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News and Updates
The following page contains our latest important news and updates.

Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy Technician Exam Updates
NCCT will be releasing updated versions of its National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) and National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) certification examinations in late July 2015. The new versions will continue to be offered in paper/pencil and computer based testing (CBT) forms. They will replace the current versions on these dates:
  • July 21-Phlebotomy Technician
  • July 28-Medical Assistant
These certification examination updates are based upon national job analyses and ensure NCCT exam content represents current practice across the country.

Notification letters have been mailed to Program Directors in both disciplines. The mailing includes a copy of the new Detailed Test Plan, also available as a free
download from the NCCT website. Programs have also been sent Comparison Tables that delineate changes between the old and new versions.

NCICS information for schools and candidates
Since the transition to ICD-10-CM is required by October 1, 2015 for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created multiple resources for guidance at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/coding/ICD10/index.html Health care providers aren’t the only ones making this transition. Schools and certification organizations are transitioning as well. NCCT offers this information to guide schools planning for their students and graduates to take the NCICS certification examination in 2015 and 2016. Typically, NCCT updates its NCICS examination codes on July 1st each year. This year will be slightly different. Until September 30, 2015:
  • Candidates will be permitted to choose ICD-9-CM (online or paper) or ICD-10-CM (paper only).
  • Candidates may use either 2014 or 2015 CPT coding books for testing purposes.
  • Candidates taking the ICD-9-CM exam may continue to use the standard 2014 coding books.
  • Candidates taking the ICD-10-CM exam may continue to use the DRAFT 2014 codes.
  • No matter which exam candidates chose, both will earn the same NCICS certification.
Beginning October 1, 2015:
  • Only ICD-10-CM coding certification examinations and review materials will be available.
By early 2016 (date to be announced):
  • NCCT will release a completely updated NCICS certification examination (ICD-10-CM).
  • Prior to release, the new Detailed Test Plan will be published and emailed to all schools.
  • In addition, a brand new Practice Test (aligned directed to the updated exam) will be available.
Official 2016 ICD-10-CM Coding Books may be pre-ordered from outside vendors at this time. The official ICD-10-CM Coding Books will be mandated for healthcare provider use on October 1, 2015.

HOW TO APPLY and SPECIFY EXAM TYPE (ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM)
Applicants who wish to take an NCICS certification examination before October 1, 2015 will need to specify whether they wish to take the exam using ICD-9-CM code or ICD-10-CM code sets.
  • For online application forms: Select either the ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM checkbox
  • For paper application forms, write either “ICD-9-CM” or “ICD-10-CM” at the TOP RIGHT corner of the front page of the form. Applications without it will be delayed.

ABOUT REVIEW MATERIALS
Applicants may review for the NCICS certification exam using any materials they choose. The NCCT NCICS review materials will be available in their current form.
Bonus Feature: The ICD-9-CM coding section of the updated NCCT review materials will allow you to answer ICD review questions using either ICD-9-CM and/or ICD-10-CM codes!

RECERTIFICATION and ICD-10-CM
Certificants who have taken the NCICS exam with ICD-9-CM coding questions may want to consider using the NCCT three phase ICD-10-CM- Continuing Education series when recertifying to let employers know they are ready for it the changes.

New Time Limit on Phlebotomy Technician Exam
As of 4/1/2015, the Phlebotomy Technician test will be a 3 hour exam. The additional time is necessary because NCCT has added 15 randomly placed, unscored (ungraded) pretest questions to determine whether they should be used on future test forms. This will not affect examinee scores in any way. It will just make NCCT tests better! Please let all your phlebotomy instructors and students know!

New Medical Office Assistant Exam Release
NCCT is pleased to announce the release of its updated National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA) certification examination, which will replace the current examination on June 15, 2015. NCCT needs as many qualified candidates as possible to take the new certification exam within the first two weeks of release, so we are offering a great incentive package for those who do. Applicants scheduled to sit for an NCMOA certification exam between June 15 and June 29 will receive:
  • A free NCMOA online practice test
  • One year recertification fee with 14 CH of online continuing education courses
  • An NCCT thermal coffee mug
Don’t miss out on these great incentives. Contact our customer service department at 800.875.4404 for more information on this great offer.

Eligibility Changes
NCCT eligibility routes are undergoing some changes beginning March 30, 2015! To qualify for testing through eligibility Routes 1 (education), 2 (experience), or 3 (military), applicants will need to ensure their qualifying education or experience is less than five years old. This is standard practice in healthcare certification, as job tasks change very rapidly. And since more than 99% of all NCCT examinees qualify for certification testing through one of these three routes, our others (Routes 4-6) will no longer be offered. Currently submitted applications will be processed using the requirements effective when submitted, but applications received on or after March 30th will be processed with the changes.

WANTED: Subject Matter Experts!
NCCT is looking for subject matter experts in all of the disciplines it tests. These experts will fill many important roles for the NCCT certification examinations. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on the different volunteer options, click here.
Surgical technologists,
click here.

New CE Courses
The following new 2015 CE courses are now available
  • 2015 CPT Codes Update - 5 clock hours
  • A Review of Arterial Blood Gases - 1 clock hour
  • Ebola and Other Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers - 3 clock hours
  • Safe Work Practices for Healthcare Professionals - 3 clock hours
For more information on these new courses click here.

Attention California Phlebotomists!
Questions about obtaining or renewing your CA state certification? Go to the LFS website or call 510-620-3800 for assistance.

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