Effective January 1, 2021, AHIMA and the Commission on Certification (CCHIIM) will discontinue the mandatory annual self-review requirement for CCA®, CCS®, and CCS-P®. If you hold a single certification (either CCA, CCS, or CCS-P), you will still need to earn 20 CEUs per recertification cycle.
After January 1, 2021, all CCS, CCS-P and CCA credential holders will no longer need to complete an annual self-review. They should still continue to follow the rest of the recertification process.
If your recertification cycle ends prior to December 31, 2020, you must still complete your 2019 and 2020 self-reviews. We strongly encourage you to complete the self-reviews prior to January 1, 2021 due to upcoming pricing changes:
To recertify, complete the checklist below. For more information, visit the Recertify page.
If you hold one credential the recertification fee is $218.
If you hold more than one credential, the first recertification fee is $218 and each additional certification is $50. Upon completing mastery-level coding credentials or baccalaureate-level (or higher) HIM credentials, it is no longer necessary to earn CEUs and pay recertification fees for the lower level credentials.
AHIMA members pay their recertification fees in addition to their annual membership renewal. If membership status is not retained for both years of the two-year recertification cycle, you are required to pay the non-member recertification fee.
For more information, visit the Recertify page.
The 2020 CCA, CCS, and CCS-P coding self-reviews are now available to coding credential holders in your CEU Center. To access:
Individuals may appeal the permanent revocation of their credential due to failure to meet CCHIIM recertification requirements. Please submit your appeals via the Recertification Appeal Form. If you are in inactive status and have not been permanently revoked, please refer to the Recertification Guide.
To proceed with a Temporary Waiver request, please submit your request in writing along with proof of hardship to firstname.lastname@example.org. The acceptable documents are:
AHIMA will not be granting any temporary waiver requests due to COVID-19.
The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) accepts CEUs earned through participation in formal educational programs of study that address subject areas related to health informatics and information management.
Effective January 1, 2021, the recertification process will no longer include a three-month grace period following the end date of your recertification cycle.
Prior to January 1, 2021, if you had not renewed your certification by the end of your 24-month certification cycle, your status would have been "grace" for 90 days then "inactive" for 90 days before going to a “revoked” status.
If you need a recertification extension at the end of your 24-month renewal period, it will be available in your CEU center for a $50 fee.