Didn’t Pass the CCM Exam, Now What? (Updated August 2020)

Didn't pass the CCM Exam, Now What?

First of all, I want to let you know I am very sorry you did not pass. I know that you invested a lot of time and money into passing this exam. I hope you plan to take the exam again. Many people do not pass their first attempt and go on to pass later. This article should help you to do that.

CCMC will waive the application fee for your first retest during the next testing cycle only. For example, if you fail the test in April you can take the August exam without reapplying and paying the application fee again. You will have to pay the test center (Prometric) fee though. If you do not test during the next exam cycle, but wish to retest later or this is not your first retest, CCMC will require the entire application fee and test fee again. Also, if you rescheduled your first test and failed, you will have to reapply and pay the application and test center fees again. Basically, the application only covers 2 testing cycles, if for any reason you do not pass the test by the 2 test cycles after your application is accepted you must reapply.

(more…)

Are you eligible to take the CCM exam? Know before you apply

Are you eligible for the CCM?CCM Exam Eligibility

Knowledge of case management terminology and current practice are among the essential elements you’ll need to pass the Certified Case Manager® (CCM®) exam. But earning the CCM is about more than book knowledge—after all, it’s an exam based on what case managers do in daily practice.

Becoming a board-certified case manager requires you to have both the core education (which may be represented by licensure) and experience to practice case management before you even apply to take the test. (more…)

Have You Ever Thought About Opening Your Own Case Management or Patient Advocacy Business?

starting your own case management business

Have you ever thought about starting your own Case Management or Patient Advocacy business?

Do you currently have a business you would like to grow?

Anne Llewellyn and I will be conducting a Pre-Conference Workshop on this subject at this year’s National Nurses in Business Association National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada October 12-14. This nurse entrepreneurship and career alternative conference is the #1 business conference for nurses! (more…)

CCM Exam & Question Development

CCM Exam & Question DevelopmentHave you ever wondered how the CCM certification exam is created? Where do those questions come from and who writes them? We were curious too! CCMC was very gracious and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how the CCM Exam & Question Development occurs to share with you. We are sure you will find the following article by Debby Formica very interesting and informative! (more…)

Last Call: April 2018 CCM Exam Application Closing

april 2018 exam

Last call to those who want to take the CCM exam this April 2018! It’s less than a month to go before the April 2018 application window closes on January 31. So, if one of your goals this 2018 is to add CCM to your name, then this is your opportunity! Act now while you still have time!

You will have 3 opportunities to take the CCM Exam in 2018, April, August, and December. We all know how fast time flies, and with only 3 testing periods per year, it is easy to miss out.

Personally, I think April is the best time to take the CCM, what better way to spend a cold winter day than studying! (more…)

Healthcare CRM | A Go-To Tool for Case Managers

Healthcare CRM A go-to tool for case managersA healthcare CRM system can streamline case management processes to improve patient outcomes, reduce payer denials and support revenue cycle and a great Go-To Tool for Case Managers

Being complex and collaborative, case management implies not only care coordination from admission to discharge, but also advocating for options and services to meet patients’ health needs and achieve improved health outcomes.

Handling this process without any dedicated tools or (even) with outdated technology is troublesome, at best. Sometimes, case managers even have to resort to paper to document patient data or draft a care plan. Accordingly, using ineffective and inconvenient technology for case management can cause business problems. (more…)

CCM Exam Application – December 2017

CCM Exam ApplicationIf one of your goals for 2017 is to pass the CCM Exam, this is your last chance!

The application window for the August 2017 exam is closed, but the December exam window is now open. You can sign up to take the December CCM exam that will move your career to the next level until September 30, 2017.

Completing your application is easier than ever. The entire application can be done online where you will find everything you need to complete your application. (more…)

The Road to Becoming A Certified Case Manager

the road to becoming a certified case manager

esudroff / Pixabay

This is the story of my journey from being afraid

to move beyond the traditional nurse role

to becoming a certified case manager.

 

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Do What You Love”  

An ideal that most of us believe in and want to live by.

I had been a nurse for six years and I loved my job. There’s nothing that brings me more joy than knowing I am making a difference and helping those in need.  I prided myself on helping people and the thought of leaving bedside nursing often ended with “I’m afraid I wouldn’t have that same impact on a phone line between myself and a patient.” Still, with the satisfaction of working in the hospital, I was curious and wanted to try something different, something new.

Moving into the case management world of an insurance company is a scary step for someone with the title of Registered Nurse.  Passion trumped fear. I took the step and made a choice. I entered the world of Case Management. (more…)

CCM Exam Prep – 8 Tips For Success (Updated Oct. 2020)

8 tips for success

You’re used to taking exams as a professional, and as you know, each test is slightly different. Today, I’d like to go over the layout for the CCM Exam Prep and offer 8 Tips For Success to help you prepare.

When I began studying I didn’t know where to begin. I started by looking at CCMC’s website. They have a lot of valuable information, but it is not easy to find everything you are looking for in one spot. Here is a summary of the information you need to know when preparing for the exam.

CCM Exam Overview

The CCM Exam is administered three times a year in April, August, and December.

The application window opens five months before the exam and remains open for three months.  

The CCM exam is administered at Prometric test centers. After being approved by CCMC to sit for the exam you will receive information to contact Prometric to schedule your exam date.

Quick Tip: As soon as you get your authorization from CCMC to sit for the exam, be sure to contact Prometric to get the test date of your choice, as some centers fill up fast!

In order to sit for the CCM exam, you must meet the eligibility criteria. Take a look at this post for specific eligibility information.

According to CCMC, “The CCM exam is practice-based, meaning all questions are based on the knowledge that an experienced case manager should know and understand. There is not any course or education required to take the exam or to prepare for the exam.”

The CCM Exam includes:

  • 180 multiple choice questions (150 are scored, the other 30 are pretest questions that are being tested for possible inclusion of future tests)
  • Covers 5 knowledge domains
  • Questions are drawn from CCMC item pool
  • 3 hours to complete

5 Knowledge Domains

The CCMC Exam questions cover the following five knowledge domains:

Care Delivery & Reimbursement Methods *44 questions

28% of exam

Psychosocial Concepts & Support Systems *40 questions

25% of exam

Quality & Outcomes Evaluation and Measurements *31 questions

19% of exam

Ethical, Legal & Practice Standards *27 questions

17% of exam

Rehabilitation Concepts & Strategies *18 questions

11% of exam

* approximately

Quick Tips for Preparing for The CCM Exam

Here are 8 specific tips for studying and taking the CCM exam:

Study Tips:

  1. The CCM exam was updated in December 2020, make sure you have the updated study materials.
  2. Plan study time according to the number of questions on the exam. Look at the number of questions in each domain and plan study time accordingly.
  3. A broad general knowledge is more important than memorizing facts. Have a general knowledge of the items in each domain. Here is a list of the domains.
  4. Know the Case Manager Philosophy and ensure your answers align with it.
  5. Study until you understand the information well enough to teach someone about it (especially the information you are not familiar with). When you understand the information that well, it is a good sign!

Exam Tips:

  1. Exam questions are direct. There are no “all of the above” or “none of the above” questions.
  2. Answer questions according to how Case Managers, in general, would answer, not how it is done at your place of employment.
  3. Breathe! When you get to the exam, write “BREATHE” at the top of your scratch paper, and look at it when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Hopefully, this helps you have an idea of what to expect on the exam.

If you are looking for study materials, the CCM Study Guide along with one of our Online CCM Prep Courses is sure to help you feel confident and ready to take the exam.

I have put together a free step by step guide to studying for the CCM exam called Successful Study Strategies. If you would like me to email it to you, simply complete the form below with your personal email address and it will be on its way to you. You will be able to save this to your computer for future use and print it off if you like. Please use your personal email address and not your work email address, as most employers’ emails will not accept emails with attachments.

Where Should I Send Your Successful Study Strategies?
I would like to send you my 10 page PDF on Successful Study Strategies. Just tell me where to send it!