Who doesn’t want to be known as the best in the industry? Everyone in the field of medical coding wants to achieve the maximum number of certifications that prove his or her excellence in the various specialties of medical coding. The AAPC conducts a number of exams for various specialties to test the expertise of medical coders who want to prove their experience and depth of their knowledge in their chosen field. One of these tests is the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. The AAPC provides numerous preparation materials for the exam. However, it is not possible for everyone to afford those materials as they are little expensive. So, here are few tips to follow that will ensure you clear the CPC exam.
Learn the CPT manual: In the CPC exam, the majority of the questions are from the CPT manual. Hence it is advisable that you focus your efforts on CPT manual and know everything about it completely. Since CPC exam can be attempted by those who have experience in medical coding jobs, you would have already gathered considerable knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy. However, since there will be questions on these subjects also it is very much required that you get a strong hold on the medical vocabulary to answer any question.
Manage time effectively: Managing time effectively is the key to success. Set a specific time for the preparation of each section in the exam and also while attempting the exam, set a certain time for answering each section and follow that. This way you can attempt all the questions and will not waste your time on anything that you are not confident about.
Elimination process: Since the exam consists of multiple choice questions, you should read the question thoroughly and try to understand the difference between various options given for the answer. Then it is better to follow the strategy of eliminating the wrong choices and finally arrive at the correct choice to rule out any confusion and to be sure of the answer. Medical terminology questions: Though you have experience in medical coding jobs, you may have trouble with anatomy and medical terminology questions. In that case, you can refer to the approved manuals that can be used during the exam. The approved manuals that can be taken with you for the exam are – CPT book, ICD-10-CM book and HCPCS Level II book.
If you have been working with zeal to excel in your career, then you already have the knowledge and experience to take the CPC exam. The only thing required is a little effort daily towards preparation and a little support and encouragement from your colleagues and friends. Avontix is one of the best medical coding companies in Hyderabad that provides ample support to its team in excelling in their chosen field.