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The Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd Edition

The 3rd edition of The Book of Style for Medical Transcription from the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) is available in print and in a web-based electronic version. This widely acclaimed industry standards manual has long been the trusted resource for data capture and documentation standards in healthcare. The 3rd edition delivers a streamlined and strategically reorganized flow of critical data, enhanced explanation of standards and practical application, robust examples taken from clinical medicine settings, and so much more. Also available is the companion piece, The Book of Style Workbook, which contains practical application exercises to assist users with orientation to standards and preparation for AHDI credentialing exams.

What’s new in this edition?
  • Reorganization of all content into topical sections and chapters
  • Completely redrafted content sections throughout
  • More detailed, comprehensive content explanations and rationale for standards and style
  • More and better style application examples taken from a clinical medicine context
  • A complete chapter dedicated to medical record types and formats, including turn-around times (TATs)
  • A complete chapter dedicated to medical record privacy, security, and integrity
  • A complete chapter dedicated to amending and modifying the patient record
  • Trend Notes that alert the reader to the current and/or potential impact of emerging technologies on a particular standard of style
  • An entire section of chapters addressing trends and drivers in the industry.
  • Medical specialty chapters with organized standards, including new classification systems
  • Cross-referencing throughout the text to redirect users to related information and standards

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Price: $50 Eligible Members / $70 Nonmember

The Book of Style Online Subscriptions

The BOS 3rd edition is now available in searchable electronic format via online subscription service. Vital Source will deliver the Book of Style 3rd edition to you online via the Internet—to any computer at any time! Search the table of contents, search sections/subsections, and search by keyword(s) to find an important professional standard right when you need it. You will have the ability to view the book online or to download Bookshelf onto your computer, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Android, or Kindle. You can highlight text or sections and add notes, and then reference them at any time. This is a must-have resource for students, working professionals, and educators. And quality assurance coordinators and editors will find it an invaluable tool for documenting and providing BOS feedback to employees and trainees.


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For system requirements and detailed instructions on how to download Bookshelf to your computer or other digital device, visit Vital Source.



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Note: Once you purchase your digital copy of the Book of Style 3rd edition, you will receive an email with the link to Vital Source and a redemption code within 1 to 2 business days.



The Book of Style Workbook

The Book of Style Workbook is designed to work in tandem with the Book of Style. The Workbook contains practical application exercises to assist students, postgraduates, and working MTs with orientation to standards and preparation for AHDI credentialing exams. BOS content chapters 1 through 24 are fully addressed in this text, with a reinforcement/review approach that includes the following elements:

  • A checklist of learning objectives
  • Tips and strategies for content approach
  • Exam prep assessment, i.e., multiple-choice questions designed to test BOS information and simulate AHDI credentialing exam questions
  • Proofreading/editing application to test error recognition and in-text standards identification
  • Transcription practice via interactive CD

This workbook does not include the appendices or address industry trends and standards from chapters 25-28 from the BOS. This book is a companion manual to the BOS; it contains assessment exercises only. It is not designed to replace the Book of Style. Purchase of this product includes a 200-page workbook and an interactive audio CD.



Sample Pages for the Book of Style Workbook
Clarifications and Corrections to Book of Style Workbook


Price: $35 Eligible Members/$50 List price




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