2010 Advocacy Summit in Review
On March 24, AHDI and MTIA members took to Capitol Hill to educate legislators on the need for regulators to recognize the medical transcription sector’s valuable contribution to quality documentation and accelerated EHR adoption. We had meetings with 47 Republican and 46 Democratic legislative offices. In addition, nearly 600 letters were delivered on behalf of members who could not attend the event but understood the importance of supporting our message and advocacy efforts at this pivotal moment for the medical transcription sector. Cynthia Brown, vice president of government affairs for the American Medical Association, and Lisa Grabert, MPH, senior associate director of policy for the American Hospital Association, spoke to the challenges of healthcare reform for providers and the push for EHR adoption by the HITECH Act. Christine Bechtel, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families and member of the Health IT Policy Committee, emphasized the need for meaningful use to be focused on providing care to patients and not focused solely on technology. You can access speaker presentation slides by clicking on their names below.
Lisa Grabert, AHA
Christine Bechtel, NPWF
Cynthia Brown, AMA
AHDI-MTIA staff is now busily working with the Dewey Square Group to compile information from our meetings and to identify legislators who will champion the letter we shared with them urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to explicitly acknowledge in regulations that the dictation-transcription process is a viable data capture method for achieving meaningful use. Our ultimate goal is to collect as many signatures as possible for the letter.
If you are a CMT and were at Advocacy Summit, be sure to get credit for the educational sessions you attended. Four (4) medicolegal CECs were offered during this event. Click here to access the form you will need to submit.
AHDI and MTIA have created the following resources that members can use to educate themselves, fellow members of the profession, government decision makers and others on important issues facing the sector.
- AHDI/MTIA Comment on Meaningful Use: On March 15, 2010, MTIA and AHDI submitted their official comment on regulations proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for meaningful use and EHR system certification.
- Abstract: Improving the Accuracy of Narrative Patient Notes: This document discusses how healthcare documentation professionals support physicians in the use of electronic medical records by ensuring the accuracy of patient health information.
- Health Story Project: This one-page handout describes the Health Story Project, an alliance of healthcare vendors, providers and associations, including AHDI and MTIA, that pooled resources over the previous three years in a rapid-development initiative to produce data standards for the flow of information between common types of healthcare documents and electronic medical record (EMR) systems.
- Medical Data Exchange: The Medical Data Exchange is a private, secure, network-based platform for the distribution and sharing of medical transcription and related medical records in electronic form. It is a framework that will accelerate the sharing of information.
- Overview of Challenges and Opportunities for the Medical Transcription Sector: This document outlines the technological and economic challenges facing the medical transcription sector and how the sector can strategically position itself to turn those challenges into opportunities that will provide a viable and successful future for the industry.
- White Paper: Medical Transcription-Proven Accelerator of EHR Adoption: The white paper outlines how MTSOs and healthcare documentation professionals are well positioned to help the Obama Administration achieve its goal of wide-scale EHR adoption and use.
- Video on Discrete Reportable Transcription (DRT): Mark Anderson, CEO of AC Group, Inc., discusses the challenges of EHR adoption and how discrete reportable transcription (DRT) addresses these issues.
Questions about the Advocacy Summit? Contact AHDI/MTIA staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 982-2182.