AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam Practice Test

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Question 1

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MR 003396

Operative Report

Preoperative Diagnosis: Acute MI, severe left main arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease

Postoperative Diagnosis: Acute MI, severe left main arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease

Procedure Performed: Placement of an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) right common femoral artery

Description of Procedure: Patient's right groin was prepped and draped in the usual sterile fashion. Right common femoral artery is found, and an incision is made over the artery exposing it. The artery is opened transversely, and the tip of the balloon catheter was placed in the right common femoral artery. The balloon pump had good waveform. The balloon pump catheter is secured to his skin after local anesthesia of 2 cc of 1% Xylocaine is used to numb the area. The balloon pump is secured with a 0-silk suture. The patient has sterile dressing placed. The patient tolerated the procedure. There were no complications.

What CPT coding is reported for this case?

Answer : C

Question 2

View MR 002395

MR 002395

Operative Report

Pre-operative Diagnosis: Acute rotator cuff tear

Post-operative Diagnosis: Acute rotator cuff tear, synovitis


1) Rotator cuff repair

2) Biceps Tenodesis

3) Claviculectomy

4) Coracoacromial ligament release

Indication: Rotator cuff injury of a 32-year-old male, sustained while playing soccer.

Findings: Complete tear of the right rotator cuff, synovitis, impingement.

Procedure: The patient was prepared for surgery and placed in left lateral decubitus position. Standard posterior arthroscopy portals were made followed by an anterior-superior portal. Diagnostic arthroscopy was performed. Significant synovitis was carefully debrided. There was a full-thickness upper 3rd subscapularis tear, which was repaired. The lesser tuberosity was debrided back to bleeding healthy bone and a Mitek 4.5 mm helix anchor was placed in the lesser tuberosity. Sutures were passed through the subcapulans in a combination of horizontal mattress and simple interrupted fashion and then tied. There was a partial-thickness tearing of the long head of the biceps. The biceps were released and then anchored in the intertubercular groove with a screw. There was a large anterior acromial spur with subacromial impingement. A CA ligament was released and acromioplasty was performed. Attention was then directed to the

supraspinatus tendon tear. The tear was V-shaped and measured approximately 2.5 cm from anterior to posterior. Two Smith & Nephew PEEK anchors were used for the medial row utilizing Healicoil anchors. Side-to-side stitches were placed. One set of suture tape from each of the medial anchors was then placed through a laterally placed Mitek helix PEEK knotless anchor which was fully inserted after tensioning the tapes. A solid repair was obtained. Next there were severe degenerative changes at the AC joint of approximately 8 to 10 mm. The distal clavicle was resected taking care to preserve the superior AC joint capsule. The shoulder was thoroughly lavaged. The instruments were removed and the incisions were closed in routine fashion. Sterile dressing was applied. The patient was transferred to recovery in stable condition.

What CPT coding is reported for this case?

Answer : A

Question 3

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MR 001394

Operative Report

Procedure: Excision of 11 cm back lesion with rotation flap repair.

Preoperative Diagnosis: Basal cell carcinoma

Postoperative Diagnosis: Same

Anesthesia: 1% Xylocaine solution with epinephrine warmed and buffered and injected slowly through a 30-gauge needle for the patient's comfort.

Location: Back

Size of Excision: 11 cm

Estimated Blood Loss: Minimal

Complications: None

Specimen: Sent to the lab in saline for frozen section margin control.

Procedure: The patient was taken to our surgical suite, placed in a comfortable position, prepped and draped, and locally anesthetized in the usual sterile fashion. A #15 scalpel blade was used to excise the basal cell carcinoma plus a margin of normal skin in a circular fashion in the natural relaxed skin tension lines as much as possible The lesion was removed full thickness including epidermis, dermis, and partial thickness subcutaneous tissues. The wound was then spot electro desiccated for hemorrhage control. The specimen was sent to the lab on saline for frozen section.

Rotation flap repair of defect created by foil thickness frozen section excision of basal cell carcinoma of the back. We were able to devise a 12 sq cm flap and advance it using rotation flap closure technique. This will prevent infection, dehiscence, and help reconstruct the area to approximate the situation as it was prior to surgical excision diminishing the risk of significant pain and distortion of the anatomy in the area. This was advanced medially to close the defect with 5 0 Vicryl and 6-0 Prolene stitches.

What CPT coding is reported for this case?

Answer : A

Question 4

Patient has undergone open surgery for a left total knee arthroplasty. While in the recovery room, he continued to have severe postoperative pain. The surgeon ordered a femoral block for postoperative pain. The anesthesiologist evaluated the patient and performed a left femoral block, which provided significant post-operative pain relief.

What CPT coding is reported?

Answer : D

Question 5

A patient is taken to the radiology department for a radiological cardiac catheterization. An acute MI of the left anterior descending coronary artery is found. The cardiologist performs a suction thrombectomy, followed by atherectomy and a stent to the artery. A CRNA provides MAC for this patient, who is status P5.

What code/modifier combination would you report for the services of the CRNA?

Answer : A

Question 6

A patient presents to the labor and delivery department for a planned cesarean section for triplets. She is at 37 weeks gestation. She is given a continuous epidural for the delivery.

What anesthesia coding is reported?

Answer : D

Question 7

A 65-year-old man had a right axillary block by the anesthesiologist. When the arm was totally numb, the arm was prepped and draped, and the surgeon performed tendon repairs of the right first, second, and third fingers. The anesthesiologist monitored the patient throughout the case.

What anesthesia code is reported?

Answer : C

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