Laureen: COBGC? That’s the OB/GYN one, right?                          

Chandra:  Yes, that’s the one I took by accident.    

Laureen:  That’s the one you accidentally took? [Laughs]                          

Chandra:  Don’t laugh at me; I know there are people out there laughing at me. Yes, you can accidentally take an exam [laughs]. I know there are people that don’t know the story that are like, “What are you talking about?” And I like Barb’s suggestion, Barb suggested for preparing for that is to pray a lot. The COGBC OB/GYN exam and how I accidentally took it. On the AAPC website when you are registering for a specialty exam, it used to be a drop-down box. I think somebody might have heard this story because now it’s different buttons that you click. But in that dropdown box, Hematology, Oncology, and OB aren’t that far apart, and somehow I thought I was registering for one and I registered for a different one. When everything came, like when they sent me the study guide that I ordered along with it, it was an OB/GYN one, and so I wound up taking the COGBC on OB/GYN, and anybody that knows me knows that my favorite phrase is, “I don’t know nothing about birth and babies, nor the right one to learn.” But it turns out I actually knew more about it than I thought I did.                                  

Laureen:  How to code it.                           

Chandra:  How to code it. Yes.    

Boyd:  Everybody wants to know if you passed. 

Chandra:  I did! I did [laughs]; by more than a little, too. I was pretty excited about that. And only on one attempt. I really didn’t study for it either, it was one of those, I scheduled it, I didn’t have time in my schedule to really study and it got closer, closer, and closer. I went, “Eh! I got a free retake anyway, I’ll go take it and see how I do.”

Laureen:  And you said a couple of the annotations from doing the BHAT™ system  

Chandra:  Absolutely! I took two specialty exams this year outside of the CDEO and I’m going to admit something that you don’t want to hear, Laureen, but I only applied the BHAT™ technique to those sections of my CPT book. Like, I took cardiology and OB…                         

Laureen:  Selectively BHAT-ing? 

Chandra:  So, those are the only two that received the BHAT™ information. They both helped me for taking those. But to answer the question about how to prepare for the OB exam; one is, do not think because you work in an OB practice day-in and day-out that this is going to be an easy exam. In my experience, there was a lot of information on there that my OB/GYNs in the groups that I worked with over the last few years don’t do anymore. They call somebody else in, whether it be a general surgeon, a urologist, a proctologist to deal with a lot of the bladder signs and the dropped bowels, things like that. Those are all included because for years they were things that OB/GYNs did. Not just the OB piece. OB is actually a very small portion of that exam. A lot of it hinges on GYN and GYN-related urologic and gastro issues. So, you really want to be prepared with that.

I would definitely encourage you to take practice exam through the AAPC, they offer practice exams for the specialties. You can get the specialty study guide. I didn’t find it as helpful for me personally. What I actually did, I got one of the practice exams, what actually got that I did was one of the practice exams and then the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) has a great manual out there that is procedural coding for OB/GYN specialties, or something like that. I think if you’re in the club, in the free forum, I posted that a couple of days ago out there, you can find it on their website, just go look for a procedural coding on the ACOG website and it was a really helpful manual. It tells you what’s bundled in different codes and all of that because you do get one additional resource for that exam, and that helped me quite a bit to know what my NCCI Edits were and how things were grouped together.

This segment “How to Prepare for the COBGC Exam” originally aired on Live with Laureen #013 on January 5th, 2017.


About the Author:

Laureen Jandroep
CPC, COC, CPPM, CPC-I.,Sr. Instructor for Resides in southern New Jersey with her husband of over 20 years Anthony and four children. They are active parents and spend most of their time these days just being parents which they love.

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