Friday, September 23, 2011

AHDI Publications CE Quizzes

CMTs, just a reminder that continuing education quizzes can be found on the AHDI website under Member Center / My Benefits / Online CECs.

Members must be logged in first to view the Online CECs tab and archives of Plexus and Matrix, found under Member Center / My Benefits / Publications.

New Webinar Series: "Looking Forward: The Future of Healthcare Documentation"

AHDI's newest webinar series, "Looking Forward: The Future of Healthcare Documentation," features a lineup of volunteer speakers from all facets of the medical transcription industry. Organized and moderated by past president Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F, these webinars focus on important issues facing transcriptionists today, including the importance of risk-tasking, efficiency tools, successful job search skills, and HIPAA requirements. Kathy's message to all MTs is this: "Our profession is undergoing radical changes and it's critical for us to figure out future roles where we can apply our knowledge. To do that, we have to poke the box and take action. Join me for this first session where we'll talk just about that!"

Kathy has challenged us to "Poke the Box" and lower the price on this webinar series! She will kick off the series with a complimentary session next week, with additional webinars schedule through the end of the year for only $10 each. These webinars cover all continuing education categories!

AHDI is committed to offering you quality information and education you're looking for at an affordable price. Sign up today for one or all of these great educational opportunities! Please note that registration closes the business day before each webinar.

Starting Projects, Making a Ruckus, and Taking More Risks - Register Now (this webinar is complimentary)
September 27, 2011
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F

"What would our world look like if more people started projects, made a ruckus, and took more risks" - Seth Godin

That quote is the intro to Seth Godin's book "Poke the Box." What an appropriate question for the profession of medical transcription today! With this, we'll spend some time poking the box, talking about how that might look, and challenging you to make a ruckus and take more risks.

Boosting Your Paycheck with Expanders! - Register Now
October 6, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1 TW or 1 MTT

Laura Bryan, CMT, AHDI-F

This webinar will introduce methods for creating text expansion shortcuts. It will cover systematic approaches to creating shortcuts to help with recall and also for the most efficient use of shortcuts by keeping your fingers close to the home keys. Both transcriptionists and SRT editors will learn clever ways to increase their productivity. These ideas and techniques are applicable to any brand of text expansion software.

Job Search Skills is the New EHR World - Register Now
October 18, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F

There are many more resources today than in the past for job searches, and the new world of the EHR gives MTs additional opportunities. In this webinar, we will talk about creating that perfect resume, using social networking to your advantage, as well as professional safety in social networking. Learn how to seek out those emerging roles in the EHR and find things that might fit your skills.

Research Skills 2.0 for the MT - Register Now
November 4, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Cheryl Blake, CMT

Great research skills are a big part of being a good MT. The options for researching things today are greater than ever before. Join us to discover how to develop your research skills 2.0 with the technology we have available to us!

What's New with HIPAA? - Register Now
November 16, 2011
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1.5 ML

Brenda Hurley, CMT, AHDI-F

This presentation will cover new HIPAA changes and will clarify some of the existing requirements. The material covered will include the proposed rule for the Accounting of Disclosures and its Access Reports, the importance of the Designated Record Set and what it is, Data Breaches and the Risk of Harm related to breach notification requirements, the newly announced HIPAA audits and important tips for preparing for those audits, as well as data security questions that all Business Associates need to be able to answer. No matter your role in healthcare documentation, there will be something for everyone in this packed presentation!

Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep: Parasomnias and Other Sleep Disorders - Register Now
December 1, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Deborah Nolan, CMT

Sleep apnea, night terrors, hypnagogic hallucinations, or plain old insomnia? Sleep disorders can lead to all sorts of physiological and psychological sequelae. In this hour, we'll discuss sleep disorders, why and how they occur, and how we can improve our sleep hygiene.

Let's Chat About Medicolegal Terms: It's More Than HIPAA - Register Now
December 15, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Kim Buchanan, CMT, AHDI-F

This webinar will cover the laws that apply specifically to healthcare personnel, the concepts of breach of contract, tort, standard of care, the doctrine of informed consent, the 4 D's of negligence, and more.

Did you read this email all the way to the end? Here is a surprise. At the end of each webinar you will be prompted to enter the name of your component association – that is your local chapter, state/regional association, or web-based association. The AHDI component with the most participants for the entire webinar series will win a $25 gift certificate to use on any AHDI purchase!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Vendor Affiliate Highlight

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Advancing the Profession: New AHDI Fellow!

AHDI would like to congratulate the following individual who has met the requirements to be deemed an AHDI Fellow.

Rose Hayden, CMT, AHDI-F

If you have given your time and energy to advancing the profession through industry and association service, you may qualify for the designation of AHDI Fellow. Download and review the application. For questions regarding this designation, contact Tina Wilson via email.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Volunteers Needed to Join AHDI's Outreach Workgroup for News & Networking

AHDI's Outreach Workgroup for News & Networking (OWNN) is looking for enthusiastic, goal-focused people to join this workgroup. The primary objective of AHDI's Outreach Workgroup for News and Networking (OWNN) consists of external messaging, oversight of the news and media, and viral communication to ensure delivery of a clear and unified message about who we are and what our contribution to healthcare delivery is and should be. To help with this effort, OWNN also coordinates webinars to help train component liaisons in the above-listed areas that relate to social networking.

Note: We are also looking for a Linked In expert to present on this topic to our component social media specialists. If you are well-versed user of Linked In and are willing to present, or are interested in joining OWNN, please contact Kristin Wall (

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Unique RMT & CMT Logo Items!

Check out the wide array of unique and personal RMT and CMT-themed logo items in the AHDI Marketplace! The Marketplace is AHDI's one-stop shop for fun ways to recognize and celebrate being credentialed. You'll find everything from porcelain mugs and shopping bags to pajamas and T-shirts! These also make excellent gifts for your credentialed coworkers, employees, and friends. Visit the Marketplace today!

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Credentialing Practice Test Now Available!

For those seeking to become credentialed as a Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) or Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT), AHDI has launched a credentialing practice test to help candidates become familiar with the testing process. This 15-question practice test is designed to give you an opportunity to acclimate to the Kryterion Websentinel testing platform and the user interface you will be using when you take your full exam. We encourage you to take your time, become familiar with the audio player and the functions for increasing and rewinding the audio file, and filling in the blanks on transcription and SRT editing questions. This practice test provides a mix of level 1 and level 2 content questions and is not designed to be diagnostic of potential exam performance nor should it be used to evaluate exam readiness with content or exam objectives. This test will not be scored, but you will receive feedback at the end as to your correct and incorrect answers. You will have 45 minutes to complete this 15-question practice test. There is a $12 fee to take the practice test.

For more information about credentialing, click here.

NOTE: Prior to taking the practice test, candidates must first apply for exam eligibility and pay the eligibility fee.

Friday, September 16, 2011

September Matrix Now Available!

In this issue, our theme is centered around what today's employers are looking for in tomorrow's MTs. Eligible members can view this issue of digital Matrix here (must be logged in).

Over 30 CECs for Less Than $9 Each!

How is this possible, you wonder? By purchasing the ACE 2011 DVD, available soon. Watch any of the ACE 2011 credit-worthy educational sessions featured on the DVD and write a 300-word summary on each session you wish to earn credit for. Add those CECs to your Summary Form and you're set. If you get audited, attach the corresponding summaries you'd written as proof of credit earned. It's that easy.

Session Highlights:

Shed or You're Dead: How to Stay Alive and Thrive in the Midst of Healthcare Change – Kathy Dempsy, RN, MED, CSP (1.5 PD)

Ethical Considerations in Health Information and Transcription – April Martin, CMT, AHDI-F (1 ML)

New Research Milestones and Treatments of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – David Saperstein, MD (1 CM)

Speech Recognition and Medical Transcription Throw Away Everything You Thought You Knew – Lynn Kosegi, PMP (1 TW)

What Every MT Should Know About Privacy and Security Rules and Regulations – Barbara Perrett, RHIA, CCS, CHP, CHC (1 ML)

Post-production editing is in progress, and we anticipate the availability of this DVD by the end of September. Stay tuned to AHDI communications for further information!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

National Leadership Board Takes Office, Offers a New Communication Platform

Please extend a warm welcome to your new National Leadership Board (NLB) who officially took office on September 1! In this new model of representational governance, members elected six distinguished District Directors and At-Large Directors as their voice at the national level. We encourage you to visit the website to get to know your directors and the officers recently elected by the Board in Phoenix for 2011-2012:

Sherry Doggett, President

Barb Marques, CMT, AHDI-F, Immediate Past President

Karen Fox-Acosta, CMT, AHDI-F, President-elect

Bonnie Monico, CMT, AHDI-F, Treasurer

Lisa Day Johnson, CMT, AHDI-F, Secretary

We know it will be important to you to be connected with your Board. With our new online "home base" for each district, you will be able to stay connected with your District Director about issues close to your home. This home base is where the District Directors will post updates and where you can send direct messages to them. Click here to view a map of the districts, and then select your district to view the district page.

Resources available:

  • Find out more about the role of the District Director

  • Connect with your District Director via email

  • Read news feeds from your Director via a blog posting

  • Find ways to stay connected in your district

  • And much more!

Once again, please join us in welcoming the new National Leadership Board! Your leadership is here to serve you so we encourage you to get out there and get connected.

Survey for RMTs

For those who currently hold the RMT credential, are you thinking about taking the CMT exam? Please answer this two-question survey to let us know where you stand.

Two-question survey

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Membership Tip of the Month

Register for the free webinar, Your Association, Your Benefits, to learn how to take advantage of your membership! Whether you are a member or contemplating membership, join us for this informative webinar. Register Now!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

ACE2011 Lapel Pin - Get Yours Today!

Purchase your commemorative lapel pin for AHDI's 33rd Annual Convention & Exposition today for only $10. Supplies are limited so don't delay!

Purchase Lapel Pin

Sunday, September 4, 2011

ACE 2011 DVD Coming Soon!

The education sessions were videotaped at ACE for the first time ever. The DVD will go on sale in late September. Watch your email Inbox, or visit, for details on how to purchase your copy.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Diversity in Healthcare Documentation Survey

Participate in a survey regarding diversity in health care! Take this quick, four-question survey, and your responses will be compiled for a project entitled, "Increasing Diversity in Health Information and Healthcare Documentation through Increased Awareness and Better Educational Opportunities for Inner-City Children." Take the survey now!

Friday, September 2, 2011

ACE was the Place!

Thank you to all who were able to attend AHDI's Annual Convention & Exposition! We wish to acknowledge and thank AHDI West for their contributions to this year's big event. They were fabulous hosts.

This was the first ACE for AHDI's new CEO, Nancy Brighindi, PhD, CAE. We invite you to read her personal recap from the event here.

If you missed ACE, check out the latest news hot off the press!

We also extend a special thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for their financial contributors who helped make ACE 2011 possible.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

FINAL CALL! Take the 2011 Survey of Medical Transcriptionists

If you have not yet taken the 2011 Bentley University Survey of Medical Transcriptionists, please do so now as the survey will close September 7, 2011. This survey is part of a larger academic project seeking to understand the work experiences of medical transcriptionists as well as the value they add to production of accurate and reliable medical records. This survey is a continuation of the 2007 Survey of Medical Transcriptionists. A primary goal of the project is to provide a better understanding for those involved in medical records production regarding the work and value of MTs. Click here to take the survey.