The job market outlook for EHR Specialists and health information technicians is trending up. According to healthgrad.com, there is a predicted 15% increase in job demand by 2024.
EHR Specialists are critical to ensuring doctors’ offices, private practices, hospitals, physical therapists, and every kind of healthcare facility runs properly and are able to serve their patients.
What Is the NHA CEHRS Exam?
The NHA CEHRS exam is an industry certification developed by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to measure students’ knowledge and skills so they can become electronic health record specialists.
When someone passes the EHR certification exam, they earn a certification designating that they can work in a healthcare facility as a CEHRS.
How Is the NHA CEHRS Exam Structured?
The NHA CEHRS exam consists of 150 questions (plus 20 pre-test questions that are used to gather data).
The questions fall into five topic areas, which the NHA refers to as “domains:”
Non-Clinical Operations (28%)
Clinical Operations (32%)
Revenue Cycle/Finance (15%)
Regulatory Compliance (15%)
Each domain has different subtopics that are categorized as either knowledge statements or task statements.
Knowledge statements refer to information and concepts that the student will need to know.
Task statements relate to physical duties that the student will need to know how to perform.
The Regulatory Compliance domain includes 12 task statements that cover adhering to professional standards with health records, identifying non-compliant behaviors, and participating in internal audits.
The 18 regulatory operations knowledge statements are related to HIPAA requirements, electronic security, federal guidelines on reporting breaches, and more.
This domain is important to ensure that the patient information is protected and that the EHR Specialist is always in compliance.
Domain 5 - Reporting
The Reporting domain includes 7 task statements covering running standardized financial and clinical reports, generating statistical reports, and verifying report accuracy.
The 7 reporting operations knowledge statements are related to HIPAA requirements, electronic security, federal guidelines on reporting breaches, and more.
This domain includes statements related to how an electronic health record specialist will generate financial, clinical, and medical reports.
How to Prepare Students for the NHA CEHRS Certification Exam