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).
This ten minute video reviews the AHIMA CEU Center in depth with information on how to navigate it and track your CEU recertification requirements for each cycle as well as provides a refresher on current CEU recertification policies for AHIMA credential holders.
If You Have A(n)…
You Must Earn…
RHIA, CHPS, CHDA, CDIP, CPHI
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.
(Updated December 2016)
If you have more than one AHIMA credential, you must earn ten (10) additional CEUs per credential during your two-year recertification cycle up to a maximum of (50) CEUs. These CEUs may not be duplicated or used for more than one credential.
Required Number of CEUs
CCS and CCS-P
CHPS with RHIT
RHIA with CHDA
RHIA with CDIP
RHIA with CCS and CCS-P
CHDA with CCS, CHPS, and CDIP
RHIA with CCS, CCS-P, CHDA, and CDIP
(Updated December 20, 2016)
NOTE: Credential holders who are AHIMA members pay their recertification fees during their annual membership renewal (this includes the mandatory annual coding self-review fee for coding credentials). If a customer doesn't pay membership dues for both years of their two-year recertification cycle they are required to pay the non-member recertification fee. This also applies to any individuals whose membership expired prior to September 30th.
Primary credential (based on credential hierarchy) fee, plus $50 for each additional credential. Credential Hierarchy:
Health Information Management (HIM) is a constantly evolving field, and professionals in this HIM field require the most recent knowledge to move the profession forward. Frequently new findings regarding best practices, technology, privacy and security, research, and new information is introduced into the field, such as annual clinical coding updates, healthcare laws and regulations to a point that it is essential for experts in the field to regularly maintain and enhance their HIM knowledge base. For these reasons a certification cycle of two years has been established, during which time certificants will be required to attain a specific number of CEUs in order to refresh existing knowledge and skills as well as acquire new knowledge and skills relating to advances in the HIM field and changing job responsibilities.
The initial recertification cycle for newly credentialed certificants (first credential obtained) begins on the day the exam was passed, plus the additional two (2) year recertification period. A credential is awarded when a candidate:
Exam Pass Date:
Transcript Approval Date:
Recertification Cycle is:
*certification not officially granted until transcript is received
The recertification cycle for subsequently obtained credential(s) begins with the start of the next cycle date for the first or initial credential. The subsequent credential will remain in a sync cycle with no recertification requirements (excluding annual self reviews for coding credentials) until the start date of the next full recertification cycle.
Current cycle is:
The new cycle for both credentials is:
*CCS on 6/8/2017
*CEUs earned between June 8, 2017, and January 17, 2019, 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 notincluded in the HIIM domains but relevant to the credential holder’s professional position.
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.
To search for an AHIMA Prior Approved program, log into your MyAHIMA account and click on “Search for Prior Approvals” under the “Education and Certification” section. Look for specific programs by searching using 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. 0.5 CEUs are given for every thirty (30) minutes of attendance or participation that is fixed in length.
A session lasting 30-44 minutes will be accepted for 0.5 CEU credits; a session lasting less than 30 minutes will not be accepted for CEU credit. CEU credit should be calculated according to the following method:
0-29 minutes (0-0.49 hrs)
30 - 44 minutes (0.50-0.74 hrs)
45 - 89 minutes (0.75-1.49 hrs)
90 – 104 minutes (1.50-1.74 hrs)
105 – 149 minutes (1.75-2.49 hrs)
150 – 164 minutes (2.50-2.74 hrs)
165 – 209 minutes (2.75-3.49 hrs)
210 – 224 minutes (3.50-3.74 hrs)
225 – 269 minutes (3.75-4.49 hrs)
Note: Credential holders who are retired or disabled may continue to maintain recertification requirements and uphold an active credential, if they so choose.
(Updated December 20,2016)
You can enter your CEUs through your cycle by logging into your MyAHIMA account and click on “CEU Center” located under the “Education and Certification” section. You can enter more than your required amount. Additional CEUs cannot be carried over to the next recertification cycle.
There is no more need to “report” CEUs at the end of your cycle! On the last day of your two year recertification cycle, your account will automatically be reviewed and will roll over to your next two-year recertification cycle if all recertification requirements have been met.
If submitting CEUs by mail, AHIMA must receive your report form and fee no later than three months following the end of your recertification cycle. This policy applies to all reporting deadline dates that fall on a weekend or holiday.
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 your cycle end date. You can submit CEUs throughout your cycle and enter more than your required amount. Additional CEUs cannot be carried over to the next recertification cycle.
If reporting submitting by mail, AHIMA must receive your report form and fee no later than three months following the end of your recertification cycle, or the last business day prior to your Grace Period end date. 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 (up to one year following the end of the CE cycle):
Retake the applicable certification exam
One Year 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’s credential will switch back into Active status and resume their subsequent two-year recertification cycle.
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 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)
Please click here to view details on the recent policy change regarding the previously used Permanent Waiver option.
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: CEUs should be entered into your CEU center by the last day of your two-year recertification cycle.
A: You can enter your CEUs throughout your two-year cycle by logging into your MyAHIMA account and clicking on “CEU Center” located under the “Education and Certification” section. Once in the CEU Center, select “Enter CEUs” to add all of the CEUs you have earned within your current cycle.
There is no more need to “report” your CEUs! On the last day of your two year recertification cycle, your account will automatically be reviewed and will roll over to your next two-year recertification cycle if all recertification requirements have been met.
A: Annual self-reviews can be purchased and accessed through your MyAHIMA account under the “CEU Center” and “Self-Review” sections. View the step by step instructions here.
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 your MyAHIMA account and clicking on “CEU Center” located under the “Education and Certification” section. Here you will be able to view be able to view specific details regarding each of your credentials, including their expiration date.