Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Featured Member Benefit: Virtual Alliances Connect You to Like-Minded Professionals

Never underestimate the value of your professional network. It's one you can rely on for answers to your toughest questions, advice on how to handle situations, and insight on best practices, tips, or reviews. Your professional network can also be the source of your next career move and where you discover new business ideas.

As an AHDI member, you have access to a vibrant network through our virtual Alliances. These are special interest groups that have been formed for the purpose of information exchange, networking, and addressing the common needs and interests of the group.

Joining an Alliance is easy and it's included in your membership so there's no extra cost. If you're not already part of an AHDI Alliance, you're missing out on a valuable membership benefit!

Get connected now by visiting the Alliance webpage. Log into the AHDI website and click "subscribe to an alliance" in the right column. Select the groups you'd like to join and you'll be automatically forwarded to the Google Groups sign-up page. Once you're approved to join, your network will be available to you via the Google Groups website and by email.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AHDI Conference: Early Bird Registration Ends April 30

Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference
July 23-26, 2014
The M Resort ♦ Las Vegas, NV

At AHDI's Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference, July 23-26, you will find engaging, credit-worthy continuing education that is content-rich and focused on current issues facing the profession today. Register by April 30 to save $50!

Download the full conference brochure for complete session descriptions, speaker biographies, and conference information.


Think of attending AHDI's Conference as your own mini sabbatical—carving out "me" time to nurture your mind, explore what's changed, and learn what lies ahead. A place where great minds think alike, uniting you with fellow healthcare documentation specialists who share your commitment to excellence in documenting patient care.

Start planning your trip by visiting the website to plan your educational experience, download the justification kit to seek your employer’s approval, and register to secure your place. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Upcoming Events

See all available webinars on the AHDI website at View the AHDI Events Calendar to learn about AHDI component events and other industry-related events.

AHDI Events Calendar

May 7
Shorthand Advanced for Windows (Version 10)
Presenter: Amy Potter
Time: 2 PM PT/5 PM ET
CE Credit: 1 MTT or 1 TW

May 29
Offshoring Transcription: The Pros & Cons to Utilizing Global Labor Resources
Presenter: Shaw A. Rietkerk
Time: 12 PM PT/3 PM ET
CE Credit: 1 PD

June 11
AHDI Model Job Descriptions for Emerging Roles in Healthcare Documentation
Presenters: Melissa Harper; Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F; Lisa Woodley, RHIT, CHDS, AHDI-F
Time: 11 AM PT/2 PM ET
CE Credit: 1 PD

It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning for National MT Week, May 18-24

For the 29th year, we are celebrating National Medical Transcriptionist Week (NMTW) the third week in May. Join us in spreading the word on the important role you and the entire healthcare documentation workforce play in patient care and safety. The 2014 "Guardians of Health Record Integrity" flyer is available on the AHDI website for download in three different sizes:

On the website,, you can also find desktop wallpapers in various sizes, the Guardian of Health Record Integrity shield, and more. As you promote NMTW, don't forget to tell people about our campaign—Your Record Speaks—on the importance of accurate health records!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 AHDI National Leadership Board Elections

The NLB candidates for this year's election will be announced very soon, along with the dates and times of our Meet the Candidates webinars, so stay tuned!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book of Style Development Team—Call for Volunteers

AHDI is issuing a call for volunteers to serve on a development team for the next iteration of the Book of Style. Volunteers should be very familiar with The Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd edition, and will discuss layout, current content, and trending topics for potential inclusion. The development team should be comprised of professionals of varying backgrounds, knowledge, and experience with regard to styles and standards, health information management, and technologies such as NLP and EHRs. Volunteers should be available for biweekly/monthly meetings, as decided by the group; provide input and feedback; and conduct research as necessary.

Interested parties should email Kristin Wall ( by April 30 with name, credentials, biographical information to include pertinent knowledge and experience that you can contribute to this project, and why you would like to serve on the Book of Style Development Team.

2014 AHDI Integrity Awards Nominations—Last Chance!

Every one of us knows someone who has made a professional impact over the last year. Be a proactive colleague and take the time to nominate that person or organization for one of the AHDI Integrity Awards. AHDI’s Integrity Awards program is designed to shine a spotlight on those individuals, organizations, and volunteer groups who are truly making a difference in our industry. Not only does this recognition program impact the individuals who are nominated and chosen for these awards, but it generates visibility around best practices and drives recognition of our industry in a public way. Take the time to nominate today.

  • Hall of Fame Award
  • Employer of the Year Award
  • Membership Impact Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Excellence in Credentialing Award
  • Innovation through Technology Award
  • Educator of the Year Award
  • Advocate of the Year Award

Nominations should be submitted electronically and are due no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Nominees will be notified of nomination after committee vote and winners will be announced at the Integrity Awards session at the 36th AHDI Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit the AHDI Integrity Awards page for more information.