Thursday, May 28, 2015

Where’s the New AHDI Website?

We previously announced that the AHDI website is undergoing a complete overhaul. We were scheduled to launch in early May but we have encountered delays. As you know, technology changes can be tricky and our website migration was not immune to this. A revised launch date has not been set yet but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AHDI Seeks "Challenge Quiz" Author

The AHDI editorial staff is actively seeking a volunteer to author the "CMT/CHDS Challenge Quiz" in Plexus magazine. If you are a certified medical transcriptionist or a certified healthcare documentation specialist and are interested in writing this credit-worthy 20-question multiple-choice quiz, please send a 10-question sample (with answers and explanations) to the editor at

Item-writing experience preferred.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Polls Opening May 26 for AHDI Integrity Award Voting

Eligible voting members will also vote to select this year’s AHDI Integrity Award winners. The polls will be opening on May 26 so watch your email inbox for details. Nominees will be presented for the following awards:

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Educator of the Year
  • Employer of the Year
  • Membership Impact Award
  • Member of the Year Award
  • Innovation Through Technology Award
  • Rising Star Award

The Integrity Awards will be presented at AHDI’s Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference on Saturday, August 8.

Win a One-Year AHDI Individual Professional Membership!

Individually and collectively, we have important stories to tell--our stories--about the critical errors we catch and correct or flag on a daily basis. Healthcare documentation specialists are important to patient safety, but it seems like we're the only ones who know that. We've been "invisible" far too long.

So here is your chance to make a difference! We need our workforce VISIBLE and our VOICES heard. We're asking for individual and group video submissions, stating the reason you became an MT/HDS, why it's important to patient care, and why stakeholders should embrace the knowledge and skills HDSs bring to the table.

Download the "My HDS Story" video information packet and guidelines for full details. This packet includes tips, how-to and sample videos, resources, and much more!

We challenge individuals, MTSOs, components, and MT/HDS departments to get on board and submit a video testimonial! AHDI will use clips from these to create a series of videos to go viral and help get our message out, and all participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of several great prizes, including a 1-year AHDI Individual Professional membership!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Upcoming Events

AHDI webinars are a great opportunity to continue your education from the comfort of your home or work office. Certified medical transcriptionists (CMTs) and certified healthcare documentation specialists (CHDSs) can choose from a variety of topics approved for continuing education credit toward recertification.

June 10
Speech Recognition Editing Productivity & QA Feedback
Presenters: Liz Harmeson, CMT, RHIA; Regina Buchwald
Time: 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT
CE Credit: 1 MTT

June 24
The Ins and Outs of Applying for a Work-at-Home Job
Presenter: Linda Allard, CHPS
Time: 12 PM PDT/3 PM EDT
CE Credit: 1 PD

July 8
Brain Health Matters
Presenters: Vicki Gelfeld, MBA, and Patty David
Time: 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT
CE Credit: 1 CoM

October 8
Compensation Best Practices Toolkit
Panelists: Sherry Doggett; Joyce Smith; Patricia King; Carole Gilbert, RHIT, CHTS-IM; Cheryl Klopcic, RN, BSN, CMT, RHIT
Time: 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT
CE Credit: 1 PD

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Polls Open: AHDI National Leadership Board Elections

The online polls are now open for the 2015 National Leadership Board elections. Ballots were emailed to all eligible voting members on Monday, May 18. The polls are open until June 1.

There are 6 highly qualified candidates running for 3 at-large director positions. Visit the elections web page to meet the candidates before casting your vote.

Election Webpage

If you did not see your emailed ballot, please check your spam folder. If you still need assistance, please contact AHDI by tel: 1-800-982-2182 or 1-209-527-9620; or by email:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Students: Free Webinar on Applying for a Work-at-Home Job

Date: June 24, 2015
Time: 12 - 1 p.m. PT/3 - 4 p.m. ET
Presenter: Linda A. Allard, CHPS
CE Credit: 1 PD

You may be working from home in your pajamas, but the rules for applying for a transcription job are the same as applying to be the White House Chief-of-Staff. Too often we see MTs/HDSs using inappropriate email addresses, applying for jobs they're not qualified for, or calling to complain if they don't get a response fast enough. Whether you're a new transcriptionist right out of school or a 30-year veteran looking to change companies, don't let your slippers and bathrobe limit potential opportunities—learn what will get your resume bumped to the top of the pile and what will get it relegated to the bottom.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to write a resume that will get noticed.
  2. Tips for interviewing well on the phone.
  3. How to prepare for online testing.
  4. Basic tips about what employers are looking for as they sift through stacks of resumes and applications.

This webinar is free for AHDI Student and Associate Student members and made possible by AHDI’s Educators Alliance. Please be sure you are logged into the AHDI website with your membership credentials to receive this free of charge. There’s a small fee for others to attend.

AHDI Board Reaches Decision on Renaming National MT Week

At the AHDI National Leadership Board May 18 meeting, the Board approved to continue with the name National Medical Transcriptionist Week. Earlier this year, the Board sought feedback on plans to rename the annual event to reflect the expanded roles of healthcare documentation specialists. More than 350 people weighed in, with the community’s divided opinion expressed through the open comments section.

The Board is forming a task force to work on developing a one-day annual fall event centered on healthcare documentation integrity. The task force will recommend a name and the timing. A decision will be made at a later date whether to launch this in 2015 or 2016. AHDI is seeking volunteers who would meet online between June and August during business hours. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Tina Wilson by email:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Word from Your National Leadership Board - May 2015

Most AHDI members and healthcare documentation practitioners are familiar with the role of The Joint Commission (TJC)... As part of fulfilling this mission, TJC publishes “E-Alerts” highlighting current issues affecting healthcare organizations. In April 2015, TJC sent out a Quick Safety alert under the heading “Transcription Translates to Patient Risk.” (Every HDS/medical transcriptionist should read it.) Read more.

Early Bird Extended: Save $55 on AHDI’s Conference

It’s time to make your plans to attend AHDI's Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference. This year's conference will be held August 7-8, 2015, in Alexandria, Virginia. Navigate to to make your plans to attend. The early bird deadline has been extended to June 1!

Quick navigation links to plan for conference:

This year will bring together healthcare documentation and health information management professionals under one roof. AHIMA's CDI Summit will be held on August 6-7 at the same hotel with a shared day of educational programming and networking.

Complete information is posted online, Register by June 1 to save $55. Please note: the conference will not be recorded this year.

Happy National Medical Transcriptionist Week!

National Medical Transcriptionist Week celebration is in full swing! Our Thunderclap campaign successfully launched yesterday, blasting our message out to more than 70,000 people via social media. A big thanks to everyone who joined in!

Have you visited the AHDI website to download your National MT Week materials? It’s not too late! We have images for you to use on our social media accounts and fliers. You’ll find everything at

Friday, May 8, 2015

Meet the Candidates - Webinars

The Nominating Committee has completed its work evaluating and interviewing all candidates for AHDI's National Leadership Board. We are excited to announce the following candidates for this year's election:

At-Large Director – 3 open positions for the term September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2018 (there are no open District Director positions for this election):

• Cynthia Alder, RHIT, CHDS, AHDI-F (Fort Worth, TX)
• Kirk Calabrese, CMT, MA (Geneva, NY)
• Faythe Farwell, CHDS, MS, AHDI-F (Rock Island, IL)
• Melissa Harper (Cincinnati, OH)
• Mary Schmidt (Maquoketa, IA)
• Lynette Shipp, RHIT, CHDS, AHDI-F (Searcy, AR)

The online polls will open Monday, May 18, at which time voting members will receive an email with a link to cast your vote. AHDI members will elect three (3) of the candidates to serve as national leaders of AHDI, who will shape the future direction of the association and represent our members on the Board. Please note that the following membership categories may vote in national elections: Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate, and Sustaining.

Please take time to get to know the candidates so you will be able to cast an informed vote! Thank you to the Nominating Committee for their tireless effort in securing a fantastic group of candidates, and thanks to the candidates for stepping up to run for one of these important roles.