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  1. #11
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    Apr 2007
    York, Pa


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    Quote Originally Posted by dmaec View Post
    wow..now I'm totally confused -- 75 questions, 150 questions, or 5 case with 3 questions each which is what,......15 questions total???

    according to our own website: (pasted directly from it)......
    Specialty Exams

    150 multiple-choice questions (proctored)
    5 1/2 hours
    1 free retake
    Open Code book (manuals)
    Specialty exams aptly measure preparedness for “real world” coding by being operative/patient-note based. In addition to questions regarding the correct application of ICD-9-CM, CPT®, HCPCS Level II and modifier coding assignments, examinees will also be tested on specialty-specific coding and regulations.

    Specialty Exam Preparation
    Please be aware that each specialty exam is comprehensive of the facets of its specialty to ensure you are truly a master in your specialized field of coding. It is STRONGLY recommended that you complete the Online Specialty Exam Practicum, which will measure your readiness for the actual exam.

    I took the CEMC and there were a total of 50 notes to read with 3 question for each note, which gives you the 150 questions.
    Roxanne Thames CPC, CPC-I, CEMC

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  2. #12
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    Apr 2007
    Nashville, TN


    I'm scheduled to take the test mid July. What sources did you take with you? I understand about the CPT and ICD-9 books. The practicum mentions 50 sheets that are allowable to use. What are they talking about?
    Also, I am not sure how to determine RVU order as I always use software for that.
    Thank you for any help.

  3. #13
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    Apr 2007


    The 50 sheets are the E/M sheets that came with the practicum, but I was not allowed to use that - it did not bother me though. You do not need the RVU thing - I know nothing about that, and did not need it. I took my 2 orthopedics coding companions (that counts as 1) and also my diagnoses desk reference (my choice). Good Luck!

  4. #14
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    Apr 2007
    Charleston, South Carolina


    I am working on the practicum for this exam now. WOW! I work in ortho consulting and I think the test is going to be wicked. Very tough questions. I recommend getting the practicum for anyone who wants to sit for this exam. It gives real-life questions and a great example of whats on the test.
    Machelle Morningstar, CPC, COC, CEMC, COSC
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

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