Friday, August 29, 2014

AHDI Member Discounts

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

July/August Plexus Available Online

The latest issue of Plexus can be downloaded now! Don't miss great features and columns, the latest news, and helpful information related to our professionals theme, The Paradigm Shift of Healthcare Documentation. Each bi-monthly issue is delivered in a user-friendly digital PDF format that you can save on many types of mobile reading devices and have readily available at your fingertips!

We invite you to view this issue of Plexus magazine (members must be logged in to the AHDI website).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Now Available! QA Best Practices for Clinician-Created Documentation

AHDI and AHIMA have released a new whitepaper and resource kit calling for healthcare organizations to reinstate quality assurance (QA) programs with electronic health record (EHR) documentation, and specifically clinician-created documentation. The materials are now available on the AHDI website as a free download by clicking the button below.

To learn more, read the press release from AHDI and AHIMA and attend the webinar September 24 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Pacific.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Word from Your National Leadership Board

On 7/23/14 the NLB held its annual face-to-face meeting at the M Resort in Las Vegas, NV. It was really great to see our fellow Board members in person—those with whom we have been communicating by email or webinar over the last year. At the Board dinner held the evening before, we all had a chance to introduce ourselves to the group and meet the newly-elected Board members. Read more.

Monday, August 25, 2014

September Webinars

See all available webinars here. View the AHDI Events Calendar to learn about AHDI component events and other industry-related events.

September 17
Factors Affecting Physician Professional Satisfaction and Their Implications for Patient Care, Health Systems, and Health Policy
Presenter: Mark Friedberg
Time: 10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT
CE Credit: 1 PD

September 24
QA for EHR Clinician-Created Healthcare Documentation
Presenters: Sherry Doggett, Leigh Anne Frame, CMT, AHDI-F; Leigh France; Joyce Smith; Stacy Lehto, CHDS
Time: 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT
CE Credit: 1 MTT

AHDI Members Save 10% on the AHIMA Convention

AHIMA's 86th Annual Convention will take place September 27 – October 2, 2014, in San Diego, CA. AHIMA is offering AHDI members a 10% discount on registration; use the code AHIMACON3 when registering for the event. To learn more about the convention, please visit AHIMA's website.

AHDI will be exhibiting at the AHIMA Convention at booth #1246. Please stop by to say hello if you’re attending the event! We hope to see you there.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

AHDI Participates in The Joint Commission Liaison Network Forum

AHDI CEO Linda G. Brady, CAE, visited The Joint Commission (TJC) in Oakbrook Terrace, IL to participate in the Liaison Network Forum, August 12-14. She had an opportunity to meet separately with Dr. Ronald Wyatt and Dr. Daniel Castillo to discuss quality assurance and patient safety initiatives. Key takeaways included ways in which TJC may be able to help promote the new QA best practices for clinician-created documentation and understanding how AHDI may be able to contribute to surveyor education on standards related to healthcare documentation. Followup is planned for the coming months.

More than 50 healthcare associations were in attendance at the Liaison Network Forum, held August 13-14. The Forum provides the unique opportunity to learn about TJC's work and current strategic priorities, and to engage in dialog with TJC's executive leadership and standards interpretation staff. Furthermore, it raises the visibility of healthcare documentation issues and the roles and value of the workforce among key stakeholders across healthcare.

Over the course of the two days, we gained important insight into how AHDI can contribute to surveyor education by submitting documentation to the surveyor portal; answers to some of our questions submitted to TJC leadership and standards interpretation panels; and how AHDI and other healthcare associations may be able to assist TJC in communication on high reliability in healthcare. The full report is posted on the Lounge. If you have questions, please write to Linda at

Friday, August 22, 2014

AHDI and AHIMA to Partner for 2015 Conference

We're delighted to announce that our 37th annual conference will be held in conjunction with AHIMA's Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Summit in 2015 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Mark your calendar for August 6-8 to attend both events: the CDI Summit August 6-7 and AHDI's 2015 Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference August 7-8. Visit the AHDI website to view the tentative schedule at a glance and to download the flyer.

President’s Address—It Takes a Village

I can’t believe it has already been four weeks since I touched down in Las Vegas for our Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference at the M Resort. It was wonderful to spend time with my AHDI friends and colleagues, meeting new people, catching up with folks I haven’t seen in awhile, and learning from the experiences and expertise of others. For those of you who were unable to join us, I have recorded the presentation I gave at the annual business meeting so I could share with you what many of our members have been working on in the past year as part of our committees, work groups, task forces, and alliances. Please take a few minutes to watch my presentation and see who the real movers and shakers are at AHDI. The beauty of our association is in putting our hearts and minds together to further our mission, and we made great progress in the past year. Thank you to our staff and all of the volunteers at AHDI who make up our village. Your efforts have showcased the versatility and value of our workforce, increased the vitality of our membership, and turned up the volume of our voice in the healthcare industry. I couldn’t be prouder or more honored to have been on this journey with you, and I am excited to see where the future takes us. View 2014 State of the Association message (Windows Media .wmv, 24mb).

Friday, August 15, 2014

Meaningful Use: The Essentials for Medical Transcriptionists

The years 2012 and 2013 saw an increasing trend to implement electronic health records across the U.S. in response to government incentives and penalties. In order to qualify for the incentives and avoid the penalties, healthcare providers in hospitals, clinics, and private practice are required not only to purchase electronic health record systems but to also demonstrate that they are using these systems in a “meaningful” way. This webinar provides an in-depth introduction to the concepts and consequences of meaningful use and will discuss how these developments may impact the medical transcription workplace.

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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AHDI and AHIMA Release QA Best Practices for Clinician-Created Documentation

In July 2014, AHDI and AHIMA released "Clinician-Created Documentation: Reinstating Quality Assurance Programs to Safeguard Patients and Providers." This document provides a standardized approach to measuring, reporting, and improving documentation for patient safety and documentation accuracy when clinicians are responsible for document creation.

The accompanying Resource Kit provides the tools needed to create and implement a quality assurance program in healthcare organizations. It's a set of explanatory and operational tools that are intended to be adapted by users to their own needs.

Related Webinar: QA for EHR Clinician-Created Healthcare Documentation
September 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m. pacific time (4:00 p.m. eastern time)
Moderator: Sherry Doggett
Panelists: Leigh Anne Frame, CMT, AHDI-F; Leigh France; Joyce Smith; Stacy Lehto, CHDS

Join this webinar and learn how your organization can develop and monitor a quality assurance program for clinician-created documentation in the EHR. You will hear first-hand knowledge and experience from an experienced panel of transcription managers who will share their organizations' perspectives on this timely topic. Also learn how to utilize your transcription staff to perform quality assurance reviews. The EHR QA toolkit can be utilized to assist you in your QA endeavors, and you'll hear about this toolkit during the presentation.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pre-order Session Recordings from AHDI's 2014 Conference

According to the evaluations, this year's AHDI Conference program wowed and delighted the attendees. The continuing education sessions delivered engaging and relevant content across the full CEC spectrum. Now you can pre-order the session recordings to enjoy them in the comfort of your home or office.

All of the recorded sessions are pre-approved for CECs and you'll receive more than 20 hours of advanced continuing education. We anticipate the recordings to be delivered in late August. Your credit card payment will be processed when the recordings are electronically delivered to you.

Eligible Member Price: $129
List Price: $149

Conference Lapel Pin

A limited supply of 2014 AHDI Conference lapel pins are still available for $10 each. Order yours today before they are gone forever!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Upcoming Educational Courses - Register by August 25!

Sept. 1

Mastering the EHR Course (1 ML and 9 TW)

Sept. 1

RHDS Study Group Course

Sept. 1

CHDS Study Group Course

Sept. 1

CHDS Bridge Course(4 CM, 4 TW, 1 MTT, 1 PD)

Sept. 1

RHDS Recredentialing Course

View the AHDI Events Calendar to learn about AHDI component events and other industry-related events.

New eBook "HIPAA Compliance Guide & Quick Reference"

A must-have guide for all covered entities and business associates. Preapproved for 3 Medicolegal CECs.

AHDI's newly released HIPAA Compliance Guide, which includes a comprehensive HIPAA Compliance Quick Reference checklist, spells out the steps of HIPAA compliance in easy-to-understand language. Most people know the basics of HIPAA, but this guide explains the HITECH Act and Final Rule and it outlines the role of covered entities and business associates as well as compliance expectations of each. Going a step further, this guide discusses the process of risk analysis and the risks and penalties of noncompliance. Numerous resources are provided along with an example of how a small MTSO or IC can accomplish the steps necessary to become compliant in a short time.

Eligible Member Price: $15
List Price: $20