Within the last few hours, AHIMA has announced on it's CCS® web page that The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIM) the accrediting body for AHIMA, has temporarily suspended the CCS® exam from February 28 until June 30, 2020. Stating the reason is due to "exam security."
This type of deferral is not the first. In 2014, CCHIM has had to issue a CCS® moratorium. The suspension applied to all exams in the US and abroad. At which time, CCHIM imposed a 6-month suspension. According to the AHIMA Advantage Newsletter, August 2014 pp-14-15 "The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has temporarily suspended the administration of AHIMA's CCS examination in all US and Global Pearson Professional Centers, due to concerns over exam security. As of June 18, 2014, the CCHIIM is working diligently to reinstate the CCS® exam at all Pearson VUE testing centers in the US. Although we do not have a specific date the exam will be available, we are pleased to inform you that the project is on schedule for redeployment this year."
The result of the last suspension affected several Asian countries as they are prohibited from taking the CCS® exam.