CCS, CCS-P to Launch as Beta in May
Please be advised that the CCS and CCS-P examinations in the USA and Canada will be launching as beta exams on May 1, 2020. A beta exam is a new version of a certification exam consisting of new questions that have not yet undergone psychometric analysis for validity and reliability. The new CCS and CCS-P exams are the result of recent job analyses to ensure the exams are relevant and reflect current practice. The new content outlines are posted at http://ahima.org/certification/CCS and http://ahima.org/certification/ccsp under “Exam Prep.
During the beta exam period immediate scoring is not available. Scores are dependent on enough people taking the beta exam. Therefore, scores may take up to 24 weeks following the launch of the beta exam. The more test takers participate in the beta exam period, the faster the exam cut score will be determined and scores can be provided.
CCS-Ps are coding practitioners who:
The employment outlook for CCS-Ps is highly favorable, considering the growth of managed care and the movement of health services delivery beyond the hospital setting. Professionals performing coding in a doctor's office, clinic, or similar setting should consider obtaining the CCS-P certification to testify to their capabilities. The CCS-P certification exam assesses mastery-level proficiency in coding rather than entry-level skills.
Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
Applicants who are notified that they do not meet the eligibility requirements may request reconsideration of this decision by sending a written notice to the Director, Certifications within 30 days of communication of the adverse eligibility decision. The Director, Certifications will review the request for reconsideration and will make a decision regarding eligibility. No new or additional information may be submitted with the request. The request for reconsideration will be reviewed within 45 days of receipt. Written notice of the decision will be sent to the applicant within 30 days of the review.
Earlier this year AHIMA began taking steps to better protect your data and improve the security and privacy of customer information. As part of this effort, effective November 1st we will no longer accept paper exam applications. In addition, after December 1 we will no longer accept paper checks.
We will be transitioning to an ACH system at the beginning of 2020, which will allow you to pay via electronic fund transfer. Until we make this transition, we will only accept credit cards.
You can complete an online application at https://my.ahima.org/certification/getcertified
If you have questions please contact email@example.com
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.
Premier Member Price: $284.05
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.
Organizations who purchase exams or order exams in bulk, complete the following steps:
BULK ORDER FORM
Organizations who DO NOT purchase Exams
If you do not purchase exams for your students or staff the above instructions do not apply. Students now have the capability to upload their completed Early Testing Form (if applicable) to the early testing section of the application. This form should be uploaded at the time of the application.
**PLEASE NOTE** Submission of official transcripts and certification of completion attestation are not affected by this change, and the normal process should continue.
To fully prepare for the CCS-P exam, candidates may find it helpful to become familiar with the following information.
The exam is timed for 4 hours. It consists of two sections, a Multiple Choice Section and a Medical Scenario Section.
Multiple Choice Section. This section is made up of 97 multiple-choice questions. Of the 97 questions, 79 are scored and 18 are pretest questions that are not scored. The pretest questions are administered to evaluate the question for possible inclusion as a scored question in future exams. Pretest questions are interspersed throughout the exam and cannot be identified by the candidate. Whether answered correctly or incorrectly, they do not affect the candidate's score.
Medical Scenario Section. This section includes 8 scenarios with up to 3 separate questions. The questions require candidates to choose from a range of codes to answer the question. Of the 8 scenarios, 6 are scored and 2 are pretest scenarios that are not scored. (See Multiple Choice Section above for information on pretest items.)
AHIMA certification examinations are based on an explicit set of competencies. Competencies for the CCS-P exam were determined through a job analysis conducted with practitioners.
Competencies for CCS-Ps fall into eight domains. Each domain accounts for a specific percentage of the questions on the certification exam, as shown below. Download the CCS-P Exam Content Outline below, for information about the competencies within each domain. The exam tests candidates only on content pertaining to the competencies shown.
Domain 1 – Clinical Documentation (10-14%)
Domain 2 – Diagnosis Coding (28-32%)
Domain 3 – Procedure Coding (28-32%)
Domain 4 – Reporting Requirements for Provider-Based Services (10-14%)
Domain 5 – Data Quality and Management (4-8%)
Domain 6 – Health Information Technology (2%)
Domain 7 – Privacy, Confidentiality, Legal, and Ethical Issues (2%)
Domain 8 – Compliance (4-8%)
Recommended Resources for Study
Candidate Guide (see pp. 6 and 32 for information on the CCS-P credential and exam)
CCS-P Exam Content Outline - effective through April 30.
2020 CCS-P Exam Content Outline - effective starting May 1.
Certification Exam Pass Rates
The CCS-P exam is only offered outside the U.S. at specific times during the year. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The exam dates for 2019 are:
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AHIMA International Certification FAQs
After you submit your exam application and your application fee is processed, you will receive an Authorization to Test letter with instruction on how to select your exam appointment.
Retest Policy (For testing outside the US only):
Candidates who have taken and failed the examination must wait a minimum of 165 days before your application will be processed. To retake the examination, candidates must resubmit a new application with appropriate exam application fee.