AHIMA Announces Beta Period for CCS and CCA Certification Exams

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

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About the Author

Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC
Mary Beth York has over twenty year's experience in coding, auditing and documentation improvement for hospitals ranging from community to teaching hospitals as well as physician group practices. Mary Beth is the author of Libman Education's highly successful CCS Exam Prep course, as well as Libman Education's highly successful CCA Exam Review course. 

9 thoughts on “AHIMA Announces Beta Period for CCS and CCA Certification Exams

  1. Saritha - April 10, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Mary,
    Good evening!
    Thank you for the update!
    Do you know anything about Beta period for RHIA certification exam? I do not see the pop up on AHIMA website anymore.

    Thank you,

    • Libman Education - May 31, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Saritha,

      Thanks for the inquiry. According to the main RHIA page, it appears the RHIA exam is no longer in beta and exam results are immediately available. http://www.ahima.org/certification/RHIA — Libman Education

  2. Rajal Kaji - April 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    So we have to wait 3-6 months to apply or be accepted as CCS credentialed candidates after we take the exam? That is a long wait. All of this year will pretty much go by. Employers will/may not accept one without the proof of the certificate. Does AHIMA have any other option?

    • Libman Education - May 31, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Rajal,

      Thanks for your inquiry. AHIMA, to our knowledge, has not announced any other option. — Libman Education

  3. Verna Pregnon - April 11, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Are they no longer giving the ccs-p

  4. Julie Kwiatek - April 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Do you have any idea how long the Beta period will last?

    • Libman Education - May 31, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Julie,

      Currently, we are not sure when the Beta period officially ends. We recommend periodically checking AHIMA’s site for an announcement. Until then, those who take the CCA and CCS will wait 12-24 weeks, from the start of the beta period, for score reports to be mailed. — Libman Education

    • Libman Education - June 1, 2018 at 1:14 am

      Hi Julie,
      Followup: Mary Beth York anticipates that immediate scoring will be available next week on the CCS exam.