Next question: Medical terminology on the CPC exam. This is one Alicia was going to answer so I will try to do my best here. What type of medical terminology would be on the test?

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Basically you can be asked any medical terminology question possible, so, its advisable to take a medical terminology course especially with ICD-10 coming up which is going to require you to have a lot more anatomy understanding that ICD-9. If you need a course, we just happen to have one on medical terminology, anatomy for ICD-10 coding. So we chose that book because it’s the only one that I found with medical terminology and anatomy and for coders. So its currently selling for $48.72 if you want to do self study or if you want to do it with the instructor coaching you and all of that, take the course from us and you will get a certificate of completion and all that good stuff. I will highlight the medical terminology course later in the presentation…you know I will, right?! This is another book Alicia was recommending and I recommend too that is heavy in terminology review for the CPC exam and that’s Carol Buck’s CPC coding exam review, called the certification step. It sells on Amazon for about $50.

Here is a sample question: This term means the surgical removal of the fallopian tube. Ligation, hysterectomy, salpingostomy, salpingostomy. So, which do you think it is? Lets do another poll. Did you get that one Boyd? Go ahead and fill out the poll, which do you think is the correct answer? #1, 2, 3 or 4 or A, B, C, D…I’m not sure how its being presented to you.

Boyd: This term means a surgical removal of the fallopian tube – and then you can go ahead and put what they actually say.

Laureen: Ligation, hysterectomy, salpingostomy or salpingectomy.

Boyd: 84% voted so I’m going to close the poll in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Laureen: 15% said ligation, 16% said hysterectomy, 7% said salpingostomy and 62% said salpingectomy so you, answer D is correct. So good job. What is interesting with this for medical terminology, what you really want to focus on is the suffixes and the prefixes. In this case if you knew your suffixes ectomy vs. ostomy, since this says surgical removal which is what ectomy means, you could throw out 1 and 3. Then what you need to know is what is the root word for fallopian tube and you know it is not hyster for that is the uterus, you probably know that and ligation you know means tying off so when you do that process of elimination, you know its #4. So, good job.

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Alicia has been working in the medical field for over 20 years. She first learned about medical coding while working in a medical records department at a resort town hospital near where she was raised. Through the years she has held several jobs in the medical field from, CNA, EMT, Pharmacy technician and Medial Records Abstractor and Analyst. Outside of the medical field she has worked as a Real Estate agent, and owned her own on-line retail business. The medical field has always been where she felt the most comfortable. Alicia has taught medical coding, billing and medical law and ethics at a private college. She also did contract work in HCC Risk Adjustment and discovered she really enjoyed ICD work. Because she loves to learn Alicia is working towards her Masters in Health Care Administration with an emphasis on education. Having taken many online classes through the years to complete her degree she feels very comfortable with both face to face and on-line learning. Alicia will tell you that not only does she love medical coding but she has a passion for teaching it. Alicia lives in the middle of Texas with her husband who is a Pastor, five of her six children, three dogs and two cats.

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