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    Medical Coding Books
    I agree with the comments about the guide, really a waste of paper and money, so what other references would you guys recommend? are the cases pretty much what we post or have seen posted or are they completely different? I remember when I took my ccs-p there was a case where you literally say "come on this doesn not happen in really coding"
    Now, Mary could you be more specific about the spine cases? anything we have posted?

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    I can tell you that the spine cases were a challenge. Lots of levels, spinal cages, hardware, category III codes, arthodesis etc.

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    thank you so much for the information, I will keep on asking you more questions. I am determined to take the test in 09

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    I was very disappointed with the study guide too. Personally, I thought the exam was very difficult. There were a lot of spinal procedures and I don't have much experience with those--there's another practice in town that takes most of those cases. I took the general surgery exam previously and I thought that was a piece of cake. I finished it in 3 hours. It took me most of the allotted time to finish the ortho exam. My advice--do as much as you can to prepare.


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    Duluth, Minnesota
    Treetoad - did you use/bring the ortho companion books, and if so, did you find them helpful? Also, ... what else did you use to prepare for the ORTHO test? I can't seem to find ANYTHING in the way of helping/practicing/etc - it's coming down to just experience, and the AAPC ORTHO guide as far as practice... I haven't found a "mock ORTHO exam" - I really wish there was one out there somewhere!

    thanks for the input -

    mbort - what about you?... did you use anything for studying/practice or just your experience??
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    I just used experience..after 18 years I was hoping I knew what I was doing...just when I think I've seen it all..something new appears!!

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    Mary...That's GREAT!!
    Pass or not pass, there is no one I would rather ask advice from. You definitely have the edge. Congrats!!

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    Hey Mary....
    Great News!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! - So When Did You Say You Were Coming To New York To Help Me Study???!!! Lol
    Very Good News!!! :d

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    And Congrats To Treetoad As Well!!!! Nice Job!!!!! :d

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    Covington, LA
    Default Congratulations!

    As a CPC-ORTHO I can vouch for the hard work needed for the test. You earned it. Go out and celebrate!!!!

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