Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Attention, MTs! Why You Need to be at the CDIA MT Workshop

MT Workshop
CDIA 2011 Annual Conference
Saturday, April 16, 2011

AHDI presents a morning of educational sessions following the CDIA annual conference at the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. This special event has been developed by the Carolinas Association with the aim of providing three credit-worthy, hard-hitting educational sessions at a reasonable price.

Registration Options MT Package #1 includes only the Saturday morning educational sessions featured below. MT Package #2 includes the Saturday morning educational sessions below and the closing reception of the CDIA conference scheduled for Friday evening, April 15, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Whether you are only interested in the educational sessions or would like to maximize an ideal networking opportunity and attend the Friday evening reception as well, both opportunities are available at a superb price.
Don’t delay—registration prices go up after March 31, 2011. Download the MT Workshop Registration Form.

The Impact of Documentation Specificity for ICD-10-CM and PCS
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Lee Ford, MHA, RHIT, CHC

This presentation will provide an overview of the documentation changes and challenges all providers will experience as ICD-10-CM/PCS is implemented and put into use. In addition to explanation, direct examples will be provided for the increased requirements of providing specific clinical information to support the selection of the appropriate ICD-10 codes & the direct impact to clinical documentation, coding, reimbursement, quality, and compliance.

Lee Ford, MHA, RHIT, CHC, has over 17 years of business consulting experience working with hospital, physician, ambulatory care, home health, long-term, and skilled nursing care organizations.

*This session is approved for 1 Medicolegal or 1 Professional Development CEC

Understanding Revenue Cycle
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Lisa Walter, RHIA

"Meaningful Use" has become one of the hottest phrases in the healthcare industry over the last year, but the conversations using the term tend to speak in vague (and often negative) generalities. This presentation will provide an overview of the HITECH EHR Meaningful Use programs introduced under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). At the close of the session, participants will have a greater understanding of the terms, programs, and requirements of the Meaningful Use programs, as well as insight into proposed future plans for Meaningful Use program compliance. Questions/discussion will be welcome during and after the session.

Elizabeth Stewart, RHIA, CCS, CRCA, CPMB, serves as the executive director of the South Carolina Health Information Management Association (SCHIMA), clinical coordinator and adjunct faculty for the HIM and medical coding programs at Midlands Technical College, and as an independent healthcare consultant.

*This session is approved for 1 Medicolegal CEC

Making the Big Changes We Need: An Overview of Meaningful Use
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Stewart, RHIA, CCS, CRCA, CPMB

This session will provide an overview of the hospital revenue cycle and the importance of HIM in mid-revenue cycle services. You will learn revenue cycle terminology, understand the workflow, and learn the functions of each department impacting the overall success. We will discuss the impact of HIM on the revenue cycle, best practices for success, and key performance indicators for monitoring metrics.

Lisa Walter has 30 years’ professional experience in the healthcare revenue cycle and health information management (HIM) field. She currently serves as the vice president of HIM services at Conifer Health Solutions.

*This session is approved for 1 Professional Development CEC

For more information about hotel reservations or the CDIA 2011 conference, visit the CDIA 2011 conference page.

*CMTs and other credentialed professionals seeking credit for CDIA conference sessions should check in at the registration desk for a CE form.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Managers/Supervisors 2011 Webinar Series - Four Webinars for the Price of Three!

A series of four critically relevant educational webinars are now available for registration at a special discount. The Managers/Supervisors Alliance has developed these webinars to aid those individuals in supervisory roles in achieving success and accelerating progress amongst their respective departments and organizations. Purchase the 2011 Managers/Supervisors Webinar Series package deal and receive all four webinars for the price of three. To review the webinar details, click the link below:

Register Now for Managers/Supervisors 2011 Webinar Series

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2011 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 2011 nominations are now open for these categories:

Nominations should be submitted electronically and are due no later than Friday, April 29. Nominees will be notified of nomination after committee vote and winners will be announced at the Integrity Awards Luncheon on Sunday, August 21, at the AHDI Annual Convention & Exposition (ACE) in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit the AHDI Integrity Awards page for more information.

Monday, March 7, 2011

AHDI/CDIA Career Connection: Member of the National Healthcare Career Network

The AHDI/CDIA Career Connection is a member of the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN). The NHCN was built exclusively by and for the healthcare field, and with more than 200 association and professional society members, it’s the most powerful network of local and national online healthcare association job boards. As a part of the NHCN, the AHDI/CDIA Career Connection unites the best sources of talent: professional society members, with the best sources of healthcare jobs: trade associations. It helps hiring mangers locate the most qualified candidates quickly and helps the best and brightest professionals find opportunities with prominent local and national institutions. When you are looking for the best, go to where the best are, the AHDI/CDIA Career Connection.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Why We Matter - Help Spread the Word

Are you an advocate for our profession? Can you help spread the word in your local area about the importance of patient safety and in becoming a communication hub to bring the national AHDI advocacy campaign to your area? The Legislative Leaders program is seeking committed volunteers. If you’re interested, please contact Linda Giles (, the Legislative Issues Group (LIG) Chairperson or Andrew Wolf (, staff liaison to the LIG. View the Legislative Leader Job Description.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ready to Schedule Your CQE Exam?

The online-proctored Credential Qualifying Exam (CQE) is now available for eligibility and registration. Candidates with the minimum 2 years’ acute-care experience required for access to the CMT who do not already possess a current RMT credential can opt to sit for both Level 1 (RMT) and Level 2 (CMT) content in a single session. For full details, visit the Certification page.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

AHDI Members Cast Powerful Vote for Change

AHDI voting members approved bylaws that reflect an association reshaping plan developed and approved by the AHDI House of Delegates at its 2010 Annual Meeting. After nearly two years of assessment, strategic planning, town hall listening sessions, and negotiations, the membership approved essential bylaws that create a National Leadership Board, puts stringent voting requirements into the bylaws, and clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of the National Leadership Board and membership.

The membership vote required a minimum of 500 votes with a two-thirds majority to pass the bylaws changes. Voter turnout was 18.55% of the eligible voting membership. This is significant considering that AHDI historically receives only 6% to 9% of voters for national elections. With 66.67% affirmative votes needed to pass, the following was recorded:

  • Bylaws Revision 1 - 89.25%
  • Bylaws Revision 2 - 75.72%
  • Bylaws Revision 3 - 90.47%

Last August, the House of Delegates created a Strategic Initiatives workgroup to identify and develop key organization—wide priorities that will assist local, state, and regional components in becoming more externally visible and better aligned across the association. Tool kits, now outlined in the Strategic Initiatives Blue Prints, will assist component leaders in becoming successful and generate more awareness of the contributions documentation professionals make to the healthcare delivery system, especially at a time when this sector is undergoing major transformation. In addition to the Strategic Initiatives workgroup, a Bylaws workgroup prepared the bylaws with legal counsel provided by Downey Brand LLP. In the coming months, the House of Delegates will refine the bylaws based on the membership vote and update the policies and procedures to ensure alignment with the new structure.

The House of Delegates will review the voting results and begin plans for the next phase of implementing the reshaping plan at its March 9 online meeting. There will be a series of leadership meetings to discuss the implementation roll out with local, state, regional, and online components. Information will be announced in the upcoming weeks. We encourage you to reach out to the House of Delegates and Board of Directors if you have questions regarding the vote.