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CPC Exam Questions 2013 – Part Five

Radiology

Some radiology codes include two components. Often a radiologist will use the radiology equipment, which is known as the technical component, and the physician will provide the second half of the CPT code by supervising and interpreting the study. When this occurs what should the physician report?

  • The full CPT code
  • The CPT code with a modifier TC
  • The CPT with a modifier 26
  • The CPT with a modifier 52

A patient presents to the ER with intractable nausea and vomiting, and abdominal pain that radiates into her pelvis. The physician orders a CT scan of the abdomen, first without contrast and then followed by contrast, and a CT of the pelvis, without contrast.

  • 74176, 74178-51
  • 74178 x2, 74177
  • 74178, 74176-51
  • 74178

A patient was in an MVA and his face struck the steering wheel. He had multiple contusions and facial swelling. The physician suspected a zygomatic-malar or maxilla fracture. The radiologist took an oblique anterior-posterior projection which showed the facial complex clearly. An anterior-posterior and lateral views were also taken.

  • 70250
  • 70150
  • 70120
  • 70100

If a prior study is available but it is documented in the medical records that there was inadequate visualization of the anatomy, then a diagnostic angiography may be reported in conjunction with an interventional procedure if modifier 59 is appended to the diagnostic S&I.

  • False
  • True

A physician performed a deep bone biopsy of the femur. The trocar was visualized and guided using a CAT scan and interpretation was provided.

  • 20225, 73700
  • 38221, 76998
  • 20225, 77012
  • 20245, 77012-26

HDR internal radiation therapy was performed by using a remote controlled MultiSource afterloader which was connected to 3 catheters. The 6 Ir-192 radioactive wire sources were released from the containment unit and were delivered beside the tumor within the body cavity, as pre-determined. After 15 minutes the sources were  removed from the patient and placed back into the containment unit.

  • 77777
  • 77786
  • 77790
  • 77762

A patient has a myocardial perfusion imaging study which included quantitative wall motion, ejection fraction by gated technique, and attenuation correction. The study was done during a cardiac stress test which was induced by using dipyridamole. The physician supervised, the interpretation and report were completed by the cardiologist.

  • 78453
  • 78451
  • 78453, 93016
  • 78451, 93016

A 35 year old mother carrying twin gestations, who has a three year old child with down syndrome, comes in for a prenatal screening. She is in her 12th week of pregnancy and the physician requests that the amount of fluid behind the necks of the fetuses be measured. A transabdominal approach was used.

  • 76801, 76802
  • 76811, 76812
  • 76813, 76814
  • 76816, 76816-59

A dialysis patient presents in the radiology department. His physician suspects that the tip of his Hickman’s catheter in his left forearm may have migrated from its original placement. The vascular surgeon on-call injects radiopaque iodine into the patient’s port and examines it under fluoroscopic imaging.

  • 75820
  • 36598, 75820, 76000
  • 36598, 75820
  • 36598

A written report signed by the interpreting physician should be considered an integral part of the radiological procedure or interpretation.

  • True
  • False

Pathology and Laboratory

A physician orders a patient’s blood be tested for levels of urea nitrogen, sodium, potassium, transferase alanine and aspartate amnio, total protein, ionized calcium, carbon dioxide, chloride, creatinine, glucose, and TSH.

  • 80053-52, 84443
  • 80048, 84443, 84155, 84460, 84450
  • 80047, 84460, 84450, 84155, 84443
  • 80051, 84520, 84460, 84450, 84155, 82330, 82565, 82947, 84443

A specimen labeled “right ovarian cyst” is received for examination. It consists of a smooth-walled, clear fluid filled cyst measuring 13x12x7 cm and weighing 1351 grams with fluid. Both surfaces of the wall are pink-tan, smooth and grossly unremarkable. No firm or thick areas or papillary structures are noted on the cyst wall externally or internally. After removal the fluid, the cyst weight 68 grams. The fluid is transparent and slightly mucoid.

  • 88307
  • 88305
  • 88304
  • 88300

A patient presents to the ED with chest pain, shortness of breath, and a history of congestive heart failure. The physician performs a 12 lead EKG which indicates a myocardial infarction without ST elevations. The physician immediately orders myoglobin, quantitative troponin, and CK enzyme levels to be run once every hour for three consecutive hours.

  • 83874 x3, 84484 x3, 82550 x3
  • 83874-91 x3, 84484-91 x3, 82250-91 x3
  • 83874, 83874-91 x2, 84484, 84484-91 x2, 82550, 82550-91 x2
  • 82250-76, 82250-91
  • 83874-99, 83874-76, 83874-91, 84484-99, 84484-76, 84484-91, 82250-99,

A 17 year old female presents in her family physician’s office complaining of nausea, vomiting, and weight gain. She has been experiencing these symptoms on and off for two weeks. An analysis of the urine reveals a positive pregnancy test and hCG levels of 12500 mIU/ml confirm she is in her sixth week of pregnancy.

  • 81005, 84703
  • 81025, 84703
  • 81025, 84702
  • 81005, 84702

An employee was randomly selected for a drug screen. According to the employer it is standard procedure to use a multiplex screening kit and test for barbiturates, cocaine, opiates, and methadone. Any drug with a positive result should be confirmed with a second, quantitative test. The employee showed positive for barbiturates and opiates. Secondary tests were run on the two and levels came back with 350 ng/ml for barbituates and 375 ng/ml for opiates.

  • 80101, 80101-91 x3, 80102, 80102-91
  • 80104, 80104-91 x3, 80102, 80102-91
  • 80100, 80100-91 x3, 82205, 83925
  • 80104,82205, 83925

Donloadable CPC Practice Exam

A CBC does not include which of the following:

  • RBC
  • Hgb
  • hCG
  • WBC

A couple that was unsuccessful at conceiving a child chooses to have in vitro fertilization done. The eggs and semen have been harvested and nine eggs were implanted with a sperm. The zygotes went through mitosis and produced embryos. Three embryos were then implanted in the woman and the other six were kept for later use. What codes(s) would the lab technician charge for her services in preserving the remaining six embryos?

  • 89342
  • 89268
  • 89258
  • 89255 x6

A patient in her 30th week of pregnancy has a high oral glucose reading and her physician orders a glucose tolerance test. Upon arrival the laboratory technician draws the patient’s blood and the patient then ingests a glucose drink. Her blood is then drawn one, two, and three hours after the ingestion. As the patient was leaving the laboratory the technician informs her that the samples were incorrectly labeled and that the test needed to be repeated. The patient has her blood drawn again, ingested the glucose drink again, and has her blood re-drawn at one, two, and three hour intervals.

  • 82951, 82951-91
  • 82946, 82946-91
  • 82947, 82950, 82950-91 x2
  • 82951

Carbon dioxide, total calcium, and sodium and all in what three panels?

  • 80047, 80069, 80051
  • 80048, 80053, 80069
  • 80069, 80047, 80048
  • 82374, 82310, 84295

A qualitative hCG test will provide a positive or negative result while a quantitative hCH test will provide a specific amount of hCG in the specimen.

  • True
  • False

Medicine

A 5year old is brought into the ER after being attacked by a stray dog. The stray was captured and tested positive for rabies. The patient has a 3cm laceration on his right cheek that requires simple closure and a 1cm and 4cm laceration on his upper left arm requiring layered repair. After discussing the benefits and risks with the patient’s parents they decide to have an IM rabies vaccination administered by the physician, due to the patient’s rabies exposure.

  • 873.41, 880.09, V01.5, 12032, 12013-51, 90460-51, 90375
  • 873.41, 880.09, V04.5, 12032, 12013-51, 90471-51, 90675-51
  • 873.41, 880.09, V01.5, 12032, 12013-51, 90460-51, 90675
  • 873.41, 880.03, V04.5, 12013, 12031-51, 12032-51, 96372-51, 90375

A 52 year old male is in the emergency department complaining of dizziness and states he passed out prior to arrival. The physician evaluates him, orders that a 12 lead EKG be performed, and has the nurse infuse 2 liters of NS over a 1 hour and 45 minute time period under his supervision. The EKG results were reviewed by the physician and were normal. A report was written and the patient was diagnosed with syncope due to dehydration and released. In addition to the EM service what should the physician code for?

  • 93000, 96360, 96361
  • 93010
  • 93000, 96360
  • 93010, 96360, 96361

A 45year old patient with end stage renal disease has in home dialysis services initiated on the 15th of the month. The physician provides dialysis every day. On the 19th the patient was admitted to the hospital and discharged on the 24th. The physician and patient began in-home dialysis again on the 25th and continued every day until the 31st.

  • 90970 x11
  • 90970
  • 90966
  • 90960

A patient with a dual lead implantable cardioverter-defibrillator has his physician initiate remote monitoring of the ICD and of cardiovascular monitor functionality (within the ICD), to help diagnosis the patient with what he suspects is left sided heart failure. Over the course of 90 days the physician remotely analyzes recorded data from the device, including left atrial pressure, ventricular pressure, and the patient’s blood pressure. He also remotely analyzes data from the defibrillator, including the heart rhythms and pace. After analysis and review the physician compiles reports on both. During this time period there was also one in-person interrogation of the ICM device and one in-person encounter for programming and adjusting the ICD device to ensure test functions and to optimize programming.

  • 93297 x3, 93295, 93283
  • 93297, 93295, 93283
  • 93297, 93295, 93290, 93283
  • 93297 x3, 93295, 93290, 93283

History: Past ocular surgery history is significant for neurovascular age-related dry macular degeneration. Patient has had laser four times to the macula on the right and two times to the left. Exam: Established 63 year old female patient. On examination, lids, surrounding tissues, and palpebral fissure are all unremarkable. Conjunctiva, sclera, cornea and iris were all assessed as well. Palpitation of the orbital rim revealed nothing. Visual acuity with correction measured 20/400 OU. Manifest refraction did not improve this. There was no afferent pupillary defect. Visual fields were grossly full to hand motions. Intraocular pressure measured 17 mm in each eye. Vertical prism bars were used to measure ocular deviation and a full sensorimotor examination to evaluate the function of the ocular motor system was performed. A slit-lamp examination was significant for clear corneas There was early nuclear sclerosis in both eyes. There was a sheet like 1-2+ posterior subcapsular cataract on the left. Dilated examination by way of cycloplegia showed choroidal neovascularization with subretinal heme and blood in both eyes. Magnified inspection was obtained with a Goldman 3-mirror lens and the retina, optic disc, and retinal vasculature were visualized. Macular degeneration was present in both the left and right retinas.

Assessment/Plan: Advanced neurovascular age-related macular degeneration OU, this is ultimately visually limiting. Cataracts are present in both eyes. I doubt cataract removal will help increase visual acuity; however, I did discuss with the patient, especially in the left, that cataract surgery will help us better visualize the macula for future laser treatment so that her current vision can be maintained. We discussed her current regiments and decided to continue with the high doses of the vitamins A, C and E, and the minerals zinc and copper to help slow her degeneration. After consideration the patient agreed to left cataract surgery which we scheduled for two weeks from today.

  • 92012, 92060, 92081
  • 92014, 92060
  • 92014
  • 92012

Some procedures or services are commonly carried out as an integral component of another total service or procedure and are identified by the inclusion term “separate procedure”. Codes with this inclusion term should not be reported in addition to the total procedure code or service to which it is considered an integral part, unless it is independently carried out or considered unrelated. If performed independently or as an un-related procedure it may be coded with modifier 59 appended to it.

  • False
  • True

A 73 year old group home resident with end stage renal disease has a nurse come in on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to perform peritoneal dialysis. Each dialysis session lasts three hours. Once a week, (on Friday), the nurse also assists the patient with his meals, cleaning, and grocery shopping. What should the nurse charge for a month (30 days) of services if the 1st of the month landed on a Monday?

  • 99512 x 13, 99509 x4
  • 90966, 99509 x4
  • 99601 x13, 99602 x13, 99509 x4
  • 99601, 99602 x25, 99509 x4

The physician performs a non-imaging physiological recording of pressure on the left leg with Doppler analysis of blood flow in both directions. ABIs were taken at the back and front lower aspect of the tibial and tibial/dorsalis pedis arteries. In addition 2 levels of plethymography volume and oxygen tension were taken.

  • 93922-52
  • 93922
  • 93923
  • 93923-52

Due to a suspected gastric outlet obstruction a manometric study is performed. Using nuclear medicine the physician monitors the time it takes for food to move through the patient’s stomach, the time it take the patient’s stomach to empty into the small intestine, and how fully it empties.

  • 91010
  • 91020
  • 91022
  • 0240T

Which of the following drugs is not pending FDA approval

  • 90664
  • 90666
  • 90667
  • 90668

Donloadable CPC Practice Exam

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CPC Exam 2013 Questions – Part Four

CPC Exam 2013 Questions

Digestive

The patient was scheduled for an esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Upon arrival they were placed under conscious sedation and instructed to swallow a small flexible camera. The camera was then manipulated into the esophagus, and through the entire length of the esophagus. The esophagus appeared to be slightly inflamed, but there was no sign of erosion or flame hemorrhage. A small 2cm tissue sample was taken to look for gastroesophageal reflux disease. There was no stricture or Barrett mucosa. The bony and the antrum of the stomach were normal without any acute peptic lesions. Retroflexion of the tip of the  endoscope in the body of the stomach revealed an abnormal cardia. There were no acute lesions and no evidence of ulcer, tumor, or polyp. The pylorus was easily entered, and the first, second, and third portions of the duodenum were normal.

  • 43239
  • 43235
  • 43206
  • 43202

After informed consent was obtained, the patient was placed in the left lateral decubitus position and sedated. The Olympus video colonoscope was inserted through the anus and was advanced in retrograde fashion through the sigmoid colon, descending colon, and to the splenic flexure. There was a large amount of stool at the flexure which appeared to be impacted. The physician decided not to advance to the cecum due to the impaction and the scope was pulled back into the descending colon and then slowly withdrawn. The mucosa was examined in detail along the way and was entirely normal. Upon reaching the rectum, retroflex examination of the rectum was normal. The scope was then  straightened out, the air removed and the scope withdrawn. The patient tolerated the procedure well.

  • 45378
  • 45378-53
  • 45330
  • 45330-53

Operative Note

The 45 year old male patient was taken to the operative suite, placed on the table in the supine position, and given a spinal anesthetic. The right inguinal region was shaved, prepped, and draped in a routine sterile fashion. The patient received 1 gm of Ancef IV push. A transverse incision was made in the intraabdominal crease and carried through the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The external oblique fascia was exposed and incised down to, and through, the external inguinal ring. The spermatic cord and hernia sac were dissected bluntly off the undersurface of the external oblique fascia exposing the attenuated floor of the inguinal canal. The cord was surrounded with a Penrose drain. The sac was separated from the cord structures. The floor of the inguinal canal, which consisted of attenuated transversalis fascia, was imbricated upon itself with a running locked suture of 2-0 Prolene. Marlex patch 1 x 4 in dimension was trimmed to an appropriate shape with a defect to accommodate the cord. It was placed around the cord and sutured to itself with 2-0 Prolene. The patch was then sutured medially to the pubic tubercle, inferiorly to Cooper’s ligament and inguinal ligaments, and superiorly to conjoined tendon using 2-0 Prolene. The area was irrigated with saline solution, and 0.5% Marcaine with epinephrine was injected to provide prolonged postoperative pain relief. The cord was returned to its position. External oblique fascia was closed with a running 2-0 PDS, subcu with 2-0 Vicryl, and skin with running subdermal 4-0 Vicryl and Steri-Strips. Sponge and needle counts were correct. Sterile dressing was applied.

  • 49505
  • 49505, 54520
  • 49505, 49568
  • 49505,54520, 49568

The vestibule is part of the oral cavity outside the dentoalveolar structures and includes the mucosal and submucosal tissue of the lips and cheeks.

  • True
  • False

Which of the following organs is not part of the alimentary canal?

  • Gallbladder
  • Duodenum
  • Jejunum
  • Tongue

A 13 year old child has his tonsils and adenoids removed due acute tonsillitis and chronic tonsilitis and adenoiditis.

  • 42821-50, 463, 474.0
  • 42821, 463, 474.02
  • 42826, 42836, 463, 474.02
  • 42826, 42831, 475, 474.0

Operative Note

Preoperative Diagnosis: Protein-calorie malnutrition

Postoperative Diagnosis: Protein-calorie malnutrition.

Anesthesia: Conscious sedation per Anesthesia..

Complications: None

EGD: Dr. Brown

PEG Placement: Dr. Smith

History: The patient is a 73-year-old male who was admitted to the hospital with some mentation changes. He was unable to sustain enough caloric intake and had markedly decreased albumin stores. After discussion with the patient and his son they agreed to place a PEG tube for nutritional supplementation. Procedure: After informed consent was obtained the patient was brought to the endoscopy suite. He was placed in the supine position and was given IV sedation by the Anesthesia Department. An EGD was performed from above by Dr. Brown who has dictated his finding separately. The stomach was transilluminated and an optimal position for the PEG tube was identified using the single poke method. The skin was infiltrated with local and the needle and sheath were inserted through the abdomen into the stomach under direct visualization. The needle was removed and a guidewire was inserted through the sheath. The guidewire was grasped from above with a snare by Dr. Brown. It was removed completely and the Ponsky PEG tube was secured to the guidewire. The guidewire and PEG tube were then pulled through the mouth and esophagus and snug to the abdominal wall. There was no evidence of bleeding. Photos were taken. The Bolster was placed on the PEG site. A complete dictation for the EGD will be done separately by Dr. Brown. The patient tolerated the procedure well and was transferred to recovery room in stable condition. He will be started on tube feedings in 6 hours with aspiration and dietary precautions to determine his nutritional goal. What code(s) should Dr. Smith charge?

  • 43653
  • 43752
  • 49440
  • 43246-62

An 18 year old female was found with a suicide note and an empty bottle of Tylenol. She was rushed into the emergency department where she had a large-bore gastric lavage tube inserted into her stomach and the contents were evacuated.

  • 43756
  • 43752
  • 43753
  • 43754

All endoscopies performed on the digestive system (such as an esophagoscopy, a colonoscopy, a sigmoidoscopy, etc.) do not allow moderate sedation to be coded additionally because it is bundled into the code?

  • True
  • False

Operative Note

History of Present Illness: Ms. Moore is status post lap band placement, the band was placed just over a year ago and she is here for a lap band adjustment. She has a history of problems previously with her adjustments. She has been under a lot of stress recently due to a car accident she was in a couple of weeks ago. Since the accident she has been experiencing problems of “not feel full”. She states that she is not really hungry but she does not feel full either. She also states that when she is hungry at night she is having difficulty waiting until the morning to eat. She also mentioned that she had a candy bar and that seemed to make her feel better.

Physical Examination: On exam, her temperature is 98, pulse 76, weight 197.7 pounds, blood pressure 102/72, BMI is 38.5, she has lost 3.8 pounds since her last visit. She was alert and oriented in no apparent distress.

Procedure: I was able to access her port. She does have an AP standard low profile. I aspirated 6 mL, I did add 1 mL, so she has got approximately 7 mL in her restrictive device, she did tolerate water post procedure.

Assessment: The patient’s status post lap band adjustments; doing well, has a total of 7 mL within her lap band, tolerated water pos procedure. She will come back in two weeks for another adjustment as needed.

  • 43771
  • 43886
  • 43842
  • 43848

Urinary, Male Genital, and Female Genital Systems, and Maternity Care and Delivery

 

A patient was brought to the OR and sedated. She was then placed in the supine position on a water filled cushion. The C-Arm image intensifier was positioned in the correct anatomical location above the left renal and a total of 2500 high energy shock waves were applied from the outside of the body. Energy levels were slowly started and O2 increased up to 7. Gradually the 2.5cm stone was broken into smaller pieces as the number of shocks went up. The shocks were started at 60 per minute and slowly increased up to 90 per minute. The patient’s heart rate and blood pressure were stable throughout the entire procedure. She was transported to recovery in good condition.

  • 50590
  • 50060
  • 50130, 76770
  • 50081, 74425

A patient recently underwent a total hysterectomy due to ovarian cancer, which has  metastasized. She is now having cylinder rods placed for clinical brachytherapy treatment. Treatment will consist of high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy once correct placement of the rods have been confirmed.

  • 57156-58
  • 57155-58
  • 57156
  • 57155

The patient was brought to the suite, where after oral sedation; the scrotum was prepped and draped. 1% lidocaine was used for local anesthesia. The vas was identified, skin was incised, and no scalpel instruments were used to dissect out the vas. A segment about 3 cm in length was dissected out. It was clipped proximally and distally, and then the ends were cauterized after excising the segment. Minimal bleeding was encountered and the scrotal skin was closed with 3-0  chromic. The identical procedure was performed on the contralateral side. The patient tolerated the procedure well. He was discharged from the surgical center in good condition with Tylenol with Codeine for pain.

  • 55250
  • 55400-50
  • 55400
  • 55450

Operative Note

Epidural anesthesia was administered in the holding area, after which the patient was transferred into the operating room. General endotracheal anesthesia was administered,

after which the patient was positioned in the flank standard position. A left flank incision

was made over the area of the twelfth rib. The subcutaneous space was opened by using

the Bovie. The ribs were palpated clearly and the fascia overlying the intercostal space

between the eleventh and twelfth rib was opened by using the Bovie. The fascial layer

covering of the intercostal space was opened completely until the retroperitoneum was

entered. Once the retroperitoneum had been entered, the incision was extended until the

peritoneal envelope could be identified. The peritoneum was swept medially. The

Finochietto retractor was then placed for exposure. The kidney was readily identified and

was mobilized from outside Gerota’s fascia. The ureter was dissected out easily and was

separated with a vessel loop. The superior aspect of the kidney was mobilized from the

superior attachment. The pedicle of the left kidney was completely dissected revealing the vein and the artery. The artery was a single artery and was dissected easily by using a right-angle clamp. A vessel loop was placed around the renal artery. The tumor could be easily palpated in the lateral lower pole to mid pole of the left kidney. The Gerota’s fascia overlying that portion of the kidney was opened in the area circumferential to the tumor. Once the renal capsule had been identified, the capsule was scored using a Bovie about 0.5 cm lateral to the border of the tumor. Bulldog clamp was then placed on the renal artery. The tumor was then bluntly dissected off of the kidney with a thin rim of a normal renal cortex. This was performed by using the blunted end of the scalpel. The tumor was removed easily. The argon beam coagulation device was then utilized to coagulate the base of the resection. The visible larger bleeding vessels were oversewn by using 4-0 Vicryl suture. The edges of the kidney were then reapproximated by using 2-0 Vicryl suture with pledgets at the ends of the sutures to prevent the sutures from pulling through. Two horizontal mattress sutures were placed and were tied down. The Gerota’s fascia was then also closed by using 2-0 Vicryl suture. The area of the kidney at the base was covered with Surgicel prior to tying the sutures. The bulldog clamp was removed and perfect hemostasis was evident. There was no evidence of violation into the calyceal system. A 19-French Blake drain was placed in the inferior aspect of the kidney exitingthe  left flank inferior to the incision. The drain was anchored by using silk sutures. The flank fascial layers were closed in three separate layers in the more medial aspect. The lateral posterior aspect was closed in two separate layers using Vicryl sutures. The skin was finally re-approximated by using metallic clips. The patient tolerated the procedure well.

  • 50545
  • 50240
  • 50220
  • 50290

 

Donloadable CPC Practice Exam

A 26 year old patient who is Gravida 2 Para 1 presents to the ER in her 36th week of pregnancy with twin gestations who are monochorionic and monoamniotic. She is in active labor, 6 cm dilated, and her water is intact. Her OBGYN, who provided 12 antepartum visits, admitted her to labor & delivery. Although the patient had a previous cesarean during her first pregnancy the physician allowed her to attempt a vaginal birth. After pushing for three hours the patient was exhausted and taken to the OR for a cesarean delivery with a transverse incision. Two healthy newborns were born 15 minutes later. During the hospital stay and afterward the same physician provided the postpartum care to the mother.

  • 59426, 59622,59620, 651.01, 644.21, V31.1, V91.01
  • 59618, 59620-51, 651.01, 644.21,669.71, V27.2, V91.01
  • 59618, 59618-51, 651.01, V27.2, V91.01
  • 59618-22, 669.71, 644.21, V31.1, V91.01

When reporting delivery only services the discharge should be reported by using an E/M.

  • True
  • False

A 74 year old male with a weak urinary stream had his PSA tested. Results read 12.5 and he was scheduled for a biopsy to determine whether he had a malignancy or BPH. He arrived for surgery and was placed in the left lateral decubitus position and he was sedated. The surgeon used ultrasonic guidance to percutaneously retrieve 3 biopsies, using the transperineal approach. The biopsies were examined and the patient was diagnosed with secondary prostate cancer with the primary site unknown. He was directed to schedule a PET scan and discharged in good condition.

  • 55875, 76965
  • 55706, 76942
  • 55700, 76942
  • 55705, 76942

procedure: Hydrocelectomy

A scrotal incision was made and further extended with electrocautery. Once the hydrocele sac was reached we then opened and delivered the testis which drained clear fluid. There was moderate amount of scarring on the testis itself from the tunica vaginalis. The hydrocele sac was completely removed. A drain was then placed in the base of the scrotum and then the testis was placed back into the scrotum in the proper orientation. The same procedure was performed on the left. The skin was then sutured with a running interlocking suture of 3-0 Vicryl and the drains were sutured to place with 3-0 Vicryl. Bacitracin dressing, ABD dressing, and jock strap were placed. The patient was in stable condition upon transfer to recovery.

  • 55041
  • 54861
  • 55000-50
  • 55060

A urologist performs a cystometrogram with intra-abdominal voiding pressure studies in a hospital using calibrated electronic equipment that is provided for his use. He interprets the study and diagnosis the patient with neurogenic bladder.

  • 51726, 51797
  • 51729-26, 51797-26
  • 51726-26, 51797-26
  • 51729, 51797

Transvaginal sonographically controlled retrieval of a 26 year old female’s eggs by piercing the ovarian follicle with a very fine needle.

  • 58976, 76948
  • 58672
  • 58970, 76948
  • 58940, 76948

 

Endocrine, Nervous, Ocular, and Auditory Systems

 The hammer, anvil, and stirrup are the English terms for the three auditory ossicles, whose Latin names are:

  • Stapes, Utricle, and cochlea
  • Malleus, incus, and stapes
  • Utricle, incus, and vestibular nerve
  • Malleus, stapes, Utricle

Operative Note

Pre-operative Diagnosis: Increased intracranial pressure and cerebral edema due to severe brain injury.

Post operative Diagnosis: Increased intracranial pressure and cerebral edema due to severe brain injury.

Procedure: Scalp was clipped. Patient was prepped with ChloraPrep and Betadine. Incisions are infiltrated with 1% Xylocaine with epinephrine 1:200000. Patient did receive antibiotics post procedure and was draped in a sterile manner. The incision made just to the right of the right mid-pupillary line 10 cm behind the nasion. A self-retaining retractor was placed. A hole was then drilled with the cranial twist drill and the dura was punctured. A brain needle was used to localize the ventricle and it took 3 passes to localize the ventricle. The pressure was initially high. The CSF was clear and colorless . The CSF drainage rapidly tapered off because of the brain swelling. With two tries, the ventricular catheter was then able to be placed into the ventricle and then brought out through a separate puncture site; the depth of catheter was 7 cm from the outer table of the skull. There was intermittent drainage of CSF after that. The catheter was secured to the scalp with #2-0 silk sutures and the incision was closed with Ethilon suture. The patient tolerated the procedure well. No complications. Sponge and needle counts were correct. Blood loss is minimal.

  • 61107, 62160
  • 61210
  • 61107
  • 61210, 62160

Using the posterior approach the surgeon made a midline incision above the underlying vertebrae and dissected down to the paravertabral muscles and retracted then. The ligamentum flavum, lamina, and fragments of a ruptured C3-C4 intervertebral disc were all removed. The surgeon also removed a portion of the facet to relieve the compressed nerve of the C4 vertebrae. He then placed a free-fat graft over the exposed nerve and the paravertabral muscles were repositioned. The patient was then closed using layered sutures and taken to recovery.

  • 63040
  • 63075
  • 63081
  • 63170

A procedure in which corneal tissue from a donor is frozen, reshaped, and implanted into the anterior corneal stroma of the recipient to modify refractive error.

  • 65710
  • 65760
  • 65765
  • 65770

Which of the following organs is not part of the endocrine system

  • Thyroid
  • Pancreas
  • Lymph nodes
  • Adrenal Glands

Using an operating microscope the ophthalmologist places stay sutures into the rectus muscle. A cold probe is then placed over the sclera and is depressed sealing the choroid to the retina at the original tear site. He then performs a sclerotomy and places mattress sutures across the incision. Subretinal fluid is then drained. Next a silicone sponge, followed by a silicone band, are placed around the eye and sutured into place to help support the healing scar. Rectus sutures are removed.

  • 67101
  • 67101, 69990
  • 67107
  • 67107, 69990

Following a motor vehicle collision a 28 year old male was given a CT scan of the brain which indicated an infratentorial hematoma in the cerebellum. The patient was taken to the OR where the neurosurgeon, using the CT coordinates, incised the scalp and drilled a burr hole into the cranium above the hematoma. Under direct visualization he then evacuated the hematoma using suction and irrigated with NS. Hemorrhaging was controlled and the dura was closed. The skull piece was then placed back into the drill hole and screwed into place. The scalp was closed and the patient was sent to recovery.

  • 61154
  • 61253, 61315
  • 61315
  • 61154, 61315

An incision was made right in the mid palm area between the thenar and hypothenar eminence. Meticulous hemostasis of any bleeders was done. The fat was identified. The palmar aponeurosis was identified and cut and this was traced down to the wrist. There was severe compression of the median nerve. Additional removal of the aponeurosis was performed to allow for further decompression. After this was all completed, the area was irrigated with saline and bacitracin solution and closed as a single layer using Prolene 4-0 as interrupted vertical mattress stitches. Dressing was applied. The patient was brought to the recovery.

  • 64702
  • 64704
  • 64719
  • 64721

 

A postaurical incision is made on the right ear. With the use of an operating microscope the surgeon visualizes and reflects the skin flap and posterior eardrum forward. A small leak from the middle ear into the round window is noted. The surgeon then roughens up the surface of the window and packs it with fat. Upon retraction the eardrum and skin flap are replaced and the canal is packed. The surgeon then sutures the postaurical incision. He then repeats the procedure on the left ear.

  • 69666-50, 69990
  • 69667-50, 69990
  • 69666, 69990
  • 69667-50

Code 60512 should not be used:

  • In conjunction with code 60260
  • As a primary code
  • As an additional code following a total thyroidectomy
  • After code 60500

Donloadable CPC Practice Exam

CPC Exam 2013 Questions – Part Three

An 81 year old female patient with a history of well controlled type two diabetes and a mild history of asthma presents in the operating room for an open reduction with internal fixation for a displaced fracture of the right distal radius. The patient was laid in the supine position on the operating table. The right arm was prepped and draped in the normal sterile fashion. Prior to the surgery the patient was given 1g of cefazolin intravenously. A tourniquet was place on the upper arm and inflated to 250 mmHg. An incision was made along the dorsal aspect of the forearm and subcutaneous tissue was dissected to reveal the fractured radius. A curette was used to remove the splintered ends of the radius on each side of the fracture and a K-wire was then introduced along the radius to stabilize it. A guide pin was then placed down the central axis of the radius. A 20mm hole was then drilled and a screw was introduced. The K-wire was then removed and the wound was thoroughly irrigated with normal saline. The fascia layer was closed with absorbable sutures and the epidermis was closed with Monocryl. The wound was dressed with Vaseline gauze, 4x4s, and sterile Sof-Rol. A long arm Velcro splint was then placed over this and placed in a sling. The tourniquet was deflated after a total time of 60 minutes. The patient was awakened, placed in his hospital bed, and taken to the recovery room in fair condition. Estimated blood loss was 15cc. Sponge and needle counts were correct.

  • 01830-P2, 99100, 813.42, 250.00, 493.90
  • 10830-P3, 99100, 813.52. 250.00, 493.90
  • 01810-P2, 99100, 813.42, V12.2, V12.69
  • 01820-P3, 99100, 813.52, V12.2, V12.69

Integumentary

John was in a fight at the local bar and presents to the ER with multiple lacerations. The physician evaluates John and determines that he has a 2.5 cm gash to his left forearm and a 4cm gash on his right shoulder, both which require layered closure. He also has a simple 3cm laceration on his forehead that requires simple closure. What are the correct codes for the laceration repairs?

  • 12032-RT, 12031-LT, 12013-59, 881.10, 880.10, 873.42
  • 12032, 12013-59, 881.00, 880.00, 873.42
  • 13121, 12052-59, 884.1, 873.42
  • 12032-RT-LT, 12013-59, 881.00, 880.00, 873.42

A patient presents to her dermatologists office with three suspicious looking lesions. The dermatologist evaluates them and determines that the 1.3cm lesion of the scalp is benign and the 1.5cm lesion of the neck is premalignant. The 2.5 cm on the dorsal surface of the patient’s hand is also evaluated and is determined to be malignant. The dermatologist chooses to ablate all three lesions using electrosurgery.

  • 17273, 17003, 17110
  • 17273, 17000, 17003
  • 17273, 17000, 17110
  • 17273, 17003

An 18 year old female presents with a cyst of her left breast and her physician performs a puncture aspiration.

  • 10160
  • 10060
  • 10021
  • 19000

OPERATIVE REPORT

Preoperative Diagnosis: Basal Cell Carcinoma

Postoperative Diagnosis: Basal Cell Carcinoma

Location: Mid Parietal Scalp

Procedure:

Prior to each surgical stage, the surgical site was tested for anesthesia and re-anesthetized as needed, after which it was prepped and draped in a sterile fashion.  The clinically-apparent tumor was carefully defined and de-bulked prior to the first stage, determining the extent of the surgical excision. With each stage, a thin layer of tumor-laden tissue was excised with a narrow margin of normal appearing skin, using the Mohs fresh tissue technique. A map was prepared to correspond to the area of skin from which it was excised. The tissue was prepared for the cryostat and sectioned. Each section was coded, cut and stained for microscopic examination. The entire base and margins of the excised piece of tissue were examined by the surgeon. Areas noted to be positive on the previous stage (if applicable) were removed with the Mohs technique and processed for analysis. No tumor was identified after the final stage of microscopically controlled surgery. The patient tolerated the procedure well without any complication. After discussion with the patient regarding the various options, the best closure option for each defect was selected for optimal functional and cosmetic results.

Preoperative Size: 1.5 x 2.9 cm

Postoperative Size: 2.7 x 2.9 cm

Closure: Simple Linear Closure, 3.5cm, scalp

Total # of Mohs Stages: 2

tage Sections Positive

  • 17311, 17315, 17312, 12002
  • 17311, 17312, 12002
  • 17311, 17315, 17312
  • 17311, 17312

 

 

A patient with a non-healing burn wound on her right cheek, and is admitted to the OR for surgery. The physician had the patient prepped with a Betadine scrub and draped in the normal sterile fashion. The cheek was anesthetized with 1% Lydocain with 1:800,000 epinephrine (6 cc), and SeptiCare was applied. A skin graft of the epidermis and a small portion of the dermis was taken with a Goulian Weck blade with a six-thousands-of-an–inch-thick shim on the blade. The 25 sq cm graft was flipped and sewn to the adjacent defect with running 5-0 Vicryl. The wound was then dressed with Xeroform and the patient was taken to recovery.

  • 14041
  • 15115
  • 15120
  • 15758

A child is brought into the emergency department after having her fingers on her right hand closed in a car door. The physician evaluates the patient and diagnosis her with a 3cm laceration to her second finger and a subungual hematoma to her third finger. The physician then  proceeds to cleanse the fingers with an iodine scrub and injects both digits with 2 mL of 1% lidocaine with epinephrine. The wound on the second finger was then irrigated with 500 cc of NS and explored for foreign bodies or structural damage. No foreign bodies were found, tendons and vessels were intact. The wound was then re-approximated. Three 5-0 absorbable mattress sutures were used to close the subcutaneous tissue and six 6-0 nylon interrupted sutures were used to close the epidermis. The finger was then wrapped in sterile gauze and placed in an aluminum finger splint. The physician then check that the digital block performed on the third finger was still effective. After ensuring the patient’s finger was still numb he then proceeded to take an electronic cautery unit and created a small hole in the nail. Pressing slightly on the nail he evacuated the hematoma. The hole was then irrigated with 500cc of NS and the finger was wrapped in sterile gauze. The patient tolerated both procedures well without complaint.

  • 20103, 12042-51, F6, 11740-51, F7
  • 20103, 12042-F6, 11740-F7
  • 64400 (x2), 20103-51, 12042-51, 11740-51,59
  • 12042-F6, 11740-F7

The size of an excision of a benign lesion is determined by:

  • The depth of the lesion plus the full diameter of the lesion.
  • The diameter of the lesion only, excluding any margins excised with it.
  • Adding together the lesion diameter and the narrowest margins necessary to adequately excise the lesion.
  • Adding together the lesion diameter and the widest margins necessary to adequately excise the lesion.

A simple, single layered laceration requires extensive cleaning due to being heavily contaminated. The code selected would come from code range 12031-12057.

  • False
  • True

A skin graft where the donor skin comes from another human (often a cadaver) is known as a/an:

  • Autograft
  • Acellulargraft
  • Allograft
  • Xenograft

 

A patient is being treated for third degree burns to his left leg and left arm which cover a total of 18 sq cm. The burns are scrubbed clean, anesthetized, and three incisions are made with a #11 scalpel, through the tough leathery tissue that is dead, in order to expose the fatty tissue below and avoid compartment syndrome. The burns are then re-dressed with sterile gauze.

  • 97597
  • 97602
  • 16035, 16036 x2
  • 16030, 16035, 16036 x2

Musculoskeletal

Medial and lateral meniscus repair performed arthroscopically.

  • 27447
  • 29868
  • 29882
  • 29883

 

A patient comes into the emergency department complaining of sever wrist pain after falling onto her out stretched hands. The physician evaluates the patient taking a detailed history, a detailed exam, and medical decision making of moderate complexity. Upon examination the physician notes that there is a small portion of bone protruding through the skin. After ordering x-rays of the forearm and wrist the patient is diagnosed with an open distal radius fracture of the right arm.The physician provides an IV drip of morphine to the patient for pain and reduces the fracture. 5-0 absorbable sutures were use to close the subcutaneous layer above the fracture and the surface was closed with 6-0 nylon interrupted sutures. Wound length was measured at 2.5 cm. It was then dressed with sterile gauze and the wrist was stabilized with a Spica fiberglass cast. The physician provided the patient with a prescription for Percocet for pain and instructions for her to follow up with her orthopedist in 7 days.

  • 99284-25, 25574-RT, 813.52
  • 99284-57-25, 25605-54-RT, 12031 , 813.52
  • 99284-57, 25574-54, 813.52
  • 99284-25, 25605-RT, 12031, 813.52

 

A Scapulopexy is found under what heading

  • Incision
  • Excision
  • Introduction
  • Repair, Revision, and/or Reconstruction

 

A patient with muscle spasms in her back was seen in her physician’s office for treatment. The area over the myofascial spasm was prepped with alcohol utilizing sterile technique. After isolating it between two palpating fingertips a 25-gauge 5″ needle was placed in the center of the myofascial spasms and a negative aspiration was performed. Then 4 cc of Marcaine 0.5% was injected into three points in the muscle. The patient tolerated the procedure well without any apparent difficulties or complications. The patient reported feeling full relief by the time the block had set.

  • 20553
  • 64520
  • 20552
  • 64400

OPERATIVE NOTE

PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: myelopathy secondary to very large disc herniations at C4- C5 and C5-C6.

POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: myelopathy secondary to very large disc herniations at C4-C5 and C5-C6.

PROCEDURE PERFORMED:

  1. Anterior discectomy, C5-C6.
  2. Arthrodesis, C5-C6.
  3. Partial corpectomy, C5.
  4. Machine bone allograft, C5-C6.
  5. Placement of anterior plate with a Zephyr C6.

 

ANESTHESIA: General.

ESTIMATED BLOOD LOSS: 60 mL.

COMPLICATIONS: None.

INDICATIONS: This is a patient who presents with progressive weakness in the left upper extremity as well as imbalance. He has a very large disc herniation that came behind the body at C5 as well and as well as a large disc herniation at C5-C6. Risks and benefits of the surgery including bleeding, infection, neurologic deficit, nonunion, progressive spondylosis, and lack of improvement were all discussed. He understood and wished to proceed.

DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE: The patient was brought to the operating room and placed in the supine position. Preoperative antibiotics were given. The patient was placed in the supine position with all pressure points noted and well padded. The patient was prepped and draped in  standard fashion. An incision was made approximately above the level of the cricoid. Blunt dissection was used to expose the anterior portion of the spine with carotid moved laterally and trachea and esophagus moved medially. I then placed needle into the disc spaces and was found to be at C5-C6. Distracting pins were placed in the body of C6. The disc was then completely removed at C5-C6. There was very significant compression of the cord. This was carefully removed to avoid any type of pressure on the cord. This was very severe and multiple free fragments noted. This was taken down to the level of ligamentum. Both foramen were then also opened. Part of the body of C5 was taken down to assure that all fragments were removed and that there was no additional constriction. The nerve root was then widely decompressed. Machine bone allograft was placed into C5-C6 and then a Zephyr plate was placed in the body C6 with a metal pin placed into the body at C5. Excellent purchase was obtained. Fluoroscopy showed good placement and meticulous hemostasis was obtained. Fascia was closed with 3-0 Vicryl, subcuticular 3-0 Dermabond for skin. The patient tolerated the procedure well and went to recovery in good condition.

  • 22554, 63081, 63082, 20931, 22845
  • 22551, 63081, 20931, 22840
  • 22551, 63081, 63082, 20931, 22845
  • 22554, 63081, 20931, 22840

 

Donloadable CPC Practice Exam

A general surgeon and a neurosurgeon are performing an osteotomy on the L4 vertebral segment. The general surgeon establishes the opening using an anterior approach. While the neurosurgeon performs the osteotomy the general surgeon performs a discectomy. After completion the general surgeon closes the patient up.

  • General: 22224-59 Neurosurgeon: 22224-54
  • General: 22224-62 Neurosurgeon: 22224-62
  • General: 22224-66 Neurosurgeon: 22224-66
  • General: 22224 Neurosurgeon: 22224-80

A patient comes into his physician’s office with a prior diagnosis of a Colles type distal radius

fracture. He complains that the cast he currently has on is too tight and is causing numbness in his fingers. The physician removes the cast and ensures the patient’s circulation is intact. He then re- applies a short arm fiberglass cast and checks the patient’s neurovascular status several times during the procedure. The patient is given instructions to follow-up with his orthopedist within seven days.

  • 25600-77
  • 25600-52
  • 29705, 29075
  • 29075

 

A patient is brought into the OR for a diagnostic arthroscopy of the shoulder. The patient has been complaining of pain since his surgery 4 months ago. The surgeon explores the shoulder and discovers a metal clamp which had been left in from the prior surgery. The surgeon removed the clamp and closed the patient up.

  • 29819
  • 29819-78
  • 29805, 29819
  • 29805, 23331

This 59 year-old female was brought to the operating room and placed on the surgical table in a supine position. Following anesthesia, the surgical site was prepped and draped in the normal sterile fashion. Attention was then directed to the right foot where, utilizing a # 15 blade, a 6 cm. linear incision was made over the 1st metatarsal head, taking care to identify and retract all vital structures. The incision was medial to and parallel to the extensor hallucis longus tendon. The incision was deepened through subcutaneous underscored, retracted medially and laterally – thus exposing the capsular structures below, which were incised in a linear longitudinal manner, approximately the length of the skin incision. The capsular structures were sharply underscored off the underlying osseous attachments, retracted medially and laterally. Utilizing an osteotome and mallet the medial eminence of the metatarsal bone was removed and the head was remodeled with the Liston bone forceps and the bell rasp. The surgical site was then flushed with saline. The base of the proximal phalanx of the great toe was osteotomized approximately 1 cm distal to the base and excised to toto from the surgical site. There was no hemi implant used and Kirschner wire was used to hold the joint in place. Superficial closure was accomplished using Vicryl 5-0 in a running subcuticular fashion. Site was dressed with a light compressive dressing. The tourniquet was released. Excellent capillary refill to all the digits was observed without excessive bleeding noted.

  • 28290
  • 28292
  • 28294
  • 28298

Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Hemic and Lymphatic, Mediastinum, and Diaphragm 

Operative Note

PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Angina and coronary artery disease.

POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Angina and coronary artery disease.

PROCEDURE DETAILS: The patient was brought to the operating room and placed in the supine position upon the table. After adequate general anesthesia, the patient was prepped with Betadine soap and solution in the usual sterile manner. Elbows were protected to avoid ulnar neuropathy and phrenic nerve protectors were used to protect the phrenic nerve. All were removed at the end of the case. A midline sternal skin incision was made and carried down through the sternum which was divided with the saw. Pericardial and thymus fat pad was divided. The left internal mammary artery was harvested and spatulated for anastomosis. Heparin was given.  The Femoropopliteal vein was resected from the thigh, side branches secured using 4-0 silk and Hemoclips. The thigh was closed multilayer Vicryl and Dexon technique. A Pulsavac wash was done, drain was placed The left internal mammary artery is sewn to the left anterior descending using 7-0 running Prolene technique with the Medtronic off-pump retractors. After this was done, the patient was fully heparinized, cannulated with a 6.5 atrial cannula and a 2-stage venous catheter and begun on cardiopulmonary bypass and maintained normothermia. Medtronic retractors used to expose the

circumflex. Prior to going on pump, we stapled the vein graft in place to the aorta. Then, on pump, we did the distal anastomosis with a 7-0 running Prolene technique. The right side graft was brought to the posterior descending artery using running 7-0 Prolene technique. Deairing procedure was carried out. The bulldog clamps were removed. The patient maintained good normal sinus rhythm with good mean perfusion. The patient was weaned from cardiopulmonary bypass. The arterial and venous lines were removed and doubly secured. Protamine was delivered. Meticulous hemostasis was present. Platelets were given for coagulopathy. Chest tube was placed and meticulous hemostasis was present. The anatomy and the flow in the grafts was excellent. Closure was begun. The sternum was closed with wire, followed by linea alba and pectus fascia closure with running 6-0 Vicryl sutures in double-layer technique. The skin was closed with subcuticular 4-0 Dexon suture technique. The patient tolerated the procedure well and was transferred to the intensive care unit in stable condition.

  • 35572, 33533, 33517, 32551, 36825, 33926
  • 33533, 33517, 35572
  • 33510, 33533, 35572, 32551, 36821
  • 33510, 33533, 33572

A 50-year-old gentleman with severe respiratory failure is mechanically ventilated and is currently requiring multiple intravenous drips. With the patient in his Intensive Care Unit bed, mechanically ventilated in the Trendelenburg position, the right neck was prepped and draped with Betadine in a sterile fashion. A single needle stick aspiration of the right subclavian vein was accomplished without difficulty and the guide wire was advanced and a dilator was advanced over the wire. The triple lumen catheter was cannulated over the wire and the wire was then removed. No PVCs were encountered during the procedure. All three ports to the catheter were aspirated and flushed blood easily and they were all flushed with normal saline. The catheter was anchored to the chest wall with butterfly phalange using 3-0 silk suture. Betadine ointment and a sterile Op-Site dressing were applied. Stat upright chest x-ray was obtained at the completion of the procedure to ensure proper placement of the tip in the subclavian vein.

  • 36557
  • 36555
  • 36558
  • 36556

 

A patient with chronic emphysema has surgery to remove both lobes of the left lung.

  • 32310
  • 32663×2
  • 32482
  • 32440

A thoracic surgeon makes an incision under the sternal notch at the base of the throat, introduces the scope into the mediastinal space and takes two biopsies of the tissue. He then retracts the scope and closes the small incision.

  • 39400
  • 32606
  • 39000
  • 32405

A patient has endoscopic surgery done to remove his anterior and posterior ethmoid sinuses. The surgeon dilated the maxillary sinus with a balloon using a transnasal approach, explored the frontal sinuses, remove two polyps from the maxillary sinus, and then performed the tissue removal.

  • 31255, 31295, 31237
  • 31201, 31295, 31237
  • 31255, 31267
  • 31255, 31295, 31267

 

Operative Note

Approach: Left cephalic vein.

Leads Implanted: Medtronic model 5076-45 in the right atrium, serial number PJN983322V.

Medtronic 5076-52 in the right ventricle, serial number PJN961008V.

Device Implanted: Pacemaker, Dual Chamber, Medtronic EnRhythm, model P1501VR, serial number PNP422256H.

Lead Performance: Atrial threshold less than 1.3 volts at 0.5 milliseconds. P wave 3.3 millivolts. Impedance 572 ohms. Right ventricle threshold 0.9 volts at 0.5 milliseconds. R wave 10.3. Impedance 855.

Procedure: The patient was brought to the electrophysiology laboratory in a fasting state and intravenous sedation was provided as needed with Versed and fentanyl. The left neck and chest were prepped and draped in the usual manner and the skin and subcutaneous tissues below the left clavicle were infiltrated with 1% lidocaine for local anesthesia. A 2-1/2-inch incision was made below the left clavicle and electrocautery was used for hemostasis. Dissection was carried out to the level of the pectoralis fascia and extended caudally to create a pocket for the pulse generator. The deltopectoral groove was explored and a medium-sized cephalic vein was identified. The distal end of the vein was ligated and a venotomy was performed. Two guide wires were advanced to the superior vena cava and peel-away introducer sheaths were used to insert the two pacing leads. The venous pressures were elevated and there was a fair amount of back-bleeding from the vein, so a 3-0 Monocryl figure-of-eight stitch was placed around the tissue surrounding the vein for hemostasis. The right ventricular lead was placed in the high RV septum and the right atrial lead was placed in the right atrial appendage. The leads were tested with a pacing systems analyzer and the results are noted above. The leads were then anchored in place with #0-silk around their suture sleeve and connected to the pulse generator. The pacemaker was noted to function appropriately. The pocket was then irrigated with antibiotic solution and the pacemaker system was placed in the pocket. The incision was closed with two layers of 3-0 Monocryl and a subcuticular closure of 4-0 Monocryl. The incision was dressed with Steri-Strips and a sterile bandage and the patient was returned to her room in good condition.

  • 33240, 33225, 33202
  • 33208, 33225, 33202
  • 33213, 33217
  • 33208

 

 

If a surgeon is performing a surgical sinus endoscopy to control a nasal hemorrhage and chooses to perform a necessary sinusotomy while he’s there, he can bill for each individual service.

  • True
  • False

A cardiologist manipulates a catheter through the patient’s atrial system, starting in the femoral artery and manipulating to the third order, using intravascular ultrasound.

  • 36217, 37250
  • 36217, 75945
  • 36247, 37250
  • 36247, 75945

An indirect laryngoscopy, as described in code 31505, utilizes a mirror in which the physician can view the reflection of the larynx. A direct laryngoscopy, as described by code 31515, utilizes a scope in which the physician peers through and views the larynx.

  • True
  • False

 

A patient was taken into the operating room where after induction of appropriate anesthesia, her left chest, neck, axilla, and arm were prepped with Betadine solution and draped in a sterile fashion. An incision was made at the hairline and carried down by sharp dissection through the clavipectoral fascia. The lymph node was palpitated in the armpit and grasped with a figure-of- eight 2-0 silk suture and by sharp dissection, was carried to hemoclip all attached structures. The lymph node was excised in its entirety. The wound was irrigated. The lymph node was sent to pathology. The wound was then closed. Hemostasis was assured and the patient was taken to recovery room in stable condition.

  • 38308
  • 38500
  • 38510
  • 38525

Donloadable CPC Practice Exam

CPC Exam 2013 Questions – Part Two

CPC Exam 2013 Questions

ICD-9-CM

What is the correct ICD-9-CM code(s) for malignant hypertension with stage III kidney disease?

  • 403.00, 585.3
  • 401.0
  • 403.00
  • 401.0, 585.3

Lucy was standing on a chair in her kitchen trying to change a light bulb when she slipped and fell. She struck the glass top stove, which shattered. She presents to the ER with a simple laceration to her forearm that has embedded glass particles.

  • 881.10, E888.1, E920.8
  • 881.00, E888.1, E849.0
  • 881.10, E888.0, E920.8
  • 881.00, E888.0, E849.0

Jim was at a bonfire when he tripped and fell into the flames. Jim sustained multiple burns. He came to the emergency room via an ambulance and was treated for second and third degree burns on his face, second degree burn on his shoulders and forearms, and third degree burns on the fronts of his thighs.

  • 941.30, 943.29, 945.36, 948.64, E897
  • 941.09, 943.09, 945.09, 948.64, E897
  • 941.30, 945.36, 943.29, 948.42, E897
  • 941.20, 941.30, 943.25, 943.21, 945.36, 948.42, E897

A 35 year old woman who is pregnant with her first child is admitted to the hospital. She experiences a prolonged labor during the first stage and eventually births a healthy baby boy.

  • 662.01, 659.5, V27.0
  • 650, 662.01, 659.6, V27.0
  • 650, V27.0
  • 662.00, 659.6, V27.0

Henry was playing baseball and slid for home base where he collided with another player. He presents to the emergency department complaining of pain in the distal portion of his right middle finger. It is swollen and deformed. The physician orders an x-ray and diagnoses Henry with a tuft fracture. He splints the finger, provides narcotics for pain, and instructs Henry to follow-up with his orthopedist in two weeks.

  • 815.04, E917.0
  • 814.09, E007.3
  • 815.03, E917.0
  • 816.02, E007.3

A 60 year old male is admitted for detoxification and rehabilitation. He has continuously abused amphetamines to the point that he cannot voluntarily stop on his own and has become dependent upon them. He also has a long documented history of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. He experiences high levels of anxiety due to PTSD, which causes him to use and abuse substances.

  • 305.71, 304.41, 305.00, 303.91, 300.00, 309.81
  • 304.71, 305.00, 300.00, 309.81
  • 304.41, 303.91, 300.00, 309.81
  • 305.71, 304.41, 305.00, 303.91, 300.02, 309.81

A patient with uncontrolled type II diabetes is experiencing blurred vision and an increase in floaters appearing in her vision. She is diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy.

  • 362.10, 250.02
  • 250.52, 362.01
  • 362.01, 250.52
  • 250.00, 362.0

Signs and symptoms that are associated routinely with a disease process should not be assigned as additional codes, unless otherwise instructed by classification.

  • True
  • False

 

A patient who is known to be HIV positive but who has no documented symptoms would be assigned code

  • 079.53
  • V08
  • 795.71
  • 042

A patient fell asleep on the beach and comes in with blistering on her back. She is diagnosed with second degree solar radiation burns.

  • 692.76
  • 692.72
  • 942.24
  • 692.82

HCPCS

A patient has a home health aide come to his home to clean and dress a burn on his lower leg. The aide uses a special absorptive, sterile dressing to cover a 20 sq. cm. area. She also covers a 15sq area with a self adhesive sterile gauze pad.

  • A6204, A6219
  • A6252, A6219
  • A6252, A6403
  • A6204, A6403

A 12 year old arrives in his pediatrician’s office after colliding with another player during a soccer game. He is complaining of pain in his right wrist. The physician orders an x-ray and diagnoses him with a hairline fracture of the distal radius. He has a short arm fiberglass cast applied and discharges him with follow up instructions.

  • Q4010
  • Q4022
  • Q4012
  • Q4009

A patient with Hodgkin’s disease takes Neosar as part of his chemotherapy regiment. He receives 100 mg once a week through intravenous infusion.

  • J8999
  • J9070
  • J7502
  • J9100

A patient with diabetes is fitted for custom molded shoes. What is the code range for such a fitting?

  • E0100-E8002
  • K0001-K0899
  • A5500-A5513
  • L3201-L3649

A 300lb. paraplegic needs a special sized wheelchair with fixed arm rests and elevating leg rests.

  • E1195
  • E1222
  • E1160
  • E1087

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E/M

A patient comes into her doctor’s office for her weekly blood sugar check. Her blood is drawn by the LPN on staff, the visit takes about 5 minutes total.

  • 99211
  • 99212
  • 99201

A three year old child is brought into the ER after swallowing a penny. A detailed history and exam are taken on the child and medical decision making is of moderate complexity. The child is admitted to observation for three hours and is then discharged home.

  • 99234
  • 99218; 99217
  • 99235
  • 99218

A 20 month old child is admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and acute respiratory distress. The physician spends 3 minutes intubating the child and spends 90 minutes of Critical Care time stabilizing the patient.

  • 99471; 518.82; 486
  • 99291-25; 99292-25; 31500; 786.09; 486
  • 99471-25; 31500; 786.09; 486
  • 99291; 99292-25; 31500; 518.82; 486

At the request of a physician who is delivering for a high risk pregnancy, Dr. Smith, a pediatrician, is present in the delivery room to assist the infant if needed. After thirty minutes the infant is born, but is not breathing. The delivering physician hands the infant to Dr. Smith who provides chest compressions and resuscitates the infant. The pediatrician then performs the initial evaluation and management and admits the healthy newborn to the nursery. What codes should Dr. Smith submit on a claim?

  • 99360; 99465
  • 99465; 99460
  • 99360; 99460
  • 99360;99465; 99460

 

Mr. Johnson is a 79 year old established male patient that is seen by Dr. Anderson for his annual physical exam. During the examination Dr. Anderson notices a suspicious mole on Mr. Johnson’s back. The Doctor completes the annual exam and documents a detailed history and exam and the time discussing the patient’s need to quit smoking. Dr. Anderson then turns his attention to the mole and does a complete work up. He documents a comprehensive history and examination and medical decision making of moderate complexity. He also called a local dermatologist and made an appointment for Mr. Johnson to see him the next day for an evaluation and biopsy.

  • 99397, 99215
  • 99397, 99205
  • 99387, 99215
  • 99387, 99205

An E/M is made up of seven components six of which are used in defining the levels of E/M services. The seven components include History, Exam, Medical Decision Making, Counseling, Coordination of Care, Nature of Presenting Problem, and Time. Which six of these seven parts help define the level of the E/M service?

  • History, Exam, Medical Decision Making, Coordination of Care, Nature of Presenting Problem, and Time
  • History, Exam, Medical Decision Making, Counseling, Nature of Presenting Problem, and Time
  • History, Exam, Medical Decision Making, Counseling, Coordination of Care, and Nature of Presenting Problem
  • History, Exam, Medical Decision Making, Counseling, Coordination of Care, and Time

Anesthesia

The correct anesthesia code for a ventral hernia repair on a 13 month old child is

  • 00820
  • 00832
  • 00834
  • 00830

A patient is placed under anesthesia to have an exploratory surgery done on her wrist. The surgeon utilizes a small fiber optic scope and investigates the radius, ulna, and surrounding wrist bones. What should the anesthesiologist code for?

  • 29840
  • 01830
  • 01820
  • 01829

When does anesthesia time begin?

  • After the induction of anesthesia is complete
  • During the pre-operative exam prior to entering the OR
  • When the anesthesiologist begins preparing the patient for the induction of anesthesia
  • Once the supervising physician signs over the patient’s care to the anesthesiologist

 

A five month old is brought into the operating room for open heart surgery. The surgeon performs a repair of a small hole that was found in the lining surrounding the patient’s heart. Anesthesia was provided as well as the assistance of an oxygenator pump.

  • 00560, 99100
  • 00561
  • 00567, 99100
  • 00561, 99100

A 72 year old male with a history of severe asthma is placed under anesthesia to have a long tendon in his upper arm repaired

  • 01714-P4
  • 01714-P3, 99100
  • 01716-P3
  • 01712-P4, 99100

Which of the following procedures can be coded separately when performed by the anesthesiologist?

  • Monitoring of an EKG
  • Capnography
  • Monitoring of a central venous line
  • Administration of blood

A female who is 17 weeks pregnant is rushed into the OR due to a ruptured tubal pregnancy. She has a severe hemorrhage and has an emergency laparoscopic tubal ligation.

  • 00851-P5, 99140
  • 00880-P4
  • 01965-P5
  • 00880-P5, 99140

 

A healthy five year old male is placed under anesthesia to have a biopsy taken from his left ear drum.

  • 00120-P1
  • 00124-P2
  • 00170-P2
  • 00126-P1

 

A 75 year old healthy male patient sustained a hip dislocation following a fall. He is taken to the OR and plans to be placed under general anesthesia prior to the hip reduction. The anesthesiologist begins preparing the patient at 8:15am. AT 8:30am the patient is induced with anesthesia and the anesthesiologist is monitoring the patient’s vitals, ECG, pulse ox, and capnography. The surgeon begins the reduction at 8:45am and completes the procedure at 9:15am. The anesthesiologist monitors the patient until 9:30am when he releases the patient to the nurse for post operative supervision. At 9:45am the patient is fully alert and taken to recovery.How many minutes of anesthesia time should the anesthesiologist charge for?

  • 30 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes

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CPC Exam 2013 Questions – Part 1

CPC Exam 2013 Questions

Medical Terminology

  1. The suffix –ectomy means
  • Cutting into
  • Surgical removal
  • A permanent opening
  • Surgical repair
  1. The acronym MMRV stands for
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rosella vaccine
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella
  • Measles, Mumps, Rosella, and Varicella

 

  1. MRI stands for
  • Micro-wave Recording Instrument
  • Medical Recording Instrument
  • Magnetic Resolution Image
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

 

  1. The term “Salpingo-Oophorectomy” refers to
  • The removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries
  • The surgical sampling or removal of a fertilized egg
  • Cutting into the fallopian tubes and ovaries for surgical purposes
  • Cutting into a fertilized egg for surgical purposes

 

  1. PERRLA stands for what?
  • Pupils Equivalent, Rapid in Response to Light and Accommodation
  • Pupil Equal , Rapid in Response to Light and Accommodation
  • Pupil Equivalent, Round, Reactive to Light and Accommodation
  • Pupils Equal, Round, Reactive to Light and Accommodation

 

  1. Cryopreservation is a means of preserving something through
  • Saturation
  • Heat
  • Freezing
  • Chemicals

 

  1. Which of the following describes the removal of fluid from a body cavity
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Amniocentesis
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Paracentesis

 

  1. If a surgeon cuts into a patient’s stomach he has performed a
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastrotomy
  • Gastrostomy
  • Gastrorrhaphy

 

  1. The terms Nephro and Renal both refer to the same organ
  • True
  • False

 

  1. In the medical term myopathy the term pathy means disease. What is diseased?
  • Mind
  • Muscle
  • Eye
  • Nervous System

 

Anatomy

 

  1. The Radius is the
  • Outer bone located in the forearm
  • Outer bone located in the lower leg
  • Inner bone located in the forearm
  • Inner bone located in the lower leg

 

  1. The spleen belongs to what organ system?
  • Endocrine
  • Hemic and Lymphatic
  • Digestive
  • Nervous

 

  1. The portion of the femur bone that helps makes up the knee cap is considered what?
  • The posterior portion
  • The proximal portion
  • The distal portion
  • The dorsal portion

 

  1. How many regions are in the abdominopelvic cavity?
  • Four
  • Six
  • Eight
  • Nine

 

  1. The Midsagittal plane refers to what portion of the body?
  • Top
  • Middle
  • Bottom
  • Back

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  1. Which of the following is not part of the small intestine?
  • Duodenum
  • Ileum
  • Jejunum
  • Cecum

 

 

  1. The round window is located in the
  • Pericardium
  • Anterior aqueous chamber of the eye
  • Inner ear
  • Middle ear

 

  1. The point of an organ or body part nearest the point of attachments is
  • Distal
  • Proximal
  • Lateral
  • Medial

 

  1. One of the six major scapulohumeral muscles
  • Temporalis
  • Trapezius
  • Teres
  • Trigone

 

  1. The cardia fundus is
  • Part of the heart wall that causes contractions
  • Where to esophagus joins the stomach
  • A fungal infection that attacks the heart
  • Part of the female reproductive system

 

Coding Concepts

 

  1. CPT codes 22840-22848 are modifier 62 exempt?
  • True
  • False

 

  1. An ABN must be signed when?
  • Once the insurance company has denied payment
  • Before the service or procedure is provided to the patient
  • After services are rendered, but before the claim is filed
  • Once the denied claim has been appealed at the highest level

 

  1. Wound exploration codes include the following service (s) :
  • Exploration and repair
  • Exploration, including enlargement, removal of foreign body(ies), repair
  • Exploration, including enlargement, repair, and necessary grafting
  • Exploration, including enlargement, debridement, removal of foreign body(ies), minor vessel ligation, and repair

 

  1. The full description of CPT code 24925 is:
  • Secondary closure or scar revision
  • Amputation, secondary closure or scar revision
  • Amputation, arm through humerus; secondary closure or scar revision
  • Amputation, arm through humerus; with primary closure, secondary closure or scar revision

 

  1. Medical necessity means what?
  • Without treatment the patient will suffer permanent disability or death
  • The service requires medical treatment
  • The condition of the patient justifies the service provided
  • The care provided met quality standards

 

  1. The following statement does not apply to what code type: These codes are never stand alone codes and never primary codes.
  • E codes
  • Add on codes
  • Late effect codes
  • V codes

 

  1. Which of the following codes allows the use of modifier 51?
  • 20975
  • 93600
  • 31500
  • 45392

 

  1. Category III codes are temporary codes for emerging technology, services, and procedures. If a category III code exists it should be used instead of an “unlisted procedure” code in category I (example of an unlisted category I code: 60699).
  • True
  • False

 

  1. Which of the following statements is not true regarding Medicare Part A
  • It helps cover home health care charges
  • It helps cover skilled nursing facility charges
  • It helps cover hospice charges
  • It helps cover outpatient charges

 

  1. Which of the following is not one of the three components of HIPAA that is enforced by the office for civil rights?
  • Protecting the privacy of individually identifiable health information
  • Setting national standards for the security of electronic protected health information
  • Protecting identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety
  • Setting national standards regarding the transmission and use of protected health information

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