In order to recertify through AHIMA, credentialed individuals are required to comply with the following continuing education standards as set forth by the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM).
If You Have A(n)…
You Must Earn…
RHIA, CHPS, CHDA, CDIP
RHIT, CHTS-CP, CHTS-PW, CHTS-IM, CHTS-IS, CHTS-TS, CHTS-TR
CCA, CCS, CCS-P
20 CEUs, including two mandatory annual coding self-reviews**
Physician Coding Specialist (PCS)*
Certified in Healthcare Privacy (CHP)*
Certified in Healthcare Security (CHS)*
* AHIMA no longer offers these certification exams.
** Each mandatory annual coding self-review is worth five (5) CEUs toward the total CEU requirement of a coding credential.
If you have more than one AHIMA credential, you must earn ten (10) additional CEUs per credential during your two-year recertification cycle. These CEUs may not be duplicated or used for more than one credential.
Required Number of CEUs
CCS and CCS-P
30 (20 + 10)
RHIA with CCS and CCS-P
50 (30 + 10 + 10)
RHIA with CHPS
40 (30 + 10)
RHIA with CHDA
RHIA with CDIP
RHIT with CCS and CCS-P
40 (20 + 10 + 10)
NOTE: Credential holders who are AHIMA members already have their recertification fees included with the annual membership fee (does not include mandatory annual coding self-review fee).
Primary credential (based on credential hierarchy) fee, plus $50 for each additional credential. Credential Hierarchy:
An additional mandatory annual coding self-review fee per coding credential held is required.
AHIMA Member: $25
Non- Member: $50
The initial recertification cycle for newly credentialed certificants (first credential obtained) begins the day after the credential is awarded, plus the additional two (2) calendar year recertification period. A credential is awarded when a candidate:
The recertification cycle for subsequently obtained credential(s) begins with the next cycle date for the first or initial credential. The next cycle date begins on January 1, and ends on December 31, of the following year.
Current cycle is:
The new cycle for both credentials is:
*CCS on 6/8/13
*CEUs earned between June 9, 2012, and December 31, 2013, can be reported for the first recertification cycle only.
CEUs must be earned within your recertification cycle and must be relevant to the HIIM field as presented in the HIIM domains to be eligible for CE credit. Eighty (80) percent of all CEUs must be earned within the HIIM domain. The remaining twenty (20) percent can include participation in CE activities on topics not relevant to HIIM.
Detailed information concerning continuing education activities can be located in AHIMA’s recertification guide.
One can receive AHIMA CEUs by attending an AHIMA event, completing an AHIMA online education program, completing an AHIMA journal quiz, completing an e-assessment, as so forth.
Search for an AHIMA Prior Approved program by the following criteria: dates, geographic location, teaching methodology, AHIMA core educational content area, number of CEUs offered, program name, and company name.
Calculation of CEUs is based upon clock hours. One (1) CEU is given for each 60 minutes of attendance or participation that is fixed in length. Fractional parts of an hour less than 45 minutes in duration will not be considered a full hour credit. For example, a program that is 2 1/2 hours long is equivalent to two CEUs.
You can report your CEUS by one logging onto your CEU Center. Once they are all entered, check the verification at the bottom and select “Report my CEUs” to complete the process.
Non-members will need to pay the appropriate recertification fees to complete the process.
You may complete the CEU Report Form and return it to AHIMA/Recertification, 38604 Eagle Way, Chicago, IL 60678 before March 31. Or, you may fax your completed form to 312-233-1500 to the attention of Recertification.
AHIMA Member CEU Report Form
Non-Member CEU Report Form
You may report your CEUs to AHIMA several months prior to your cycle end date but no later than three (3) months into the following year.
If reporting by mail, AHIMA must receive your report form and fee no later than March 31, or the last business day prior to March 31, following the end of your recertification cycle. This policy applies to all reporting deadline dates that fall on a weekend or holiday.
Individuals whose credentials have been revoked can apply for reinstatement and be returned to active status by completing the Intent to Reinstate Credential application, paying all appropriate fees, and meeting the require- ments for recertification.
The CCHIIM provides three ways to reinstate a credential (on or before December 30, following the end of the CE cycle):
Retake the applicable certification exam
After December 30, following the end of the CE cycle, the only way to be reinstated and returned to active status is to retake the applicable certification exam.
An individual whose credential is reinstated will be officially notified by the CCHIIM that recertification requirements have been met. Upon official notification, the individual will be assigned a two-year recertification cycle beginning on January 1 of the year following reinstatement.
Each year a percentage of recertification report forms are randomly selected for audit. Individuals selected for audits will be notified in writing and required to submit verifiable documentation (for example, certificates of attendance or similar materials) for each activity listed on the CEU Report Form by the due date specified on the audit notification material.
Verifiable documentation can include certificates of attendance, program materials, or other information provided by the program sponsor that verify program date, length, and subject matter (that is, agenda, program outline, handout, meeting summary, or meeting transcript). It is therefore recommended that CEU participants retain all records in their files for at least one year following the cycle end date. Individuals who fail to respond to the audit request by the specified due date or are found to have submitted false information on their recertification form may be denied recertification.
The Commission may for good cause waive or reduce the CEU requirement. Certificants may request a temporary or permanent waiver by submitting a written request to the Commission for consideration.
Temporary Waiver— Temporarily waive recertification requirements due to extenuating circumstances or hardships (for example, financial hardship, illness, unforeseen circumstances, and natural catastrophes)
Permanent Waiver— Permanently waive recertification requirements as a result of full-time retirement.
The Commission may grant an extension of time to complete the number of CEUs required for a CE cycle. An extension of time shall not relieve the applicant of the responsibility for completion of the CEU requirements for the CE cycle in which the extension period falls.
Individuals whose credential has been revoked or whose application for reinstatement has been denied may appeal to the CCHIIM. Additional information on submitting an appeal to the CCHIIM is available at ahima.org/certification.
A: You can report your CEUs by logging into the "CEU Center" then by selecting "Record/Report CEUs" at the top of the screen and finally by adding the CEU information and then selecting 'Save'. On that same page, be sure to check the box next to the Verification of the Truth statement and selecting , 'Report my CEUs' at the bottom of the right hand page.
A: You can report your CEUs by logging into the " CEU Center" then by selecting "Buy Now" next to the Coding Self-Review.
A: AHIMA offers many opportunities to earn CEUs through meetings, audio and Web seminars, online education courses, and other activities that qualify for CEUs. Visit ahimastore.org for additional information on products available.
A: Yes, provided they qualify as valid continuing education activities and are relevant to HIIM. See page 6 of the Recertification Guide for qualifying activities for details
A: You can view your expiration date by logging into the "CEU Center" and viewing the dashboard.
A: Please see pages 3 and 4 of the Recertification Guide
A: The ICD-10 CEU are due by 12/31/2014. Visit page 2 on the ICD-10 requirement document.