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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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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?

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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!

Navigating the laws and benefits of telemedicine

This is the first year that all 50 states have adopted some form of telemedicine coverage. Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients using an audiovisual platform—a doctor’s appointment over Skype, remotely monitoring a patient’s vitals, messaging pictures of rashes and illnesses, etc. And while certain issues will still require an in-person examination (e.g., setting a broken arm), the field is opening several new options for treatment.

So why should hospitals set up a telemedicine program? And what do they need to navigate the disparate laws and regulations around telemedicine?

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New Proposed Rule to Reduce EHR Data Reporting

A new CMS proposed rule contains two provisions intended to reduce hospital eCQM reporting requirements in response to feedback calling for less aggressive EHR data reporting policies.

A couple provisions in a new Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program rule proposal outline modifications to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting requirements and validation processes.

In a public document in the Federal Register, CMS proposed reductions to hospital eCQM reporting policies. In the 2017 calendar year reporting period (and 2019 fiscal year payment determination), hospitals would be required to choose six available eCQMs listed in the Hospital IQR Program measure set and offer two chosen calendar year quarters of data…

 

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Interstim revision

I am so confused on what codes to use for interstim revision. Doctor states explant interstim device, insertion of new device with
new quad lead of right side. Defunctionalization of existing quals lead on left side.
Complex calibration, analysis.
My co-worker says it should be 64581-50 or LT Rt and 64590. I thought 64585 Lt Rt and 64595.
Are either of us right?

Help!!
Thanks Nancy

Medical Billing and Coding Forum – Urology

Pediatric Patient History – Who Can Take It?

Contrary to popular belief, it is safe practice to allow any office member to take the review of systems and the family social history. These two evaluation and management history elements can actually be taken by absolutely anyone. It is ok in medical billing for a parent or a secretary to take down this information as long as the information is reviewed and signed off on by the acting pediatrician.

The only part of an evaluation and management visit that the physician or nurse practitioner must complete for medical billing purposes is the history of present illness or the reason for the visit.

By allowing your administrative staff to complete some of the patient documentation, a practice can save time and money as it frees up the pediatricians and nurse practitioners to have more time for the actual servicing of the patients.

Another great way to save your practice time and money is to outsource your medical billing. Your medical billing partner will make sure your pediatric practice gets the maximum return and if you’re not using a medical billing company, you could be losing almost 30% of your medical billing revenue by simply not knowing how to get the maximum reimbursements that your practice is allowed for services rendered and general errors that occur when practices file their own claims.

Look into expanding the duties of your administrative staff and consider outsourcing your medical billing – the winners will be your patients and your practice!

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Additional skin excision following mastectomy

Please help. Patient had bilateral mastectomy 2 weeks ago. Positive margin on skin. Patient taken back for additional skin excision. Doctor wants to code 19301, but the breast is gone. I’m questioning whether this should be a malignant lesion excision.

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Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Kelly C, CPC

Indication for Surgery
left breast cancer, positive skin margin

Preoperative Diagnosis
same

Postoperative Diagnosis
same

Operation
excision left breast skin
drainage of hematoma

Estimated Blood Loss
min

Urine Output
na

Findings
The PSI-15 for accidental puncture or laceration is: none
The frozen section: none
Important intraoperative findings are as follows: old blood evacuated, more skin removed from the lateral skin flaps and reclosed
DISPOSITION OF PATIENT IS: pacu

Specimen(s)
lateral skin new stitch on margin
inferior/lateral skin new stitch on margin

Complications
none

Technique
After informed consent was obtained patient was brought to operating room and given preoperative antibiotics and IV sedation with anesthesia. I accessed the right chest port. I removed the steris and bilateral JP drains. The left breast and axilla was prepped and draped with Chloraprep in the usual fashion and allowed the dry 3 minutes before draping. I removed the lateral skin ellipse 8 x 3 cm portion, marked. Then took another 2 cm margin on the inferior skin flap. Good hemostasis was insured and the area washed out copiously. I then placed 10F JP drain into the space from the axilla and sutured it in with 3-0 nylon. The skin was reapproximated with deep 2-0 vicryl and 4-0 monocryl sutures. Dermabond applied, sterile dressings placed, and patient was taken to recovery room in stable condition.

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Bolster billing compliance: Implement a Medicare Part A triple-check process

Bolster billing compliance: Implement a Medicare Part A triple-check process

Medicare billing is a domain rife with payer offshoots and evolving regulations that can be difficult to navigate without a strategy to weather claim scrutiny and withstand the gaze of CMS’ various auditing contractors.

Enter the triple-check process, a time-tested internal auditing strategy used by proactive long-term care providers to facilitate billing accuracy and compliance the first time a UB-04 claim form is submitted. As its name suggests, triple check is a layered verification process that involves staff members from billing, nursing, and therapy departments?the three core disciplines required to submit a clean claim. But this sturdy foundation is also pliable, allowing a facility to easily adapt the procedure to the various types of claims it files.

Read on for an expert iteration of the triple-check process, which is modified from the HCPro book The Medicare Billing Manual for Long-Term Care, written by Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC. This specific triple-check procedure is designed to mobilize key staff to ensure accuracy and timely submission of Part A claims.

 

Procedure

Each month, the SNF will collect all Medicare Part A billing information ready for submission and enlist the following individuals to carry out their designated roles in verifying the accuracy of these items: administrator, director of nursing, MDS coordinator, facility rehab director or designee, business office manager, medical records personnel, and central supply staff.

The following is a breakdown of each of these staff members’ responsibilities in the triple-check process:

Business office manager and medical records personnel

  • Verify that the qualifying stay information recorded on the UB-04 aligns with that on the medical records face sheet.

 

Business office manager

  • Verify that each resident has benefit days available in the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System.
  • Verify the admit date on the UB-04 aligns with the date in the manual census log.
  • Verify covered service dates listed on the UB-04 align with those in the Medicare and manual census logs.
  • Verify that a resident’s financial file contains a signed and completed Medicare Secondary Payer form whenever applicable.

 

Business office manager and MDS coordinator

  • Verify that ADLs are correct and are supported by documentation. Confirm that staff have coded all other contributory items (e.g., mood, IVs).
  • Verify that ARDs on each MDS align with the occurrence dates found at form locators (FL) 31?34 on the UB-04.
  • Verify that the RUG level listed on each MDS aligns with that found at FL 44 on the UB-04.
  • Verify that the assessment type for each MDS aligns with the modifier found at FL 44 on the UB-04.
  • Verify that the number of accommodation units listed on the UB-04 aligns with the assessment type for each MDS. Verify that the total number of accommodation units aligns with corresponding covered service dates.

 

Facility rehab director, MDS coordinator, and business office manager

  • Verify that physical therapy minutes listed on the daily treatment grid align with those noted in the service log. Align the days and minutes documented in the MDS with those on the treatment grid. Align the number of units billed on the UB-04 with those in the service log.
  • Verify that each principal diagnosis is accurate, that all secondary diagnoses support skilled care, and that every ICD-9 code corresponds to an appropriate diagnosis.
  • Verify that occupational therapy minutes recorded on the daily treatment grid align with those in the service log. Align the days and minutes in the MDS with those on the treatment grid. Align the number of units billed on the UB-04 with those in the service log.
  • Verify that speech therapy minutes listed on the daily treatment grid align with those noted in the service log. Align the days and minutes in the MDS with those on the treatment grid. Align the number of units billed on the UB-04 with those in the service log.

 

DON and medical records personnel

  • Verify each resident’s need for Medicare skilled intervention by reviewing supporting clinical documentation that corresponds with the dates of service listed in the manual census log.
  • Verify that each (re)certification form has been completed and signed by the appropriate physician.
  • Verify that each physician order has been obtained and implemented.
  • Verify that each chart reflects appropriate charting guidelines. Confirm that charting has been completed at least once in every 24-hour period, relates to skilled service provided, and supports therapy.

 

Facility rehab director

  • Verify that physician orders include rehabilitation.
  • Verify that each evaluation notes the prior level of function.
  • Verify that clinical documentation contains a progress note establishing the need for continued skilled intervention.

 

Administrator

  • Chair the triple-check meeting (detailed below), and ensure that the entire process is completed by appropriate staff each month before Medicare claims are submitted. Participation in the triple check will allow the administrator to monitor the effectiveness of key operational processes carried out by the facility’s ­interdisciplinary team (IDT) on an ongoing basis.

Triple-check meeting and audit tool

Each of the SNF’s triple-check participants should complete their respective duties prior to the Medicare triple-check meeting, which will be held monthly before the SNF bills for a given batch of services. In other words, the meeting is not an occasion for staff to complete their initial claim component(s). Instead, it’s a chance for IDT members to cross-check the work of their colleagues by verifying the accuracy of claim items that others have completed, thereby ensuring each element has been studied by multiple sets of eyes.

The triple-check meeting will also serve as the platform for the SNF’s business office manager to document the completion of each integral item on a billing claim using the triple-check audit tool, an internal checklist-type document that will be included in every month-end closing report.

Using this audit tool, the manager will denote items verified as correct during the triple-check meeting with an "X." He or she will mark items identified as incorrect with an "O" and, in the remarks section of the document, record the steps the team will take to obtain the correct information. Items initially found to be incorrect but rectified during the meeting should still be marked with an "O" to better track any practice patterns that could lead to billing slipups and inform future training activities.

The business office manager will call for any claim found to have errors during the triple-check meeting to be put on hold until it is amended. Once staff have made necessary revisions, the manager will indicate these correction(s) and the corresponding date(s) in the remarks section of the audit tool. He or she will then contact a corporate entity to review the changes and ultimately grant approval to submit the claim.

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Should a Medical Practice Join Group Purchasing Organization (GPO)?

The small and medium sized medical practice is finding its profit margin shrinking with every new compliance regulation and insurance readjustment. The opportunity to save money on the operations side may help grow a bottom line without having to levy new fees on patients or giving up office services. A group purchasing organization (GPO) leverages the power of numbers to lower prices for members without having to give up on the quality of the product.


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EPIC Macros?

Hey everyone! Hoping someone has some kind of insight or tips.

I code for a company that uses the EPIC EMR system. We are trying to go paperless in order to start working from home. Currently, The girls that reconcile our batches to code, run a report in EPIC and have to copy and paste the information from that and create an Excel spreadsheet for us to code from. As you can imagine, this is very time consuming and with as quick as we code batches, it seems like this process is a waste. I’m wondering if there are any Macros I can run in Excel that will pull the information over in a neat spreadsheet or if there are any other tips or tricks anyone knows of that might help speed up the process or be a little easier to compile all the information.

Thanks for your help!

Medical Billing and Coding Forum – EMR/EHR Systems