CCHIIM Relaunches CCS Exam

The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has announced it will relaunch the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam starting August 1. The move comes after the exam was suspended for four months following a security breach of the test.

Due to continued security concerns, CCHIIM officials said there is no further information or timetable for when the CCS exam will resume testing at testing centers in Asia.

According to a CCHIIM-created CCS Exam Question FAQ, the CCS exam content has not changed. Candidates will still be tested in accordance to the same exam blueprint that is posted to the certification website, and the domains and tasks have not changed.

CCHIIM has spent the last four months updating the questions on the exam, including new medical record scenarios. While questions have changed, the exam will still test “the same areas of expertise as the old questions tested,” said Heather Rich, operations manager of certification services at AHIMA. The questions still map back to the same job analysis performed in 2012 to develop the CCS exam.  

Developing a bank of new test questions that can be rotated in the exam will help increase its security, Rich said.

Some have questioned whether the CCS exam will test in ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM/PCS. The CCS exam will continue testing on ICD-9-CM until a new coding classification system is officially implemented.

To register for the exam, visit AHIMA’s online store at, click “Certification” under Products, and select “CCS Exam.” After registering for the exam and paying the application fee, individuals will receive an Authorization to Test letter that will allow them to schedule an examination date. A list of available testing centers in both the US and internationally is available at

CCHIIM officials said that the exam will launch in beta form, which means immediate scoring will not be available. Results will be available in approximately 10 to 12 weeks. For additional information visit


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