Thank you CoderGirl for that information. I am studying for the CPMA exam, and I have to say, I was not nervous until I started reading what other's were saying about how difficult the exam is!I tested this weekend and found out yesterday that I passed the CPMA!
The test was hard but I would not say it was difficult. I finished and hour and 40 minutes early.
My tips are, know your penalties, FCA fines, modifier do's and dont's(specifically mod 25). Stark law, anti-kickback.
What stumped me was the actual coding. I have limited coding in specialty areas. I have only worked in Radiology and family practice. So the chemo coding, and some of the cases tripped me up. Highlight your book, all the parenthetical notes. I did not want to make a siily mistake by missing a statement in the cpt that says dont code this with that...
And you can only take your code books, your audit tool of choice and the 95-97 guidelines (which I forgot and did fine!)
Overall I feel the exam is fair.
P.S I have no hands on auditing experience.