Friday, September 28, 2012

Free Medicolegal CEC

CMTs, we know those ML CECs are sometimes elusive, so we are making this crossword puzzle available as a bonus credit offering for free! To access this puzzle, log into the AHDI website and click on the CMT Only area under the Certification tab. Then click Medicolegal Crossword Puzzle in the "Bonus Continuing Education Opportunities" box on the right.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Did You Know?

Are you looking for a resource tool to empower you to be accurate, fast, and compliant? Benchmark KB is a web-based portal that will do just that. As an AHDI Individual Professional, Postgraduate or Sustaining member, you may purchase Benchmark KB at the discounted rate of $174 (that's $25 off!). Corporate and Educational members should contact InterFix, LLC, for information on discounted rates and bulk pricing. Visit the Benchmark KB web page to learn more about this service.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Already Have the Book of Style but Want to Learn More About it?

Join us for The Book of Style Boot Camp Series. This series was devised to introduce both experienced healthcare documentation specialists and those new to the profession to the industry's most trusted resource. Part 1 focuses on section 2 of the BOS, General Standards of Style, and Part 2 features measurement and quantitation, section 3 of the BOS. The Book of Style Boot Camp Series is a great refresher for the experienced professional and a great tool for the new graduate or RMT candidate.

Sign up for the Book of Style Boot Camp Series today!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Help Wanted: Managers/Supervisors Alliance Seeking Steering Committee Members

Are you interested in sharing your experience as a manager/supervisor in the healthcare documentation field to help develop programs and resources for others in similar roles across the industry? If so, then you are an ideal candidate to join the AHDI managers/supervisors alliance steering committee. Interested individuals should email Andrew Wolf ( with a brief synopsis of your background and why you'd like to join.

Monday, September 24, 2012

President's Address

On behalf of the AHDI National Leadership Board, and as your incoming AHDI President, it is with great honor we serve you, our members, in our volunteer leadership roles in 2012-2013. With every financial decision, every visionary direction, every product or service developed, every member experience created, our first and foremost responsibility is to AHDI members. Ultimately, through the excellence and diversity of the work you perform, we serve the broader vision by providing expertise as partners with clinicians and as advocates to ensure quality and integrity of patient health information. Our leadership team is ready to put to action our goals for the next year. Read more.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Buy The Book of Style for 10% off and Get a Free Webinar

Purchase The Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd Edition, for 10% off and get The Book of Style Boot Camp—Part 1 free!

The Book of Style has long been the trusted resource for data capture and documentation standards in healthcare, and The Book of Style Boot Camp—Part 1 is the perfect introduction to these standards. Don't miss this opportunity to get a great price on this in-demand product and the opportunity to learn all of its advantages with the free webinar. Purchase the Book of Style, 3rd Edition, today!

Please note that this offer is not available on purchase orders. If you are making multiple purchases and wish to register more than one attendee for the webinar, please call us at 800-982-2182 and we will assist you.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Word From Your National Leadership Board

Greetings from the National Leadership Board!

We begin a new season as Karen Fox-Acosta steps into the role of President and new and existing board members come together to tackle the business of the association, working on behalf of our members. The NLB now meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, and as always, members are welcome to attend those webinars. Contact Miranda Chalabi ( to attend. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Board is dedicated to keeping members apprised of what they are working on and what is happening within the association. Read more.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Did You Know?

Have you ever met someone at an AHDI national or component event but lost their contact information? Look them up in our Membership Directory! To access the membership directory, log on to your membership account then go to Member Center > My Benefits and click on Membership Directory. This benefit is available for all members!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Check out September Plexus

Our September issue is chock full of medicolegal information and continuing education credits, so you won't want to miss out on this issue!

Nonmembers, you could be plugged in to all of the upcoming information in Plexus by becoming an AHDI member today! Click here to learn more about membership.

Members, remember that past issues are available electronically on the AHDI website. Log on at, click "Members Only" under the Membership tab and then scroll down to Publications.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bonus Member Benefit

To celebrate the upcoming release of the 2012 ACE DVD Boxed Set, we're giving members another great session from the ACE 2011 DVD Boxed Set: "Emerging Infectious Pathogens" presented by Brandon White, MS, BS.

Take advantage of your bonus member benefit today!

Monday, September 10, 2012

September Deal of the Month

As summer winds down, we're cranking up our specials!

10% off The Book of Style Plus a Free BOS Boot Camp Webinar*!
This month we are offering a unique opportunity. Save 10% on one of our most popular titles, The Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd Edition, and you'll also receive a free registration to The Book of Style Boot Camp—Part 1 webinar.

The Book of Style has long been the trusted resource for data capture and documentation standards in healthcare, and The Book of Style Boot Camp—Part 1 will provide better insight of healthcare documentation standards and styles. Get full details about the BOS Bootcamp Parts 1 & 2.

Purchase the Book of Style, 3rd Edition, or find out more today!

*Offer not available on purchase orders. If you are ordering multiple copies and wish to register more than one attendee for the webinar, please call us at 800-982-2182 for assistance.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

ACE is Over--Find Out What Happened

ACE 2012 was a resounding success, with quality education and keynotes topping the pile of positive feedback. Find out which sessions were the most popular, who won the 2012 Integrity Awards, the theme for ACE 2013, how to get a copy of the ACE 2012 DVD, and more in the ACE 2012 Wrap Up.

Friday, September 7, 2012

AHDI Calls for Equitable Compensation & Recognition of Healthcare Documentation Specialists

One of AHDI's most important initiatives this year is a position paper reflecting the added value healthcare documentation specialists can bring to EHR adoption and that pay models must be changed to reflect the new roles, which may not be amenable to production pay.

Please circulate this statement broadly to your professional network, co-workers, and employers. At the same time, AHDI is distributing it widely to the media, business decision-makers, healthcare associations and groups, and government agencies and legislators. It is imperative that the entire healthcare community receives this message.

The Roles and Value of Healthcare Documentation Specialists and Equitable Compensation Practices can be summarized with these three key points:

  1. Healthcare documentation specialist as an umbrella term for medical transcriptionists, QA specialists, speech recognition editors, and other roles related to patient documentation

  2. The critically valuable role healthcare documentation specialists play in the everyday documentation of patient records and the importance of our continued outreach efforts to the healthcare community, government, and academic leaders to acknowledge and utilize healthcare documentation specialists in roles for which we are well suited

  3. The need for compensation models that take into consideration the knowledge and skills required to perform the job duties and related tasks

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Did You Know?

All membership categories receive a discount for taking the credentialing exam. If you are not credentialed this is the best time to take the first step and register for an eligibility ID.

Monday, September 3, 2012

ACE 2012 Highlights

ACE 2012 in Indianapolis was a smashing success! We could all feel the sparks in the air, empowered through inspiring stories, lively discussions, and thought-provoking sessions. We would like to extend a special thanks to our 2012 Program Planning Committee for assembling a fantastic educational program and top-notch speakers and to our 2012 Sponsors and Exhibitors for their continued support.

The 2012 Integrity Awards

Join us as we congratulate the 2012 Integrity Award winners:

  • Rising Star Award—Kathy Kirch

  • Educator of the Year—Susan Dooley, CMT, AHDI-F

  • Excellence in Credentialing—Maggie Thebeault, CMT, AHDI-F

  • Advocate of the Year—Brenda Hurley, CMT, AHDI-F

  • Membership Impact Award—AHDI-West Regional

  • Innovation Through Technology—Peggy Allwardt, CMT, AHDI-F

  • Employer of the Year—New England Medical Transcription

  • Hall of Fame Member of the Year Award—Patty Barrett, CMT, AHDI-F

  • Distinguished Service Award—Betsy Ertel, AHDI-F

  • Lifetime Achievement—Betty Honkonen, CMT, AHDI-F

Caught on Camera

Relive the experience and view photos and posts from attendees. Click here to read the full wrap up!

ACE 2012 Commemorative Lapel Pin

The ACE 2012 Commemorative Lapel Pin is now available in the AHDI store! The 2012 pin was created as a limited edition, and there are only a few left, so order your Spark Your Growth pin before they're gone!

ACE 2012 DVD Boxed Set Available for Sale

ACE was packed with can't-miss sessions and some of the most intriguing speakers. If you couldn't join us in Indy or if you just want to catch up on all the sessions you missed, this is your chance! The ACE 2012 DVD Boxed Set is packed with 40 sessions and over 38 CECs.

Purchase your copy of the ACE 2012 DVD Boxed Set today!

Looking for educational options for your component or company? Purchase an ACE 2012 DVD Boxed Set Audience Viewing License.