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Standards of Practice

AHDI’s volunteers and professional experts work with industry partners and healthcare leaders to establish standards for healthcare documentation. Standards exist to promote consistency, clarity, and accountability in any profession. They have the potential to shape quality outcomes for patient care documentation and to promote patient safety, continuity of care, and maximized reimbursement.

Below is a list of links to resource documents and industry standards created and/or supported by AHDI. In addition, please refer to AHDI's position papers here for the association's official position on these and other related issues.

AHDI Tool Kits

ASTM Standards

Billing and Compensation

The Case for a Credentialed Workforce

Clinician-Created Documentation: Reinstating Quality Assurance Programs to Safeguard Patients and Providers (NEW, July 2014) (Download the Resource Kit)

Compensation for Medical Transcriptionists - Hay Group

Education Program Approval

EHR Playbook for Transcription Managers

Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Healthcare Documentation Quality Assessment and Management Best Practices (Download the Tool Kit)

HIPAA Privacy and Security

Model Job Descriptions

A Medical Transcriptionist's Bill of Rights


Professional Liability Insurance


Transcription Turnaround Time

US Department of Labor Classification for Medical Transcriptionists

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Standards Development Flow Chart - A resource document highlighting all standards in health data capture and documentation that have been developed or are currently under development through the joint efforts of AHDI, CDIA, AHIMA, ASTM, and HL7.