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Questions 1

A 45-year-old has a dislocated patella in the left knee after a car accident. She taken to the hospital by EMS for surgical treatment. In the surgery suite, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. After being prepped and draped, the surgeon makes an incision above the knee joint in front of the patella. Dissection is carried through soft tissue and reaching the patella in attempt to reduce the dislocation. When the patella is exposed, it is severely damaged due to cartilage breakdown. The tendon is dissected and using a saw the entire patella is freed and removed. The tendon sheath is closed with sutures.

What procedure code is reported for this surgery?

Options:

A.

27562-LT

B.

27552-LT

C.

27556-LT

D.

27566-LT

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Questions 2

The outermost protective layer of skin is called the:

Options:

A.

Epidermis

B.

Hypodermis

C.

Subcutaneous tissue

D.

Dermis

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Questions 3

View MR 002395

MR 002395

Operative Report

Pre-operative Diagnosis: Acute rotator cuff tear

Post-operative Diagnosis: Acute rotator cuff tear, synovitis

Procedures:

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?

Options:

A.

29827, 29828-51, 29824-51, 29826

B.

29827, 29824-51, 29826-51

C.

29827, 29828-51, 29824-51, 29826, 29805-59

D.

29827, 29824-51, 29826-51, 29805-59

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Questions 4

The gynecologist performs a colposcopy of the cervix including biopsy and endocervical curettage.

What CPT® code is reported?

Options:

A.

57456

B.

57420

C.

57455

D.

57454

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Questions 5

View MR 006399

MR 006399

Operative Report

Preoperative Diagnosis: Chronic otitis media in the right ear

Postoperative Diagnosis: Chronic otitis media in the right ear

Procedure: Eustachian tube inflation

Anesthesia: General

Blood Loss: Minimal

Findings: Serous mucoid fluid

Complications: None

Indications: The patient is a 2-year-old who presented to the office with chronic otitis media refractory to medical management. The treatment will be eustachian tube inflation to remove the fluid. Risks, benefits, and alternatives were reviewed with the family, which include general anesthetic, bleeding, infection, tympanic membrane perforation, routine tubes, and need for additional surgery. The family understood these risks and signed the appropriate consent form.

Procedure in Detail: After the patient was properly identified, he was brought into the operating room and placed supine. The patient was prepped and draped in the usual fashion. General anesthesia was administered via inhalation mask, and after adequate sedation was achieved, a medium-sized speculum was placed in the right ear and cerumen was removed atraumatically using instrument with operative microscope. The tube is dilated, an incision is made to the tympanum and thick mucoid fluid was suctioned. The patient was awakened after having tolerated the procedure well and taken to the recovery room in stable condition.

What CPT® coding is reported for this case?

Options:

A.

69420-RT

B.

69436-RT

C.

69433-RT

D.

69421-RT

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Questions 6

A complete cardiac MRI for morphology and function without contrast, followed by contrast with four additional sequences and stress imaging, is performed on a patient with systolic left ventricular congestive heart failure and premature ventricular contractions.

What CPT® and ICD-10-CM codes are reported?

Options:

A.

75557, 75559, I50.1, I49.1

B.

75561, 75563, I50.1, I49.1

C.

75563, I50.20, I49.3

D.

75559, I50.20, I49.3

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Questions 7

A patient underwent a cystourethroscopy with a pyeloscopy using lithotripsy to break up the ureteral calculus. An indwelling stent was also inserted during the same operative session on the same side. This service was performed in the outpatient hospital surgery center.

What CPT® coding reported?

Options:

A.

52352, 52332-51

B.

52325, 52332-51

C.

52353, 52332-51

D.

52356

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Questions 8

An interventional radiologist performs an abdominal paracentesis in his office utilizing ultrasonic imaging guidance to remove excess fluid. What CPT® coding is reported?

Options:

A.

49082, 76942

B.

49083, 76942-26

C.

49083

D.

49082, 76942-26

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Questions 9

A patient presents with recurrent spontaneous episodes of dizziness of unclear etiology. Caloric vestibular testing is performed irrigating both ears with warm and cold water while evaluating the patient’s eye movements. There is a total of three irrigations.

What CPT® coding is reported?

Options:

A.

92537-52

B.

92537-50-52

C.

92538-50

D.

92537-50

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Questions 10

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?

Options:

A.

01830

B.

01820

C.

01810

D.

01840

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Exam Code: CPC
Exam Name: Certified Professional Coder (CPC)Exam
Last Update: Jul 13, 2024
Questions: 100

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