Understanding RMT/RHDS Recredentialing
The RMT/RHDS credential is good for 3 years and expires on the last day of the month in which the credential was obtained. (Example: A practitioner successfully passing the RMT/RHDS exam on September 3, 2008, will need to recertify by September 30, 2011.)
Notifications will be sent out 6 months prior to an RMT/RHDS's expiration date via email, with a follow-up paper reminder sent 90 days prior. All RMTs/RHDSs are responsible for knowing when their cycle ends. The date of credentialing is denoted on the RMT/RHDS Certificate, which can be downloaded from the AHDI website.
RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Requirements
In order to recredential, RMTs/RHDSs must take the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course and pass the final exam prior to the expiration date of their credential. Beginning in late 2013, RMTs who successfully complete the Recredentialing Course will be changed to the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) designation. More information is available here.
The cost of the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course is $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers. RMTs/RHDSs can take the RMT/RHDSs Recredentialing Course any month after receiving their 6 month reminder but must complete the course before their deadline. In the event the RMT/RHDS does not pass, they have the option to retest one additional time.
The RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course is given from the 1st day of every month through the last day of the month with registration closing the 20th day of the prior month. For more information or to register for the Recredentialing Course please review the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course information.
Recredentialing is valid for 3 years. At any time, an RHDS may opt to sit for the CHDS exam. If they pass, they relinquish their RHDS credential in favor of the CHDS credential, and begin a new recertification cycle for their CHDS. If they do not pass, they continue in their cycle as an RHDS and must meet the recredentialing requirements in order to maintain their RHDS status. (For example: An RHDS with an expiration date of 8/31/14 decides to take the CHDS on 6/15/14. If they pass, their RHDS is no longer active and they now enter a new recertification cycle for their CHDS. If they do not pass, they have until 8/31/14 to complete the RMT/RHDS Recertification Course in order to maintain their credential.)
RMTs/RHDSs are not required to accrue or report continuing education credits in order to maintain their credential.
An RMT who did not automatically become an RHDS in 2013 must complete the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course in order to bridge to the RHDS credential to be eligible to sit for the CHDS exam. Information is available here.
An RMT/RHDS may purchase a 60-day extension in order to take the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course. Extensions must be in writing and accompanied by a $50 extension fee prior to the original recertification deadline. Completion of the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course must take place within the 60-day extension period. The original due date remains in effect for recredentialing. (For example: An original due date of 8/31/13, extended to 10/31/13, recredentialing due 8/31/16.)
Failure to Recredential
All RMTs/RHDSs are responsible for knowing when their credential expires and for registering and completing the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course prior to the expiration of their credential. RMTs/RHDSs should notify AHDI promptly if reminders, statements, or recredentialing information have not been received as expected. It is the RMT’s/RHDS's responsibility to notify AHDI of any changes in address or contact information. RMTs/RHDS's who do not complete and successfully pass the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course and final exam by their expiration deadline will be considered lapsed and will no longer be eligible to identify themselves as RMTs/RHDSs. The only way to become credentialed again is by successfully passing the RHDS exam.
Lapsed Notices and Grace Period
A lapsed notice will be sent to any RMT/RHDS who does not complete the RMT/RHDS Recredentialing Course and successfully pass the final exam prior to their recredentialing deadline (or extension date). RMTs/RHDSs will have 90 days from the date the notice is sent to complete the course and successfully pass the final exam if they wish to reinstate their credential. In addition to the cost of the course, there is a $50 reinstatement fee due at the time of reinstatement.