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Membership Update: Is your CCDS re-certification due?

CDI Strategies, October 10, 2013

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Your Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) re-certification is due on the two-year anniversary of the date on which you passed the exam. You may recertify at your convenience and if you need more time, there is a 45-day grace period.

For example, if you passed the CCDS exam two years ago today, on October 10, 2011, you would need to recertify no later than November 24, 2013 (factoring in the 45-day grace period). To recertify, you need to submit 20 continuing education credits earned during the two year period that you held the CCDS certification (so, from October 10, 2011 to October 10, 2013).

The effective date of your re-certification (regardless of the date you submit it) is from the date it is due and then out two years (from October 7, 2013 to October 7, 2015).

When you are ready to renew, complete the re-certification application, and send it, along with proof of CEUs and the applicable fee, to the address on the application (mail, fax, or email). The application is available on the ACDIS website.

There is no current plan to restructure the CCDS re-certification requirements to include any specific number or level of ICD-10-related continuing education units.

Questions? Email Penny Richards, member services specialist.

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