly all of the respondents (99%) reported sending the most specific ICD-10 code either all of the time or sometimes.
 
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Derm visit. Rash with dog bite mentioned.

We had this patient in our office recently. Chief complaint is the rash, but he mentions a dog bite and the doctor prescribed a prescription. Below is the chart note. Is this sufficient documentation for the dog bite or should there be more documentation, such as location on the body, if it was treated by a different physician or self treated?? Any insight would be appreciated.

HPI: This is a 68 yr old male who comes in for a chief complaint of rash, located on the axillae. The rash is itchy and red and moderate in severity. The rash has been present for weeks. Pertinent negatives include: no joint aches, no blisters, no diarrhea, and no cough. He reports no household contacts with similar rash, no new medications and no new personal care products. He is not currently on any treatment.
EXAM:An examination was performed including the scalp (including hair inspection), head (including face), inspection of conjunctivae and lids, lips but not teeth and gums, neck, chest, abdomen, back, right upper extremity, left upper extremity, right lower extremity, left lower extremity, genitalia, groin, buttocks, and inspection and palpation of digits and nails.
General appearance of the patient is well developed and well nourished.
Orientation: alert and oriented x 3.
Mood and affect in no acute distress.
Findings in the above examined areas were normal with the exception of the following exam descriptions below:

Impression/Plan:
1. Irritant Contact Dermatitis (L24.9)
Plan: Counseling.
I counseled the patient regarding the following:
Irritant Contact Dermatitis Skin Care: Avoiding harsh chemicals, prolonged water exposure and wearing gloves can all help improve irritant contact dermatitis. Applying moisturizers regularly will also help reduce irritation. Topical steroids can help in more advanced cases.
Expectations: Irritant Contact dermatitis can persist unless contact with irritants in the environment are eliminated. Sometimes, patch testing is necessary to exclude an allergic contact dermatitis. Contact office if: your dermatitis worsens or fails to improve despite several weeks of treatment.
Plan: Prescription.
betamethasone valerate 0.1% lotion TP Sig: Apply 2 times a day as needed (1 refill)

2. Dog Bite- dog bite occurred 6/2/17
Initial visit (W54.0XXA)
Puncture wounds

Plan: Prescription.
mupirocin 2% topical ointment TP Sig: Apply up to 3 times a day (1 refill)
3. MIPS
Plan: MIPS Quality.
Quality 110 (Influenza Immunization): Influenza immunization not administered because patient refused.

Follow up PRN

Medical Billing and Coding Forum – Dermatology

infusion coding

My department is having an ongoing debate as to how to code the following scenario. We could use some guidance on this one. I have 7 coders and they all came up with a different answer. How would we properly code:

Neulasta OnPro SQ
ondanestron IV Push
dexamethasone IV Push
NaCl IV Infusion started 0845 stopped 1730
mesna IV infusion started 0930 stopped 1730
ifosfamide IV infusion started 0930 stopped 1230

Medical Billing and Coding Forum – Medical Coding General Discussion

Ophthalmology coding certificate question

Does anyone know if there is a specific coding certificate for Ophthalmology? I just started working for Ophthalmology doctors, and they are wanting me to begin coding for them in the near future. I have my CPC. I didn’t know if I should seek a separate coding certificate for Ophthalomogy.
Thanks so much,
Pam

Medical Billing and Coding Forum – Ophthalmology/Optometry

HIM Reimagined: Just the facts

HIM Reimagined: Just the facts

by Sheila Carlon, Ph.D., RHIA, FAHIMA; Mary Beth Haugen, MS, RHIA; Connie Renda, MA, RHIA, CHDA; Linda Sorensen, MPA, RHIA, CHPS  

The Health Information Management Reimagined (HIMR) taskforce is charged with envisioning for the HIM profession in 10 years. The HIMR vision was created to ensure current and future professionals are prepared for the future of HIM in the rapidly changing environment resulting from changes in healthcare, technology, and education. Under the direction of the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE), the taskforce comprises educators from all academic levels (associate, baccalaureate, and graduate) as well as HIM practitioners. The CEE oversight body comprises educators and practitioners who hold a variety of HIM credentials including Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), and other specialty credentials.

When working to shape the future of the HIM profession, the HIMR taskforce worked (and continues to work) diligently to seek input from a variety of stakeholders. Members of the taskforce presented the HIMR recommendations to the boards of AHIMA and the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) and at the AHIMA leadership symposium, Component State Association meetings, and Assembly on Education. In addition, HIMR sought direct comments from CAHIIM, external stakeholders (employers and professional associations), and the AHIMA membership at large.

Through the comment and discussion period, the taskforce received direct comments from 60 AHIMA members and interested stakeholders. The passion and commitment of those that commented has been acknowledged as well as the commitment and leadership of the HIMR taskforce as they seek to advance the HIM profession through this innovative vision. Members of the taskforce would like to take this opportunity to clarify the recommendations and address some of these comments.

 

HIMR fact and fiction

One noted interpretation of HIMR is the elimination of associate degree programs.

  • Fact (as taken from the draft HIMR white paper, available at www.ahima.org/about/him-reimagined/himr?tabid=whitepaper): Program accreditation at the associate level continues, as does the associate level degree, but it is based on a condensed set of HIM core content and deeper specialty content.
    • Rationale: The taskforce recognizes the critical importance of associate degree programs to the HIM profession. HIMR demonstrates commitment to this academic level through the plan to create specializations at the associate level in response to industry need.

 

Another common response to HIMR is that the industry changes noted in the white paper will not impact HIM professionals as significantly as suggested.

  • Fact: While we cannot predict the future, we can look to the past, the experiences of similar industries, and to the well recognized changes proposed for the future by experts in healthcare and technology. All indicators point to significant changes in healthcare and health information technology that will impact the work of HIM professionals. The recommendations in HIMR are intended to reflect healthcare in 10 years and beyond, not healthcare today. Moreover, healthcare and other industries are requiring higher levels of academic preparation, particularly for key leadership roles. HIMR supports creating clear pathways for academic advancement to position HIM professionals for future success in the workplace.

 

In response to the HIM white paper, some have expressed concern with the notion of specialization, particularly with the impact on rural communities.

  • Fact: The specialty tracks proposed in HIMR will include a HIM core curriculum that represents the HIM body of knowledge. This proposed core curriculum would cover content related to the existing HIM domains of knowledge while affording academic programs the flexibility to meet their local needs. It is the firm belief of the HIMR taskforce that having specialties at the associate degree level demonstrates the diversity of the HIM profession today and creates a multitude of opportunities for HIM professionals tomorrow.

 

Some have interpreted HIMR as promoting a reduction or elimination of the clinical knowledge component of HIM curricula.

  • Fact: HIMR does not make any mention of reducing or eliminating the need for clinical knowledge among graduates of HIM academic programs. While HIMR reflects a transition in the roles associated with HIM practice, the members of the taskforce recognize, celebrate, and support the clinical knowledge that HIM professionals bring to managing health information. The taskforce also recognizes that the diversification of the HIM profession requires a balance of clinical knowledge based on specialty, academic level, and domain of practice. Clearly, the HIM professional’s ability to communicate effectively in any healthcare-related role is enhanced by a strong clinical knowledge base. Future curriculum development activities will continue to include clinical content requirements as appropriate for the academic level and specialty.

 

Respondents have expressed concern with the sunsetting of the RHIT credential at the end of the 10-year HIMR plan.

  • Fact: HIMR includes a recommendation to phase in specialty programs and associated specialty credentials. At the end of the proposed 10-year implementation plan, the recommendation is to sunset the RHIT credential and replace it with specialty credentials. The intent is to also use the associate programs as a building block to baccalaureate programs and the baccalaureate programs as a building block to master’s programs, since the knowledge required in HIM continues to become more advanced and complex.
    • When HIMR was introduced, it was as a draft document with the specific intent of gathering feedback and input. Input received during the comment period and ongoing discussion about the value of a strong RHIT brand has prompted ongoing dialogue on this topic with the HIMR taskforce. The taskforce members are currently considering options to retain the RHIT brand in combination with academic specializations. Feedback and discussion is planned for the House of Delegates at AHIMA’s annual convention in October 2016 and will serve as a sounding board related to this topic with final revisions to HIMR planned before the end of 2016.

 

Respondents have interpreted HIMR to allow individuals with less than a baccalaureate degree to earn the RHIA credential.

  • Fact: This is in no way stated or implied by HIMR. However, HIMR includes a recommendation for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher who also hold a RHIT credential?a window of opportunity to attain the RHIA credential. A similar 1999?2004 initiative was instrumental in positioning HIM professionals with advanced degrees for recognition of their HIM knowledge and higher level education. Comments have been received about the need for more granular eligibility criteria should such an initiative be undertaken as part of the HIMR plan. The taskforce continues to discuss eligibility criteria around this recommendation based on feedback received to date.

 

Respondents have interpreted HIMR to downplay the importance of coding of health information.

  • Fact: Coded health information has never been more important. HIMR recognizes this in multiple ways, such as coded data being a source of data that will offer increased opportunity for HIM professionals with analytics and other associated skills. In addition, HIMR also recognizes that coding knowledge and leadership will continue to be a pillar of the HIM profession. However, we anticipate the role of traditional coder will continue to evolve, requiring additional skills and education to be able to engage in higher level roles, such as auditing, compliance, and other coding related leadership roles.

 

Leading is not always easy, because if it is done right it almost certainly requires change. Change is difficult, and the story of HIM is a story of change. We can collaborate to construct a future for HIM that is different, hopeful, and innovative. John F. Kennedy said ‘And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.’ This message seems as appropriate today as when the words were first spoken. This journey will require leadership, political will, and compromise from all stakeholders to push the profession forward. Only through our joint willingness to accept this challenge can we succeed as united HIM professionals.

 

Editor’s note

Carlon is the HIM department director for CC & IS/Regis University in Denver. Haugen is the president and CEO of The Haugen Consulting Group, Inc., in Denver. Renda is the assistant professor and program director of health information technology at San Diego Mesa College. Sorensen is the department chair for the health information management department and Allied Health College of Health Professions at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Opinions expressed are that of the author(s) and do not represent HCPro or ACDIS.

HCPro.com – HIM Briefings

Apg medicaid question help

Hi i am new to billing apg i have a question and i cannot get an answer, the facility bills out contact lens which is a v2521 or v2513 – there are a few of them however, these are never payable according to apg, but the representative told me it has to be billed with another procedure code, i dont know what code it is, would this be the contact lens fitting code? To go with the v codes, i dont have enough informaton on this any help with be greating appreciated.

Medical Billing and Coding Forum – Outpatient Facilities

Need Help with Modifiers

Could someone please help me out with placement of modifiers.

Claim was submitted as below. Line 2, 4, 5 and 6 denied. Invalid modifier, included in another procedure.

Line 1 99213 25 M76.52 Patellar tendinitis left knee, M25.362 Other instability left knee, M25.361 Other instability right knee
Line 2 20611 M76.52 Patellar tendinitis left knee
Line 3 20611 50 M76.51 Patellar tendinitis Right Knee
Line 4 29530 59 M76.52 Patellar tendinitis left knee
Line 5 29530 50 59 M76.51 Patellar tendinitis Right
Line 6 J2000 M76.52 Patellar tendinitis left knee

Thank you

Medical Billing and Coding Forum – Family Practice

Ear lesion excision / flap reconstruction / abscess drainage

(I’ve posted this to 3 forums to get input from a dermatology, plastic surgery and ENT perspective)

So I have the following procedure description during an office visit:

"HPI:
Patient presents for eval for left ear lesion. He has a hx of left auricular abscess that was previously I&D’d and placed on extended course of Abx. He secondarily developed a cauliflower ear deformity. His reports an 80% improvement to his abscess with only mild residual drainge. He also has a 5mm skin lesion at the root of the helix on the same ear that was biopsied by previous ENT and found + for SCCA. The lesion appears to be separate from the abscess. + smoker, currently on levaquin and has approx 1 week left. He denies any pain in the ear today. He has a longstanding hearing loss in that ear was well and wears a HA in the right ear.

Plan:
biospy + SCCA excised on the superior helix. The second portion of the procedure was extensive and included complete de-epithelization of a subcutaneous fistulous tract and pocket that extended the entire length of the concha likely formed secondary to his previous infection/abscess and led to his persistent foul smelling drainage. The procedure was initially scheduled for 1 hour but took 2 hours to complete because of the unforseen extensive nature of the fistulous track and pocket.
I reviewed his post procedure instructions and precautions in detail and questions answered. He will follow up tomorrow for wound check.

Full procedure note:
After written consent was obtained from the patient, the skin overlying the 6mm lesion at the superior helix was cleaned with alcohol and injected with 0.5ml 1% lidocaine with 1:100,000 epinepherine. The neck was then draped with a sterile drape. The left ear was then prepped with betadine. 3mm margins around the skin lesion on the superior helix were then outlined with a marking pen. A scalpel was then used to make an elliptical incision around the lesion with a defect size of 1.4 x 2cm. Scissors were then used to dissect the lesion from its surrouding tissues until it was removed in its entirety. The specimen was marked long stitch as anterior and short stitch as superior.

Attention was then focused on the adjacent draining fistula at the helical root. The tract was probed and explored and found to be an extensive subcutaneous pocket with foul smelling dishwater like drainage. The ear was then incised along the scaphoid fossa elevating a skin flap over the outer ear over the superior portion of helix and concha cymba. Complete epithelialization of the subcutaneous tissues was extensive and present in the pouch. Foul smelling clear drainage was present. The entire area was carefully depithelialized. The fistulas tract was depithelialized and closed. The wound was irrigated copiously with half strength peroxide and then closed using 5-0 prolene sutures. The left ear was then dressed with dental bolsters soaked in iodine and xeroform gauze sutured to the ear with 2-0 prolene sutures. The patient tolerated the procedure well."

At first, I was thinking of going with 11602 & 12051 for the lesion excision + closure & an adjacent tissue transfer code for the mentioned cleaning of the abscess. I know that malignant lesion excision is included in tissue transfer on the same location, but the physician is addressing 2 separate issues here (cancerous lesion and infected abscess). So I’m not sure which way to go. Also, the provider is generating a service order for 69005 (Drainage of external ear abscess), so should this be considered as well since no measurements are given for the abscess pocket? Any advice here would be appreciated. Thanks.

Medical Billing and Coding Forum – Plastic Surgery