I really dont know what else to do i bought they review blitz videos they really helped but i still cant pass the exam and at this point i dont know if im ready to fork up another 300.00 to take the test again ..is the cpc h test less stressful
Passing the CPC test is no big thing to worry about. I passed it after I got a job as a Senior Medical Secretary paying $17/hour. I passed the test and the jobs were $14/hour. Those certificates don't make you money. What does is EHR, electronic health records. AAPC needs to get training for us in EPIC, a privately held company that won't train you unless you are sponsored. You can make 6 figures doing it. That's the future, not coding. It does not pay.I really dont know what else to do i bought they review blitz videos they really helped but i still cant pass the exam and at this point i dont know if im ready to fork up another 300.00 to take the test again ..is the cpc h test less stressful
i had the review book but the 2011 and i am a hands on learner
yes around the time i was taking the test there were no review classes there were some after
Don't do it. It's not worth it.I really dont know what else to do i bought they review blitz videos they really helped but i still cant pass the exam and at this point i dont know if im ready to fork up another 300.00 to take the test again ..is the cpc h test less stressful
EPIC is but one of many EHR systems. Dont know where you are located but where I am certified coders with little experience start at $22. and go up from there.
Hello, Can someone tell me which is better to prepare for the exam in 3 weeks. I need to pass and i have been having a problem with time...... AAPC has study guides ($ 70) and the review exam is another $70. Carol has combine review study guide with questions for $70. Which is better with a almost guaranteed passing>>>Lou
In GA they don't pay much; at least not at Emory. $17 tops. I know EPIC is just one, but they are the most sought after for knowledge and you make a lot of money if you get certified as an EPIC software engineer, big bucks. There are more job openings for that than people.
Don't do it. It's not worth it.
Allison, are you finishing the test each time or running out of time? There are also techniques that will help you pass, besides knowledge, of course. If you are running out of time, here are a few suggestions.
Bring a water bottle to (sip) on. Try not to go to the restroom. Do not sit with a big Starbucks coffee either because after you do use the restroom, you will crash and burn. I don't think we really need snacks either, unless you're diabetic. Time is of the essence. Next, if you encounter a really long hard question, skip it and come back to it when you finish the others. Each question has the same point value, so don't waste precious time. I skipped question number one on my test. By the time I came back to it later, my mind was tuned in to figure it out quickly. Answer the questions by the process of elimination. If there are 3 answers that have 3 of the same cpt codes, and icd-9 codes, but different
e-codes, start by looking at the e-codes and you can quickly determine which answers are wrong. Use this philosophy for every question. By quickly eliminating two wrong answers, you now have a 50/50 chance of getting it right. Then those two answers will sound very similar, except the difference may be the approach, or any possible variable. At times, if I still couldn't tell and had to guess, I would go with the choice that was in the section I was testing on, such as musculoskeletal, since that was the section being tested. (still don't know if that was really right though, I only passed with a 77%)
I passed the exam last July on my first try. I am convinced it was because of these techniques my teacher taught us. After all this time I have my first job interview this Wednesday for a certified coder.
I am so rusty I am shaking in my boots now that I finally have an opportunity. At least they know I am a CPC-A who hasn't worked in the medical field and need training. This would be my dream job, so I have my fingers crossed. Good luck to you should you try again.
I think the CPC Blitz with Laureen is extremely helpful. She goes through the CPT book section by section with explanations of procedures and what you need to note. You also learn how to bubble and highlight your book which is helpful. Her knowledge and style of teaching helps a lot of people. You can review sections as much as you need to in order to get a better understanding of that section. They have lots of tips on test taking as well. Don't give up and stay positive about it. Take a lot of practice tests. As you get faster on the practice tests it will help you on the real test. Get in touch with your local AAPC chapter for a CPC review class or someone to help you. If you have the Blitz, you can also work with your coach for help in areas you are struggling with.