Monday, October 24, 2011

AHDI Recredentialing Resource Guide Updated

CMTs, are you looking for new continuing education opportunities? Check out our recently updated Recredentialing Resource Guide, as many new preapproved sources have been added.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Credentialing Exam Practice Test Survey

AHDI's Credentialing Development Team would like to explore the possibility of developing CMT and RMT practice tests. These tests would be offered online and would be based on the CMT and RMT exam blue prints. Click here to take this short survey.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Education Approval Raises the Bar

When AHDI partnered with AHIMA a few years ago to launch its education approval program (EAP), it was the hope of both the association and the industry that the program would impact the way educational programs were addressing job readiness and preparing industry candidates to make the transition from school to work. Since that time, the EAP has approved 28 educational programs that meet the rigorous standards for curriculum assessment and approval. Such a significant number of programs demonstrate how an approval process can gradually establish a new standard for training and provide industry candidates with a credible source of programs from which to choose. AHDI is proud to acknowledge the schools below who have helped the sector to realize this goal (as of 10/3/11):

A&H Training Corporation   Medical Transcription Education Center (M-TEC)
Allied Medical School   MDS of Kansas
American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group   Med-Line School of Medical Transcription
The Andrews School   Metropolitan Community College
CanScribe Career Centre   Moraine Park Technical College
Career Step   Mt. Hood Community College
Central Texas College   North Dakota State College of Science
Columbia State Community College   Richland Community College
Dakota College at Bottineau   Roane State Community College
Everett Community College   Seminole State College of Florida
Exact-Med/United Tribes   Sheridan Technical Center
Guilford Technical Community College   The Inner Office
Kaplan University   Trident Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College   Winter Park Tech

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Volunteer Opportunities Available!

Call for eMentors: As the holidays approach, tap into your giving side and volunteer your guidance to the next generation of MTs! AHDI Student and Postgraduate members are looking for experienced MTs to guide them as they enter the transcription industry. Sharing stories of your success, giving constructive and honest feedback, and sharing a realistic view of what is to come are all important parts of mentoring, and your guidance and knowledge can help make a student's story one of success! Find out more and volunteer today!

Quiz writers are needed to help generate online continuing education quizzes for credit-worthy articles in our publications. If you have strong writing/editing skills and an interest in serving the association on AHDI's Research and Development Team, please contact Kristin Wall ( for more information (CEC earning opportunities available for CMTs).

Social Media Specialists Wanted: Components, if you do not already have a social media specialist (SMS), now is the time to broaden your horizons and enhance your knowledge and use of social media/networking opportunities. The SMS provides support and training on the component level to both leaders and members. The SMS will be responsible for community engagement and will be the point of contact for questions relating to the component's social media channels, as well as all other sites/services utilized by the component for community outreach and engagement. SMS training is provided by members of AHDI's Outreach Workgroup for News & Networking (OWNN), meeting on a monthly basis. For more information, contact Kristin Wall (

Membership Advisory Workgroup: The MAW has openings for volunteer members. If you have a passion for component support, building dynamic member communities, and growing membership, the MAW is for you! The workgroup meets monthly for an hour by webinar. Members typically have about 1 to 3 hours of projects each month. This is a 1-year term. For more information, contact Linda Brady (

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AHDI at 2011 AHIMA Convention

AHDI volunteer leaders and staff had the opportunity to meet and greet attendees at the AHIMA convention last week in Salt Lake City, UT. Visitors to the AHDI booth had an opportunity to learn about our valuable membership benefits, credentials, and programs. Over the course of three days, we met hundreds of convention goers, including many AHDI members in attendance. Read the event recap by Jay Vance, District 1 Director, on the AHDI Lounge blog as well as this recap by Lisa Johnson, AHDI Secretary.


Pictured left to right (top row): Linda Brady, Director, Member Relations; Barb Marques, Immediate Past President; Cynthia Alder, District 5 Director; Nancy Brighindi, CEO; Karen Fox-Acosta, President-elect. Front row: Sherry Doggett, President; and Jacque Taylor, President, AHDI-West

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Vendor Affiliate Benefit of the Month

Dell Computer

For discount go to or call 1-866-914-6076. and use member ID number CS42811698

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Membership Tip of the Month

As an AHDI Individual Professional, Postgraduate or Sustaining member, you can get BenchMark KB for only $174.00! That's $25 off the retail price. Learn more about Benchmark KB and how it can help you be accurate, fast, and compliant!

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Webinar Series at Great Rates! Sign Up Today!

AHDI's newest webinar series, Looking Forward, is "poking the box" and breaking away from traditional topics and pricing. This webinar series challenges you to determine future roles in the profession where you can apply your knowledge and gives you the opportunity to do it affordably.

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-taking, efficiency tools, successful job search skills, and HIPAA requirements. Sign up today for one or all of these great educational opportunities! Please note that registration closes the business day before each webinar.

Read more and register here!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bonus Member Benefit

Increase your productivity with Laura Bryan's shortcuts for Speech Recognition Editing. Take advantage of this bonus member-only benefit by signing into your membership account.

Friday, October 7, 2011

E-book on Compliance and Business Best Practices in Healthcare Documentation

The Compliance & Operations Best Practices in Healthcare Documentation Organizations: The EBP Manual is now available as an e-book at a new, affordable price of $400 for AHDI eligible members. For a limited time, when you purchase this e-book with online access, you’ll receive a free organizer (binder & tabs) to print a copy for your library!

Compliance and best practices in business operations are priorities for business owners, independent contractors, HIM directors, and all of those who seek services from medical transcription organizations. This comprehensive e-manual will guide you through many of these complex issues and give you downloadable policies and procedures that you can customize for your own business needs (they are Word documents). AHDI and CDIA have worked with expert legal counsel to develop this skillfully written material to save your valuable time and money.

After purchasing the e-manual, the electronic files will be accessible through the "Member Center" and clicking to "My Account" in approximately one hour. Past purchasers of the printed EBP Manual received a complimentary copy of the ebook. Log onto the AHDI website to access it through your account.

Read more about the e-manual and buy your copy today!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October Deal of the Month

AHDI and the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG) are offering an unprecedented discount on our Speech Recognition Editing Course. This course will teach you the basic and advanced SRT Editing Techniques, provide you with 300 minutes of authentic physician Dictation on 3M’s platform, give you an understanding of the implications of SRT on the future of the medical transcription industry, and so much more! It is designed to give MTs an orientation to SR technology and practical training and application in editing in a speech recognition setting. Register in October for the November course and receive $100 off the cost of registration. This course is preapproved for 5 TW and 5 PD continuing education credits.

Regular List Price: $450

Regular Eligible Member Price: $395

Sale List Price: $350

Sale Eligible Member Price: $295