The current CMT exam is being rebranded and renamed to Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS). Since you earned your CMT before January 2011*, the Credentialing Commission for Healthcare Documentation has created a simple way for you to bridge to the updated credential. The CHDS Bridge Course is now available and open for enrollment. Sign up today to be among the first CMTs to earn their CHDS!
Complete information and FAQs on the rebranding of AHDI’s credentialing exams
are posted online at www.ahdionline.org/RHDS-CHDS.
Voluntarily Bridge Your CMT to the CHDS
Marketing Your New Credentials
In addition to AHDI’s marketing campaign for the new credentials, it’s important for you to feel confident in communicating the value of being credentialed to your current or prospective employer, business partners, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team. To that end, AHDI will be providing talking points to aide you as we prepare to formally release the RHDS and CHDS. Watch for information later this year.
*EXCEPTION: If you earned your credential through the online proctored
beta exam in October 2010 — December 2010, your credential will be automatically
rebranded to CHDS next month and a new certificate will be mailed to you. You do
not have to register for and take the CHDS Bridge Course.
Registration is open for the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) Recredentialing Course. The first online course begins on October 1 with registration closing on September 25. Enrollment is open each month from the 1st to the 25th for the course starting the 1st of the next month. Learn more and register.
RMTs who earned their credential before the release of the current exam blue prints will transition automatically to the RHDS designation through a revised recredentialing course. An RMT may take the recredentialing course at any time during your cycle to bridge over to an RHDS. Alternatively, you may wait until the end of your current cycle and earn your RHDS when you recertify. Successful completion of that updated recredentialing course will earn the RMT their new RHDS credential and their new 3-year cycle will begin. Read more.
With registration opening just last month, we’re delighted to report that 125 CMTs have already registered for the first online CHDS Bridge Course, starting October 1. Likewise, the RHDS Recredentialing Course was announced just two weeks ago and already has 11 RMTs registered who will bridge to the RHDS and recertify at the same time. RMTs are eligible to take the RHDS Recredentialing Course at any time during their cycle to earn their RHDS credential. Upon successful completion of the course, a new cycle for the RHDS will begin.
Enrollment is open monthly between the 1st to the 25th for the courses starting on the 1st of the following month (e.g., enrollment open from October 1 - 25 for the course starting November 1). The CHDS Bridge Course is only available to CMTs who earned their credential before the release of the current exam blueprints (before January 2011, with the exception of those who took the beta exam in fall of 2010). Details are available online.
There are 565 RMTs and CMTs (who earned their credential based on the current exam blueprints) who will soon have their credential automatically changed to RHDS and CHDS, respectively. Information will be sent in the coming weeks, so watch your Inbox for the exciting news!
To read more about the rebranding of the RMT and CMT, visit our website for details.