CPHQ exam held in November

The 1998 Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) examination was held on Nov. 14. 1,125 candidates registered to take the exam at 45 U.S. sites and 5 international sites. Upward of 1,000 candidates took the 1997 exam, and 860 or 73% passed; 74.7% of first-time examinees passed. There are currently more than 6,700 active CPHQs in the United States and abroad. Among first-time test takers of the November 1997 exam:

• 402 hold bachelor’s degrees and 313 hold master’s degrees;

• 564 work in hospitals and 299 work in HMO/PRO/third-party payers;

• 507 have 2-5 years experience and 352 have 6-10 years experience;

• 723 are members of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).

The recertification cycle runs out every two years. Dec. 31, 1998, is this year’s termination point. You are due to recertify this year if the year after the phrase "on this 1st day of January" on your CPHQ certificate is 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, or 1997. Materials must be posted by Jan. 31, 1999, to avoid a late penalty fee. The first reminder and summary of continuing education activities form was sent in July to all CPHQs due to recertify for this cycle. The second and final reminder was mailed in November.