Wed, 01 Aug 2012
Register by August 6, next Monday, and save $100. AHDI's Annual Convention & Expo (ACE 2012) is packed with top-notch continuing education and abundant networking opportunities. With exciting keynotes that will inspire and motivate you, sessions that cover the topics you're most interested in—like working in an EHR environment, cutting edge clinical medicine, and positioning yourself for future roles—and an exhibit hall full of the most recent technological advances, you're going to love everything we have planned! To find out what's happening at ACE, download our ACE 2012 Online Brochure.
At ACE 2012, you will:
- Find solutions on how to work efficiently with sessions like "Workstation Design for Maximizing Results."
- Broaden your skill set with sessions like "Medical Coding for MTs."
- Stay abreast of critical legal aspects in healthcare documentation with sessions like "Use of Medical Records for Medical Malpractice Litigation."
- Learn about new career paths from others who have done so in sessions like "An MT's Journey—Transitioning from Transcriptionist to EHR Trainer."
- Hear how to position yourself for success with sessions like, "Self-Assessment & Resume Writing—Preparing for Your Next Career Move."
Don't forget to register by August 6 to secure the special rate—saving you $100 off the regular rate! This is your opportunity to attend the AHDI Annual Convention and Expo at the best possible price. And, if you stay at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, you'll receive a $25 daily food and beverage credit to use in the hotel restaurants, free Wi-Fi in your hotel room, and entry into a raffle for a Regina Holliday original painting or print.
This is your last chance to get the best price for your ACE experience—from education to networking to just plain fun. Don't miss out, join us in Indy—Register Today!
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.
Fri, 04 May 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 at two 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.
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Sun, 29 Apr 2012
The 30th Annual Meeting and Educational Conference of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity-Florida is being held in Daytona Beach May 4-5, 2012 at The Shores Resort and Spa. Click on the following link for a preview of the Program Booklet and check out the amazing opportunities this meeting is providing for education, learning, and networking with fellow Healthcare Documentation Specialists, listening to exciting speakers and meeting with our vendors.
Fri, 20 Apr 2012
These are the messages I enjoy writing—delivering good news to our members and supporters. In my last letter to you April 4, I wrote:
Extensive work has been underway to ensure AHDI flourishes in this new environment for our members—our shareholders and stakeholders. We are leaving no stone unturned as we work to strengthen AHDI’s finances and ensure we are delivering relevant and timely benefits, products, and services. Expenses have been trimmed, our product development and member benefit pipeline is being enhanced and expanded, our strategic priorities are being reevaluated and updated, and contracts are being renegotiated. We operate on a shoestring budget; however, that does not stifle progress and innovation.
To that end, we have exciting updates to share regarding AHDI's Annual Convention & Expo (ACE 2012). Our goal has been to make ACE more affordable for our members and we have been renegotiating our agreement with the JW Marriott Indianapolis, which was originally booked in 2008. The hotel has offered us unprecedented discounts and options to make ACE 2012 more affordable for both you and AHDI.
ACE 2012 attendees staying at the JW Marriott Indianapolis will receive these great perks:
The JW Marriott Indianapolis has also agreed to provide free wireless Internet access in the ACE meeting rooms and exhibit hall (a $4,000 value). So you'll be able to stay connected the entire time. To reduce AHDI's cost to hold ACE and our potential liability of not filling enough hotel rooms, the JW Marriott is lowering our room block commitment, reducing the minimum amount of food/beverages we must purchase, and discounting our costs for food and other services.
- NEW! $25 daily credit per room toward food and beverages purchased at the hotel, including concession stands in the ACE exhibit hall. Our discounted group rate is $175 per night plus tax. The VIP lunches on Friday and Saturday are being replaced with lunch on your own, during which you can use your daily credit toward food purchased within the hotel.
- NEW! Free Internet access in your hotel room for your entire stay (regular rate: $12.95 per day).
- $8 off the daily onsite parking rate (regular rate: $28.00 per day).
- Entry into the raffles previously advertised as part of the ACE VIP Program.
Because we have received these concessions from the hotel and modified the food events for the convention, AHDI wants to pass our savings on to you by lowering our registration fees by $75 and extending the early-bird rate until August 6, 2012. If you have already registered for ACE 2012, you will receive a refund for the difference. Our new registration fees for ACE 2012 are:
Student, Associate Student & Post-graduate Members – $225
Individual Professional Members – $285
Associate Members – $395
List Price – $525
The program will kick off Wednesday evening with a welcome reception in the exhibit hall. Educational sessions will be held Thursday – Saturday. There will be close to 40 sessions to choose from and you can view the revised schedule of events online. Please note that the change in schedule also includes moving the awards ceremony to Thursday, August 9, and there will no longer be a banquet on Saturday evening.As part of our renegotiations, the hotel has agreed to setup concession stands for lunch on Thursday and breakfast on Friday in the exhibit hall, where you can use your $25 daily credit received from staying at the JW Marriott. This new format is part of reducing the master account liability for AHDI while giving attendees added flexibility in their food selections.We recognize that you may be able to find a lower hotel rate nearby; however, this hurts AHDI financially if we do not fill our contracted room block. If you would like to find a roommate, there's a group setup on ACE365.org called "Attendee Resources Group."We understand that as you've been reading this, you may have questions. We've started a list of frequently asked questions to help provide a place where you can get quick answers. And, as always, you can contact our staff anytime toll free: 1-800-982-2182 (direct: 1-209-527-9620) or by email: email@example.com.This will be the event of the year you won't want to miss. We hope you will join us for ACE 2012 in Indianapolis!Sincerely yours,Linda G. Brady, CAEInterim CEO PS: Watch your email inbox for details regarding ACE 2013! We will be in Orlando, FL, where we'll celebrate AHDI's 35th anniversary!
Mon, 26 Mar 2012
Don’t miss this opportunity to submit your nomination for an individual or company that has made an impact on the healthcare documentation sector over the previous year. Every one of us knows someone who has made a professional impact over the last year. Be a proactive colleague. Take the time to nominate that person or organization for one of these awards: You must me a active AHDI member to nominate someone and the nominee must be a AHDI member for 3 consecutive years. Award nomination deadline is April 30, 2012. Visit the Integrity Awards web page for complete details and specific nomination forms.
Wed, 21 Mar 2012
Karen Fox-Acosta, CMT, AHDI-F, is putting together a short-term project on Meaningful Use Stage 2 and is looking for volunteers. Following is a copy of her request for volunteers. Please consider joining this effort to identify areas where we as a profession will be directly or indirectly affected by these new rules which are being proposed.
Ann Donnelly, MS, CMT, AHDI-F
Director, District 6 NLB AHDI
I am putting together a team of volunteers for a short-term project to review the recently released MU2 proposed rules from ONC. Our goal is to identify areas in the proposed rules that directly or indirectly affect our profession and then provide a summary of findings to the Advocacy and Alliance steering committee, the AHDI board and ultimately our members through Membership Matters. The outcome of the project will also help generate an open-comment letter template with plans to have our leadership, component leaders, members and colleagues submit to ONC during the open comment period which ends in early May. The project duration is starting now and will probably run through the end of April. My phone and email are listed below. Please call me or email me to volunteer and/or inquire about the project. Karen L. Fox-Acosta, CMT, AHDI-F AHDI President Elect 2011-2012 P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail
Tue, 14 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.
Sat, 24 Sep 2011
Starting Projects, Making a Ruckus, & Taking More Risks
AHDI's newest webinar series, "Looking Forward: The Future of Healthcare Documentation," features a lineup of volunteer speakers from all facets of the medical transcription industry. Organized and moderated by past president Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F, these webinars focus on important issues facing transcriptionists today, including the importance of risk-tasking, efficiency tools, successful job search skills, and HIPAA requirements. Kathy’s message to all MTs is this: “Our profession is undergoing radical changes and it’s critical for us to figure out future roles where we can apply our knowledge. To do that, we have to poke the box and take action. Join me for this first session where we’ll just about that!”
Kathy has challenged us to “Poke the Box” and lower the price on this webinar series! She will kick off the series with a complimentary session next week with additional webinars schedule through the end of the year for only $10 each. These webinars cover all continuing education categories!
AHDI is committed to offering you quality information and education you're looking for at an affordable price. Sign up today for one or all of these great educational opportunities! Please note that registration closes the business day before each webinar.
Starting Projects, Making a Ruckus, and Taking More Risks - Register Now (this webinar is complimentary)
September 27, 2011
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1 PD
Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F
"What would our world look like if more people started projects, made a ruckus, and took more risks" - Seth Godin
That quote is the intro to Seth Godin's book "Poke the Box." What an appropriate question for the profession of medical transcription today! With this, we'll spend some time poking the box, talking about how that might look, and challenging you to make a ruckus and take more risks.
Boosting Your Paycheck with Expanders! - Register Now
October 6, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1 TW or 1 MTT
Laura Bryan, CMT, AHDI-F
This webinar will introduce methods for creating text expansion shortcuts. It will cover systematic approaches to creating shortcuts to help with recall and also for the most efficient use of shortcuts by keeping your fingers close to the home keys. Both transcriptionists and SRT editors will learn clever ways to increase their productivity. These ideas and techniques are applicable to any brand of text expansion software.
Job Search Skills is the New EHR World - Register Now
October 18, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1 PD
There are many more resources today than in the past for job searches, and the new world of the EHR gives MTs additional opportunities. In this webinar, we will talk about creating that perfect resume, using social networking to your advantage, as well as professional safety in social networking. Learn how to seek out those emerging roles in the EHR and find things that might fit your skills.
Research Skills 2.0 for the MT - Register Now
November 4, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1 MTT
Cheryl Blake, CMT
Great research skills are a big part of being a good MT. The options for researching things today are greater than ever before. Join us to discover how to develop your research skills 2.0 with the technology we have available to us!
What's New with HIPAA? - Register Now
November 16, 2011
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1.5 ML
Brenda Hurley, CMT, AHDI-F
This presentation will cover new HIPAA changes and will clarify some of the existing requirements. The material covered will include the proposed rule for the Accounting of Disclosures and its Access Reports, the importance of the Designated Record Set and what it is, Data Breaches and the Risk of Harm related to breach notification requirements, the newly announced HIPAA audits and important tips for preparing for those audits, as well as data security questions that all Business Associates need to be able to answer. No matter your role in healthcare documentation, there will be something for everyone in this packed presentation!
Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep: Parasomnias and Other Sleep Disorders - Register Now
December 1, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1 CM
Deborah Nolan, CMT
Sleep apnea, night terrors, hypnagogic hallucinations, or plain old insomnia? Sleep disorders can lead to all sorts of physiological and psychological sequelae. In this hour, we'll discuss sleep disorders, why and how they occur, and how we can improve our sleep hygiene.
Let’s Chat About Medicolegal Terms: It’s More Than HIPAA - Register Now
December 15, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
CEC: 1 ML
Kim Buchanan, CMT, AHDI-F
This webinar will cover the laws that apply specifically to healthcare personnel, the concepts of breach of contract, tort, standard of care, the doctrine of informed consent, the 4 D’s of negligence, and more.
Did you read this email all the way to the end? Here is a surprise. When you register for the webinar in GoToWebinar, you’ll be prompted to enter the name of your component association – that is your local chapter, state/regional association, or web-based association. The AHDI component with the most participants for the entire webinar series will win a $25 gift certificate to use on any AHDI purchase!
Ann Donnelly, MS, CMT, AHDI-F
Director, District 6 AHDI
Wed, 14 Sep 2011
Greetings District 6 Members!
It is my privilege and honor to represent you, the members of District 6, on our National Leadership Board of AHDI.
I had the opportunity to attend ACE as a newly-elected District Director and was able to sit in on the AHDI Board meeting as part of our orientation and observing the AHDI BOD in action. We were able to attend and listen to the discussions but since we were not actually taking office until September 1st we were not able to vote. However, we were able to run for office for this next year. Our President Elect is Karen Fox-Acosta, CMT, AHDI-F and our Secretary is Lisa Day Johnson, CMT, AHDI-F. The newly-elected director from District 2, Bonnie Monico, CMT, AHDI‑F was elected as the 2011-2012 AHDI Treasurer. Congratulations to our new officers! We also had the opportunity at the board meeting to meet and talk with our new CEO, Nancy Brighindi, PhD, CAE.
This year at ACE we saw the final seating of the House of Delegates and our old form of the AHDI Board of Directors. This was a bittersweet moment, but one that marked a new beginning in our association, the National Leadership Board.
As your new director, I would like the opportunity to get to know you. I had the opportunity to meet some of you from District 6 at ACE in Phoenix. That was a wonderful experience to talk with you and hear what is going on in your lives. Technology offers us a number of different methods for communicating. This district page will be one avenue that we can use. I hope you will take the opportunity to visit here, ask questions, and make suggestions. This is your association.
I have set up a separate email so that any communication you send me will not go astray in the emails of my general address. This email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact me at 305-332-1794. If I am not available at a time when you call, please leave me a message with your phone number and I will call you back so that we can talk.
One of my objectives for this blog is to keep everyone updated on happenings around our district. Since this is new I know that I do not have everyone's meetings and symposia dates, so please send your information to me so that I can make it available to all of our members and others who may be interested in attending our meetings.
Here is a starter list of activities that will be happening in the near future in our District 6.
Southeast Regional Association will be holding their Annual Retreat on October 15, 2011 at Crantzdorf Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Check out their Facebook page "AHDI-Southeast" to get all the details, registration and complete program.
Central Florida Chapter Student Night. September 20, 2011 at Family Resource Center at Florida Hospital Altamonte.
Heart of Florida Chapter Annual Symposium. September 24, 2011 at Polk State College.
Space Coast Chapter (Fl) September 24, 2011 at Palm Bay Hospital.
Greater Jacksonville Chapter Fall Forum and Annual Business Meeting. October 15, 2011. Baptist Medical Center Downtown.
South Florida Chapter Fall Symposium. October 22, 2011. Hilton Garden Inn. Fort Lauderdale SW/Miramar.
AHDI-Florida Annual Meeting and Education Expo. May 4-5, 2012. The Shores. Daytona Beach, FL
Further information about the Florida meetings is available at the www.ahdi-fl.org website.
I don't have definite information on the Carolinas Regional Association meeting but as soon as I get it I will be posting that information also.
This is the start of a new chapter in the life of our association. I hope it will be as exciting for you as it promises to be for me. Please keep in touch.
Ann Donnelly, MS, CMT, AHDI-F
Director, District 6 AHDI