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CCDS Update: Countdown to the 3,000th certification holder

CDI Strategies, December 10, 2015

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As of last week, 2,910 people hold the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist credential. In November alone, 85 people passed the CCSD exam. As the numbers continue to grow, let us remind those thinking about taking the exam about a few upcoming changes.

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 related questions will replace ICD-9 related questions on the current exam, however, this is not a coding exam and code assignment is not required. 
  • A new quality section, Impact of Reportable Diagnoses on Quality of Care, will include 10 questions on topics such as severity of illness/risk of mortality, Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, Hospital Value Based Purchasing, and Patient Safety Indicator reviews.

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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