I took the cardiology specialty exam a few months ago and it was surprisingly easier than I had anticipated !!! I did not feel like I had prepared myself and almost resheduled the exam. I am sooo glad I didn't. I finished the exam in 2 hours !!! which left me plenty of time to review my answers, in which I did go back and change 11 answers. My particular test only had a couple of cath's, only one peripheral, but had alot of EP studies. I currently code for a cardiologist and my strong points were cath's and peripheral studies. I was very worried that their were so few on the test and I have never coded EP studies. Infact, I don't recall studing EP's for the exam. I don't recall any major "surgery" questions. Everything was percutaneous. The main thing is to not over analyze !! Stick to the basic coding rules. I would read the answers first, then the question. You can almost immediately eliminate the wrong answers if you are familiar with modifiers and the codes. I also wrote notes all over the exam while thinking it out. Before I knew it, I was done. I admit to being very unsure of myself as to whether or not I passed. The study guide really is your best source. However I had been coding in cardiology for almost two years before taking the exam, otherwise I'm uncertain that I would have passed. Know your terminology!! Oh, also I took a peripheral chart and only had to use it once. Make excellent notes in your CPT book !! This saves you a tremendous amout of time. I tabbed my main peripheral codes- angioplasty, atherectomy,stents, and S&I. I also wrote the S&I codes next to the corresponding procedure code. Which if you code these often, you have memorized. I also used the blank pages in my CPT book to make notes on my weak points on PPm and AICD's etc. Sorry to ramble on... hope I could be of help !
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