It clearly states for the COBGC that in addition to the CPT, ICD9 and HCPCS it is "highly recommended" that you bring E/M audit worksheet of your choice and BOTH CMS DGs (1995 & 1997) ... in addition you are permitted to bring one reference of your choice.
That means exactly what it says. Any ONE additional reference book of your choice. So yes, the OB/GYN coding companion would qualify. So would a medical dictionary. So would the Coding Pathways for OB/GYN. But you can only bring ONE of these.
So you could bring with you:
E/M audit worksheet (highly recommended)
BOTH CMS DGs (1995 & 1997) (highly recommended)
OB/GYN Coding Companion (Additional reference of your choice)
When the test packets are sent to the proctor, there will be a stack of AAPC Examination Instructions, which is a single sheet of paper printed on both sides. These should be handed out to each test taker in the room. On the reverse side of the printed instructions is a table listing the required, highly recommended and permitted reference books allowed for each type of exam.
If your proctor gives you a hard time (the rules have changed since I first took the CPC and even since I took the CEMC) ... just refer to the table. It says right on it "In addition to Highly Recommended references, also permitted (optional)" (The "opional" means that it is optional to the student, not to the proctor.)
If the proctor still has questions, in the proctor's instructions is a cell phone number where the proctor can call an AAPC representative at national who will clarify.
Good luck on the test!
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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