CPC® Sample Question and Test Tips

CPC Sample Questions and Exam Test Tips

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CPC Sample Exam Questions


1. A patient comes into the ED complaining of nausea and vomiting for a couple of days. The ED physician performs a detailed history. Also supported by the documentation is an eight organ system comprehensive exam and moderate medical decision making. The ED physician's final diagnosis is acute gastritis. What E/M and ICD-10-CM codes are reported?

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Rationale: The ED Physician documented a detailed history, a comprehensive exam, and a moderate medical decision making. For an ED E/M service, all three key components must meet or exceed to report the corrected ED E/M service.

The three key components in the question support 99284:

Detailed History - Meets 99284 with a detailed history.

Comprehensive Exam - Exceeds 99284 of a detailed exam.

Moderate Medical Decision Making - Meets 99284 with a medical decision-making of a moderate complexity.

The patient is diagnosed with acute gastritis. When a definitive diagnosis is determined, do not report the associated signs and symptoms (See ICD-10-CM guideline I.B.5.). In the ICD-10-CM Alphabetic Index look for Gastritis/acute referring you to K29.00. There is no mention of a hemorrhage. Verify code selection in the Tabular List.


2. A physician prescribes digoxin to treat a patient with congestive heart failure. After six months, the physician performs a total digoxin blood test to monitor the level of the drug. What lab code(s) should be used for the six month evaluation?

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Rationale: The lab test being performed is a therapeutic drug assay to monitor the level of digoxin. From the CPT Index look up Therapeutic Drug Assay, Digoxin.

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