Thursday, January 8, 2015

From the Library: November/December 2014 Plexus Available

The latest issue of Plexus e-magazine is now available for download. Articles you’ll find in this issue include:

  • Critical Thinking in Healthcare Documentation (1 MTT)
  • Increasing Focus and Productivity with "Timeboxing" (0.5 PD)
  • Patients Win in Physical Therapy Games (1 CM)
  • Index of Plexus Articles in 2014

The subscription to Plexus is a benefit for AHDI Individual Professional, Student, Post-graduate, Sustaining, Corporate, and Educational members. Login to the AHDI website to download your copy today.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 Annual Conference - Call for Presentations

We are pleased to invite dynamic industry experts, educators, practitioners, and authors to submit a Call for Abstracts form if they wish to present at the AHDI Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference taking place August 7-8, 2015, in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Friday program, being held in collaboration with AHIMA's CDI Summit, will focus on quality assurance and data integrity. On Saturday, there will be two tracks with one focused on industry trends, technology, and the future outlook in healthcare documentation. The second track will be centered around skill-building topics in clinical medicine, professional development, and medicolegal issues.

Upon submission of a Call for Abstracts form, the Program Committee will review the submitted form and if they feel the presentation outlined in said form is a fit for the program, they will contact the presenter/applicant immediately. The deadline for submissions is February 9, 2015.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Free Exam Eligibility & Virtual Support Group

If you’re not one of the 2,301 HDSs who are already credentialed, now is the perfect time to make your New Years’ Resolution to join this elite group. We’ve made it easy for you to get started:

  1. Make your pledge to become credentialed. Complete the online form.
  2. After you make your pledge, we’ll add you to a virtual support group connecting you with fellow HDSs who have set the same goal as you. Instructions will be emailed to you.
  3. Read the Credentialing Candidate Guide (free .pdf download).
  4. Apply for exam eligibility. The $10 fee is waived this month for all AHDI members.
  5. Once approved, you will receive an “Authorization-to-test” email, which is valid for 180 days from the date of processing. This will give you a 180 day window to complete your studying, take a practice exam, and sit for your credentialing exam.

Below is additional information on AHDI’s credentials to help get your started.

Which credential is right for you?
Recent graduates 
HDSs/MTs with less than 2 years’ acute care experience
HDSs/MTs working in single-specialty environments
HDSs/MTs with 2+ years’ experience in acute care or multi-specialty*
RHDS with 2+ years’ experience in acute care or multi-specialty

*The RHDS is a pre-requisite for the CHDS. The Credential Qualifying Exam (CQE) gives you the opportunity to sit for both sit for both Level 1 (RHDS) and Level 2 (CHDS) content in a single session.

Everything you need to prep for the exams:

Credentialing Candidate Guide (free download)
Your go-to resource for everything you need to know about the RHDS and CHDS exams. It provides the blueprints for each credential, your options for taking an online proctored exam or at a testing center, and the recredentialing process to maintain your certification.

Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist
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Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist
CHDS logo

Psssttt...Rumor has it that a fun and rewarding credentialing challenge will begin in February! Stay tuned to AHDI's website and publications for more details soon!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Featured Webinars in January

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Productivity Tips for Editors and HDSs II
Presenter: Kim Buchanan, CHDS, AHDI-F; Vallie Piloian, CHDS, AHDI-F
January 8, 2015; 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
CE Credits: 2 MT Tools

There is more to productivity than how fast you can transcribe or edit. After a successful session at ACE2013, presenters Kim and Vallie are back to share even more proven tips gathered from dozens of working editors and transcriptionists to help make you more productive, including keyboard shortcuts, useful websites, ergonomics, time management, equipment tips, and more. Come ready to share YOUR productivity tips with other participants.

Note: This is a 2-hour presentation. Not able to attend live? You may still purchase and register for this webinar; the webinar recording will automatically be emailed 24 hours after the event ends.

Partners in Quality: Why Quality Matters and How to Achieve It
Presenter: Christine Tyrrell, Tyrrell Software (TQAudit)
January 13, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PT/4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
CE Credits: 1 MTT

No matter how documentation is created a quality assurance program is essential for measuring and maintaining documentation accuracy and completeness. Learn how a robust quality process supports professional and effective communication, knowledge-based decision making, and better team-work. Understand the evolving principles of quality assessment in a changing healthcare documentation environment. Become proactive partners by tracking, analyzing, and sharing quality metrics and insights with all the stakeholders in your system to ensure documentation integrity, and most importantly, patient safety.

Not able to attend live? You may still purchase and register for this webinar; the webinar recording will automatically be emailed 24 hours after the event ends.

How to Effectively Sell Your Ideas to Senior Healthcare Management
Presenter: Sherry Doggett
January 28, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PT/4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
CE Credits: 1 PD

Are you a manager or supervisor who has a really great idea but are unsure of how to “sell” the idea to the senior management of your organization or MTSO? Are you looking to grow your skills and become a more valuable member of the team?

Past President Sherry Doggett has more than 18 years’ experience in her former role as Director of Corporate Transcription Services at UC Health in presenting her ideas to senior leadership and getting those ideas implemented within her department. In this session, Sherry will not only provide tips on how to “sell” your ideas but also teach how to formulate an idea, test an idea, and formally present it to administrative personnel.

Whether you’re looking for buy-in from your organization’s leaders to promote credentialing in the workplace and hire credentialed workers; have an idea for how the organization can grow, save money, or run more efficiently; or have another type of opportunity to pitch, this informative session will provide solid take-aways to assist in articulating ideas, spark imagination, and get results.

Not able to attend live? You may still purchase and register for this webinar; the webinar recording will automatically be emailed 24 hours after the event ends.