The American Health Information Management Association’s Certified Coding Specialist examinations have been suspended because of concerns over the integrity of the exams.

Jo Santos, interim vice president for Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management--an AHIMA commission that establishes, implements, and enforces standards and procedures for certification and recertification of HIM professionals--said during a recent AHIMA webcast that additional details of the CCS exam suspension were not available “due to pending investigation and legal action” and that they are “working diligently” to re-launch the exams.   

On its website, AHIMA stated that “there is not sufficient evidence of irregularity to cast doubt upon the validity of individual scores on exams already taken,” but it reserves the right to require all candidates to take an additional exam at a later date if the situation warrants.

The organization also warned that “if it determined that any individuals have been involved in a breach of exam security or any other exam-related irregular behavior, the CCHIIM will not hesitate to take appropriate action, which may include cancellation of exam scores, revocation of certification, permanent denial of future eligibility for certification, and legal action, as deemed appropriate by the CCHIIM.”

AHIMA said exam appointments have been cancelled until further notice and will resume when the “security and integrity of all exams can be ensured.”


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