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The primary code in the CPT coding system consists of how many digits?

5 digits

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A medical assistant is observing a patient after administering an antibiotic injection. The patient develops an itchy rash with pinkish, raised lesions. Which of the following terms should the assistant use when documenting this finding in the patient's medical record?

Urticaria

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When should the code on glucose cuvettes be compared to the code on the glucometer?

Before a patient is tested

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Which of the following should a medical assistant identify as the purpose of a Category Il code in procedural coding?

Tracks provider performance measures

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A pulse oximeter can register an artificially low oxygen saturation measurement for a patient who has which of the following conditions?

Cold fingers

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As a medical assistant is collecting a blood sample, the patient begins to faint. Which of the following actions should the medical assistant take to help ensure the patient's safety?

Position the patient flat on her back

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A medical assistant is performing spirometry testing for a patient who has shortness of breath. Which of the following results of the spirometry test indicates a successful maneuver?

A fast and steady flow with no variability

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A medical assistant is collecting data from a patient who is experiencing heatstroke, Which of the following manifestations should the assist expect to find?

Hot skin

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A medical assistant is administering eye ointment to a patient. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Apply a thin ribbon of ointment along the conjunctival sac

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A medical assistant is reinforcing teaching with a patient about lifestyle modifications to help regulate his hypertension. Which of the following statements by the patient indicates an understanding of the teaching?

"I only smoked half a pack a day, so I'll just cut it out completely"

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A medical assistant is reviewing a provider's instructions as the patient is preparing to leave the office. The provider recommends that the patient purchase an over-the-counter antitussive, but the patient tells the assistant that she does not know what an antitussive is. Which of the following responses should the assistant make?

It is a medication that suppresses the cough reflex

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According to OSHA guidelines, a medical assistant should dispose of blood-soiled gauze dressings in which of the following?

Red biohazard bag

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Which of the following information should the medical assistant enter into the appointment calendar when scheduling a patient for a skin rash?

Daytime phone number

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A medical assistant has requested a preauthorization for a patient's referral to a specialist. Which of the following is a reason for the claim submitted by the specialist to be denied?

The service is provided after the expiration date

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A medical assistant is disposing of the syringe and needle she used to inject a seasonal influenza vaccine. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Drop the syringe, needle first, into the biohazardous sharps container

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When preparing a patient for Holter monitoring, which of the following actions should a medical assistant take?

Vigorously dry the patient skin prior to electrode placement

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Medical assistant is preparing a patient who has psoriasis to be examined by the provider. When inspecting the patient's skin lesions, the tant should expect to observe which of the following characteristics?

Silvery and scaly

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A medical assistant is preparing a patient for a physical examination. Which of the following steps should the assistant take first?

Verify the patients identity

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Which of the following types of written correspondence can be signed by a medical assistant?

A notification letter to a patient about surgery arrangements

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A medical assistant is administering an intramuscular immunization to a patient. Which of the following actions should the medical assistant

cleanse the site in a circular motion from the center outward

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Which of the following methods is used to notify a provider of the denial of a claim by an insurance carrier?

Remittance advice

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When assigning a CPT code, which of the following is the purpose of a modifier?

Provides additional info or circumstances for a procedure

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Which of the following instructions should a medical assistant provide to a patient regarding transdermal patch use and care?

Make sure to rotate the patches placement to avoid skin irritation

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A medical assistant is reviewing the progress notes of a patient's record that uses the SOAP format. Which of the following would the medical assistant find in the assessment section?

Diagnosis

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A medical assistant discovers a garbage can fire has started in the break room of the medical office. According to the RACE acronym for emergency response, which of the following actions should the assistant take first?

Evacuate staff and patients from immediate area

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When performing a first aid procedure to control bleeding of a wound, which of the following actions should a medical assistant take?

Apply layers of sterile gauze

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A medical assistant is drawing five blood collection tubes. When should the assistant release the tourniquet?

Within 1 minute of application

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A first-time patient is late arriving to the office. Which of the following should the medical assistant say first?

Hello. Welcome to our office

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A medical assistant is collecting multiple blood samples from a patient. Which of the following vacuum tubes should the assistant fill first?

Yellow (blood culture)

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A patient contacts the facility to report a burn injury to her right arm. A medical assistant should identify which of the following pieces of information as necessary when screening for a possible emergency situation?

The cause of the patients burn

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A patient loses consciousness. The EKG tracing reveals ventricular fibrillation. Which of the following actions should a medical assistant take first?

Call for help & begin cpr

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Which of the following techniques should a medical assistant use when bandaging a wound?

Wrap the wound distal to proximal

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A medical assistant is caring for a patient who has come in contact with concrete debris. Upon inspection of the eye, the assistant sees debris on the surface of the sclera. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Irrigate that I starting at the inner canthus and following to the outer canthus.

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Which of the following techniques should a medical assistant use to confirm a patient's understanding of insulin administration?

Observe the patient as she performs a self-demonstration

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A medical assistant is providing instruction to a patient on how to take an extended-release medication PO. Which of the following statements made by the patient indicates a need for further teaching?

I can crush or chew the pill if it's too hard for me to swallow

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A medical assistant has a blood pressure cuff inflated and partially opens the valve to deflate as he listens with a stethoscope. When should he read the diastolic pressure?

When sound disappears

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A medical assistant is preparing a patient who has intermittent peripheral cyanosis for an examination by the provider. The assistant should understand that healthy perfusion of the hands and feet depends on adequate interaction between which of the following two body systems?

Circulatory and respiratory

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A medical assistant is preparing a CMS-1500 insurance claim form for a patient who was treated for a burn injury. Which of the following pieces of information is required on the form?

Current procedural terminology code

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The parent of a child who has pinworms is asking a medical assistant for more information about his child's condition. The assistant should begin by explaining that pinworms are which of the following types of micro-organism?

Helminths

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Medical assistant is collecting a urine specimen from a patient for a drug screening. Which of the following actions should the assistant take to ere to the chain of custody for this specimen?

Send the specimen to the testing lab on the same day as collection

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Which of the following cell structures is the source of energy for a cell?

Mitochondria

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A pharmacist calls the clinic to confirm an -prescription request to fill a patient's medication order. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Verify order with provider before confirming the e-prescription

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A medical assistant is measuring a patient's blood pressure with an aneroid sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Make sure the midpoint of the patient's arm is at the level of the patient's heart.

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Which of the following routes for taking a patient's temperature is the most accurate?

rectal

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A provider asks a medical assistant to administer oxygen to a patient who is experiencing respiratory distress. Which of the following actions should the medical assistant take when administering oxygen to the patient?

Insert the tips of the cannula into the patient's nostrils

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Which of the following actions should the medical assistant take to safeguard a patient's protected health information?

To make sure no one else has access to patients' protected health information, the assistant should lock or log off computer terminals and turn off the monitor when not in use.

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A medical assistant receives a telephone call from a patient who seems anxious about the results of a test. Which of the following responses should the assistant make?

"I know you are concerned about your test results. We'll call you as soon as your results come in."

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A medical assistant is composing business correspondence using the simplified letter style. Which of the following features should the assistant

A subject line in all capital letters

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Which of the following body systems should be evaluated for a diagnosis of pyloric stenosis?

gastrointestinal

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A medical assistant is explaining a venipuncture procedure to a patient. Which of the following statements should the assistant make?

"I'll be collecting a blood sample from you today. There will be a small stick in your arm."

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A medical assistant is preparing to apply ointment to several abrasions on a patient's leg. Which of the following supplies should the medical assistant use to remove the medication from the jar?

Tongue blade

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cal assistant is measuring the vital signs of an adult patient. The assistant should identify which of the following blood pressure readings as hypertension?

150/95 mm Hg

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A medical assistant is speaking with a patient who has seasonal allergies. Which of the following health care providers should the assistant identify as being able to make a diagnosis and initiate the necessary treatment?

physician assistant

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A medical assistant is reviewing a Medicare claim denial. The assistant determines that there are charges that exceed the usual, customary, and reasonable fees. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Adjust the patients account to reflect no unpaid charges and write off the balance

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A medical assistant is reviewing discharge information with a patient who is postoperative following cryosurgery to the cervix. Which of the following statements should the assistant include?

You may experience a watery discharge for up to 1 week after your procedure

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A patient arrives at the clinic with a tick bite on his leg. The provider asks a medical assistant to help remove the tick. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Use tweezers to pull the tick away from the skin slowly

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A medical assistant is making a new sign-in sheet for the patients who have appointments that day. Which of the following information should the sign-in sheet include?

Provider's name

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A medial assistant is caring for a patient who has a body mass index (BMI) of 23. This patient should be categorized as which of the following?

normal weight

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A medical assistant is asked to assist a provider with an orthopedic examination. Which of the following instruments should the assistant prepare for the examination?

goniometer

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When speaking with a patient who has moderate hearing loss and reads lips, which of the following actions should a medical assistant take to aid in communication with the patient?

Use hand gestures

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A medical assistant is reviewing the medical history of a patient who regularly comes into contact with coal and wood dust. The assistant should recognize that this patient is at an increased risk for developing which of the following disorders?

emphysema

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A medical assistant is preparing a patient for a procedure to have a mole excised. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Cleanse the site with surgical soap and an antiseptic

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A medical assistant is measuring the circumference of an infant's head. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Place the zero mark of the measuring tape against the infants forehead

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A medical assistant in an outpatient facility is preparing a patient for a venipuncture. Which of the following actions should the assistant take to confirm the patient's identify?

Ask the patient to state her full name and date of birth

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A medical assistant needs to remove all living micro-organisms from a contaminated towel clamp. Which of the following methods should the assistant use to cleanse this instrument?

Sterilization

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When informed consent is required for a procedure, which of the following steps should occur prior to the patient signing the form?

The provider should review alternative procedures with the patient

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A medical assistant is assisting with the examination of an older adult patient who has a curvature of the thoracic spine. Which of the following terms should the assistant use when documenting this finding in the patient's medical record?

kyphosis

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A medical assistant is educating an older adult patient on wound care. Which of the following should the assistant do to ensure patient understanding?

Have the patient repeat information

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A patient requests a female provider to perform her examination due to a religious conviction. A female provider is not available. Which of the following is the appropriate response by the medical assistant?

Assist the patient in locating a provider to accommodate the patient's needs

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A medical assistant is checking a patient out of the clinic. In which of the following documents should the assistant locate information about provider referrals or follow-up appointment requests for the patient?

Encounter form

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Which of the following steps for a fingerstick should a medical assistant complete first?

Confirm the correct identity of the patient

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A medical assistant receives a call from a patient who is irate about a letter she received from her insurance carrier denying a claim. Which of thi following statements should the assistant make?

Let's see if there is something we can do at our end. I'll ask our claims specialist to review the claim.

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A provider prescribes oxycodone for a patient after abdominal surgery. Which of the following describes this type of medication?

Oxycodone is a schedule II controlled substance and has high potential for abuse

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The provider orders the medical assistant to prepare a tablespoon of medication for a patient. How many milliliters of medication should t assistant draw up?

15 mL

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Which of the following techniques should a medical assistant use to put a 7-year-old child at ease prior to administering an injection?

Explain the procedure to the child in simple steps

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The parent of a child who has pediculosis is asking a medical assistant for more information about her child's condition. The assistant should begin by explaining that pediculosis is which of the following types of infection?

parasitic

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A medical assistant is preparing to perform a capillary collection from an older adult patient who has poor circulation in his hands. Which of the following techniques should the assistant use to increase circulation at the collection site?

Warm the patients hands

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A provider asks a medical assistant to reinforce teaching with a patient about her new diagnosis. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Document the patients response to the teaching

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When assisting a provider with a vaginal examination and Papanicolaou (Pap) test, a medical assistant should identify that which of the following instruments is necessary?

Cytobrush

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Which of the following medical record documentation templates is organized by the entity that supplied the data?

Source-oriented

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Which of the following types of appointment systems allows flexibility to allow for the most consistent patient flow?

Wave scheduling

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In which of the following positions should a medical assistant place an 18-month-old patient when administering ear drops to the right ear?

Right ear facing up with the earlobe pulled down and back

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A medical assistant is examining the skin on a patient's forearm where the patient reports developing a rash. The assistant notes multiple solid elevations that are less than 0.5 cm (0.2 in) in diameter. Which of the following terms should he use to document his observations in the patient's medical record?

Papules

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A medical assistant in an acute care facility is checking in a patient who has a deep laceration. The patient tells the assistant that he can accept blood transfusions due to his religious beliefs. Which of the following actions should the assistant take?

Document the statement in the patients chart

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