The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential is a professional certification necessary for a career as a health information technician. The RHIT exam is administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Who is Eligible to Take the Exam?
You must apply to the AHIMA and receive approval before registering to take the exam.
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Both online and paper applications are accepted.
You must meet one of the following academic eligibility requirements:
- Complete the academic requirements for an associate’s degree in a health information management (HIM) program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
- Be a student enrolled in your final term of study in a CAHIIM-accredited RHIT program. You are considered eligible to take the exam if you have completed your coursework but have not yet graduated or if you have graduated and are waiting for your official transcripts.
- Graduate from an HIM program approved by a foreign association with which AHIMA has a reciprocity agreement.
How Do I Schedule My Exam?
Applicants who are approved will receive a letter with information about scheduling their exams.
Cancelling and Rescheduling
You may cancel and reschedule the exam up to 15 days before to the scheduled exam date at no charge. Rescheduling or cancelling between 14 days and 24 hours prior to the exam date will result in a $30 charge. You cannot reschedule an exam less than 24 hours before the exam time.
If you fail to appear for the scheduled exam or are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be allowed to take the exam and will forfeit exam fees.
What Do I Need On Exam Day?
You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time. You must present a primary form of identification containing your signature and picture and a second form of identification showing your signature. You may not bring a calculator, cell phone, or any other electronic devices.
You will receive a score report immediately following the exam and can view and print a certificate online.
What is the Format of the Exam?
The RHIT exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, including 20 pretest questions that appear randomly throughout the exam and are not scored. You will be given 3.5 hours for the exam.
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What is the Content of the Exam?
The RHIT exam questions are distributed as follows to evaluate your knowledge and abilities across seven domains including the following tasks:
- Data Analysis and Management (18-22%)
- Analyze data to identify anomalies, duplication, and trends
- Compile and summarize data to generate reports and presentations
- Design and implement workload distribution
- Coding (16-20%)
- Assign, validate, and sequence codes, following official coding guidelines
- Review coding for accuracy and resolve errors
- Educate coders on updates; develop a system for queries and standards for coding productivity and quality
- Compliance (14-18%)
- Ensure that records meet state and Federal regulations and comply with privacy protocols
- Update policies and procedures
- Evaluate medical necessity
- Information Technology (10-14%)
- Create and maintain databases
- Create user accounts and train others who use record-keeping software
- Troubleshoot and maintain software and systems
- Quality (10-14%)
- Analyze standards and guidelines and apply them to build a system for auditing health records for content, accuracy, completeness, and timeliness
- Report on audit findings
- Implement corrective action including process improvement and workflow efficiency
- Legal (9-13%)
- Follow standards and regulations for disclosure of health records and ensure confidentiality of paper and electronic records
- Practice legal and ethical standards while serving as custodian of health records and responding to requests for information
- Educate others regarding consents, healthcare Power of Attorney, Advanced Directives, and related records and requests
- Revenue Cycle (9-13%)
- Work with healthcare providers and others to improve documentation of health records
- Monitor and respond to claim denials
- Educate healthcare providers about changes to payment standards, best practices, and regulations
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