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Certification Update: ACDIS announces a policy and penalty fees for late CCDS recertification

CDI Strategies, May 5, 2016

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Effective July 1, 2016, ACDIS will institute a policy and penalty fee for late Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) recertification.
ACDIS will continue to maintain a 45-day grace period from the date recertification is due for certification holders to submit their application and proof of continuing education credits.
After 45 days, ACDIS will mail a letter to the address on file, advising the CCDS holder that their certification is suspended pending submission of a successful application. A successful recertification application is one that includes the completed recertification application, proof of continuing education credits (copies of all CEU certificates), and accepted payment.
CCDS credentials will be suspended six months after the recertification due date. Certification may be reactivated if an individual submits a successful application and recertification fee plus a $150 late fee. This must be completed within one year of the original recertification due date.
Certification will be revoked after one year if it is not recertified. Individuals must take the exam again in order to hold the credential.
ACDIS Recertification Reminders:
  • It is incumbent on CCDS holders to know their recertification due date. ACDIS sends multiple email reminders to the email address on file. ACDIS is not responsible for late, suspended, or revoked certifications.
  • Contact information updates should be emailed to Inquiries to verify contact information on file or to ask about CCDS recertification due dates may be sent to

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