Friday, January 25, 2013

Did You Know?

There is a great 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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Call for Authors

Are you an experienced writer looking for opportunities to share your expertise? View our Plexus media kit containing upcoming industry and clinical medicine themes for 2013.

Content experts interested in authoring an article or new column to be published in Plexus or receiving more information should visit our Publication Opportunities page.

Certified medical transcriptionists may earn CECs for approved credit-worthy articles.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

AHDI President-elect and CEO to Attend at HIMSS13

AHDI is proud to support this annual event that helps HIT professionals make the right decisions for their organizations as an official collaborator of HIMSS13. Through our partnership, AHDI members are eligible for a discount on HIMSS13 registration. Select "AHDI" under "collaborating organization" in the dropdown menu when you register. You will need to select the "full conference collaborator" option to receive the discount.

Conference education sessions include pre-conference symposia on ICD-10, clinical and business intelligence, health information exchanges, clinical engineering, innovation, meaningful use, nursing informatics, physicians' IT, and RFID and RTLS in healthcare. More than 300 peer-reviewed sessions, including workshops and roundtables, round out education offerings at HIMSS13.

President Bill Clinton leads a keynote roster that also includes James Carville, political consultant, and Karl Rove, media contributor and former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush. The Meaningful Use Experience, new to HIMSS13, is designed to help providers find EHR solutions that are certified for acute or ambulatory facilities. The exhibition also features knowledge sharing that focuses on usability and proven implementations.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Visit the HIMSS13 website at for more information on the conference or download our conference brochure.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Credentialing Development Team (CDT) 2013 - Share Your Expertise

Are you passionate about the need for a credentialed workforce? Do you possess the subject matter expertise and experience to support AHDI's goals for credentialing? The AHDI credentialing development team (CDT) is looking for strong CMT leadership to oversee programmatic policies and decisions related to AHDI's credentialing and recredentialing programs. The program will need engaged leaders who strongly support the association's goals for promoting a mandatory credential and moving our workforce to a fully credentialed status. As a CDT member, you will be asked to participate in policy decisions and program discussions, provide review and feedback on credit-worthy resources and programs, and contribute to the dialogue on the value of credentialing through association publications and events. If you have a strong interest in this role, hold a current CMT credential, and can commit to a 2-year term on the committee, please contact Tina Wilson at

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Word From Your National Leadership Board

The AHDI Board of Directors would like to wish each of our members Happy New Year!

As we approach a new year, many of us take time to reflect on the past year, our accomplishments and also some of the things we need to improve. Some set some goals and priorities for the next year. This year, as I took time to do this, I decided to set those priorities in categories and give those priorities some tentative completion dates. I found an app for my iPad to help me organize these into personal and professional categories and am hopeful this will aid in my success of carrying out those goals. I have categories for household projects, trips my husband and I wish to take in our motorhome, family goals, and personal goals. Professionally, I have two main goals I am working toward: (1) obtaining my CMT credential and (2) progressing to the next transcription level within my company. So what goals have you set?

As a Board, we have spent the last couple of months focusing not only on the here and now but also on setting priorities for 2013 so that we position our Association to be more successful in representing each of our members. Despite the holiday, December was a busy month and these are some of the things we worked on to position us for the year ahead. Read more.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Take the eSource for a Test Drive

The eSource for Healthcare Documentation Instructors offers educators new and innovative ways to teach the material in the newly published Model Curriculum, 5th edition. Compiled by a task force of educators, this eManual is full of teaching tips and ideas for every objective in the curriculum, sample discussion questions, quarterly updates, and an online community for educators to share their experiences and ideas, discuss their concerns, and grow their knowledge, together.

Considering the eSource but want to take a test drive first? View a free credit-worthy webinar to find out more about this great resource or purchase your copy of the eSource for Healthcare Documentation Instructors today.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

President's Address

Happy New Year, from the entire AHDI National Leadership Board. As we pack up the hustle and bustle of the holidays, hold cherished memories and crazy holiday experiences close to our hearts, and as we correct our authors/dictators on what year this really is, it is with pleasure that I share what I see inner AHDI "buzz" of the last few weeks as we move into 2013.

While recuperating from my third cold of 4th quarter 2012, I caught the tail end of the "Bee" movie recently. It reminded me of our position in health care. We all know that if it was not documented, it did not occur. This will be even more paramount as we move through the next stages of meaningful use and with ICD-10 implementation. As subject-matter experts, we understand that EHR-derived data is not reliable unless the documentation is accurate, complete, and unique to the patient—a statement our Advocacy Alliance subgroup is punctuating throughout the development of our Meaningful Use Stage 3 comments. Read more.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Last Chance to Save up to $150 Off ACE

With more than 35 credit-worthy breakout sessions, AHDI's Annual Convention is, hands down, the best place to find the continuing education that drives our industry and prepares you for the future. Keep yourself ahead of the learning curve, and keep your budget on track by taking advantage of 2012 prices for ACE 2013 registration.

Don't miss this last chance to sign up for ACE 2013—up to $150 off the early-bird rate! Learn more about ACE 2013 and Register Today. Special rate is good through January 31, 2013.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Call for ACE Presenters-Deadline January 15, 2013

We want to hear from you at ACE 2013! Dynamic industry experts, educators, practitioners, and authors interested in presenting at the 35th Annual AHDI Annual Convention & Expo are encouraged to submit a Call for Abstracts. If you or someone you know has a topic worthy of an ACE audience, this is the perfect opportunity to share it in an educational setting and information-rich environment.

The ACE Program committee will review all Call for Abstracts forms submitted and contact the presenter/applicant to discuss their proposal. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2013.

Monday, January 14, 2013

HIMSS 2013 in New Orleans

HIMSS 2013 will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, March 3—7, 2013. To find out more about HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, visit

AHDI Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use

A task force of volunteer subject matter experts has written AHDI's official comments on the draft recommendations for stage 3 definition of meaningful use in electronic health records. The National Leadership Board approved them for submission at their January 9 online meeting. Click here to download them.

The deadline to submit comments is Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. We encourage all AHDI members to individually submit comments on this critically important issue that will shape the future of healthcare documentation in the EHR.

Important links for submitting your comments: