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General CPC Exam Tips - You need to understand that this is not a specialty exam. This is a core coding credential. They are testing you on your general understanding of coding principles. They say that really, you can figure out everything from your manuals. It's nothing where you have to have it memorized, but obviously if you're familiar with the guidelines, you're going to know where to go to look at and verify it. So, it's a broad base of knowledge.
How many are afraidof VIR coding, vascular stuff? Normally, I mention that up, "Oh! Those are so hard." There's 10 questions on the 30,000 series which is one of the few that are shared by two anatomical sections - Respiratory and Cardio. They are not going to have 10 VIR questions. They might have one and it's going to be broad. It's not going to be nitty-gritty detail where you need to know the Vascular and Anatomy like the back of your hand. So, relax a little bit on that. You don't need to know the nitty-gritty detail of the entire CPT and ICD manual.
If you're currently involved in billing -- how many are involved in billing right now? You are going to have to try and divorce yourself from that billing and reimbursement knowledge because it's going to throw you off track. The board exam pictures you in the perfect coding world, no one mess with the rules. If you play Monopoly, don't all families kind of change the Monopoly rules a little bit? They have printed rules. So, you're being tested on the printed Monopoly rules. Now your family might say, "Oh the money goes in the middle. If you land on free parking, you get the money in the middle." That's not the rules, but... So, the payers will come along and change things. That might become your new family rules or whatever, but what you're being tested on are the printed rules. So, always go to the books, go to the manual. It's the guidelines that you're being tested on. Okay?
An example is with the colonoscopies. In the CPT book, it says choose modifier 53. If you can't complete the colonoscopy because the prep wasn't done right, or whatever. In the real world, most payers will tell you, "Well code as far as you got." Because colonoscopy goes all the way up, over and down; so the whole shebang. They've also got proctosig which only go part way up the colon. So they will say, that's as far as you got; go to proctosig. But, in CPT, it doesn't say that. We need to go by what CPT says, not by what you might be experiencing in the real world. That's why I like teaching because I can stand in the perfect coding world.
The last one is very key (confidence and time management). I had a chat with someone about this recently that your inner self-talk, I feel is probably 75% of you succeeding on this exam. I really believe that. Part of going to a review class and all the studying is really to increase your confidence. Yes, your knowledge, but it's really more your confidence. You feel well prepared. I don't know if you all believe in that, but I really do believe. Like the athletes. They talk all the time about visualizing your moves. The pole vaulters, they visualize it over and over. They are not pole vaulting all day. When they're not pole vaulting, they're rehearsing it in their head.
If you could change that inner dialogue to instead of "I'm not a good test taker, I'm not a good test taker" to "I'm really prepared well for this. I'm ready for this. I know it's going to be challenging but I can do it." It really does work. When you go and take that exam, you're going to have an advantage than if you've been beating yourself up and that negative self-talk.
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