Thursday, June 12, 2014

AHDI District Directors and Community Connections

The healthcare industry is constantly changing, and sometimes it's hard to know where to turn for information or answers to questions. AHDI's District Directors are available to help! Listed below are links to each District's blog and Facebook pages. Not sure what district you’re in? Click the District Map to find out.

District 1: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 2: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 3: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 4: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 5: AHDI LoungeFacebook
District 6: AHDI LoungeFacebook

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Why Get Certified?

Certification in healthcare documentation makes a difference—to the patients whose care depends your on precise documentation, to employers who must hire highly qualified and trusted healthcare documentation specialists, and to yourself for the satisfaction for attaining certification. The four letters that will follow your name will make a powerful statement about the expertise you bring to the table. Ultimately, becoming credentialed will:

  • Prepare you for new healthcare documentation positions in the EHR.
  • Validate your breadth of knowledge and skills to employers, which may give you access to preferential hiring/employment practices.
  • Demonstrate that you are trained and certified in HIPAA compliance.
  • Send the message to healthcare delivery that healthcare documentation specialists are an allied health profession with an accountable scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate you take initiative and go above the minimum requirements.
  • Distinguish you from those without a credential.
  • Raise employer's confidence in you when introducing new technologies or services.
  • Keep you marketable in the event of cutbacks or mergers.
  • Get your foot in the door as a new graduate.

Ready to pursue credentialing? Get started here: Types of Credentials and Exam Preparation

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Products and Tools Available from AHDI

The AHDI Product Guide is your “go to” resource for all products, books, and tools available from AHDI. You can easily flip through the catalog to find product descriptions, pricing, and discounts available for AHDI members. Download your copy today.


Be sure to check out our new online subscriptions for the Book of Style and RMT Exam Guide (RHDS Ready). Click the links below for 180-day, 1-year, or perpetual licenses. Digital copies are not available with any product bundles.


Credentialing Lapel Pins Now Available!

A 1-1/4-inch die-struck metal pin with gold lettering and enamel color filled with the CHDS logo. CHDSs can purchase this pin after successfully passing the CHDS exam or CHDS Bridge Course. CHDS certification will be verified upon purchase and before shipping.

Regular List Price: $15
Regular Eligible Member Price: $10

Purchase a CHDS Lapel Pin Now

A 1-1/4-inch die-struck metal pin with gold lettering and enamel color filled with the RHDS logo. RHDSs can purchase this pin after successfully passing the RHDS exam or RHDS Recredentialing Course. RHDS certification will be verified upon purchase and before shipping.

Regular List Price: $15
Regular Eligible Member Price: $10

Purchase an RHDS Lapel Pin Now!

Monday, June 9, 2014

AHDI Model Job Descriptions for Emerging Roles in Healthcare Documentation (live webinar)

June 11, 2014, 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Speakers: Melissa Harper; Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F; Lisa Woodley, RHIT, CHDS, AHDI-F

This webinar will provide an in-depth look at some of the emerging roles for healthcare documentation specialists today. We'll review the AHDI Model Job Descriptions for positions such as EHR documentation trainer, health record integrity auditor, and EHR technician/HIM analyst. Learn what skill set is required for each and what, if any, additional training or education is required to be successful in these roles.

Click for information and to register online. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you may register to receive the recording following the event.

Coming Soon:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Apply for a Membership Scholarship

The new Membership Scholarship Program is off to a strong start! We'd like to extend a big "thank you" to the AHDI members and supporters who have donated to the fund. We've already raised enough money to give away four Individual Professional memberships.

  • Eligibility requirements and submit your scholarship application (read more)
  • Donate to the scholarship fund (pledge now)
Random Acts

Friday, June 6, 2014

Editing Tips and Tricks

Our presenter, Karen Quebbeman, will discuss the speech recognition editing environment, covering many topics including the physical differences between regular transcription and editing, the technology to include terms and vocabularies used, efficiency gains and stats, and editing techniques to be successful. She will review listening for contextual meaning (the art of active listening), common errors found within speech rec text documents, how to avoid over-editing (a very common problem), how to edit efficiently, commonly used navigational keystrokes, and the technical training process for speech recognition technology.

Visit the Online Learning Library to download this recorded webinar presentation (valid login required; available to AHDI Individual Professional members only).

AHDI Conference: Sessions for Career-Minded Healthcare Documentation Specialists

Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference
July 23-26, 2014
The M Resort ♦ Las Vegas, NV

Hotel reservation deadline is June 30

At AHDI's Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference, July 23-26, you will find engaging, credit-worthy continuing education that is content-rich and focused on current issues facing the profession today. Today, we're highlighting sessions focused on career advancement and workforce development that will provide you with concrete strategies you can use immediately following the conference.

  • How HDSs' Role Can Stay Relevant in the EHR (read more)
  • Focusing on the Top Five: Discovering and Deploying Your Strengths (read more)
  • Improving Your Odds at Winning the Healthcare Documentation Game (read more)
  • Speed Reading Workshop (read more)
  • Evolution of the TeleScribe: A Natural Fit (read more)
  • Freelance Writing Workshop (read more)
  • Chasing Your New Career Dreams (read more)
  • HDS to Scribe: Using Your Skills to Keep Doing What You Love (read more)

Download the full conference brochure for complete session descriptions, speaker biographies, and conference information.

Start planning your trip by visiting the website to choose your educational experiences, book your hotel room by June 30, and register to secure your place. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!