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    I am a physician and took a bootcamp to pass my cpc. Are there any CEDC bootcamps that will help me pass? I did a web search and could not find any...thanks in advance for any replies.

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    I purchased the AAPC ED Practicum; it was helpful since the company I coded for determined MDM and E/M levels differently, based on Dr. Stimler's methodology from BSA Healthcare. I sat for the exam, today. I thought it was more difficult than the CPC.

    Good luck!

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    I took the exam in September and thought it was much easier than the CPC and CPC H. A lot of E/M level questions, procedures you would see in the E.R , and modifiers. Studying the coding guidelines in each section really helped. The questions were not as long as the CPC or CPC-H. Hope this helps.

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    i would agree, you don't need a bootcamp, just study the material, it is focused based on one area, you will do fine, i took mine in the middle of a snow storm, i was out shovelling the car at 4am so i would be there on time, hence not much studying got done beforehand, and i did well. Good luck to you.
    Pat A. Trautner, CCS/CPC/CEDC/CHONC

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    I purchased the AAPC ED Practicum; it was helpful since the company I coded for determined MDM and E/M levels differently, based on Dr. Stimler's methodology from BSA Healthcare. I sat for the exam, today. I thought it was more difficult than the CPC.

    Good luck!
    Hi

    Can you share Dr. Stimler's methodology inputs
    Regards..,
    Nandha CPC

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    Hi Nandha:

    It would be improper for me to elaborate on Dr. Stimler's methodology since his firm charges for this information. There are E/M samples on the BSAHealthcare.com website.

    I will add that the AAPC webinar noted testing that is completed in the ED is not considered a new problem (to the examiner), additional work-up planned under the Number of Diagnoses/Management Options of the MDM.

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    Ok thanks a lot
    Regards..,
    Nandha CPC

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    Hi. Just took that test last weekend and it was a tough one for me. Luckily I passed it, but I struggled on some of it and I have been coding ER's for five years. Just know your critical care codes!! I work at a CAH so I don't even use critical care codes where I work, so that took some extra time for me to learn. And also, read the wording of the questions very carefully. They try to trick you with modifier questions when an E&M may not even be necessary for that case. The test itself is set up pretty good though. There are around 50 ER notes to code and about 2 or 3 questions after about each case, so read carefully. I did take the practicum a few months back to see where my weak points were, studied those some more for a few months, and then took the test. Good Luck!!

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    Congrats, Leslie! Do you have any suggestions for affordable specialty CEUs to maintain the CEDC?

    Thanks!

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    I agree it was a tough but fair test. I like the Stimler method, but be careful with it for the test. Stimler will count OTC meds given in the ED like Motrin as moderate MDM if there is documentation. I agree with him on this; but I think the test looks for prescription meds only.

    Jim

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