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CPMA Workshop vs. study guide

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    Hello,

    Has anyone taken the 2 day course and/or used the study guide. I am trying to decide if the study guide will be sufficient of if I should also attend the course. I have Deb Griders book the Medical Record Auditor as well. I have been auditing and educating for 7+ years and over 15 years in the field but I know there is a lot of regulatory material that I may not be familiar with and need to study.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Christie Musser, CPC
    Christina Musser, CPC

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    Christie

    I took the 2 day course, and felt it was very valuable. I feel very prepared for the CPMA test.
    Tesja Erickson, CPC, CPMA COBGC, CEMC
    The Coding Surgeon
    Medical Documentation & Coding Consultant
    codingsurgeon@tesja.com
    2012 AAPC Idaho Falls Chapter President
    2011 AAPC Idaho Falls Chapter President-Elect

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    the exam is very heavy on compliance so any resources you can find on that would probably suit you better if you are already experienced in the auditing part.
    Elbee

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    I tool the 2 day course and recently took and passed the exam. The course was helpful, but if you have audited in the past the book may work for you. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by kvmoses View Post
    I tool the 2 day course and recently took and passed the exam. The course was helpful, but if you have audited in the past the book may work for you. Good Luck
    I have the NAMMAS study guide which is heavy on compliance it seems pretty good and I am confident (at least now ) about taking the CPMA exam in a few weeks.
    Mjones7

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmerickson View Post
    Christie

    I took the 2 day course, and felt it was very valuable. I feel very prepared for the CPMA test.
    I'm going back & forth as to whether or not I want to spend the money on that two day course. It's not being offered in my state until late in 2011 so I would have to fly to another state & pay those added expenses as well. I emailed & asked what the pass rate was for people who took the course & was told that only 40% of the people who take that two day course actually pass the test. They couldn't tell me if that result was the result of the first test taking or the second. I found that statistic to be pretty low. I have a good 25 years of billing experience & probably 10 years of that doing coding (about 7 or 8 years certified) but I'm worried about spending all that money & not passing the test.

    Have you taken the test yet? Just how difficult was it? lol I'm guessing it's very difficult. I'm just looking for any info I can find to help me decide if I should spend the money or not. I do believe that if I pass the test that the investment will be worth it financially, I am just questioning if this two day course is really enough to prepare a person.

    Thanks!

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    I recently took a specialty exam ( GCSC) and passed. At the same exam, someone was taking the CPMA who had taken the 2 day course and she did not pass. I am interested in others' experiences as well as I would like to take the CPMA next.

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    I took the test after the two day boot camp and passed the first time. Barely. Admittedly, I barely studied, and have been in the career field for 6+ years, but, I did highlight quite a bit of stuff covered in the class that ended up being on the test. Without the NAMAS boot camp I would have certainly failed.

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    I found that everything you need to know can be found in those links, websites, etc recommended by the AAPC .
    Last edited by RebeccaWoodward*; 10-01-2010 at 01:23 PM.

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    I recently took the 2 day course and passed the exam on the first try. I will say, the exam is very difficult and as others have stated, is very heavy on regulatory type issues. And you must remember to think national guidelines, not what your local carrier says. Out of 7 of us who took the exam, 3 passed on the first try. I can't reallly say if the study guide would be enough because I just took the class and used the curriculum guide that came from the class, as well as personal experience.

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