Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness: Membership Scholarships Awarded

We’re delighted to announce that three membership scholarships were awarded this month as part of our “pay it forward” program. Have you heard about the program? The philosophy is simple: Random acts of kindness by our community to help our community. When hardship impacts our career and earnings, belonging to and being active in an association can be a crucial ingredient in plotting our next career move. By pooling our funds together, we can help fellow MTs/healthcare documentation specialists gain access to the valuable continuing education, tools, and relationships available through membership to propel them to the next great opportunity.

Contributions can be made in any amount and applications may be submitted any time. Please visit our website for complete details and consider "paying it forward" or applying today.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Download Your May/June Issue of Plexus Magazine

Your latest issue of Plexus can be downloaded now! Don’t miss great features and columns, the latest news, and helpful information related to our professionals theme, Checks and Balances. Credit-worthy, feature articles include:

  • Management’s Role in Productivity and Accuracy (1 PD)
  • Diversifying Your Business (1 PD)
  • No Office Drama: The Pros and Cons of Working from Home (1 PD)
  • Male Breast Cancer, Part 1 (1 CM)
  • Male Breast Cancer, Part 2 (online) (1 CM)

To access this benefit, please remember to log into the AHDI website. Plexus is a benefit included with Individual Professional, Student, Post-Graduate, Sustaining, Corporate, and Educational membership.

AHDI Conference: 33 Sessions Across the Full CEC Spectrum

This year’s program at the Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference, July 23-26, is sure to create sparks and dialog on hot issues in healthcare documentation. Don’t delay in registering for this annual event that will fuel your mind, energize your spirit, and propel your career to new heights.

Deadlines are fast approaching. Don’t delay in completing these action items:

Register for the AHDI Conference. Discounted rate ends July 8.
❑ Make your M Resort hotel reservation. Deadline is June 30
RSVP for Free poker training and the StrengthsFinders 2.0 workshop.

Designed by AHDI member volunteers especially with you in mind, the conference schedule includes the more than 30 credit-worthy sessions, which are listed below. Build your personal timetable with our interactive schedule planner.

Clinical Medicine

  • Equivocal Death: Victor or Victim?
  • Burn Survivors: Healing the Emotional Scars
  • Robotic Surgery in Gynecology
  • Medical Innovation and Documentation—A Case Study
  • A Second Look: Fabrication of Custom Ophthalmic Prosthetics
  • Updates and Audits in Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • The Linx Reflux Management System
  • Trends in Burn Wound Care

Medical Transcription Tools

  • Conan the Grammarian and Spell-Binding Comma Sense, with Dr. Richard Lederer
  • QA Summit: Clinician-Created Documentation—The Reinstitution of the QA Program
  • Speed Reading Workshop
  • Mind Mapping and Memory Improvement Techniques


  • Shoring Up the Printer/Copier HIPAA Hazard
  • What All MTSOs & ICs Should Know About HIPAA
  • How HDSs’ Role Can Stay Relevant in the EHR
  • Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Documentation Errors and Risks
  • Information Governance in a Post-EHR Era
  • HealtHIE Nevada: A Study in Privately Funded Health Information Exchange

Professional Development

  • Focusing on the Top Five: Discovering and Deploying Your Strengths
  • Turning Giant Projects into Bite Sized Tasks
  • Improving Your Odds of Winning in the Healthcare Documentation Game
  • Chasing Your New Career Dreams
  • Evolution of the TeleScribe: A Natural Fit
  • Successful Marketing on a Shoestring Budget
  • Touchstones: A Structure for Better Communication, Compassion, and Care
  • Freeland Writing Workshop
  • HDS to Scribe: Using Your Skills to Keep Doing What You Love!

Technology and the Workplace

  • Tech Talk With The IT Magician
  • Encryption For Dummies (And Smart People, Too!)
  • Your "Hitchhiker’s Guide" to Medicine’s "Tower of Babel"

Complementary Medicine

  • Integrative Medicine Approaches for a Healthier You
  • Standing and Active Workstations: Novelty or Disruptive Technology?

Download the full conference brochure for complete session descriptions, speaker biographies, and conference information. Hotel reservations must be made by June 30 to secure the discounted group rate of $125/night at The M Resort.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

AHDI District Directors and Community Connections

The healthcare industry is constantly changing, and sometimes it's hard to know where to turn for information or answers to questions. AHDI's District Directors are available to help! Listed below are links to each District's blog and Facebook pages. Not sure what district you’re in? Click the District Map to find out.

District 1: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 2: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 3: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 4: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 5: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 6: AHDI LoungeFacebook

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Why Get Certified?

Certification in healthcare documentation makes a difference—to the patients whose care depends your on precise documentation, to employers who must hire highly qualified and trusted healthcare documentation specialists, and to yourself for the satisfaction for attaining certification. The four letters that will follow your name will make a powerful statement about the expertise you bring to the table. Ultimately, becoming credentialed will:

  • Prepare you for new healthcare documentation positions in the EHR.
  • Validate your breadth of knowledge and skills to employers, which may give you access to preferential hiring/employment practices.
  • Demonstrate that you are trained and certified in HIPAA compliance.
  • Send the message to healthcare delivery that healthcare documentation specialists are an allied health profession with an accountable scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate you take initiative and go above the minimum requirements.
  • Distinguish you from those without a credential.
  • Raise employer's confidence in you when introducing new technologies or services.
  • Keep you marketable in the event of cutbacks or mergers.
  • Get your foot in the door as a new graduate.

Ready to pursue credentialing? Get started here: Types of Credentials and Exam Preparation

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Products and Tools Available from AHDI

The AHDI Product Guide is your “go to” resource for all products, books, and tools available from AHDI. You can easily flip through the catalog to find product descriptions, pricing, and discounts available for AHDI members. Download your copy today.


Be sure to check out our new online subscriptions for the Book of Style and RMT Exam Guide (RHDS Ready). Click the links below for 180-day, 1-year, or perpetual licenses. Digital copies are not available with any product bundles.


Credentialing Lapel Pins Now Available!

A 1-1/4-inch die-struck metal pin with gold lettering and enamel color filled with the CHDS logo. CHDSs can purchase this pin after successfully passing the CHDS exam or CHDS Bridge Course. CHDS certification will be verified upon purchase and before shipping.

Regular List Price: $15
Regular Eligible Member Price: $10

Purchase a CHDS Lapel Pin Now

A 1-1/4-inch die-struck metal pin with gold lettering and enamel color filled with the RHDS logo. RHDSs can purchase this pin after successfully passing the RHDS exam or RHDS Recredentialing Course. RHDS certification will be verified upon purchase and before shipping.

Regular List Price: $15
Regular Eligible Member Price: $10

Purchase an RHDS Lapel Pin Now!

Monday, June 9, 2014

AHDI Model Job Descriptions for Emerging Roles in Healthcare Documentation (live webinar)

June 11, 2014, 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Speakers: Melissa Harper; Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F; Lisa Woodley, RHIT, CHDS, AHDI-F

This webinar will provide an in-depth look at some of the emerging roles for healthcare documentation specialists today. We'll review the AHDI Model Job Descriptions for positions such as EHR documentation trainer, health record integrity auditor, and EHR technician/HIM analyst. Learn what skill set is required for each and what, if any, additional training or education is required to be successful in these roles.

Click for information and to register online. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you may register to receive the recording following the event.

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