Yes, there is a difference between the 1995 and 1997 guidelines. Google "1995 E/M guidelines" and you'll find a number of sites that give them to you, along with audit tools. Do the same for the 1997 guidelines.
The exam is multiple choice, just like the CPC exam.
When I took it there were also some anatomy/terminology questions, and diagnosis questions, but mostly it is straight E/M.
You might be given a note and asked to determine the level based on 1995 guidelines. Be sure you use the correct guidelines! On a couple of scenarios the next question asked you to choose the level based on the 1997 guidelines (same note, just using a different set of guidelines).
You can take the 1995 AND 1997 audit tools into the exam along with your books.
As usual, pay attention to the key words: office vs ER vs inpatient vs nursing home (etc); established vs new; consultation; preventive.
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