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Starting next Module
by Adrian Fe - Thursday, 15 November 2012, 3:36 PM
 

Am I the only person who waits with bated breath to get into a module?  I keep refreshing and hoping I can look at the syllabus.  I can't wait to leave the last Module behind for a bit and feel like I have moved on!

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Re: Starting next Module
by Adrian Fe - Thursday, 15 November 2012, 5:30 PM
 

Yay!  Thank you, Glenda!

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Re: Starting next Module
by Terry Ma - Friday, 16 November 2012, 9:01 AM
 

I'm the same way.  It proves to me once again, that there is light at the end of my tunnel.

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Re: Starting next Module
by Carmel Si - Monday, 26 November 2012, 9:02 PM
 

Well, I was THRILLED to leave Module 2 because CPT made me want to tear out my own liver with my fingernails (hmmm is there a code for that?) but yes, as a marker of progress it feels really good to keep knocking'em down.

 

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Re: Starting next Module
by Instructor Laura - Monday, 26 November 2012, 9:09 PM
 

Yes, indeed!  I just had a celebratory bowl of Blue Belle vanilla ice cream with some Pennsylvania Dutch eggnog poured over it.  I have an enormous sense of accomplishment knowing that I just sent in my final exam for Module II.  The E/M codes are the DEVIL!!  I'm sure we'll be seeing much more of them very soon, but I finally started to make some sense of them on the last exam.  THRILLED to leave Module 2 also!

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Re: Starting next Module
by Adrian Fe - Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 3:18 AM
 

E/M Codes were not a favorite for me, that's for sure.  Here's to Module III, ladies!   

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Re: Starting next Module
by Debbie Sh - Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 7:02 PM
 

Hi...I am wondering if everyone's Modules are the same...I'm in Module 2 and I'm working on Medical Terminology and the Hazelwood text...I see some of you are already working on the CPT codes...are we all on the same schedule for work, does anyone know? Thank you!

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Re: Starting next Module
by Brenda St - Thursday, 29 November 2012, 9:40 AM
 

Hi Debbie! You're best bet is to email Glenda about it and ask her. Things changed up a bit when they switched to the new Moodle and changed the layout of the course a bit as well. It all depended on where you were in your course prior to the changes. Either way, it's still the same course and you'll still learn the same things so don't worry about that at all. It was just a change in the way they laid out the coursework. But, Glenda is amazing at answering those questions especially since she knows where you are and in what exactly, so I would email her to explain it better than I can. She's helped me tremendously in the past! Best of luck to you!

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Re: Starting next Module
by Carmel Si - Friday, 30 November 2012, 7:54 AM
 

The E/M codes are the DEVIL!! 

Kristi, so true...when I hear people say that E and V codes are hard, I just shake my head sadly and think "oh my child, you have not seen nothin' yet..."

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Re: Starting next Module
by Adrian Fe - Monday, 3 December 2012, 1:31 AM
 

Carmel, you are hilarious.  Amen! 

What is nice is that we have breaks built into the syllabus.  Perhaps our brains get a chance to build some new neural pathways while we work on other areas of coding.  It's very uncomfortable, though! 

Back to my current nemesis, CCW.  Bring it, Module 3!!!!

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Re: Starting next Module
by Carmel Si - Thursday, 6 December 2012, 9:18 PM
 

Thanks Adrian, if i didn't keep my sense of humor about this I'd have a mental breakdown (code for that, please!). And yes, CCW is quite the little joy isn't it??

Ah well, when this is all over we will ALL celebrate with ice cream and eggnog, which sounds divine! Back to CCW review of CPT codes (groan)...

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Re: Starting next Module
by Lana Fr, RHIT, CCS, CPC-A - Sunday, 9 December 2012, 10:11 AM
 

I am in module II but I have not started the EM or CCW. These posts help me prepare to bite the bullet and lower my head to the storm and keep on pushing through.  Knowing how rough it has been for others sometimes makes it easier for those who follow because they are not as knocked off their feet from the surprise of it being so difficult. They are braced.  So thanks to all those who post about their difficulties.  I am planning to get all my extracuricular activities all tied up so that I can put all my concentration on the end of module III.  

Again, thanks for the "storm" warning.  

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Re: Starting next Module
by Kim Co - Thursday, 27 December 2012, 8:57 AM
 

I am at the end of Module I.  I was doing great, everything made sense, and for some reason the neoplasm section threw me.  Now, I can't seem to retain any information and I am panicking.  I hope this is just holiday overload or a blip in my brain function.  After reading these posts, I need to get it together for Module II!  Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. 

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Re: Starting next Module
by Linda Andrews - Thursday, 27 December 2012, 10:41 AM
 

At times like this, Kim, and there will be times like this at various points during the course, the best thing to do is just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I'm hoping others who are ahead of you in the course will talk about specific ways  they got through the bumps in the road. While you are waiting, just keep moving forward, one step at a time.

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Re: Starting next Module
by Debbie Eg, CPC-A - Saturday, 29 December 2012, 10:11 AM
 

Hi Kim,

Just wanted to say 'Hang in there!'  It does get better with review and each section seems to bring a new piece of the puzzle.  A common phrase of "Trust the method" really works...I approached neoplasms with set questions..."Where is it?  Is it malignant or benign?" and I read and re-read the neoplasm article posted over and over.  While I didn't do as well as in other sections, I did learn and this whole process is learning to become a coder who codes correctly.  I can't tell you how many times I have had to lay what I thought was my superior knowledge of human anatomy to the side and realize, I really don't know as much as I thought.  It's a very humbling experience. 

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Re: Starting next Module
by Kim Co - Monday, 31 December 2012, 8:41 AM
 

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for your words of encouragement.  Little did I know what E codes would do to me!  I had a correct answer on 2 questions, second guessed myself and changed both to an incorrect answer.  I feel better now that I'm finished with Module I and look forward to a new start in the next module.  Thanks again for writing!