by Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC
AHIMA’s CCS and CCA certification exams will be updated to 2018 code sets and guidelines on May 1, 2018. (Through April 30, 2018, AHIMA’s CCS and CCA exams will test on the 2017 code sets and guidelines.) According to the AHIMA website, the beta period for the CCS and CCA exams will launch on 5/1/2018. During the beta period, candidates will not receive immediate results upon completion of the exam. AHIMA alerts us that it will take 12 to 24 weeks, from the start of the beta period, for score reports to be mailed.
The purpose of beta testing is to evaluate new exam questions by having them answered by real credential candidates. The beta period is used to evaluate the exam questions and to determine the scaled scoring. The length of the beta period is determined by how long it takes to have a sufficient number of candidates complete the exam. After the beta period ends test results are provided immediately upon exam completion.
AHIMA has also updated the list of allowable code books for tests taken May 1 and later. Candidates for the CCS and CCA exams are required to bring the correct edition of code books to the test center. Candidates who do not bring the correct code books to the test center will not be allowed to test and will forfeit their exam fees. The allowable code book list can be found on AHIMA’s CCA and CCS informational webpages: http://www.ahima.org/certification/CCA and http://www.ahima.org/certification/CCS