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How to Pass the CPC® Exam or Any AAPC Certification

August 14, 2019


CCO has established a four step proven process. That’s a blueprint to get you started in Achieving a credential hi, this is Alicia with CCO. I’m the educational director and through the years I’ve talked to a lot of people wanting to get certified. It doesn’t matter which credential you’re looking at This blueprint is going to get you there. The proven process is going to help you with the cpt or one of the other credentials that you’re looking for One of the things I’ve learned in the years that I’ve worked in medical coding is that people who want to get certified Struggle with education and passing the exam. The exam itself is not necessarily easy It’s easy if you have your goals in place and you’ve done studying or you’ve even if you’ve had experience in the past with Coding you still might not pass the exam because you can be as knowledgeable as the best coder but you got to take that exam and So here at CCO we came up with an excellent proven process to help you 1 learn the material that you need to be a fabulous coder and As well the tips that you need to pass that exam Now we have people that again our coders that haven’t ever been certified I that was what I had. I was a coder. I’ve never been certified I jumped in took the exam and guess what? I didn’t pass It’s not uncommon to not pass the first time. So don’t let that intimidate you but our goal at CCO is That you do pass the cert the first time one of the brilliant things about a lot of these exams that you’re going to take getting ready for the big exam for the Credential is that you’re going to get lots of practice? So let me go through the CCOs proven process that’s going to make this easy for you The first thing you need to do is step one You need to actually understand the core material now two parts to this one you could already be doing coding, but you could be in a niche market of coding and the standard CPC exam For coders is going to be over everything in the CPT and ICD and hickspicks manuals So it’s important that you have a very broad-based Education first And with CCO, that’s the first step take the education you need now again We want you to come to CCO But if you’ve already gone to another organization and you’ve gotten your training we can pick up from there alright, so the first step in role in a course or have enrolled in a course that’s going to give you the knowledge base that you need to get the credential what we do at CCO is When we get a new student we set up a welcome call with them. That way we can have goals set in place This is what you want to achieve. This is how you’re going to achieve it and this is what we’re going to do as CCO To help you along the way Also, we give you an active coach that means every seven to ten days or however often Beyond that that you want if you say no every two weeks or three weeks is fine. We’re going to have somebody available that is also a coder that’s experienced that can answer your questions that You can send an email to and say hey I stumbled on Chapter five on number six I read the rationale, but it’s not clicking with me. What do I need to do? And then with that communication via email with your coach they can say hey That is a very typical question that people Stumble with this is what you need to look at or this is where you need to go Look at this YouTube video we did and I think it will unpack the situation for you So you have an active code which is it’s going to help you along the way or that coach is going to check in with You and say you know what? You’ve been doing great. You’ve been knocking out a chapter every week But it’s been a couple weeks and you haven’t done anything is everything. Okay, and that way you can say no I’ve been really busy the kids are active or this is going on in my life. No problem I’ll check back with you next week so again They keep you on track keep you on goal and they want to make sure that you complete the course often with the students both CCO and when You teach at a college You find that some People just kind of get stalled out life Happens and you need somebody there in your corner coaching you along saying hey, you are more than halfway through You can get this done You just have a few more chapters to do and guess what these chapters are really easy You’re going to find that you’re going to get through them quickly. Now. Let’s work on the next step And and so that Coach is kind of like a someone to prod you to keep it going where you need to go So that you don’t fall back that happens a lot with online courses if they just give you the material and say here you go you know, you need somebody that can be your Advocate that will stand on your shoulder and whisper in your ear and tell you hey, you know You’ve got three more chapters to do. Let’s go Step two with CCO is we like to refine refresh and review your skills now? Let’s say that you’ve already taken a course, but you want to still work with CCO and our proven process That’s where this step you get to skip step one and jump into step two This is where the fun happens to be Because this is where you know what you need to know to pass the exam But there’s a little more to that we have to make sure that you are prepared to go in and take this exam It’s not going to be a board exam Like the nursing exam because it’s not state to say and some people call it say, oh, I gotta go take my State Board It’s not like that however It is similar in that you are testing for credential and right now This is almost a six hour exam that you’re going to be sitting for Sitting in a chair for six hours with hours with your manuals and everything in front of you and that’s intimidating So you need tools to make sure you can get through that and our step 2 of our proven process handles that one of the thing that we’re going to do is give you fabulous blitz reviews We’re going to show you how to have those key concepts that we know you’re going to be tested on leap off the page So when you read that question, you know This is what they want to know if I know and I do know it and then you can answer that question with Authority. We’re also going to learn time management skills and this is one of the problems that I had when I took the CPC exam for the first time I went in thinking that I knew how to code which I did and Sat down and I ran out of time. I had 15 minutes left and almost 30 questions And so I panicked and of course since I was running out of time I had to fill in and guess Which was really difficult when you know the content right, but you don’t have time to read the content And so therefore I went and sought some help on my time management for the exam CCO provides that for you and other little tips like how to skip when you don’t know the Answer how to make sure that you’re doing 30 questions in an hour Keep yourself paced so that you can use all those little gray cells to focus on The questions and getting the right answer not being panic and having to think about how much time do I have left? there’s so much more to it than that and you’ll find that when you talk to your coach and the proven process or you get one of our blitz programs The other thing is with the cpt or anything that you’re dealing with the cpt manual We teach you how to bubble and highlights. We teach you a bat technique is what we call it bubble highlight and annotate your Manuals to get them ready to test and what that’s going to do is that’s going to allow The the codes and the guidelines to leap off of the page for you, so you’re not Relooking at a page two or three times trying to find the best codes it’s the code that’s going to get you to the highest specificity and Quickly, that’s what they want to know You know anybody can code quite honestly, it’s like looking up and telephone number in a telephone book but the guidelines is what you have to know and the guidelines are what you’re going to be bubbling highlighting and Understanding with the Blitz that comes in step two So we’re going to be marking up our manuals showing you how not to over mark your manuals because that defeats the purpose But just making annotations and notes so that you can get to the highest specificity quickly We have a lot of credentials that we help you with and this technique works with all of them Next after you’ve gone through step two you’re ready for step three. Now. I said SEP to was where the fun begins I think that is true that that’s the fun part because you know what you’re doing and you’re getting your manuals ready? but the intimidating part the one where you need your coach to hold your hand and walk through and and you need your cheerleaders behind you is when you start taking practice exams, you need to take as many practice exams as you can get your hands on and We at CCO offer you several we have free Practice exams for almost every credential that we teach and in addition we have paid practice exams but if you’re one of our students say for our PBC course that helps you learn the cpt Credential you’ll find that included in your course is several practice exams Now these practice exams aren’t necessarily going to be the hundred and fifty questions that you are going to have on the real Exam when you sit down to take the credential exam We’ve divided it up to where you can do this in an hour or a couple hours and then you can get a feel For what? It’s like to sit down for one of these questions It also gives you amazing rationales. We’ve worked extremely hard to make sure that our rationales are meaty, and that they give you the right and the wrong answers you picked a but that is wrong because And B is the right answer do two. We want to make sure you see the whole picture so we’re very proud of the rationales that come with our practice exams and Thankfully we’ve gotten a lot of feedback that we do this very very well So again get practice exams wherever you can get at your hands on them but if you’re one of our students and you go through our proven process We’re going to make sure you have a lot of practice exams and you want to be getting 80 to 85% on these practice exams Before you sit for the exam that’s part of our proven process as well So we help you become Educated in what you need to know to take the credential We also give you a coach and hold your hand through the process If you need it now mind you we’ve got students that do it all on their own they don’t need a lot of help and we have students that have a lot of questions and it doesn’t matter with whether you Have no experience in the medical field or you have a lot of medical experience In you’re a clinician already in RN and LPN, or maybe in the therapies or an MA Again, it doesn’t matter because all of our proven process works globally for each of you next After step three, you are finally ready to set for that exam You’ve gone through every one of the steps you’re going to be nervous cuz again, this is a big deal This is not an easy exam. And if anybody tells you it is they are not telling you the truth. It’s intimidating, but you go you’re going in with open eyes, you know what to expect and You’ve got the training behind you that you can sit down with confidence and tackle that and the goal is to pass the first time So we want you to take and pass the exam we want you also to maintain your knowledge and that is part of our Step for the proven process you’ve passed that exam and now you need to maintain CEUs see he uses continuing education credits or units that all Professionals have to have whether you’re a school teacher a fire fire whether you’re a judge a lawyer a doctor It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional you have to maintain something called CEUs and we have polished and perfected our CEUs we have over a hundred CEUs in our CCO Club that goes along with our students as part of our proven process So we want to educate you. We want to get you ready to take the exam we want to have you take the exam and pass and then we want you coming back to us to maintain your Knowledge of what you need to know to get to the next level to master coding Maybe you want to easily also jump into another niche area like cardiology oncology something like that You can do that through these CEUs. You may want to just pick up a couple CEUs and say is is Cardiology one. I want to try grab a CEA couple CEUs watch an excellent video lecture that’s applicable to the subject hot dog Exciting and relevant to what you’re working in take a quick quiz at the end Capture those CES and you can say yes Cardiology is exciting. That’s what I want to get some more education tune in and pick up a credential in that so moving on with that The last thing we do in our proven process is we include video lectures all the time We have several a week that we do and that a lot of these are free to the public, you know You’ll see them on our Facebook page on our YouTube channel, and please like and subscribe those that way you’ll know about what’s happening But we also have a monthly Q&A webinar where people have sent in questions That they have that’s relevant to their working environment As well as new students people that are just interested in the coding world, and we answer those questions live for you we bring up an Answer sheet so that you can go back and reference it then we transcribe that and we send that to you Not only is that worth CEUs, but it’s a great way to get questions answered that you might have Above and beyond all of this We have a way for you to check in with us and ask your questions Call us and set up an appointment If this is something you think you’re interested you can use this number that you’re seeing on the screen Call set up an appointment with myself or one of the other CCO members will answer your questions or Send an email to help desk at CCO us and they’ll make sure that you talk to the right person Let’s find out where you are in this journey If you have no medical experience Then what do you need to need to get started? If you’re already a coder and you want a specialty credential we can help you with that Or maybe you’re a clinician and you’re just tired of being on your feet anymore And you want to start working remote so that you can do some traveling with your spouse then again We’re here to help and we’ll be able to help you with the proven process that CCO Has come up with that has been shown to work for people in all areas of medical coding Do you need more medical certification and business training learn more at WWE You

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