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Membership Update: ACDIS announces CCDS Exam changes

CDI Strategies, November 25, 2015

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ACDIS is making several changes to the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist exam effective January 18, 2016. Candidates will have three hours to complete the exam, which will contain 140 questions.

What’s new on the exam?

  • ICD-10
    • ICD-10 related questions will replace ICD-9 related questions on the current exam. Please remember this is not a coding exam and code assignment is not required.
  •  New quality section
    • An eighth section is being added to the exam. Impact of Reportable Diagnoses on Quality of Care will include 10 questions on topics such as:
      • Severity of illness/risk of mortality
      • Quality data
      • Quality metrics
      • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program
      • Hospital Value Based Purchasing
      • Patient Safety Indicator 90

Click this link to see a complete list of the eight exam sections and their content.

Candidates taking the exam will not get their scores on site after completing the exam. The ACDIS CCDS Advisory Board and a team from Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP, the company that administers the exam) will meet to review the first few weeks of exam results and determine the passing score. We anticipate that instant on-site score results will resume by early March 2016.

For information, visit the certification page on the ACDIS website.

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