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CPMA Workshop vs. study guide

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    Medical Coding Books
    I just took the 2 day boot camp course and Instructor pointed out lots of things to highlight and spend additional time reviewing or reading over. I think the course was great and very informative. I am scheduled to take the test in November. A collegue of mine took the boot camp and test the next day and she said the test was very hard but she said she feels confident she passed. The book by Deb Grider, The Medical Record Auditor is a very good resourse also. I would recommend the course and you also get 16 CEU's which is great. Good luck!!

    April Ash, CPC

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    I have been auditing for a while, so decided to rely on both the book by Debra Grider and the study materials from NAMAS for the test, and passed. It is a difficult test, but if you study these two resources thoroughly, you should not have any problem passing.

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    Default I took the class, used the study guide and passed the CPMA
    Hi there! My name is Crystal and I took the CPMA exam on 10/2/2010 following the 2 days course the previous two days. In my opinion the course was very helpful especially in bringing the information to the forefront of my mind and sort of a bootcamp right before the exam. I also already had the NAMAS study guide and Deb Griders The Medical Record Auditor that I began reviewing in March. I wasn't dedicated to studying until about 6 weeks prior to my exam but that was a time issue! Anyway I feel that studying on my own and taking the class helped me to be successful on the exam. My advice for the exam is to pace yourself. We didn't have a clock in the room and I wasn't able to watch the time so I freaked out when I started running out of time. I still finished all the questions but I was uncertain about passing which is unusual for me-an excellent test taker! As far as what you need to know, the AAPC provides a breakdown of the exam and the information content. They cannot include all areas because of the limited number of questions obviously but if you follow that list and study appropriately noticing the number of questions per topic that should guide you on what to study. I started with the part with the most questions-Compliance & Regulatory Guidelines then went to Med Recs and so on. As for auditing just work on your speed and any specialties you are not familiar with. They do provide an auditing tool with your exam. I really like their tool but used my own due to familiarity. I didn't really look at theirs until after the exam. If you have more questions let me know! I wish you the best! The exam is a challenge but worth it!!

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