Health Information Management

CCDS Update: Certification to receive ICD-10 update in January

CDI Strategies, October 1, 2015

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There are a lot of changes coming with ICD-10—including an update to the exam for the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential. Beginning in mid-January 2016, the exam will include ICD-10-related questions.

Approved candidates have 120 days from the date their name is submitted to the testing firm, Applied Measurement Professionals, to schedule and take their exam. Those who have already applied and been approved to take the exam should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. That way, those who do not pass still have time to schedule a make-up test prior to the implementation of the revised exam in January.

Note that there is a mandatory 90-day waiting period between exam attempts.

Another significant change will be the addition of a new section covering quality of care to reflect changes related to healthcare reform such as pay-for-performance and value-based purchasing. As these advancements take hold, CDI programs will play an important role in capturing the additional documentation specificity required.

The CCDS Exam Study Guide will be updated to reflect these changes, and will be available for purchase early next year.
To learn more about the CCDS exam, click here.


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