I found it very helpful to tab the sections that are most used, and that I knew I would need immediate reference to. For example, if you know you have trouble remembering POS numbers, it would be a good idea to tab the appendix that lists them (in my CPT version when I tested, this is Appendix M). You may want to tab the HCPCS modifier appendix, or the CPT modifier appendix; Both good ideas for taking the CPC exam. Look through your conventions in the ICD book as well. These rules are extremely important for the exam.. Get familiar with them, and tab the ones you may have trouble remembering. Sepsis, HIV, and pregnancy conventions are a few to note. Basically, go through your books, and note the areas that you feel the least comfortable with, so that you can reference them quickly.. Keep in mind that the exam is really only to prove that you know “how” to use the references. Cater your notes and tabs to your own specific needs. Great luck to you!
Tips from this month’s issue
Small breaches could become a big problem (p. 1)
1.Regional offices were advised to increase investigations of breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals. Investigators will look for evidence of systemic noncompliance, such as multiple small breaches and common root causes.
2.Implementing OCR’s directive may be a tall order for resource-strapped regional offices, and it’s difficult to predict what the outcome will be.
3.Because small breaches weren’t investigated on the same scale as large breaches, OCR has much less data on them. Stepping up small breach investigations will mitigate that and may lead to improved guidance on key HIPAA pain points.
4.Although large breaches grab attention, they’re statistically less likely than small breaches.
5.But even a breach involving a single patient’s records can have serious consequences for the individual and even impact his or her safety if the medical record becomes compromised as a result.
6.Large health systems may lose sight of the details and brush off small breaches, but it’s the duty of privacy and security officers to take every breach, no matter how large or small, seriously and ensure the organization does so as well.
The cost of a data breach (p. 4)
7.Data breach costs vary between industries but healthcare, a highly regulated industry, sees especially high data breach costs.
8.Direct costs include remediation efforts and possible fines, but indirect costs are sometimes more difficult to identify and quantify.
9.Breach notification costs are the highest in the U.S.?first class postage adds up fast.
10.The more quickly a breach is identified and contained, the lower the cost. A well-prepared security incident response team is a smart investment that will pay off.
11.Participating in threat sharing may also be linked to lower data breach costs, but executive leaders may be concerned that sharing information on cybersecurity threats will put confidential information at risk. But no sensitive business information needs to be disclosed to participate.
12.Direct breach costs may be significant on their own but may not stack up against other risks an organization faces. Remember that one of the indirect costs of a data breach can be bad debt via medical identity theft. Bad debt is a top financial risk, and any measures that can bring that risk down are worth investing in.
Is HIPAA enough? (p. 8)
13.The rise of ransomware and other threats has led some stakeholders and lawmakers to question whether HIPAA is robust enough to provide even a reasonable bare minimum of security.
14.OCR has pointed fingers at executives for failing to support strong security programs, but the agency has no power to hold those executives accountable.
15.OCR recommends that CEs and BAs follow NIST’s cybersecurity framework, but that standard is only optional?not required?and many organizations may choose to not spend more resources on security than required.
16.Failure to complete an organizationwide risk analysis will land a CE or BA in hot water if a breach happens, but other federal agencies are critical of OCR’s risk analysis guidance, calling it inadequate.
17.HIPAA is designed to work with state laws. CEs and BAs must follow all applicable state privacy and security laws. In some cases, state laws may be stricter than HIPAA and provide stronger security requirements or clearer guidance.
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Exams are an essential part of life of any student, but still there are discussions over their necessity. Exams cause strain, various complications and make students feel nervous and worn out. But exams on the other hand are a good school of life. Nothing can be more helpful in the future than a recollection of your behaviour under pressure. The situation reminds about a typical exam. Exams stimulate students to study and though they do not keep this information in their heads for long, the impression will remain and be useful in the future. This article is to show all the possible ways to improve and implement to the process.
The exam is not a simple test of your knowledge; it is a test of you nerves, your self-confidence, your manners and your honesty. Passing an exam you have a possibility to create a sensation among committee members and get respect of classmates. This experience may lead you to successful future. Exams are much more difficult than any of the written assignments. During the exam you have to improvise, be prepared for additional questions. As you have already understood exams are not only about knowledge, but also about temper, willingness, manners and other skills that help you in communication. Use your imagination not to draw pictures of failure in your head, but to come up with something to favorably impress the committee. Calmness is your first armor. Calmly look at what you have in front of you. Study it carefully and should you have any questions, address the committee members. Work form the easiest to the most complicated. If you like to generalize and build your answer on facts, try to broaden the horizon of your answer by adding some details. Preparing for the exam, build your scheming strategy, dividing information onto sections and then making separate parts of the section so the information you are about to present is graphically represented. I good idea is to establish a plan for each of the answers and follow it in order to save time. If your biggest fear is to be mistaken, you might want to focus on each task and check it right after completion. Do not cross and double-cross the answers, your doubts are caused by pressure, develop confidence in what you say. You might also take a talisman with you to calm you down: some piece of spiritual significance to you. Be proud with what you have accomplished so far and do not let anybody make you feel uncertain. Never trust cheating or your neighbor, for such assistance you might get into big trouble. Better focus on your future plans and your intentions. If it is difficult for you to process large amounts of information, it is better to divide it into smaller pieces and learn systematically every day.
If you feel that you are well-prepared, you will fall in the sound sleep with no problems. Even if you omitted some of the details, there is no need to be stressed out, you might be lucky enough not to have to answer these questions. Behave naturally with no acting and insincerity. If you feel like you are getting lost in your own answer, this is quite time to gather thoughts together by looking away at the other point of focus and spend a second concentrating. There is no urgency in any of the exams, speed is not a virtue, but quality is. You have a fixed time for completing all the tasks and there is no need to turn the paper in beforehand. Make sure that you have answered everything and no editing is required. Proofread everything and only then you may consider your work to be finished. There is always a possibility of failure. No need to think that you are going to be a victim of it. If you are ready and confident, nothing is going to happen and success is guaranteed.
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While taking your CPC exam, it’s very important that you know the tactics of time management. If you don’t allot your time the proper way, your hard work will come to naught.
Read on for some time management tips to seal your chances at the CPC exam and take your medical coding career to new heights.
The CPC exam is divided into three sections – and it’s a known fact that to pass the exam, you need to go through each section.
What you shouldn’t do: Sometimes you could be really slow at the start and ace the first section. You could pass the second section too, but then fail in the last section due to lack of time.
What you should do: The exam is more about pass and fail and not about getting an A. Therefore, you need to divide your time and pass each section.
When you open your exam, you’ll find an answer grid with three columns comprising 50 questions each. Give yourself an hour for each column – a couple of hours for the one with the surgery questions. This means this’ll take up four hours of the 5.5 hour exam.
1) After four hours, scan your answer grid – which column has the most unanswered questions. At the outset, take some time on that column and then spread the rest of your time on your unanswered questions. This technique will boost your chances of having good number of rightly-answered questions in each section.
2) Remember that answering simple and easy medical terminology question carries as much weight as a time consuming surgical question.
3) Make it a point not to miss out on any question. Use the last 20 minutes of your exam time to take a guess at any unanswered question. There’s at least 25 percent possibility of getting it right even without looking at the question.
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