Wed, 16 May 2012
Greetings from your National Leadership Board (NLB)! Our meeting on May 10th was held with the following highlights brought to you as another communication outlet to keep you informed of tasks we are working on.
BOARD UPDATES: We are pleased to announce Jill Devrick as the newest member of the national leadership board. Jill currently works as Product Solutions Advisor for 3M, is the chair of the Managers/Supervisors Alliance, and joined the NLB in April 2012 to fulfill the board position and term vacant by Lisa Tunzi’s resignation. We welcome Jill as a director at large. AHDI’s governance and component association policies and procedures were reviewed and the updates went to a motion, and were passed. Working closely with the board, the Bylaws committee submitted recommendations for updates and those were passed as well. A summary of the changes will be posted on the AHDI website and distributed by email to our component officers very soon.
EXTERNSHIP WHITE PAPER PROPOSAL: Betsy Ertel, AHDI-F, chair of AHDI’s Educators Alliance Steering Committee, presented on the proposal for an externship program white paper. She shared the many benefits of publishing and providing an excellent road map for bridging the gap for students graduating from an approved school to becoming a work-ready MT. A motion was made, seconded and passed to proceed with this well-thought out and much needed white paper.
FUTURE ROLES SURVEY: AHDI President Sherry Doggett presented on the findings of this survey, which was conducted in conjunction with Gary David, PhD, of Bentley University. It provides excellent guidance for further analysis of the data gleaned from the survey, and AHDI’s Managers/Supervisors Alliance will work through next steps in evolving the data into potential future roles in healthcare documentation.
ACE UPDATE: There is popular demand to continue on with a well-attended session from last year’s ACE and that is The Great Debate. Topics to include in this year’s debate were discussed and we are looking for additional subject-matter to make this year’s debate another lively exchange. ACE 2013 is confirmed now for the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Florida. We are inviting our members to help select a theme for this event. We are all very happy to be returning to Florida for our annual convention.
FINANCES: Bonnie Monico provided a treasurer’s report on current outstanding accounts payable along with continued successful reductions to overall debt.
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES: Karen Fox-Acosta, CMT, AHDI-F, President-elect, proposed a special one-hour meeting to cover the strategic plan and priorities in order to give it adequate time for review, update and revision. Following the Board’s review of the draft at the special meeting, we will seek input from AHDI member volunteers before the updated plan is finalized.
MEANINGFUL USE STAGE 2: Fox-Acosta updated the NLB that AHDI has supported the Health Story Project comments, which were submitted to ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT).
OFFICER ELECTIONS: The timeline for this year’s NLB officer elections will be during the board meeting at ACE. Letters of intent are to be submitted to Sherry Doggett, AHDI President, by July 30, 2012.
NEXT: The next regularly scheduled NLB meeting is June 14, 2012, and as always, gallery members are welcome to participate.
Thu, 03 May 2012
May 1, 2012
Dear AHDI volunteers,
On behalf of the National Leadership Board, we are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer:Linda G. Brady, CAE. Many of you know Linda. She joined AHDI in September 2009 as Director of Member Relations and has been leading the organization as interim CEO since October 2011. As interim CEO, Linda has played an integral role in navigating the association through a continued period of change. She’s worked closely with the National Leadership Board on strategic and business planning to ensure that our association and members are well positioned in the evolving and shifting healthcare documentation arena.
Managing not-for-profit professional and trade associations has been Linda’s passion for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining AHDI, she spent eight years at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering as Director of Membership Development and Director of Marketing. Before moving to Tampa, Florida, Linda held positions attwo Washington, DC-based associations, the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and the Labor Policy Association.
Linda has been an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) since 1998. She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2004 and has been a contributing author and editor on ASAE publications in membership development and component relations.
At the same time, we are pleased to announce Wendy Carriegan as AHDI’s Chief Operating Officer. Wendy has served as AHDI’s interim COO for the past six months. Working in partnership with Linda and the Board, Wendy has been critical in directing, managing, and leading AHDI through our recent changes. She provides expert knowledge, skill, and oversight in finance and business operations for the association. Based in AHDI’s Modesto, California, office, Wendy began her tenure with AHDI in 2002 and most recently held the position of Director of Administration. She will be celebrating her 10-year anniversary with AHDI in November!
Please join us in congratulating Linda and Wendy in their new executive leadership positions with AHDI.
AHDI President 2011-2012
Thu, 19 Apr 2012
The AHDI Credentialing Development Team (CDT) is the governing body responsible for policy development and oversight of all AHDI credentialing programs. The CDT operates independently of the National Leadership Board.
In response to the recent rebranding of the medical transcription practitioner to Healthcare Documentation Specialist (HDS), the CDT is exploring new names for the credentials Certified Medical Transcriptionist and Registered Medical Transcriptionist. We are seeking your input on the renaming of the credential.
Jay Vance recently wrote, "One of the driving motivations behind AHDI's move to "rebrand" medical transcriptionists as Healthcare Documentation Specialists is the critical need to remind the broader medical field that our practitioners are indeed an important part of the overall healthcare documentation process." To this end, it is important that our credential names indicate the level of expertise reflected in the attainment of each credential, and in a broader sense, convey the specialized knowledge and expertise required for the accurate capture of each patient's Health Story. In addition, the credential names should encompass traditional and emerging roles, including transcriptionists, quality assurance specialists, speech recognition editors, team leaders, analysts, encoders, abstractors, trainers, and educators.
When evaluating your responses, please consider the following descriptions:
The RMT exam is designed to assess competency in medical transcription by determining if a candidate has the core knowledge and skills needed to practice medical transcription effectively in today's healthcare environment.
The CMT exam is designed to assess competency in medical transcription by determining if a candidate has the core knowledge and skills needed to practice medical transcription effectively in a multispecialty acute-care facility, where variable specialties, document types, and difficulty of dictation necessitate an advanced level of clinical knowledge and interpretive ability.
Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
Visit us at: www.ahdionline.org
Wed, 21 Mar 2012
Mon, 19 Mar 2012
Hello, District 5 members, and any others reading this post. Welcome!
We have seen quite a bit of traffic today around the recent change in the model curriculum for schools that intends to change the term "medical transcriptionist" to "healthcare documentation specialist" in the interest of more accurately publicizing what our members, at least the practicing ones, really do. Not those of us who are managers or supervisors, or those who work in education or any other ancillary part of the healthcare documentation arena, but those who are really in the trenches, producing patient care records on a daily basis.
The conversation today seems to imply that this change was thrust upon our members, and I want to be sure we are all on the same page about what this means to our practicing members. It doesn't mean you have to run right out and redraft your resume. It doesn't mean you need to go order new business cards or change your formal job description with your employer. It doesn't mean that you have been defined by someone else or that some group of people changed their minds about what you are, or what you do.
This change in terminology is in regard to the model curriculum for schools. As the organization that offers this legitimization of educational programs, AHDI does occasionally review the materials, the current marketplace, and any trends that affect what our practicing members do every day. Not many of our practicing members are still performing straight transcription - the world has changed recently and allowed members to highlight their real skills of critical thinking and not just their manual dexterity. That was yesterday. This is a new era in the healthcare documentation arena - review requirements around Meaningful Use Stage 1 and the recent release of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for Stage 2 Meaningful Use initiatives.
As healthcare measures are being tracked by certified EHRs, and as America moves toward the institution of ICD-10, whenever that deadline is finally determined, there is one common theme - increased need for specificity of healthcare documentation. That is how it is referred to in every arena currently working toward any of these massive initiatives - healthcare documentation. Therefore, the AHDI National Leadership Board reviewed the current state of the industry, and in keeping with our bylaws, decided to change the verbiage in the Model Curriculum to healthcare documentation specialist. The NLB is not forcing anyone to use that terminology - they are simply staying current with the industry and continuing to inform and empower our members by sharing this knowledge and expertise within the healthcare documentation arena.
In other words, you can call yourself a medical transcriptionist, if that is the title you prefer to describe what you do in those trenches every day. The NLB has no intention of forcing you to change that - we are simply using the resources we have, current knowledge of what the industry really looks like, and offering a new avenue of describing what our members' jobs entail. Creating accurate and specific healthcare documentation is where the Office of the National Coordinator, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the entire medical industry is focused. Your NLB believes it prudent to turn that focus to our members, who have the skills and knowledge to help shape the future of healthcare documentation. AHDI members have the wherewithal to find solutions to the current issues around documenting patient care encounters...and being at the forefront of a rapidly changing environment. Whatever name you choose for yourself, that's an exciting place to be.
Mon, 13 Feb 2012
| |Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity-West February 13, 2012
| |Corporate Advantage Program Webinar Series and ACE 2012 Presentations There is no doubt the clinical documentation industry is changing. What does that mean for MTs, Documentation Specialists, MTSOs, industry schools or HIM Departments? Explore the critical ways to climb the mountain of success. The Corporate Advantage Program (CAP) webinar series is designed to meet the needs of current and future business owners to remain relevant and viable in the changing healthcare industry today. The webinar speakers are experts in their field, and will share strategies and best practices covering a range of "mission critical" subjects for every business. We will peel back the layers of the known and venture below the surface to uncover the unknown. Whether it is RFPs, HIPAA 5010, Tax Rules and Strategies, Marketing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Quality Assurance, Workforce Development or Competitive Strategies, this series will teach you how to invest in change and embrace the uncertainty of the future. As part of the Corporate Advantage Program (CAP) series, many of our webinar speakers will also present at ACE 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana, offering workshops geared toward business owners and available with your full registration. There really is a "Corporate Membership" advantage in staying connected to AHDI!
- AHDI-approved for 1.5 CECs (Mediolegal, MT Tools, Technology in the Workplace, and Professional Development)
- 90-minute presentation, including Q&A session
- Broadcast time 12 PM PST/3 PM EST
- $15.00 (Pay by credit card or check)
- Recorded Sessions - Unable to attend? Pre-register to receive recording link following live broadcast.
Our first 2 webinars are open for registration! RFPs: What Matters, Who Looks at Them? Presented by Sherry Doggett and Beth Tribelhorn Transforming Your MTSO To Compete In Today's EHR Healthcare Environment Presented by Steven Palmisano, President, Emdat, Inc.
Tue, 13 Dec 2011
Leon Rodriguez, Director of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, wrote a really terrific article that explains healthcare reform and the health IT initiative in terms that the average patient can understand. He addresses privacy and security concerns, as well as the obligations of providers to ensure patient privacy. This is a great article to share with people who are not in the industry, and would like a clearer understanding of what is happening with their protected health information! Click here to read the article now!
Happy holidays to everyone, and much success in the coming year!!!
Fri, 11 Nov 2011
Mostashari: ‘We Will Act on IOM Report’ Articles & Archives Healthcare Informatics
Wed, 19 Oct 2011
The Boards of AHDI and CDIA issued an important announcement today about our associations. Please click on the link below to visit the AHDI Lounge blog and read - it is important for all members to review.
If you have any questions after reading this note, please post them in the AHDI Lounge, and your Board members will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Thu, 29 Sep 2011
As most of you know, AHDI recently launched an educational webinar series entitled "Looking Forward: The Future of Healthcare Documentation." If you didn't know, well friends, you are missing out. This is an innovative concept developed by Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F along with the amazing AHDI staff.
The first webinar this week, "Starting Projects, Making a Ruckus, and Taking More Risks" was an amazing learning opportunity, and really helped us all begin to see opportunities for development in ourselves, our careers, and our professional organization. The concepts discussed are explained in Seth Godin's book, "Poke the Box." In the first part of the book, Godin writes, "YOUR TURN. Imagine that the world had no middlemen, no publishers, no bosses, no HR folks, no one telling you what you couldn't do. If you lived in that world, what would you do? GO. Do that."
AHDI continues to poke the box with the next webinar in the series, "Boosting Your Paycheck with Expanders!" presented by the amazing Laura Bryan, CMT, AHDI-F! This will be held on Thursday, October 6th, at 5:00 PM Central Time. And here's another amazing fact: The cost is only $10.00! You will earn 1 TW or 1 MTT CE credit by attending this webinar, and learn how to increase your speed, production, and income! You just can't beat that deal, and you really don't want to miss the opportunity.
Registration is now open, so reserve your space - and remember there will be more webinars, all at a cost of only $10.00 each, coming in the next few weeks - great ideas, great topics, great speakers - you couldn't ask for more.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
I hope you all take advantage of these new learning opportunities...invest in your own future!
Cynthia C. Alder, RHIT, CMT, AHDI-F
AHDI National Leadership Board Director
Phone: (817) 658-7735
Remember, we are a TEAM - Together, Everyone Achieves More!
Mon, 26 Sep 2011
Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F has taken the initiative to work with AHDI staff and a number of respected members of the MT community to offer a series of affordable, credit-worthy webinars for working MTs. The following is her introduction to the series. - JV
“The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo, the job is to invent the status quo.” – Seth Godin
Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors, and that quote is a great explanation of the concept of poking the box, which is what we’re doing!
Our industry is in a huge state of flux. Changes are happening all around us, it’s tough to know which way to turn, and it’s critical that we spend some time poking the box and figuring it out. The reality is we simply don’t have the time to get stuck in that “paralysis by analysis” mode that often hangs us up.
Next week begins a series of webinars offered by AHDI titled “Looking Forward: The Future of Healthcare Documentation.” These are sessions you won’t want to miss.
The kick off for these series is Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m. Mountain Time, and I will be presenting. The great news is that the first one is free! That's right, totally free, all you have to do is sign up and show up! That presentation is called "Starting Projects, Making a Ruckus, and Taking More Risks." We'll be talking about the concept of poking the box, taking action, and how to not get stuck in fear mode that paralyzes us with all of the changes we're facing today. I'm counting on you to show up for this and participate so please get registered today and secure your seat!
The next six webinars in this series are scheduled about every two weeks through December. In AHDI’s effort to poke the box related to educational offerings, each webinar is being offered at only $10! That $10 applies to anyone, regardless of your membership status. We want you to have access to the education and come together to talk about the future.
Registration is now open for these webinars, and seating is limited so sign up today! The sessions include these great topics and speakers:
Boosting Your Paycheck with Expanders! - Register Now - Laura Bryan, CMT, AHDI-F
Job Search Skills is the New EHR World - Register Now - Sarah Barton
Research Skills 2.0 for the MT - Register Now - Cheryl Blake, CMT
What's New with HIPAA? - Register Now - Brenda Hurley, CMT, AHDI-F
Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep: Parasomnias and Other Sleep Disorders - Register Now - Deb Nolan, CMT
Let’s Chat About Medicolegal Terms: It’s More Than HIPAA - Register Now - Kim Buchanan, CMT, AHDI-F
How about it? Ready to take a bold step and start poking the box about our future? I can’t wait and hope to see you there!
Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F
Wed, 21 Sep 2011
Good afternoon, everyone! Just wanted to share the following information about an in-house MT job opportunity in the Houston area - full-time job with benefits!
Lighthouse of Houston
3602 W. Dallas
Houston, TX 77019
Experience Level: 5 years of experience
Location of Position: Texas
At Home or Company: Company
Part-time or Full-time: Full-time
Employee Type: Employee
Type of Transcription: Hospital Transcription
Specialty: Any Specialty
Job Description: The Lighthouse of Houston is seeking a full-time in-house medical transcriptionist (40 hours per week). We offer an excellent benefits package! A minimum of 5 years' current full-time work experience doing medical transcription for an acute care facility. Employee must possess ability and skill for transcribing all facets of medicine, follow instructions and meet turnaround times. Attention to detail is a must (minimum quality level of 98%), excellent written and oral communication skills, must transcribe a minimum of 125 lines per hour. Pay is production and based on 65-character line at $0.08 per line + $3.59 per hour. Turnaround times are 24 hours and stat are 2-4 hours. Military and VA transcription. EXText or EXEditor experience helpful but not required. NOTE: Please do not apply if you cannot work in the 77019 area. We are in need of an in-house transcriptionist! No inquiries from overseas. We do not send any work off shore! Date Posted: 9/16/2011.
Cynthia C Alder, RHIT, CMT, AHDI-F
AHDI National Leadership Board
District 5 Director
Mon, 19 Sep 2011
We all know the saying about everything being bigger in Texas, and I think part of the reason the adage rings true is that Texans always seem to embrace new and innovative ideas. Texas AHDI did that again on September 10, 2011, with its first ever mid-year seminar. This one-day event was offered to reach out to those individuals who are not always able to attend the large annual meeting held in February each year. True to form, since they were going about the business of new ideas, Texas AHDI invited Texas AHIMA (TxHIMA) members to participate...and were amazed at the response from this sister organization. The theme of this meeting was "Breaking New Ground," and I'm sure all of the attendees would agree that this is just what happened.
Pat McMahon (President), Kathie Anderson (President-Elect), Kathy Melton (Secretary), and Jerry Shoemaker (Treasurer) contacted local TxHIMA leaders to see if they would be interested in coming to the event to discuss AHIMA and what it offers to its members. Because TxHIMA leaders were so excited about this opportunity, it was decided to host a round-table discussion with a panel of individuals representing both AHDI and AHIMA, to have discussions around certain topics, and then allow the attendees to ask questions.
The day began with Isadora Arzu, MD, PhD, who discussed breast cancer research and provided us with wonderful information on the updates in that arena. Next, we enjoyed a presentation by Laura Bryan, CMT, on the ABCs of healthcare. With all of the acronyms we all see and hear every day, we appreciated Laura's explanation of so many of them, and her presentation was as entertaining as it was educational. The third speaker was Dr. Carla Tyson-Howard, EdD, MHA, RHIA, who is the Department Chair of the Health Information Technology program at Houston Community College. Dr. Tyson-Howard discussed the education initiatives involved in HITECH, and the consortium of community colleges who are working together to train new health information professionals daily. Dr. Tyson-Howard is a fount of information regarding these free programs, and encouraged as many people as possible to be proactive in applying to them. It is estimated that we will need over 50,000 new health information professionals within the next several years, and so far, only a few thousand have taken advantage of the free education and certificate program,which is scheduled to end soon unless the federal government extends the deadline.
At this point, we took a break for some announcements and drawings for door prizes, which included two free AHDI new or renewal memberships, as well as continuing education opportunities and other great prizes. This was followed by a lunch and networking opportunity for all attendees. After lunch, we had the much-anticipated round table discussion with a panel of AHDI and AHIMA representatives to talk about current trends in the health information marketplace. The panel consisted of:
Bonnie Bakal, CMT, AHDI-F
Carla Tyson-Howard, EdD, MHA, RHIA
Pat McMahon, RMT
Cynthia C. Alder, RHIT, CMT, AHDI-F
Laura Bryan, CMT
Diann Brown, MS, RHIA, CHP
What we learned from this interesting discussion was that we all have so much in common in the health information field. Technological advances are expected to change the way we all do our jobs - from speech recognition technology (SRT) affecting healthcare documentation specialists to computer-assisted coding (CAC) programs affecting coders, we need to change our ideas about what our jobs should become, and start talking about where we find a place at the table when it comes to patient care and safety concerns.
Bonnie Bakal discussed how the industry has continued to change over time, and mentioned that this is nothing new to health information professionals - we have been adapting to new technologies and emerging roles for years. Dr. Carla Tyson-Howard discussed the importance of education in ensuring a brighter future for workers in the industry. I talked about change management, and how we approach and deal with the current industry climate. Laura Bryan talked about the importance of the Health Story Project in capturing the narrative that tells us about the patient, as well as extensible markup language (XML) which helps add coded data to the background of a document so that a computer can "read" it and assist with the coding responsibilities. Diann Brown talked about the similarities and differences in the various functions of every member of a health information management team. She stated that each member is an important part of the whole, and provides a service that helps a health information management (HIM) department function.
The audience asked a lot of very good questions during this two-hour portion of the event, and we were able to hold open and honest conversations about the future of HIM and clinical documentation, and I believe we all left with a renewed sense of purpose in working together to meet our mutual goals.
After the round table discussion, Diann Brown, MS, RHIA, CHP, Director of Health Information Services for Texas Health Resources (THR) offered a presentation on how THR has implemented their electronic health record (EHR) entitled "EHRs Impact on HIM - A Success Storoy or Are You Dreaming?" This was a very informative and enlightening presentation showing how healthcare documentation specialists and coders are changing how they do things, while remaining a relevant and important part of patient documentation and care.
Our final presentation of the day was offered by Nancy Young from Special Health Resources for Texas (SHRT) in regard to the ongoing care and support of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The organization does an amazing job of raising funds to educate and provide care for patients affected by the diseases.
With 7 CE credits offered on this one day, attendees certainly got their money's worth, saw some amazing presenters, learned a lot of new things, and broke new ground by making this a joint meeting for both AHDI and AHIMA members. The round table conversation alone was an eye-opening and groundbreaking event for both organizations. The presentations were all so interesting and informative.
I began my part of the round table discussion with the old adage - "MTs look at coders and say, 'without me, you wouldn't have a job to do,' and coders look at MTs and say 'without me, you're not getting paid!'" That type of competition has existed in our industry for so long, as a good-natured reminder that we all depend on one another to accomplish patient care goals. All attendees gained a better understanding of how we might all work together to advance the cause of effective and efficient healthcare delivery. As the meeting came to a close, we heard TxHIMA members saying it was the best meeting they had ever attended, and Texas AHDI members seemed to share that sentiment.
After seeing the amazing results of this joint meeting, I would encourage every AHDI component to reach out to their AHIMA counterparts and plan similar events. We are all more alike than we are different, and we are all in the same boat, so to speak. It is time we coordinated our efforts and began rowing that boat in one direction - toward the future of health information and clinical documentation. Our efforts are an important part of good patient outcomes, and that is in everyone's best interest.
Wed, 14 Sep 2011
If you are ready to take your career to the next level, the New Professionals Alliance is offering an RMT study group - FREE! - starting October 1, 2011 and ending on December 31, 2011. Daysha Weller, RMT, is moderating the first course. You will need to register by September 25, 2011. DO NOT miss this opportunity to prove to yourself and others that you are a professional, credentialed part of the healthcare team!
You will need:
1. Facebook account (weekly meetings held via Facebook)
2. AHDI Membership (any category)
3. New Professionals Alliance Membership
4. Book of Style, 3rd Edition by Sims
5. RMT Exam Guide: A Walk Through the Blueprint by McSwain
6. Language of Medicine, 9th Edition by Chabner
If you need to purchase any of the books listed above, visit the AHDI store now!
Also keep in mind that if you are a recent graduate and still preparing, there are other great resources to start with, such as Getting Your Foot In The Door: Two Years' Experience Not Required and A Career in Medical Transcription. These are also available at the AHDI store.
For more information on the study group, please contact Tina Wilson, Professional Programs Specialist (209-341-2456).
Make a decision today to take charge of your future and your success!! Get Credentialed!
Cynthia C. Alder, RHIT, CMT, AHDI-F
AHDI National Leadership Board
District 5 Director
Wed, 31 Aug 2011
Good morning, District 5!
As you may be aware, the new National Leadership Board (NLB) officially takes office tomorrow, September 1, 2011. It is with much gratitude that we say goodbye to the Delegates who have served their states and regions so well.l The Directors who will serve on the new NLB have some exciting plans for the coming year and beyond. Begin to look for your director on district blog pages (each district has one, thanks to Jay Vance!), as well as in the AHDI Lounge
blog, and information will be posted on the AHDI
home page soon to link to pages for each district!
For those of you in District 5 (AR, IA, LA, MO, OK, and TX), there are events coming soon to an area near you! Visit the Texas AHDI
website to find information on the upcoming first ever mid-year seminar! This is one day of education and networking in Houston that is sure to be a great event! AND...members of TxHIMA will also be there as guests and presenters. The event will include a round-table discussion between Texas AHDI and TxHIMA members, to share industry updates and find new ways to work together. This should be an exciting event!
If other groups in District 5 have events planned, be sure to letl me know, so I can get the word out to everyone in the district - by working together and supporting each other, we will all benefit!
Additionally, look for more information coming soon about two meetings for District 5 members!
While I was in Phoenix last week attending ACE (see pic above - THANK YOU, Kathy Muelker),
Stella Olson mentioned that she thought it would be great to hold two meetings - one in the northern section of our district, and another one in the southern section, so all members have an opportunity to ask questions and meet. Of course, I agreed that this is a terrific idea!! Stella has graciously offered to help plan these events, and we could definitely use some ideas/suggestions from all District 5 members in regard to location, agenda, etc. For me, these will be great opportunities to connect with as many district members as possible, to hear your concerns and ideas, and begin discussions that will help all of us succeed!
So, send ideas to me by commenting here, on the blog, or by e-mailing me at email@example.com
. I look forward to starting my term on the National Leadership Board tomorrow, and can promise that it is an exciting time to be an AHDI
member, and I am honored to be serving you on the NLB with such distinguished colleagues.
The Race to ACE in INDY starts now!
Cynthia C. Alder, RHIT, CMT, AHDI-F
District 5 Director (AR, IA, LA, MO, OK, TX)
AHDI National Leadership Board