The Medical field is daunting and can be extremely intimidating if you don’t have any experience. Medical Coding expands that even more so! You’re learning the ins and outs of the medical field as well as learning a new language inside of it all. The coding language! Here is an outline of what you should expect to learn, as well as what you would want to pay close attention to.
The CPC certification test AAPC exam is 150 question test with a time limit of 5 hours and 40 minutes with questions regarding:
- Correct application of CPT.
- HCPCS Level 2 procedure and supply codes.
- ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes.
It will also cover each field of coding, medical terminology and anatomy. (https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc.aspx)
If you don’t know medical terminology and anatomy, this is one area you would want to keep a high focus in. Knowing these subjects as well as possible will provide a foot up in the work ahead as well as a much smoother acquisition in coding the medical charts accurately.
Evaluation and Management (E/M) is the ground work to all medical coding. This area of your medical coding training should be one of your most important focuses. Mastering the field of E/M’s is one way to make your job acquisition a little bit easier.
Finally, there will be parts to medical coding that will seem impossible at first. Specialties such as Interventional Radiology, Spinal Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, and Neurosurgery are coding specialties that require a lot of time and practice. You will cover these throughout the training but don’t be overwhelmed by them!