Thursday, April 29, 2010

Just Released! Speech Recognition Adoption Guide

With a growing segment of the healthcare documentation sector moving toward a back-end SRT delivery method, purchasers and adopters of the technology have long needed a best practices resource for integration of SRT in a way that facilitates high-integrity documentation outcomes and measurable return on investment. In response to this need, MTIA has developed the Speech Recognition Adoption Guide to assist the sector in making purchasing and adoption decisions, to address the relevance of speech recognition technology as an evolving method of clinical documentation, and to present operational and fiscal implications for technology adoption. The guide is designed to help consumers understand adoption-related issues, impact, terminology, standards, and metrics. In addition, the guide presents unified perspectives of the varying stakeholder groups concerning issues such as documentation quality and risk management. To read the just-issued press release about the guide, click here.

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Last Day to Register for Component Town Hall Meeting Webinar

Date: May 4, 2010
Presenters: Barb Marques, CMT, AHDI-F & Bonnie Monico, CMT, AHDI-F
Time: 3 PM PDT / 4 PM MDT / 5 PM CDT / 6 PM EDT
Duration: 2 Hours
Registration Close: April 29, 2010
Cost: FREE
CE Given: n/a

AHDI’s Board of Directors, Component Leaders, and House of Delegates are spearheading a new initiative to ensure the long-term success, relevance, and business sustainability of our association’s components. This project, called “The Blueprint for Great Governance,” is being lead by AHDI President-Elect Barb Marques, CMT, AHDI-F, and Speaker of the House Bonnie Monico, CMT, AHDI-F, with an esteemed group of team members representing the diversity of our membership. The Team will host a series of online Town Hall meetings to brainstorm new approaches, services, and models to best serve the needs of our members and position MTs for long-term success in this rapidly changing environment of healthcare.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Registration for FREE Webinar Ends Tomorrow--CMT and RMT: Steps to Credentialing

Date: April 28, 2010
Presenter: Cassie Uber
Time: 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Registration Close: April 23, 2010
Cost: FREE
CE Given: N/A

Do you want to get credentialed but don't know where to start? This comprehensive FREE webinar will cover everything you need to know about how to become an RMT or CMT, including an overview of the content of both exams, test taking tips, information on how to register, and even sample test questions.

Cassie Uber is the Credentialing and Education Coordinator for AHDI.

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Thank You, AHDI Volunteers

Life moves quickly; time is limited. There’s no doubt about it. It’s important to take a moment to pause and appreciate not only what we have accomplished, but who helped make it happen.

For AHDI, it’s the hundreds of volunteers who share their time and expertise to make it happen. Organizing local members to write Congress, mentoring students, participating in committees, facilitating list serve discussions, fundraising, serving on the Board of Directors, speaking at conferences, and researching terms—these are only a few of the things our volunteers do to help us reach our collective goals as a healthcare documentation community.

We extend a warm "Thank You" to each and every one of our volunteers. Thank you for everything you do for the nearly 15,000 individual, company, and educational members of AHDI. Please join us in celebrating our volunteers and their contributions during National Volunteer Week.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recording Now Available for Post-Advocacy Summit Webinar

On Friday, April 16, AHDI and MTIA members attended a webinar highlighting accomplishments and success stories from the recent Advocacy Summit. Scott Shalett and Jason Eberstein of the Dewey Square Group and AHDI-MTIA staff provided a recap of Advocacy Summit and presented follow-up plans to capitalize on the success of the event. In addition, members who attended Summit shared their inspiring stories and experiences. If you could not attend the webinar, you can check out a recording by clicking here.

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Registration Closes TODAY for "Information Transparency" Webinar

Date: April 26
Presenters: Jefferson Howe and Sherry Doggett
Time: 1 PM PDT / 2 PM MDT / 3 PM CDT / 4 PM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Registration Close: April 21, 2010
Cost: $20 Members / $30 Nonmembers
CE Given: 1 TW

According to Chris Dimick in an article entitled "The Empowered Patient," published in February 2010 Journal of AHIMA, The movement to give patients better access to and control of their health information is giving HIM a new customer: The patient. That requires a shift in both operations and culture." For medical transcription, that means greater transparency of information between the patient and transcriptionist and for MT quality programs - it changes everything. This presentation will explore current Risk Management practices in transcription and give light to the changing environment of healthcare quality and data integrity in electronic systems.

Jefferson Howe, MSA, CMT is a past-president of the American Association for Medical Transcription (now AHDI) and a practicing Manager of Health Information Management at Maine Medical Center, a 606-bed teaching hospital in Portland, Maine. Maine. Maine Medical Center is today, one of the leading hospitals in advanced integration of information systems, speech recognition technology and integrated document imaging systems With over 25 years experience in transcription practice, medical record services and health information management that includes medical review in an acute care setting, Jefferson brings a unique perspective into the changing healthcare arena and the environment of medical records management. Jefferson has been a medical transcriptionist since 1984, a CMT since 1989 and holds a MS in Administration from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. His concentration is in Organizational Behavior.

Sherry Doggett is the Director of the Health Alliance Corporate Transcription Department. The Health Alliance is a mutli-hospital integrated delivery system located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her department has been a pioneer in the utilization of speech recognition and Sherry has been involved in the Electronic Health Record. Sherry currently serves as treasurer on the AHDI Board of Directors.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Contribute to the Growth of a New MT. Become a Mentor Today!

Serving as a mentor can be a rewarding experience for an MT practitioner. It is an opportunity to develop and expand leadership capabilities by investing in the future of an MT student or postgraduate. You can enhance your coaching and communication skills while sharing both life and work lessons with the student or postgraduate—guiding, encouraging, and inspiring them to achieve worthwhile goals. There is great satisfaction to be found in helping another to succeed, and this is a real opportunity to enhance your contribution to the profession!

Participating as a Mentor will also help you accumulate CECs! For each Mentee you are paired with you will earn 1 Professional Development CEC toward your CMT recertification. For more information on becoming a mentor, review the Mentorship Program Policies or email Cassie Uber, credentialing and education coordinator, at

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Get Ready to Attend ACE 2010!

Answers and Solutions You Need to Prepare for Your Career Tomorrow!

August 4-7, 2010
Austin, Texas

The anticipation is growing with only 112 days to the start of ACE"AHDI’s premier annual convention for medical transcriptionists and healthcare documentation professionals. With renowned author and life-balance expert Connie Merritt, RN, PHN; education tracks in clinical medicine, industry trends and technology, and workforce development; and networking opportunities to expand your professional circle of connections, this is an event you cannot afford to miss! Register by June 7 to secure the absolute lowest rate on your registration package.

Start Exploring the Opportunities and Making Your Plans
We are pleased to announce the Austin Hilton as the official host hotel for ACE 2010. Centrally located in downtown Austin within a stone’s throw of shopping, dining, and nightlife, the Austin Hilton is accepting reservations for ACE. Two options are available:
  • $139 plus tax per night (single/double) – pre-pay for your entire stay
  • $153 plus tax per night (single/double) – pay upon arrival
To take advantage of either booking offer, click here.

Register Now for ACE 2010 at the lowest rate available. Please be sure to login to the website before registering to receive you member discount!

Register for ACE 2010 Online

Download the .pdf version of the ACE 2010 Registration Form to register by fax or mail.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Online Component Town Hall Meetings

As part of an ongoing initiative to ensure the success, relevance, and sustainability of our association’s components, a series of online Town Hall meetings will be held to brainstorm new approaches and models to best serve the needs of our members and position MTs for long-term success. Learn more by clicking here.

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2010 AHDI Integrity Awards—Nominations Open!

In support of AHDI's professional programs, standards, and best practices, the Association conducts its annual awards program to acknowledge the significant contributions of its members and other individuals and organizations that have made an impact on the healthcare documentation sector over the previous year. The Association is proud to honor those who have supported the professional practice standards and goals that promote documentation integrity for our sector. The following award categories address the areas of contribution that best align with AHDI’s strategic plan, goals, and objectives as an organization, and we are excited to announce that 2010 nominations are now open for these categories:

Member of the Year 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 Friday, May 21, 2010. Nominees will be notified of nomination after committee vote and winners will be announced at the "No Limits" Integrity Awards Luncheon on Saturday, August 7, 2010, at the AHDI Annual Convention and Expo in Austin, Texas. Visit the AHDI Integrity Awards page for more information.

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Get Connected to ACE 2010 through ACE365!

AHDI is excited to announce the launch of ACE365, our new conference networking site, where you can get connected to convention and event information, network with other visitors/attendees, and get into the stream of speaker, schedule, and exhibitor information prior to the event. Register to become part of this dynamic community, powered by, join us for year-round networking, and keep the conversation going 365 days of the year! Registered members of this community can share event photos, view Twitter and Flickr feeds of AHDI events, find an ACE roommate, visit the first-timer’s area, and read sneak peek interviews with conference keynote speakers and presenters. Register at the link above and click "Sign Up" in the upper right corner.

Not attending ACE 2010? Make sure to register at the ACE 365 page anyway, where we will be creating a "live" virtual experience during the convention for those registered members who cannot attend. You won’t want to miss it!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Registration Ends Tomorrow: "2010 Advocacy Summit Accomplishments and Success Stories" Webinar

Date: April 16, 2010
Presenters: Scott Shalett, Jason Eberstein, & Greg Doggett, JD
Time: 12:30 PM PDT / 1:30 PM MDT / 2:30 PM CDT / 3:30 PM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Registration Close: April 13, 2010
Cost: Free
CE Given: 1 ML

Scott Shalett and Jason Eberstein of the Dewey Square Group and AHDI-MTIA staff member Greg Doggett will provide a brief recap of the 2010 Advocacy Summit, including information about the dozens of meetings members had with legislators and their staff, the hundreds of letters delivered to legislative offices, and major outcomes and policy implications of the associations' advocacy efforts. Advocacy Summit attendees will then share their stories, experiences, and thoughts from the event. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and to offer comments.

Scott Shalett is a principal in Dewey Square Group’s grassroots practice. A results oriented, critical thinker with a background in strategic planning, policy analysis and political organizing Shalett brings extensive experience and strategic planning to high profile political and corporate clients across the country. Prior to joining Dewey Square Group, Shalett managed The ATLAS Project devising grassroots strategies in 15 battleground states on behalf of progressive institutions and democratic allies.

In 2004, Shalett served as Chief of Staff for Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitchell J. Landrieu where he was responsible for the policy and political direction of the Lieutenant Governor’s office and the Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism.
In 2000, Shalett was the Southern Political Desk at the Democratic National Committee and also directed Al Gore’s Get- Out-the-Vote effort in Iowa. He served as the Field Director for U.S. Senator Carl Levin (1996) and directed City Council relations for New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial from 1994 to 1996.
Shalett was selected as one of the "Rising Stars of Politics" by Campaigns and Elections Magazine in 2002 and is a native of New Orleans.

Jason Eberstein, a principal at the Dewey Square Group, is involved in legislative lobbying and advocacy, government outreach, and strategic planning for the firm’s clients. With an extensive background in lobbying and public relations, Mr. Eberstein brings a strategic approach to advocacy and government affairs. Eberstein has represented a cross section of American businesses and foreign entities on issues ranging from appropriations to taxes, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and telecommunications and trade.

Mr. Eberstein has represented numerous clients before federal, state and local governments. Additionally, Mr. Eberstein has experience in coalition creation and management, having developed and run multiple successful national grassroots legislative advocacy coalitions.
Mr. Eberstein’s government relations experience includes both working for a foreign embassy, on Capitol Hill, and for a global public affairs/public relations firm. Mr. Eberstein holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Maryland.

Greg Doggett oversees government and board affairs for AHDI and MTIA. Greg received his law degree, with a concentration in health law, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

MT Package—A Discount for MTs to Attend MTIA 2010 in Daytona Beach, FL

The MT Package is a special discount allowing transcription practitioners to attend a portion of the 21st annual MTIA conference at an outstanding price! MT Package Option 1 allows access to the Saturday morning compliance program featuring extremely critical, credit-worthy sessions on legal compliance and HIPAA laws. MT Package Option 2 grants access to all of the Friday afternoon and evening activities in addition to the aforementioned Saturday morning compliance program. For details on registration fees, specific sessions included, CEC values, and more, click the link below.

MT Package Details: MTIA 2010

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Registration Ends Monday for Must-see Webinar: The Medical Data Exchange powered by Verizon – Laying the Groundwork for Digital Exchange

Date: April 15
Presenters: Robin Daigh, Blake Martin & Peter Tippett, MD, PhD
Time: 10 AM PST / 11 PM MST / 12 PM CST / 1 PM EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Registration Close: April 12, 2010
Cost: $20 Members / $30 Non-members
CE Given: 1 TW

This webinar will give an overview and update on the medical data exchange, private, secure, network-based platform for the distribution and sharing of medical transcription and related medical records in electronic form. Founding transcription members, MD-IT and Sten-Tel, and developers of the exchange, Verizon Business, will be presenting an overview/roadmap on where the exchange is going and how this can enhance your current business. We invite you to learn about the advancements in the medical transcription service organizations field and how you can become involved.

Robin Daigh currently serves as vice president of marketing and business development for MD-IT, a national company that specializes in providing medical documentation software and service for physicians and ambulatory care clinics. Her current job responsibilities include working with ambulatory practices to make an effective transition from paper-based to electronic medical records, as well as establishing collaborative relationships with EMRs and other HIT vendors. She currently serves as co-chair for the MTIA/AHDI task force on EMR integration.

Blake Martin has 16+ years' experience working in information technology in health care, manufacturing, and publishing. He has held positions including software and web applications developer, help desk manager, business analyst, operations manager, and currently is the CIO and business technology director for Sten-Tel.

Peter Tippett, MD, PhD, is the chief medical officer of Verizon and vice president of innovation & technology. His responsibility includes security and healthcare solutions. Tippett is world-renowned in the security arena as he is credited with creating one of the first anti-virus products that was later renamed to Norton AntiVirus. He has advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff on cyber warfare, has served on presidential advisory councils, and has testified in front of congressional panels and committees such as the HIT Standards Committee.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The New Professionals Alliance—Open Enrollment!

We are pleased to announce the creation of the AHDI New Professionals Alliance! Our Student and Military Spouse Alliances come together to form this new community. The New Professionals Alliance focuses on providing essential resources, networking, and career-building tools for up-and-coming MTs, those new to the profession, and emerging leaders. One of the tasks for this Alliance is to remove the Student Alliance Facebook pages. We are in the process of transitioning those fans over to the new Alliance’s home in Google Groups. If you are a member of the association and have just entered the industry, are new to being an MT, a student, a postgraduate, or a military spouse, we have a place for you. Join the New Professionals Alliance today! The Alliance Steering Committee is scheduled to meet early next week to discuss the tasks and goals on which the group will focus for the remainder of the year. We look forward to networking with you!

Join the New Professionals Alliance today.

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Registration Ends Today for CEC Webinar--MTSO M&A: Buying or Selling an MTSO in Today’s Market

Date: April 13, 2010
Presenter: Tim Kruse, CEO Kruse Acquisitions, LLC
Time: 10 AM PST / 11 AM MST / 12 PM CST / 1 PM EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Registration Close: April 8, 2010
Cost: $20 – Members / $30 Non-members
CE Given: 1 PD

In this session we will explore current trends in mergers and acquisitions prevalent in the dynamic medical transcription marketplace. We’ll begin by looking at today’s buyers - Who are they? Where do they come from? In addition, we'll take a close look at asset evaluation, pricing, and terms of sale, with a focus on packaging your service organization for potential sale, marketing, finding prospective buyers, the letter of intent, due diligence, and closing the deal.

Tim Kruse is the owner of Kruse Acquisitions, LLC, a mergers and acquisitions firm out of Madison, WI, that focuses almost entirely on the MTSO marketplace. He advises large and small MTSOs, both acute and ambulatory, and those interested in buying or selling.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Deal of the Month--$100 Discount on Course Registration!

As part of our promotion of National Medical Transcriptionist Week and the value of our technology-centric workforce as documentation experts, AHDI and TRSi are offering an unprecedented discount on our Speech Recognition Editing Course. Register in April for the May course or register in May for the June course and receive $100 off the cost of registration. This course is designed to give MTs an orientation to SR technology and practical training and application in editing in a speech recognition setting. This course is preapproved for 10 CECs in each technology (TW) and MT Tools (MTT).

Members: $295 (normally $395)
Nonmembers: $350 (normally $450)

Registration for the May course is now open. Register here.

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Registration Ends Tomorrow: Benchmark KB Demonstration Webinar

Date: April 12
Presenter: Jerry Simmons
Time: 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST
Registration Close: April 7
CEC Given: N/A

How much do you invest each year in dictionaries, specialty word books, and resources that assist you with documentation research? How many hours do you spend chasing down new terms, trying to find the name and address of an unknown physician, or looking for the right expression for something you need to transcribe? The need to have accurate, up-to-date clinical information at your fingertips is more critical now than ever before. In response to this need in our professional marketplace, AHDI and InterFix, LLC, are proud to introduce you to Benchmark KB—a subscription-based, online resource that delivers a wide array of research tools via one user interface. If you want a reliable, one-stop resource for the things you look for every day, then join Jerry Simmons of InterFix for a walk through the KB and a peek at what you’re missing!

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Friday, April 2, 2010

The 2010 AHDI-MTIA Advocacy Summit in Review

Last week AHDI and MTIA members took to Capitol Hill to educate legislators on the need for regulators to recognize the medical transcription sector’s valuable contribution to quality documentation and accelerated EHR adoption. Information about the outcome of this event can be found on the AHDI website. In addition, we are offering a free webinar in which Scott Shalett and Jason Eberstein of the Dewey Square Group and AHDI-MTIA staff member Greg Doggett will provide a recap, including information about the dozens of meetings members had with legislators and their staff, the hundreds of letters delivered to legislative offices, and major outcomes and policy implications of the associations’ advocacy efforts. Advocacy Summit attendees will share their stories, experiences, and thoughts from the event. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and to offer comments. For full details or to register for this webinar, click here.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Why We Matter to Healthcare—MT Week 2010

Promoting the vital and contributory role of healthcare documentation specialists will be the central theme for National Medical Transcriptionist Week this year. As healthcare reform reshapes the delivery of patient services in the United States and regulatory agencies determine the definition of "meaningful use" of EHRs, there has never been a better opportunity for this sector to demonstrate its value in accurately and securely capturing America’s healthcare stories. This means aligning our key messages with healthcare’s goals and demonstrating why we matter to the health data capture process, both now and in the evolving EHR. You can be a part of promoting these key messages to your employers, employees, clients, and colleagues. Download the MT Week poster/flyer and post it in your workplace, share it with your clients, and promote it to regulatory agencies and legislators. If you are an MT or MT employer, consider an investment in this future value proposition by enrolling yourself or your employees in our Speech Recognition Editing Course and receive a special $100 discount off the cost of registration for May and June courses in celebration of MT Week.

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Webinar Registration Ends Today for "Taking the Anxiety out of On-Line Learning"

Date: April 6, 2010
Presenter: Kathryn Martin, BS
Time: 10 AM PDT / 11 AM MDT / 12 PM CDT / 1 PM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Registration Close: April 1, 2010
Cost: FREE
CE Given: n/a

Take an inside look at the AHDI/OAK Horizons online course offerings. Don’t miss this opportunity to get an overview of course structure, objectives, and functionality as well as learn how you can increase your tacit knowledge, broaden your professional skills, and prepare for AHDI credentialing exams through simulated practice applications. These courses can be taken from the comfort of home with high-speed Internet access. If you’ve wondered about the logistics of “distance learning,” come check us out. It’s easier than you think!

Kathy Martin has a background in education and taught for several years. She moved to health care about 25 years ago and 1995 fell in love with the medical transcriptionists who are brilliant and continuous learners. She has presented at several symposiums and most recently was the chair of the Educator’s Alliance Steering Committee. She is a co-owner of OAK Horizons and continues to seek opportunities to assist MTs and coders in continuing education.

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