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  1. #11
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    Apr 2007


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    Quote Originally Posted by tkrainatz View Post
    I am retaking the CPC exam in December. I am studying much harder, working with on line exams and the exam book. But I still feel I need some guidance. Can anyone give me suggestions so I can pass this time. I did not fail the whole exam.
    My best advise it to go with you first answer. Do not change. Think long think wrong is what i believe Also, someone metioned about the Op notes being so long. I agree with what she wrote. Don't sit there and read everyone and then code. It will take forever. What i do is look up my dx first. If it is A B C D and the correct dx is in A and C then i don't bother with the other two. That's what helps me. Also try and time youself. You have 150 questions and 5 hours to take the test. So try not to spend more than a minute of each one. Answer the ones you know first, and then ones you don't know, skip and put a lil mark next to it so you don't over look it when you come back. Get a good nights rest, good breakfast. Not too much because you don't want to be too full but just enough so your not hungry. Take a nice warm bath the night before and a hot shower the morning of. Bring peppermints or gum to keep you awake. And relax,, don't stress the small stuff. Don't try and beat the clock, just work around it. If you take a minute of each question you should have more than enough time to come back and do the one's you had trouble with.

  2. #12
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    Apr 2007
    Las Vegas, NV


    Quote Originally Posted by laurieny2002@yahoo.com View Post
    I took the CPC exam but now taking the CPC-H can anyone tell me the type of questions that differ from CPC VERSUS CPC-H? I would like to study that area...i'm taking test in few days...thanks
    I took my test of CPC-H on Nov 22, 2008. Awaiting Results now. You need to bring your 2008 ICD-9, CPT (AMA), and HCPCS. Tests consist of Medical Terminology(prefix, suffixes,etc, ICD-9, CPT, HCPCS, Surgery, Anesthesia, E/M, Pathology, Radiology, Medicine, and Modifiers. It's 150 questions with lots of coding scenarios at self-pace as long as done with that 5 hours.
    Some people finish fast, but I took my allowable time of 5 hours to make sure my answers were correct. CPC-H is the Hospital version, and it shows that it pays more than the CPC (when I looked at the career survey pay ranges),

    The CPC® examination is designed to evaluate a
    physician practice coder’s knowledge of:

    Section 1: Surgery and Modifiers
    10000 (9), 20000 (10), 30000 (10),
    40000 (10), 50000 (11), 60000 (10)

    Section 2:
    Evaluation and Management (10), Anesthesia (8),
    Radiology (9), Laboratory and Pathology (10),
    Medicine (10)

    Section 3: Medical Concepts
    Medical Terminology (8), Anatomy and Physiology
    (8), ICD-9-CM (10), HCPCS (5), Coding Guidelines (6), Practice Management (6)

    The CPC-H
    Section 1: Medical Concepts
    Medical Terminology (10), Anatomy (10), Coding
    Guidelines (10), Payment Methodologies (15),
    Compliance (5)

    Section 2:
    Code Assignment ICD-9-CM Vols 1 & 2 (30),
    CPT® (20), HCPCS (10)

    Section 3: Coding Applications
    Surgery and Modifiers (40)

    Also ask your local chapter which books are available for the test, since my test results was held due to I signed up for CPC, but at the exam only two test books of CPC-H and CPC-P were available. And i was unaware of this matter. If you select CPC exam and the exam proctor gives you a choice of only the CPC-H and CPC-P test books , let the chapter know this could hold up your tests results in Quality. I'm glad I found this out today when I called on my tests results.

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    Will the medical terminolgy and Anotomy portion of the test be open book? Can we use our books or we only use them for the coding?

  4. #14
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    Apr 2007
    Las Vegas, NV

    Cool Yes! all open book,Take Your Time. 150 Questions!

    Quote Originally Posted by laurieny2002@yahoo.com View Post
    Will the medical terminolgy and Anotomy portion of the test be open book? Can we use our books or we only use them for the coding?

    Yes. it's all open book. bring your 2008 icd-9, AMA cpt, & HCPCS. if you retake after jan 1 2009, your have to use your 2009 books for the tests. The CPC and CPC-P is easier to take. but if you trying to get more salary. Take the CPC-H, it somewhat hard not as hard as AHIMA CCS. Good Luck!

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