Laureen: Welcome to the “2014 Coding Certification Review Blitz.” The reason we call it a “Blitz” is because you’re going to feel blitzed by the time you’re done. After the second day, you’re going to be extremely tired, but it’s a lot of information crammed in. Hopefully some of you had a chance to pre-bubble and highlight your books per the little video link that was sent out. That will help you save some time, but if you didn’t, what I want you to focus on more than doing the bubbles in the book – and I’ll show you how to do that in a minute because some of you are looking at me like, “What is she talking about?” Focus on the notes that I’m going to be showing you in my manual, because that’s what you want to write down in your books to prepare them to increase your speed for taking the exam.
So, today is going to be about the beginning part. I’m going to go over how to take the exam. We’re going to talk about some time management techniques, process-of- elimination-type stuff, and then we’re going to go into content review. And as I’m going to the content review, I’m going to ask you: what is your job on the board exam? Does anybody know what your job is on the board exam?
Participant: To pass.
Laureen: To pass, yeah, to pick the best of the four possible answers. And you have to train your mind because this whole Blitz is preparing you for this exam. Everyone should already, probably had a coding course, or have equivalent experience. It should be review of knowledge you already have, and really sounding down the key points that you’ll be tested on which are all around the guidelines.
CodingCertification.Org | Online Coding Course Review Blitz 2014 Excerpts – Video
I’ve been doing this since 1999, my name is Laureen Jandroep (it’s pronounced “yawning” and “drooping”), but I try to not be boring so I tell lots of corny stories if you look a little tired or peaked. But I’ve been doing this since 1999. This has gone from videotaping and audio of me just talking, no visual. Can you imagine, go to the whole CPT book just looking at me talking? So, it’s come a long, long way. And a lot of the techniques on how I teach certain concepts people have said has really, really helped them. So, I hope it helps you.
Questions, we keep at a minimum, we definitely don’t want to stop for questions about, “On my job we do it this way…” we don’t have time for that in the next two days; we have to really focus on the content. If you have questions of that nature on the break or at lunch or afterwards, I’ll stay as long as you need me to, and I’ll help you answer those questions. I’m always available after. You’ll have my email address so it’s not just over here. OK?
CPC Exam Layout – Let’s talk a little bit about that because everyone here today is taking that. This content is also good for people taking the AHIMA CCS-P exam, which is the Physician Based equivalent. So the content is the same, but the style of the exam is different. The CPC exam is all multiple choice, 150 questions. You now have 5 hours and 40 minutes. Back when I took it, it was just 5 hours. The reason I think they’ve done that is they used to, if you took a 10-minute break, they give you that 10 minutes back at the end. Well, that was a proctor’s nightmare, because okay Suzie went out for 10, she went out for 12… So, now, what they did, everyone get 5 hours and 40 minutes, you get two breaks up to I think 10 minutes each or whatever, but you don’t get time added on. So, hopefully you’ll ran to the bathroom and come right back real quick. So, keep that in mind, you have 5 hours and 40 minutes.
The answer grid, you should have two sets of handouts; one is all of the slides the powerpoint slides and the other one is supplemental handouts. In your supplemental handouts, you should have a copy of a sample Scantron form that the AAPC uses. Alright so here is the supplemental handout and Scantron form. Is everyone see upon their handouts? This is what actually you’re gonna fill out so kindly gives you a preview.