The other way is to find the illustrations in the CPT book. This tends to only be helpful if you have an idea where the anatomical term should be located - as in, what body area/organ system it's from. Page xiv in the front of the CPT manual has lots of prefixes, suffixes and roots for medical terminology, as well as a few commonly used terms, and if you turn the page, there's a list of all of the anatomical illustrations in the book (oddly enough, there are no page numbers, so you just have to flip through to find them). Those tools are invaluable. The test questions are hard to gauge - they can literally be from any part of the body. If you have any anatomical terms in your study guide that made it into the glossary, I'd make it a point to jot those terms down in one of your code books - they're more likely to be on the test than any other terms. Also, if you see one that you're not familiar with in a question, write down its definition as well.
For ICD-9, you always, ALWAYS look up the code in the alphabetic index, then verify in the tabular. If you don't do both, you WILL get the wrong code. Many times, there are little instructions telling you exactly where to go, and which codes to use for which conditions. For the ICD-9 portion of the CPC exam, it seems like they have located every instance in the book that will trip you up if you don't refer to both sections, and the answers are meant to trick you if you're not doing it right. I cannot stress this enough - do not try to skip any steps in the ICD-9 only portion of the exam. Just look the code up the way you're supposed to. For the other sections of the test, which have both CPT and ICD-9 codes in the answers, you can probably just look up the codes in the tabular, if you're just eliminating an answer. (Most of those answers depend on the correct CPT selection, though, so you may not have to look up the ICD-9 codes at all).
Just remember, nearly all of the answers are in your code books - you just have to know where to look. Tab your ICD-9, and get very familiar with the CPT book from cover to cover - know what's in there, and what pages to look in. I suggest reading over all of the guidelines in both books, if you've got time.
One last trick - you'll have to look in your ICD-9 conventions for a few test questions (I guarantee it) - find the pages with the conventions and separate them from the rest of the pages - when you're holding only the pages with the conventions, take a highlighter, and color the edges of the pages (Just run it around the outside edges - I also colored the page corners on the first and last pages of mine). When you close the book, you'll see a brightly colored stripe where your guidelines are, so they're MUCH easier to find. Hope that helps! Good luck!
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