Thursday, September 22, 2011
This new series features a lineup of volunteer speakers from all facets of the medical transcription industry and is organized and moderated by past president Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F.
Learn about important issues facing transcriptionists today, including the importance of risk-tasking, efficiency tools, successful job search skills, and HIPAA requirements. Kathy says: "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 talk just about that!" Kathy has challenged us to "Poke the Box" and take action.
Now you might ask what is a Sneezer and what does a Sneezer do? A Sneezer shares information, so we need to tell everybody we know who might be interested, members or nonmembers, these seminars are for everybody. To kick off the series, the session next week is complimentary, and after that each session is only $10 each.
AHDI is committed to offering you quality information and education you're looking for at an affordable price. Sign up today and tell somebody you know about this great opportunity! I signed up, so go ahead, sign up too! 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
Presenter: 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
Presenter: 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
Presenter: Sarah Barton
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
Presenter: 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
Presenter: 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
Presenter: 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
Presenter: 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. At the end of each webinar you will 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!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Phoenix in August! I had more than one person ask why I wanted to go to Phoenix in August! For some 300 AHDI members, we had good reason, ACE 2011. ACE began for me on Wednesday, as I and the other newly elected district directors joined the current board for our board orientation before beginning our tenure on September 1st. Wednesday and Thursday were packed with meetings, a leadership breakfast and a session on effective communication by Speaker Sue. We were presented with a wealth of information, great food, and constructive ways to communicate with others.
Thursday evening was the official ACE kickoff in the exhibit hall with an international reception. There were many attendees in international attire, lots of creativity and excitement as we reconnected with old friends and met new friends. Great food was enjoyed by all, and a chance to begin communication with the various vendors present. And instead of being all about what we “could get,” we had the opportunity to give back by making cards for children who are sick in the hospital. AHDI West sponsored a table where we could make cards to help brighten the life of a child who may not have much to smile about. If you were into racing cars, you could get in on a little action at the Great Lakes Region booth racing your car down the track in anticipation of next years ACE in Indianapolis.
There were many highlights ahead for the week, from the opening keynoted by Nancy Dempsey to the final wrap up with the awards luncheon on Sunday. The entire event was well planned and orchestrated by our AHDI staff.
One of the major highlights for me was the chance to get to meet so many AHDI members in District 3. We had quite the representation from Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.. As we transition to a new governing structure of district representation rather than the House of Delegates I seemed to sense an excitement about out new direction. There is an element of suspense, however, as we define more clearly the rote of district directors among our components and how all this will play out. However, I sensed a willingness among the directors and members to really engage and work within our districts to make this new structure a success.
And as always, the educational sessions, the encouragement received from others, and the networking among vendors, employers, and other members are invaluable assets of attending ACE.
So you might ask, what did I take away from this meeting?
There are so many changes going on in our industry at the moment, the HITECH Act, EHR implementation, speech recognition whether front end or back end. There are so many new avenues to pursue, Scribe, Clinical Documentation Specialist, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, training in EHR implementation, the list goes on. Some changes seem good, some not so good. And yes, change makes us uncomfortable. I for one like to know what lies ahead.
I have to ask myself, is this change something we can control? Is AHDI implementing these changes? Are our employers implementing these changes? No of course not! Where are these changes coming from? They are coming from our lawmakers and policy that has been set in place. But AHDI is trying to gather our membership together to make us a more powerful workforce. And just as we are having to change our skill sets to keep our jobs or move into new positions, our employers are having to make changes in their companies to stay viable in the business world.
A favorite quote of mine is, “I am not made nor unmade by the things that happen to me, but by my reaction to them.” (St. John of the Cross) And so I would ask, how are we going to react to the things that are happening to us as an industry? There are some who just don’t want to come along this new path, they don’t want to learn new things, they simply don’t want to change; there are some who are embracing change at a breakneck speed, getting new degrees, enrolling in training for new positions; and there are some who want to look for the negative and find the negative in everything, clinging to the premise that we have to do it that way because it has always been done that way. We all have a choice to make, but remember it is not the thing that happens to us but how we react to it that will make us who we are.
So, we have a new year and a new beginning before us, and we have many opportunities ahead for networking, for growth. Listed are some of the opportunities available for us this fall:
Fall Chapter Meeting, September 20, 2011
Buckeye Area Chapter
Face-to-Face Educational/Business Meeting
September 17, 2011
2 CECs anticipated
West Michigan Chapter
September 17, 2011
Great Lakes Region AHDI Symposium
“Takin It To The Streets”
September 30 – October 2, 2011
East Lansing, Michigan
Wisconsin-Minnesota Regional Meeting
September 30 – October 2, 2011
Northern Illinois Chapter
November 5. 2011
AHDI President, Sherry Doggett, Speaker
West Michigan Chapter
Annual Business Meeting and Educational Meeting
November 5, 2011
I urge you to connect and get involved.
Martha Songer, RMT
AHDI District 3 Director