AHIMA’s Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) is very pleased to announce that the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam will be available beginning August 1, 2014. For a list of available testing centers (US and International), please visit www.pearsonvue.com/ahima. Due to continued security concerns, there is no further information or timetable for when the CCS exam will resume testing at testing centers in Asia.
To register for the exam, visit AHIMA’s online store. After you register for the exam and pay the application fee, you will receive an Authorization to Test letter so you can schedule your examination date.
Please note that the exam will launch in Beta form, which means immediate scoring will not be available. Results will be available in approximately 10 -12 weeks.
CCS Exam Question FAQ
Thank you for your patience and your interest in the CCS exam.
CCSs are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting. These coding practitioners:
Different facilities and institutions make use of a CCSs' skills:
Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations, and has an impact on revenues and describing health outcomes. In fact, certification has become an implicit industry standard. Accordingly, the CCS credential demonstrates a practitioner's tested data quality and integrity skills, and mastery of coding proficiency. Professionals experienced in coding inpatient and outpatient records should consider obtaining this certification.
CCS - Eligibility FAQ Document
Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
Before submitting an application, carefully review the information contained in this guide. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure eligibility before submitting the application. Applicants who are determined to be ineligible and submit an ineligible application or request withdrawal of their application, will receive a refund of the application fee minus a $75 processing fee.
Applicants may register online or by submitting a paper application.
Member Price: $299
Non-member price: $399
A candidate’s eligibility period is defined in the Authorization to Test letter (ATT) as a four-month window in which candidates are required to schedule their exam appointment. Candidates who fail to schedule an examination appointment within their eligibility period indicated in their ATT will forfeit their application fee. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for the examination.
Candidates arriving at the test center 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment will not be allowed to test and will forfeit the testing fee. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for the examination.
A certification examination is based on an explicit set of competencies. These competencies were determined by job analysis surveys of hospital-based coders (for the CCS exam) . The competencies are divided into domains and tasks as shown in the PDF below. Examinations test only content pertaining to the following competencies.