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As I close out my year as President of the AHDI National Leadership Board , many important accomplishments come to the forefront. This year we continued to see tumultuous changes in our industry, but I also saw a great sense of optimism and enthusiasm in the possibilities that lie ahead. We have the results of our Future Roles Survey (a joint effort with Bentley University), which do indicate that there is a future for healthcare documentation specialists. While traditional transcription (followed by back-end speech recognition) is still the predominant method of document creation, the survey results demonstrated that healthcare documentation specialists are performing other tasks in the EHR: entering discrete data into specific patient encounters, providing end-user training, creating physician templates, enter narrative for a given patient encounter, and ensuring accuracy and completeness of the record. This is great news! The Association will continue to stay on top of new and emerging positions to help support awareness, resources, and training opportunities of our workforce.
During this past year a group of educators and dedicated volunteers, led by Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F, spent countless hours reviewing and updating the AHDI Model Curriculum to reflect our changing roles, and we are proud to have recently launched the 5th edition. These volunteers also developed a companion implementation guide—the eSource for Healthcare Documentation Instructors: A Vital Resource for Users of the AHDI Model Curriculum—to help our schools move forward in their effort to adopt the new program.
One of the highlights of the year for me personally was moving to the new career title “healthcare documentation specialist” to serve as an umbrella for the many activities we perform in our chosen profession: traditional transcription, speech editor, QA, EHR trainer, EHR analyst, and the list goes on. Many of the new roles are being created without a title, without a road map or perhaps even a job description. Our world is quickly changing.
The Board approved the development of an externship program to offer new graduates opportunities for obtaining practical experience. MTSOs and hospitals want to offer externship programs, but the overarching questions are how to make such a program cost effective for their organization and provide a meaningful experience for the extern. A white paper is being developed and we’ll have more information to come.
The Board is working to improve overall communication in more frequent member engagement, given the new governance structure. National Hometown Advocacy Week was introduced as a new concept for 2012. The Board also approved our newly revised Strategic Initiatives. One of our most important initiatives this year is a position paper reflecting the added value healthcare documentation specialists can bring to EHR adoption and that pay models must be changed to reflect the new roles, which may not be amenable to production pay. The position paper was launched at ACE and personally discussed by our volunteer leaders with managers/supervisors, business owners, and practitioners.
Our ACE theme this year of “Spark Your Growth” was the culmination with many hours of planning by both AHDI staff and member volunteers. Our theme was one of looking to the future, with sessions focusing on newly created roles in the electronic health record, coding for MTs, computerized-assisted coding, clinical documentation improvement and ICD 10, self-assessment, resume writing, and many others. We had many excellent clinical speakers who were affiliated with Indiana University College of Medicine and the Indianapolis area hospitals. Regina Holliday as our opening keynote delivered a powerful message that spoke to many of us personally and gave meaning to what we do in our daily tasks surrounding healthcare documentation.
At ACE, there was an aura of cautious optimism about our future, and I would remind us all that AHDI is here to serve our members and our profession to move us through this change.
Sherry Doggett AHDI President, 2011-2012
AHDI - Mountain States Regional Meeting 9/15/12 in Colorado Springs! Hey save the date, make the reservation, attend the meeting and make some new friends while continuing your education. I have pasted the link for you below. Room rates are 89.00 and AHDI members 50.00 registration. Can't beat it. If you can get to Colorado Springs for this meeting or you know someone who can, please spread the news. Here’s the link: http://ahdi-msr.org/2012/07/first-ever-ahdi-mountain-states-regional-meeting/ Let's do what we can to support the regions in our district. Hope you can make it. Bonnie J. Monico, CMT, AHDI-F District 2, Director 402-330-0293 B.Monico@Cox.net Newly Elected National Leadership Board Members Announced The results are in! AHDI is proud to announce three newly elected at-large directors to the National Leadership Board with terms beginning September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2015:
Thank you, elected leaders and candidates, for your commitment to excellence and support of the Association through advocacy, standards-setting, and education. Thank you also to the AHDI members who took the time to cast your votes and help to shape the future of the association and industry. On behalf of the AHDI members, Board of Directors, and staff, we congratulate you!
In August 2006, the AAMT House of Delegates voted to change our name to Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and open membership up to a broader sector of healthcare professionals involved in healthcare documentation and data capture. Then CEO Peter Preziosi, PhD, CAE, had stated: "The greatest opportunities for improving health and healthcare lie in enabling information exchange across healthcare facilities. By broadening the scope of the association's mission, building stronger alliances between clinical information specialists and documentation experts, and promoting a new brand for the association to our healthcare publics, we have a greater opportunity for obtaining increased relevance in a transforming marketplace." 1
With implementation of the electronic health record, we have already seen MTs transition to become abstractors, medical record editors, chart analysts, healthcare informaticians, and many others, as shown in our newly released EHR Future Roles survey. "While some things cannot be predicted, most experts agree that the demand for data integrity will only increase, creating an opportunity for the risk-management skill set of the medical transcriptionist."2
As our roles in healthcare documentation evolve and the range of services medical transcriptionists are able to offer broaden, a natural next step is to position ourselves for these changing roles. This can take shape in a variety of ways, and as your professional association, we are promoting a new umbrella title—healthcare documentation specialists—to help shift perceptions in the marketplace on the value, skills, and body of knowledge we bring to the table. In essence, we're encouraging a rebranding of the medical transcriptionist title to help shed any erroneous perceptions and to promote our vital role in preserving the integrity of healthcare documentation among hospital administrators, physicians, clinicians, EHR vendors, employers, and consumers.
What is a healthcare documentation specialist? The broad and extensive responsibilities and services performed by healthcare documentation specialists serve critical roles in the creation of accurate and comprehensive patient care records. The healthcare documentation specialist, also called medical transcriptionist, understands medical language, clinical practice, and the basics of health IT, with résumés and credentials attesting to that expertise. The healthcare documentation specialist is well versed in the requirements of HIPAA and HITECH, and the workflow and processes in clinical documentation. At the front of the healthcare documentation continuum, healthcare documentation specialists apply their knowledge and expertise to perform a variety of roles in patient data capture.
A healthcare documentation specialist includes medical transcription practice. All expanded roles must begin with the core knowledge and skill set of what we have always called medical transcription. The title healthcare documentation specialist encompasses individuals who build on the core knowledge and skills to follow varied career paths. Many schools and programs are taking steps to enhance their approach to career preparation for students of healthcare documentation. To some extent, then, the title healthcare documentation specialist recognizes not only new realities of the workplace but also evolving thinking among educators.
To that end, we encourage an open mind to the change in and use of terminology that encompasses multiple specialty roles under one umbrella. The Credentialing Development Team, the governing body for AHDI's credentials, is exploring possible future name changes to the RMT and CMT credentials. For now, the RMT and CMT remain unchanged. Furthermore, AHDI is currently developing a position paper on the value of healthcare documentation specialists and equitable compensation practices. With an anticipated release at ACE 2012 in early August, stay tuned to AHDI communications for the announcement of its availability.
Do you have a great idea for next year's ACE (Annual Convention & Expo) theme? Submit your ideas for the ACE 2013 theme and include why your suggested theme should be the one selected. If your idea is chosen, you will see it blossom into the theme for the 35th Annual Convention and Expo right before your eyes and win a free full registration to the 2013 event!
Here are some notes you may want to keep handy while you’re thinking of the next theme for ACE:
Feel free to submit as many ideas as you wish, either together or separately. The ideas will be submitted to the Past President's Council to pick the top three. Once the top three ideas are determined, AHDI members will have a chance to vote to select the final theme, which will be announced at ACE 2012.
Ideas must be submitted by May 31, 2012, to qualify.
Happy National Medical Transcriptionist Week!
AHDI District 1 Director Resigns Due To Health Issues
May 18, 2012
Dear Fellow District 1 Members:
As some of you may know, I have recently been through a patch of ill health, including a week's hospital stay here in Yuma. At this time I still don't have a firm diagnosis, but I'm facing what I suspect will be a long road of ongoing testing and treatment for cardiac and neurological symptoms. As part of my commitment to better health, I've realized I must re-prioritize my lifestyle and seek out a more stress-free routine. With that in mind, I have reluctantly decided to submit my resignation as your District 1 representative on the AHDI National Leadership Board, effective immediately. While I believe we've made some great strides in a positive direction during my time on the NLB, I'm truly sorry that I will not be able to fulfill the two-year commitment I made when you elected me last year. My intention is to continue to stay involved in AHDI in one way or another, and I hope you all will continue to do the same.
Thank you for your support and encouragement during this time of transition in my life. Best wishes to all of you, and thank you for allowing me to represent such a great district!
Jay Vance, CMT, CHP
On behalf of the National Leadership Board, we wish Jay all the best and a speedy recovery. We thank him for his leadership and volunteer service as AHDI's District 1 Director; he will be greatly missed on the Board. The National Leadership Board will be moving quickly to appoint a District 1 Director for the remainder of the term, which ends August 31, 2013. Visit the AHDI website to view the District map.
Sherry Doggett AHDI President
AHDI National Leadership Board Update
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.
MTs File Claim Against Transcend for FLSA Violations
On Friday, May 11, 2012, a complaint was filed by 13 medical transcriptionists against Transcend Services, Inc. The allegations include violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), specifically on the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. We’ll continue to watch this case closely as it could have widespread implications across the entire healthcare documentation sector. To read a copy of the complaint (.pdf), click here. Although AHDI is not in a position to comment on any specifics related to this case, it gives us reason to pause, reflect upon, and discuss our past, current, and future initiatives.
In 2010, AHDI, MTIA (which then became CDIA), and Squire, Sanders & Demsey, LLP, authored the Manual of Ethical Best Practices for the Healthcare Documentation Sector. For the first time ever, medical transcription service operators were able to access a comprehensive program of ethical best practices, best practices in operations, and best practices in legal and regulatory compliance that could be applied across their own organization. The Manual includes specific legal guidance on wage and hour law and the FLSA. AHDI strongly recommends all MTSOs undergo a thorough review of the guidance provided in the Manual and adopt these standards and best practices. We believe this to be such a critically important issue that we will provide Section 3.6 of the Manualat no cost to any AHDI member. To download a copy, please log into the AHDI website and go to “Member Center” and “My Account.”
As the AHDI National Leadership Board has been addressing a variety of issues, the value proposition of MTs and compensation have been top priorities in those discussions. In March 2012, a Board task force was convened to write a position paper on the value of healthcare documentation specialists and equitable compensation practices. The position paper will recommend best practices in compensation, which will reflect the changing roles of healthcare documentation specialists working in the EHR. In compliance with Federal laws and AHDI’s anti-trust policies, rates of pay or practices cannot be specifically addressed. The paper will underscore the value healthcare documentation specialists bring to the table—expansive knowledge, expert training, diverse experience, and skilled contributions. This summer the draft will be circulate to AHDI members and posted for open comment. The final position paper is planned for release at AHDI’s Annual Convention & Expo (ACE 2012) in Indianapolis, IN, August 9.
Later this month, AHDI will officially release the “healthcare documentation specialist” title, which was approved by the Board earlier this year. The title is intended to cover the variety of roles MTs perform in patient data capture, including traditional medical transcription. It is also our belief that the new title will help break through commonly heard misperceptions on the role of MTs and reposition the workforce as a knowledge-based profession. More details will be posted here and delivered by email, with the full announcement to come soon.
What’s on your mind? Please share your comments to provide the Board task force input as they work on drafting the position paper. (A gentle reminder: please do not discuss specific rates of compensation.)
Linda G. Brady, CAE
AHDI National Leadership Board Candidates Announced
The AHDI Nominating Committee has completed its work evaluating and interviewing all candidates for AHDI's National Leadership Board. We are excited to announce the following candidates for this year's election:
At-Large Director –3 open positions for the term September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2015
Jo-Ann Clarke, CMT
Tamara Dicks, CMT
Susan Dooley, CMT, AHDI-F
Pat McCarver, CMT, AHDI-F
Tamorah Moore, CMT, AHDI-F
Candice Olbrych, CMT
The online polls will open in mid-June, at which time voting members will receive an email with a link to cast your vote. You can read more about the candidates here. AHDI members will elect three of the candidates to serve as national leaders of AHDI, who will shape the future direction of the association and represent our members on the Board. Please note that the following membership categories may vote in national elections: individual professional, student, post-graduate, and sustaining. Please take time to get to know the candidates so you will be able to cast an informed vote this June!
Meet the Candidates Webinars
Please join us for two webinars to meet the six candidates running for at-large positions on the National Leadership Board. AHDI members will have a chance to hear a brief introduction from each candidate and then listen to their responses to two questions.
Meet the Candidates – Session 1 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern
Tamara Dicks, CMT Susan Dooley, CMT, AHDI-F Pat McCarver, CMT, AHDI-F
Thank you to the Nominating Committee for their tireless effort in securing a fantastic group of candidates for terms starting September 1, 2012.
We wish all the candidates luck at the polls!
Just For Fun: What Makes English Teachers Laugh?
I saw this on Facebook today and had to share with all my fellow language nuts...er, professionals!
Jay Vance, CMT, CHP AHDI Lounge Administrator/Moderator
WHAT MAKES ENGLISH TEACHERS LAUGH?
Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners...
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.
18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
23. The ballerina raised gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids.
AHDI Appoints New CEO and COO
May 1, 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.
Veterans of the healthcare documentation industry know one thing for certain: Change is a constant. When faced with yet another change, we have learned to quote the great Yogi Berra-"It's like déjà vu all over again."
Many external events continue to cause change within this arena, and healthcare documentation specialists continue to evolve. If you look up the word "evolution" in the dictionary, you will find a number of possible definitions, including: "a process of change in a certain direction; unfolding," which I think accurately describes the changes occurring on an almost daily basis in our field. Our tasks and responsibilities seem to continue to unfold.
While these changes in the industry are exciting to many and unsettling to others, it is important to remember that healthcare documentation specialists have always done more than one thing. We have always been more than typists. We have always used our extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, laboratory values, diagnostic tests and other information in our positions. Professionals in our industry have known for a long time that their compensation and value to the industry were seen in relation to their manual dexterity and the ability to produce a certain number of lines of documentation per day. The term medical transcriptionist became synonymous with typist, and the knowledge base of these professionals often was overlooked.
I hope you'll take some time to read this excellent article in its entirety.
From managemypractice.com comes a very worthwhile article entitled, "What Can We Learn About HIPAA From Phoenix Cardiac Surgery?" The piece was written in response to the revelation this week that Phoenix Cardiac Surgery in Arizona had agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for HIPAA violations. What I find particularly significant about this incident is that the specific breach--posting the names of patients in a publicly accessible web-based calendar--was merely representative of an overall failure on the part of the medical practice to grasp the need for a comprehensive HIPAA compliance plan. The fine wasn't just about posting patient names online, as the article points out:
“This case is significant because it highlights a multi-year, continuing failure on the part of this provider to comply with the requirements of the Privacy and Security Rules,” said Leon Rodriguez, director of OCR. “We hope that health care providers pay careful attention to this resolution agreement and understand that the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules have been in place for many years, and OCR expects full compliance no matter the size of a covered entity.”
OCRs investigation also revealed the following issues:
Phoenix Cardiac Surgery failed to implement adequate policies and procedures to appropriately safeguard patient information;
Phoenix Cardiac Surgery failed to document that it trained any employees on its policies and procedures on the Privacy and Security Rules;
Phoenix Cardiac Surgery failed to identify a security official and conduct a risk analysis; and
Phoenix Cardiac Surgery failed to obtain business associate agreements with Internet-based email and calendar services where the provision of the service included storage of and access to its ePHI.
I find the last phrase of the quote from Leon Rodriguez extremely telling: "OCR expects full compliance no matter the size of a covered entity." (Keep in mind that since HITECH was passed in 2009, you can substitute "business associate" for "covered entity" because BAs are now just as liable as CEs under HIPAA.) The dates of the HIPAA violations referred to in the settlement documents--2005 to 2009--lead me to believe the investigation into Phoenix Cardiac Surgery was the result of a complaint being filed rather than as a part of OCR's recent HIPAA enforcement push. And while it's true that our industry doesn't deal directly with patients for the most part, that doesn't mean we're insulated from their scrutiny. For example, unencrypted dictation or transcription files stored on FTP sites could potentially be discovered and indexed by search engines, so that a patient Googling their own name might find their medical records displayed for all the world to see.
I would highly recommend taking the time to read the settlement documents linked above to get a good overview of what OCR is looking for with regard to HIPAA compliance. In a nutshell, the Corrective Action Plan agreed to by Phoenix Cardiac Surgery consists of the following:
Develop, maintain, distribute, and implement written policies and procedures addressing HIPAA compliance.
Carry out a risk assessment.
Create and implement a risk management plan based on the risk assessment.
Identify a security official who will be responsible for HIPAA compliance.
Obtain written Business Associate Agreements (BAAs).
Institute and document technical safeguards to protect PHI on electronic systems and across electronic networks, specifically including PHI on mobile devices.
Institute and document workforce training on HIPAA compliance.
Review workforce training annually and update as appropriate.
Report all violations of HIPAA policies and procedures to OCR within 30 days.
I'm sure the folks at Phoenix Cardiac Surgery are decent, hardworking healthcare professionals who had no intention of putting their patients' information at risk. But in this brave new world of identity theft and aggressive HIPAA enforcement, the absence of malice isn't enough. This is yet one more wake-up call to even small operators and independent contractors in our sector that we'd better get our house in order.
Jay Vance, CMT, CHP
AHDI Lounge Administrator/Moderator
Director, District 1
AHDI National Leadership Board
HIPAA Security Rule Video From HHS
Big Changes For ACE 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:
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.
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.
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."
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!
Linda G. Brady, CAE Interim 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!
Survey: AHDI Credential Renaming
The AHDI Credentialing Development Team (CDT) is the governing body responsible for policy development and oversight of all AHDI credentialing programs. The CDT operates independently of the National Leadership Board.
In response to the recent rebranding of the medical transcription practitioner to Healthcare Documentation Specialist (HDS), the CDT is exploring new names for the credentials Certified Medical Transcriptionist and Registered Medical Transcriptionist. We are seeking your input on the renaming of the credential.
Jay Vance recently wrote, "One of the driving motivations behind AHDI's move to "rebrand" medical transcriptionists as Healthcare Documentation Specialists is the critical need to remind the broader medical field that our practitioners are indeed an important part of the overall healthcare documentation process." To this end, it is important that our credential names indicate the level of expertise reflected in the attainment of each credential, and in a broader sense, convey the specialized knowledge and expertise required for the accurate capture of each patient's Health Story. In addition, the credential names should encompass traditional and emerging roles, including transcriptionists, quality assurance specialists, speech recognition editors, team leaders, analysts, encoders, abstractors, trainers, and educators.
When evaluating your responses, please consider the following descriptions:
The RMT exam is designed to assess competency in medical transcription by determining if a candidate has the core knowledge and skills needed to practice medical transcription effectively in today's healthcare environment.
The CMT exam is designed to assess competency in medical transcription by determining if a candidate has the core knowledge and skills needed to practice medical transcription effectively in a multispecialty acute-care facility, where variable specialties, document types, and difficulty of dictation necessitate an advanced level of clinical knowledge and interpretive ability.
AHDI National Leadership Board Report - April 2012
This message brings spring greetings to you from your National Leadership Board, which last met April 12. This publication is one of the NLB’s opportunities to share with you, the individual member, what work and decisions are made by this board.
ACE Updates: Highlights from this meeting were exciting updates to the plans for both the 2012 and 2013 Annual Conventions and Exhibitions (ACE). This year’s event will be in Indianapolis August 8-11, and specific new details and deals will be broadcast to members within the next few days. As well, hotel and precise date negotiations are almost completed for ACE 2013, which will be held in Orlando, Florida (exact dates to be announced soon). Stay tuned to www.ACE365.org for more details and future updates.
New Practices/Projects: A discussion was held about the relatively new workflow solution that involves partial dictation/narrative in the EHR. Doggett reported great success at her facility with their healthcare system, with healthcare providers being allowed to dictate and have transcribed certain portions of the records, satisfying both their desire for narrative information capture and the need for using time-saving technologies. The board will look for ways to capture stories around this topic that display the continuing important role healthcare documentation specialists play. The Future Roles Survey is pending board review, and more discussion will be held around future articles on the topic of dictation practices.
Finances: In financial matters, Treasurer Bonnie Monico, CMT, AHDI-F, reviewed the year-end 2011 compilation report and presented the NLB with a revised financial budget. The Board approved the revised budget that accommodates the loss of revenue from CDIA for administrative support (that organization recently ceased operations) but further included new revenue streams and adjustments. A full accounting will be provided to members in a future issue of Plexus, as well as on the website and at the annual business meeting at ACE.
Interim CEO Linda Brady emphasized that while the organization still has financial challenges, as does almost every organization in this time of financial upheaval, there are many positives to report and AHDI does not anticipate any type of closure either in the short-term or long-term.
Doggett commented on the commitment needed by members to continue their participation in AHDI for the success of the profession, practitioners, and students.
Board Positions and Officers: President Sherry Doggett has accepted the resignation of Lisa Tunzi, CMT, AHDI-F, as a director-at-large on the board and the board will move as per bylaws direct to fill her term. The board thanks Lisa for her years of service to the association and will look forward to her participation on another level. Since Lisa also served as secretary to the NLB, an election was held and Susan Lucci, RHIT, CHPS, CMT, AHDI-F, was elected to the position for the remainder of the officer term, which extends to September 1, 2012.
To Be Continued: Work continues in subgroups of the NLB to
Examine our strategic priorities and align them with financial resources.
Examine the appropriateness of our involvement in Meaningful Use, Stage 2, comments.
Review and update where needed governance policies for the NLB; the Bylaws committee will also be performing a review.
Each director is assigned as board liaison to at least one committee, special interest group, alliance, or taskforce. Reports will be expected for inclusion on the May agenda.
Next: The NLB meets the second Thursday of each month via webinar. The next meeting will be held May 10. Gallery members are welcome. Contact Miranda Chalabi (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request the webinar link.
Medical Transcription: An Important Part Of Health Information Management
Elisabeth Altieri has written a fabulous article at For The Record magazine entitled, "MTs Have Skills, So Let's Use Them." The premise of the article is that medical transcription is NOT the "ugly stepchild" of health information management (HIM) as some folks outside the field (and maybe some INSIDE) would have us believe. Altieri points out that even though medical transcriptionists were among the first healthcare documentation professionals to make the jump to an electronic environment, nowadays it seems that MTs and the functions they perform are often considered relics of the past.
Here are some excerpts of the article. I hope you'll take a few moments to read it in its entirety.
While medical transcription is a unique skill in the HIM world, it is not as unique as it is currently being characterized. It is still in the family of HIM functions, incorporating many of the same skills of other HIM responsibilities. Unfortunately, as the future of medical transcription becomes increasingly uncertain, there appears to be a greater emphasis on the differences rather than the similarities between transcription and other HIM roles.
This misperception of the medical transcription skill set is a critical issue because it can translate into fewer opportunities for medical transcriptionists (MTs) trying to transition into other health information careers.
Today’s MTs are often accused of being stuck in the past (despite being computerized 20 years before their HIM colleagues), but we nevertheless have legitimate concerns about the quality of legal medical documentation now that it is increasingly reliant on voice recognition and other automated modalities. Oddly enough, MTs—the medical language specialists—are often excluded from discussions about quality documentation even though the issue could be addressed by processes that would better utilize the medical transcription skill set.
And how many former MTs are included in medical informatics departments, dedicated to checking for quality documentation in EHRs?
One of the driving motivations behind AHDI's move to "rebrand" medical transcriptionists as healthcare documentation specialists is the critical need to remind the broader medical field that our practitioners are indeed an important part of the overall healthcare documentation process. We must not allow ourselves to be relegated to the basement, out of sight and out of mind!
With last month's announcement of CDIA closing, I've been asked if AHDI will be next to shut down. This is not an easy topic but openly addressing it is important. The AHDI staff managed the operations of CDIA and they were our strategic partner for more than five years. This news certainly hit close to home, but I'm writing you today to assure you that AHDI remains a viable and vibrant organization.
The consolidation among healthcare documentation service providers was most likely the leading cause of CDIA shutting down. With only corporate members, CDIA's membership base continued to shrink with the news of every merger/acquisition in our industry. It may not come as a surprise that this is also impacting AHDI financially, although our association is structured much differently than CDIA in at least three key areas that gives us a strong foundation:
AHDI is an organization with breadth and depth. We have member communities at the local, state, and regional levels; web-based groups; and special interest alliances. Our grassroots components strengthen our organization by building a tighter-knit network of practitioners, educators, students, and business managers and executives.
The diversity of our members strengthens AHDI. AHDI has individual, corporate, and educational members. Many of our members enter the organization in a non-traditional way—through a subscription of Benchmark KB—that has greatly expanded the visibility and awareness of AHDI.
AHDI has a variety of revenue streams, so when one or more areas are negatively impacted, the well does not go completely dry. New products and benefits continue to be developed to fill these voids.
Although we are a not-for-profit association, there is still a need to operate using sound business principles to keep our organization running. "Business as usual" will not work for any organization in the current climate. While there's no guarantee the economy, changing landscape of health care, or some other unforeseen external factor will never impact the viability of AHDI, we continue to proactively scan our environment to anticipate future trends and challenges to stay ahead of them. We must continue to build up our association; and every day I am witness to our firmly committed and driven National Leadership Board, volunteers, members, and staff doing just this. We need you to continue to be a vocal advocate and supporter of AHDI.
Extensive work is underway to ensure AHDI flourishes in this new environment for our members—our 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. But tight budgets are not stifling progress and innovation; I see it bringing about greater creativity.
The power of you and our entire membership will keep AHDI going for decades to come. The next generation of healthcare documentation specialists is counting on us. You have our promise that we will continue to stand by you, to be your advocate and supporter.
Linda G. Brady, CAE Interim CEO
AHDI Member Benefit Sneak Peek: PLEXUS Magazine
As I was reading through the latest edition of PLEXUS magazine, AHDI's excellent member print publication, I came across an intriguing article in the "Tech Talk" section by regular contributor Kenneth Schafer. The article is entitled, "The Economics of Offshoring" and offers a very balanced and thoughtful look at this controversial facet of the healthcare documentation industry. I was so impressed by the article, in fact, that I suggested to our AHDI staff that we make it publicly available. The motivation for doing so is twofold. First, the content of this particular column is extremely relevant, and secondly, we'd like to give folks who don't currently belong to AHDI a taste of some of the benefits of membership.
So without further ado, here's a sneak peek!
Let me say at the outset that very few people appreciate medical transcriptionists as much as I do. In addition to performing every other transcription job imaginable, I’ve actually been a working MT, paid on production as an independent contractor, with the attendant advantages and difficulties that accompany that position. It is because I value the skill set and the practitioners so highly that I’ve watched the offshoring debate with such interest. Of the three forces influencing the futures of our transcription professionals (speech recognition, EMRs, and offshoring), by far the most polarizing is the offshoring of medical transcription.
Perhaps because it is so polarizing—or maybe because there is a degree to which offshoring is old news—I have avoided writing about the issue in any depth. However, I recently had the opportunity to watch a hospital reverse its position on offshore transcription. Observing the circumstances surrounding the decision to allow the offshoring of work has caused me to further solidify my own opinions about market drivers in our industry.
Call for Volunteers to Review Rules for Meaningful Use Stage 2
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 email is listed below. Please contact me to volunteer and/or inquire about the project.
A Mergers & Acquisitions Expert Weighs In On The Medical Transcription Industry
I recently came across an interesting blog post by a fellow named John Suender, President of Suender M&A Advisers. I should point out that Mr. Suender specializes in M&A in the medical transcription/healthcare documentation industry, so clearly he has a point of view. That being said, his insights are worth considering.
Quoting from his article:
What has amazed me over the years is how the industry has survived all of the "insurmountable threats" that it has confronted. In 1994, people were asking why our company would invest in a medical transcription business. Didn't we know that voice recognition was going to render the business obsolete in just a matter of years, if not months? Didn't we know that all of the transcription work was going overseas? Even back then, electronic medical record (EMR) salespeople were telling their clients that they could eliminate all transcription costs if they only adopted their EMR.
At HIMSS 2012 one of the remarkable things I noticed was an apparent tone of cooperation between MTSO and EMR vendors. The MTSOs have accepted the fact that EMRs are here to stay. Importantly, capturing discrete data remains necessary for the improvement of healthcare delivery. The EMR vendors have also accepted the fact that MTSOs have a very important role to play when it comes to successful EMR adoption. By allowing physicians to use dictation to capture certain sections of the patient encounter, physician productivity is maintained and EMR adoption is accelerated. This helps healthcare providers achieve meaningful use of the EMR, which is a requirement for government incentive payments, and warrants the return on investment.
I like to analogize an EMR to a deflated basketball. It's of little use unless it is inflated - in this case with discrete data. MTSOs are, and always have been, experts at getting that done. They do it faster, better and cheaper than their clients. They understand the challenges that clients face every day when it comes to capturing clinical information and automating the work flow. Things are changing – but MTSOs are right at the pivot point with their clients and should be well positioned to continue to participate in clinical documentation capture and workflow. Of course, they have to be able to adapt to the change, but they have successfully done so in the past.
While I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Suender's assessment of the durability of medical transcription service providers, it's also important to point out that it is the hard-working healthcare documentation professionals who make it all happen. With all the consolidation and "corporatization" going on in our sector, one of the most important functions of AHDI, as I see it, is to advocate for the practitioner, not just for the profession. There is no profession without the professionals.
Jay Vance, CMT AHDI Lounge Administrator/Moderator Director, District 1 AHDI National Leadership Board
Capital Chapter files
RegForm2011.Symposium.pdf 2011 Symposium Registration Form - May 21
Capital_Chapter2010HighlightsFINAL.pdf Capital Chapter 2010 Highlights
Capital Chapter 2009 Highlights.pdf Capital Chapter 2009 Highlights
Capital Chat Volume 6.pdf Capital Chat Newsletter March 2009
Capital_Chapter_2008.Highlights.pdf Capital Chapter 2008 Highlights
Capital Chat - Volume 5.pdf Capital Chat Newsletter Dec 2008
Capital Chat - Vol. 4.pdf Capital Chat Newsletter Sept 2008
Capital Chapter Lunch Meeting - Nov 12, 2011
President Bobbie Hart
Polly Whitaker and Kathy Pannenbacker
Cynthia Minor and Gloria Bradfute
Our newly elected officers for 2012 President Glenda Ripley; President-Elect Marsha Himes; Treasurer Christi Crossan; Secretary Elaine Warren; Chapter Rep to TAHDI Cynthia Minor Bobbie Hart installs the new officers for 2012
Marsha Himes & April Clawson
Glenda Ripley, Christi Crossan, & Barbara Rasmussen
Cynthia Minor and Gloria Bradfute
Bobbie Hart and Barbara Rasmussen The Chapter Board of Directors recognized Barbara for her 4 sequential years of service as an officer, including President in 2009. She was presented with the ACE 2012 Registration Certificate our Chapter received for winning the Membership Impact Award. Congratulations Barbara!! Thank you!!! Bobbie Hart and Kathy Muelker The Chapter presented Bobbie with a gift card in appreciation of her service as President this year. Great job, Bobbie! Thank you!! Brynn Medlar wins a door prize Brynn joined the Chapter at this meeting, and we WELCOME her as our newest member! :) Elaine Warren wins a door prize
Barbara Rasmussen wins a door prize
Gloria Bradfute and Jennifer Berend win door prizes!
April Clawson wins a door prize
Polly Whitaker & Kathy Pannenbacker win door prizes
Lyndi Moon wins a door prize--and gives it to Kathy ;)
Marsha Himes wins a door prize
Capital Chapter Meeting - Sept 17, 2011
Barbara Rasmussen and Nancy Anacker
Congrats to the Capital Chapter, second-time winner of the AHDI Membership Impact Award. This award, which recognizes a component organization of AHDI, was announced at ACE in Phoenix on August 21, 2011. Chapter members Kathy Muelker and Gloria Hamiter were in attendance and accepted the award on behalf of our Chapter. Chapter President Bobbie Hart conducts the meeting
Marge Hulsey and Olga Gonzalez
Lyndi Moon and April Segers Welcome April !! Bill Hart and Ove Rasmussen help with AV duties - thanks guys!!
Jennifer Berend and Christi Crossan
April Segers and Shirl (Fran) Kraus Welcome ladies!! :) April Segers, Shirl Kraus, Cathy Thiberville
Elaine Warren and Marge Hulsey
Glenda Ripley and Michelle Freudenberger
Jennifer Berend and Christi Crossan
Dr. Christopher Parker - speaker Dr. Parker specializes in rheumatology at Austin Diagnostic Clinic Dr. Christopher Parker, guest speaker
Dr. Christopher Parker discusses rheumatoid arthritis
Liz Harmeson and Olga Gonzalez
Dr. Parker visits with Bobbie and Bill Hart
Liz Harmeson and Michelle Freudenberger
Lyndi Moon & door prize!
Bobbie Hart and door prize
Cathy Thiberville and door prize
April Segers and door prize
Shirl Kraus and door prize
Elaine Warren and door prize
Liz Harmeson and door prize
Barbara Rasmussen and door prize
ACE 2011 - Phoenix
Kathy Muelker and Gloria Hamiter represented the Capital Chapter at the awards event
rows of palm trees in front of resort
Kathy with Nancy Brighindi, new CEO of AHDI/CDIA
water feature near the pool area
Kathy playing a "Minute to Win it Game" at the Leadership event
The scenery around the resort was beautiful
One of the pools
Kathy presenting at the Component Idea Swap
looking up through the stately palms
Kathy and Lea Sims
Cottontail rabbits could be seen throughout the grounds of the resort
cottontail rabbit at the Marriott resort
golf course in the background
Kathy gets some fresh air between conference sessions
Kathy enjoys the lower humidity (temp 108)
underneath the palms
love the mountains in the background
The big screen... during the awards luncheon
Kathy and Jack
Capital Chapter Meeting - July 23, 2011
Shanon Holloway & Kathy Muelker Welcome Shanon -- a student and first-time attendee! :) Cynthia Minor, Shacklene Taylor, and Barbara Rasmussen
Glenda Ripley and Paula Menchaca
April Clawson and Liz Harmeson
Wynette Becker and Elaine Warren
Officers Glenda, Paula, Kathy, & Bobbie
Glenda Ripley - Chapter Rep to TAHDI
Paula Menchaca - Secretary
Kathy Muelker - Treasurer
Bobbie Hart - President
(Lyndi Moon, Vice President, was unable to attend)
Wanda Fuller, Cynthia Minor, & Shacklene Taylor Welcome to our first-time attendees! :) Our guest speaker - Lolly Lockhart, PhD, RN Thanks to Lolly for sharing her time and knowledge with us! Nancy Anacker, Shirley Swift, Barbara Rasmussen
Lolly Lockhart, PhD, RN - speaker Lolly delivered an interesting presentation, including information about a lawsuit and trial in Winkler County where she served as an expert witness. Meeting attendees
Front table (L to R): Michelle Skelton, Laura Chapman, Wanda Fuller, Cynthia Minor
Back Table (L to R): Christi Crossan, Shanon Holloway, Liz Harmeson
April Clawson wins a door prize
Wynette Becker wins a door prize
Shirley Swift wins a door prize
Jennifer Berend wins a door prize
Our newest student member, Cynthia Minor, wins a door prize Welcome Cynthia! :) Paula Menchaca wins a door prize
Glenda Ripley wins a door prize
Elaine Warren wins a door prize
Jack and Bill - our wonderful helpers! (Jack is Kathy's husband and Bill is Bobbie's husband)
Annual Symposium - May 20-21, 2011
Lyndi, Kathy, Bobbie, Denice
Richard Lederer and fans Friday evening reception Friday welcome reception - getting ready for pasta
Richard Lederer entertains attendees at the welcome reception
Welcome Reception - Friday evening
Richard Lederer - special guest speaker Friday evening Welcome Reception Attendees enjoy Richard Lederer's wit and wisdom
Richard Lederer Welcome Reception Richard Lederer Welcome Reception Michelle & Kathy
Attendees entered FREE drawings for an AHDI Annual Membership
Capital Chapter memorabilia on display
Jennifer and Lyndi Raffle table - member volunteers April Book sale - member volunteer Kathy and Marice
Richard Lederer visits with attendee Carol
Sandy, Laura, & Pat All smiles! :) Richard Lederer and Kathy
Kathie and Christy
Attendees mingle during a break
Speaker Laura Bryan chats with attendees
Speaker Dr. Christopher Ziebell and Kathy
Dr. Ziebell, speaker Dr. Ziebell gave attendees a "peek into the Emergency Department." Speaker Laura Bryan shares the advantages of creating and using macros
Laura Chapman (sponsor) and Sandy Laura's company MedNotes served as an event sponsor Donna, Marice, Freida, Kathie, Marsha
Dr. James Gibson, speaker
Dr. James Gibson & Kathy
Speaker Laura Bryan discusses the Health Story Project
Lyndi and Christy Raffle table - member volunteers Lisa and Linda
Elaine and April Book Sale - member volunteers Kathy, Jennifer W, Elvia
Jennifer and April Book Sale - member volunteers Bob & Laura Bryan at the MedEDocs table Lisa checks out Laura's book Millie, Pam, and Karen
Maya, Christy, and Lisa
Carol wins the drawing for a 1-year Student AHDI membership Congratulations Carol! Bobbie wins the drawing for the 1-year AHDI Professional Membership Congratulations Bobbie! Marsha wins! Instant Text Pro 7 Congratulations Marsha! Carol wins the SpeedType Word Expander Congratulations again Carol! It was your lucky day!! Kathy wins a 1-year subscription to BenchMark KB Congratulations Kathy! April wins a 1-year BenchMark KB subscription Congratulations April! Donna wins a Glimmer headset Congratulations Donna! Elvia wins a Glimmer headset Congratulations Elvia! Carol wins a Glimmer headset Congratulations Carol! Attendees watch and listen as prize winners are drawn
Capital Chapter President Bobbie Hart
Capital Chapter Meeting - January 29, 2011
Pat Lang and Kathy Pannenbacker
Jennifer Willie and Lyndi Moon
Denice Moore & her friend (and first-time visitor) Lem Cartagena
President Bobbie Hart leads the meeting discussion
Sharon Smith, Jan Ervin, and Pat Ireland Sharon and Jan joined the Capital Chaper at this meeting - WELCOME!
Liz Harmeson, Cindy Linville, and Kimberly Adams
Member Pat Ireland holds the book she recently authored
Bobbie Hart and Glenda Ripley
Elaine Warren, Joan Cannon, and April Clawson
Dr. Beth Nauert served as our speaker Dr. Nauert, pediatrician, provided updated information on vaccinations. Kimberly Adams, Shirley Swift, and Jennifer Willie
Attendees listen to Dr. Nauert's presentation
Attendees listen to Dr. Nauert discuss vaccines
Kathy Muelker thanks Dr. Nauert for serving as our speaker
Lem wins a door prize!
Jan wins a door prize!
Lyndi and Jennifer win door prizes!
Pat Ireland displays her recently published book
Jennifer wins a door prize
Wes wins a prize!
Elaine Warren is a winner! Elaine won a coupon for 50% off the Symposium registration fee (May 21, 2011) Lunch after the meeting
Lunch at Santa Rita after the meeting
Kathy Muelker and Bobbie Hart
Yum - that was delicious! :)
Jo Ann Kilsby, Joan Cannon, Marge Hulsey, Pat Ireland
Wynette and Liz check out the door prizes Wynette Becker, CMT, and Liz Harmeson, RHIA Ruth and Michelle take care of magnet sales
Connie Garcia checks out the Capital Chapter fundraiser
Some of the door prizes!
More door prizes!
Neil, Cindy, and Paula
Neil Ekengren, Cindy Linville, and Paula Menchaca
Julie and Philantha Julie Morris and Philantha Vaughn
Attendees listen during the Annual Business Meeting
Bobbie is the current Treasurer and will be the 2011 President.
2011 Capital Chapter officers
Current President Kathy Muelker installs the 2011 officers: Neil Ekengren - President-Elect
Paula Menchaca - Secretary
Bobbie Hart - President
Glenda Ripley, CMT - Chapter Representative to Texas AHDI
Lyndi Moon, CMT - Vice President
Kathy Muelker, CMT - Treasurer
Lyndi Moon, CMT
Lyndi will be the 2011 Vice President
Neil Ekengren - 2011 President-Elect
Jennifer Willie, CMT
Bobbie Hart visits with Kay Olenick
Kathy Muelker chats with Karen Over
Nancy Anacker and Jennifer Willie, CMT
Linda Schuch, CMT and Kay Olenick
Michelle and Ruth take care of magnet sales
Michelle Freudenberger, RHIA, and Ruth Christianson
Guest speaker Amy Collins, PharmD
Amy discussed psychotropic medications
Amy Collins, PharmD - guest speaker
President Kathy Muelker, CMT, presents Amy Collins with a gift card
Capital Chapter Meeting - Sept 18, 2010
Leah and Michelle win a door prize
Signed copies of "Comma Sense" by Richard Lederer
Chapter members get ready for the meeting
Leah and Diane - welcome!
Glenda and Barbara
Michelle, Bobbie, and Shannon
Dr Allison Devine, guest speaker
Dr. Devine is an OB/GYN physician for Austin Diagnostic Clinic
Attendees listen to Dr. Devine's presentation
Shannon Briggs wins a door prize
Marge Hulsey wins a signed copy of Richard Lederer's book "Fractured English"
Lyndi Moon wins a door prize
Michelle Skelton wins a door prize
Paula Menchaca and Polly Whitaker win door prizes
Getting ready to enjoy lunch after the meeting at Santa Rita Cantina
Let's eat! Attendees gather for lunch after the meeting Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina After the meeting... time for lunch!
Thanks to Michelle Loyola's husband for taking these photos! :)
Where's the food?
Santa Rita Cantina
ACE 2010 - Austin, TX - Hilton
ACE 2010 Nikon 026.jpg ACE 2010 Nikon 026.jpg 2010-08-06 Lea Sims gives tips to the "first-timers" at ACE
Attendees enjoyed "speed networking!"
ACE first-timers event - "speed networking" ACE first-timers event First-timer June & long-timer Kat (aka "Wynona Judd") the first-timers orientation was held just prior to the "Life is a Highway" welcome reception & grand opening of exhibit hall -- (Come dressed as your favorite musician!) ACE first-timers event
Both first-timers and multi-timers were invited to participate and network (exchange cards, contact info, etc.)
ACE first-timers event The event included speed networking for ACE first-timers and "many-timers!" :) ACE first-timers event - speed networking session
Amanda Finck at her ExactKey exhibit Amanda's exhibit booth was next to the Capital Chapter booth. She drove to Austin from North Dakota! A new friend of the Capital Chapter. :) Let the convention festivities begin!
The major sponsors of ACE this year
A look out the window of the Hilton (25th floor) across Lady Bird Lake ACE 2010 005.jpg 2010-08-03 Betsy Ertel at her SpeedType booth in the exhibit hall
Betsy has served as a sponsor for Capital Chapter events, contributing a SpeedType word expander license for raffles, etc.
Betsy is also a loyal customer of our fly-thru window magnets! :)
Betsy & Dave Ertel at the SpeedType booth
Betsy has been a good friend to the Capital Chapter!
PRN funding booth in the exhibit hall
Career Step booth in the exhibit hall
Scribe booth in the exhibit hall
AHDI had an on-site store with many products to purchase
The light fixtures in the Hilton conference areas were designed to resemble Texas tumbleweeds.
Items in the AHDI store
AHDI "Go Green" T-shirt
View from the Hilton - looking south across Lady Bird Lake
View of downtown Austin from 25th floor of Hilton
Welcome sign made by member Lyndi Moon This sign was one of two made by Lyndi that was displayed on the Hospitality table near the ACE Registration area. ACE registration area
There's those tumbleweed light fixtures again!
Capital Chapter member Pat Ireland with her latest publication
View from 4th floor convention area From inside the Hilton -- looking through window toward Frost bank tower Capital Chapter table in the exhibit hall
Capital Chapter members - Thursday, Aug 5 Kathy Muelker, Brenda Kelm, Sarah Sielbeck, Ruth Christianson, Wynette Becker, Jeanette Cameron, Millie Stouffer, Jennifer Willie Laura Bryan and Brenda Hurley
Kathy Muelker speaks at the Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday morning
Capital Chapter members Jennifer Willie, Sarah Sielbeck, Ruth Christianson, Wynette Becker, Joyce Barton, Millie Stouffer, Pat Lang Capital Chapter members gather at the exhibit table Mary Crane, Kathy Muelker, Sarah Sielbeck, Brenda Kelm, Barbara Rasmussen, Ruth Christianson, Wynette Becker, Jeanette Cameron, Bobbie Hart, Millie Stouffer, Jennifer Willie Capital Chapter members enjoy dinner at the Moonshine
(L to R) Laurel Robin, Barbara Wilber, Barbara Jenkins, Brenda Kelm, Jean Taylor
Glenda Ripley and Gloria Hamiter Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill Capital Chapter members enjoy dinner at the Moonshine
We managed to get 22 Capital Chapter members together for this pic!
A total of 42 Capital Chapter members attended ACE!
Dr. Chris Ziebell of Seton in Austin Dr. Ziebell delivered a great presentation on "Life in a Level I Trauma Center" including case studies and graphic photos Austin's own Dr. Chris Ziebell (Seton)
Dr. Ziebell discussed "Life in a Level I Trauma Center"
Dr. Chis Ziebell speaks to attendees
Capital Chapter member Pat Lang thanks Dr. Chris Ziebell
Pat helped secure several physicians from the Seton network to speak at ACE. Thanks Pat!
Capital Chapter members visit with their fellow members
23 Capital Chapter members gather for a picture on Friday A total of 42 Capital Chapter members attended ACE. We had 7 new members join during the convention. Welcome! Our member Lyndi Moon made this beautiful sign for the hospitality table The Capital Chapter won the award!! Lyndi - can we change "Nominee" to "Winner" now?! :) We couldn but we sure tried! This is only about half of our 42 members who attended ACE Capital Chapter members Elvia Reyna, Kathy Muelker, Olga Gonzalez ACE 2010 Attendees listen for their name to be called as a prize winner
New chapter member Sara Angell from Seguin won $365.00!!
Capital Chapter member Joyce Barton wins a laptop! Many prizes were awarded to attendees Sara Angell (new Capital Chapter member) and Kathy Muelker Sara won $365.00 in the exhibit hall prize drawing! Congratulations! Lucky Capital Chapter member Joyce Barton won a laptop Congratulations Joyce!! Member Pat Lang visits with an attendee at the Capital Chapter exhibit table
Richard Lederer, PhD, and Kathy Muelker Richard Lederer presented an educational and entertaining grammar workshop. He also hosted the Integrity Awards Show on Saturday. Downtown Austin - view from the Hilton
Mural on nearby building (as seen from the Hilton 25th floor) ACE 2010 Nikon 056PS view of mural on bldg.jpg 2010-08-07 The Austonian rises above everything in dowtown Austin The tallest residential building in Texas! Another view of downtown Austin from the Hilton
view of downtown Austin at night (from the Hilton)
Kelly Sauerwein of the Forensic Anthropology Center - Texas State
Kelly delivered an interesting presention about the field of forensic anthropology and the research center at Texas State in San Marcos.
Kelly Sauerwein - Texas State University, San Marcos
Capital Chapter members Pat Ireland, Marsha Himes, Amy Blackburn Awards Show & Brunch - Saturday Thomas Preziosi, Lea Sims, & Kristin Wall Awards show & brunch Chapter members Gloria Hamiter, Millie Stouffer, Pam Ebbert Awards Show & brunch Enjoying the brunch before the awards show Jennifer Willie, Paula Menchaca, Lyndi Moon, Denice Moore, Stephanie Karlik Kathy Muelker & husband Jack Awards show & brunch - Saturday Gloria Hamiter and Millie Stouffer Awards Show & Brunch Capital Chapter ladies enjoy brunch Jennifer Willie, Paula Menchaca, Lyndi Moon, Denice Moore, Stephanie Karlik, Kathy Muelker Marsha Himes and Amy Blackburn - 2 of our new members! Welcome to the Capital Chapter! We're glad to have you with us. :) Texas attendees
Including Marsha Himes and Amy Blackburn
Kristin Wall and Lea Sims - AHDI staff
ACE attendees enjoy the brunch Integrity Awards Show & brunch Capital Chapter members Olga Gonzalez & Elvia Reyna Awards show & brunch Members who served as chapter officers in 2009 & 2010
Christy Cole, Wynette Becker, Barbara Rasmussen, Kathy Muelker, Bobbie Hart
Officers unable to attend the Awards Show included Suzanne Taubert, Monica Crocker, Jo Ann Kilsby, and Rachel Recher-Evans (Rachel moved to Michigan last year)
The Awards Show begins....
AHDI's Rebecca McSwain and Director Karen Fox announce an award winner
Kim Buchanan wins Educator of the Year
Beth Sutherland and Linda Brady announce the Capital Chapter as the winner of the Membership Impact Award
Capital Chapter on the big screen -- announced as 'winner'
The audience gave the Capital Chapter a standing ovation!
Capital Chapter officers (2009 & 2010) take the stage to accept the award
2009 Chapter President Barbara Rasmussen accepts the award
Barbara Rasmussen thanks AHDI for the award on behalf of our Chapter Christy, Bobbie, Wynettte, and Kathy admire the award 2010 Chapter President Kathy Muelker says a few words of thanks
Winners of Innovation through Technology award
MedQuist is announced as recipient of special AHDI BOD award
Webmedx won Employer of the Year award
Webmedx team accepts award for Employer of the Year
Capital Chapter member Glenda Ripley joins the Webmedx team on stage (far left). Go Glenda! (Glenda currently does QA for Webmedx)
Kathy Dominguez of Michigan wins Member of the Year award
Richard Lederer was awarded with the AHDI Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Lederer is a well-known author, humorist, and verbivore. He has written many articles for AHDI publications over the years. He has also delivered presentations and workshops at AHDI conventions.
Capital Chapter members gather for a final photo after the awards show 2009 Capital Chapter President Barbara Rasmussen proudly displays the award. Yea - Capital Chapter!! AHDI President Elect Ava George gets ready for ACE 2011 in Phoenix ACE will be held in Phoenix August 17-20, 2011 (start putting a little $$ away each week & make plans to attend)
Capital Chapter Meeting - July 17, 2010
Debbie Mooney and Liz Harmeson
Jennifer Berend and Ruth Christianson
Barbara Wilber, Darla Deen, Polly Whitaker, Debbie Mooney, Liz Harmeson
Guest speaker Stephanie Fancher - nutritionist Stephanie shared some great information on how to "Shake Your Salt Habit." We learned how to use herbs for flavoring instead of salt. Neil Ekengren, Karen Over, and Jeanette Cameron Attendees listen to Stephanie's presentation Attendees listen to guest speaker, Stephanie Fancher
Polly Whitaker and Norma Burnley select their door prize!
Sarah Sielbeck wins a door prize!
Jeanette Cameron wins a $100 voucher toward the ACE Registration Fee
Darla Deen wins a $100 voucher toward the ACE registration fee -- and a door prize too!
A few of the fly-thru window magnets We are selling these unique gift items as our fundraiser--and we plan on selling a lot of them at ACE. They are only $5 each and make great gifts for someone who has everything. There are many different magnets to choose from--something for everyone. They can be used on windows, shower enclosures, glass cabinet doors, and much more. Get creative!
Capital Chapter Mini Symposium - May 15, 2010
Laura Chapman and Michelle Skelton Laura Chapman of MedNotes served as a sponsor for the event. Thank you Laura! Olga Gonzalez and Kathy Muelker
Happy MT Week from the Capital Chapter! The Mini Symposium was held in conjunction with National Medical Transcriptionist Week Laura Bryan shares keyboarding tips for fast and efficient editing
Laura Bryan, guest speaker
J. Neal Rutledge, MD, FACR Dr. Rutledge is a neurointerventional radiologist Dr. J. Neal Rutledge
Dr. Rutledge explains visual perception
Kathy Muelker thanks Dr. Rutledge
Kathy Muelker, Lea Sims, Laura and Bob Bryan
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Bob Bryan of MedEDocs Bob served as an event sponsor - thank you! Lea Sims, AHDI Director of Professional Programs
Attendees raise their hands in response to Lea's question "How many of you had to diagram sentences in school?" Lea Sims shares updates on current AHDI initiatives and programs
Lea Sims and Kathy Muelker
Lea Sims and Kathy Muelker
Barbara Rasmussen thanks Kathy's husband Jack for his help and support at our chapter meetings and events Jack has served as audiovisual/technical support for all audiovisual aspects of our meetings for the past 3 years. Attendees
Diana Rezac wins a door prize
Christi Crossan decides which prize to choose
Attendees who were selected as door prize winners had the opportunity to select their prize
The Capital Chapter offered many prizes to attendees AHDI Annual Memberships were awarded to two winners (one Student and one Professional) Shannon Briggs won the AHDI Annual Student Membership
Capital Chapter members entered the drawing for FOUR $100 vouchers toward their ACE registration fee The Capital Chapter is awarding a total of TEN $100 vouchers toward the ACE registration fee to encourage its members to attend ACE in Austin (August 4-7) Millie Stouffer - winner of a $100 voucher toward her ACE registration fee
Denice Moore - winner of a $100 voucher toward her ACE registration fee Denice drives all the way from Abilene to attend Capital Chapter meetings! Elvia Reyna - winner of a $100 voucher toward the ACE registration fee
Jo Ann Kilsby - winner of a $100 voucher toward the ACE registration fee
Three Glimmer headsets by Insight were raffled as prizes
Glenda Ripley - winner of a Glimmer headset
Maggie Martone - winner of a Glimmer headset
Diana Rezac - winner of a Glimmer headset
A SpeedType word expander license was offered as a raffle prize Thanks to Betsy Ertel of SpeedType for contributing this prize! Christi Crossan - winner of the SpeedType Word Expander
Denice Moore - winner of a BenchMark KB one-year subscription
A drawing was held for TWO Southwest Airlines round-trip passes (anywhere SWA flies!) Thanks to Benell and Mike Tope who generously donated these prizes Michelle Skelton - winner of a Southwest Airlines round-trip pass
Teresa Hewgill - winner of a Southwest Airlines round-trip pass
Lea Sims and Kathy Muelker
Capital Chapter Annual Used Book Sale Bargains galore!
Capital Chapter Meeting - March 13, 2010
Christine Tusa, owner and creator of Tusa Fitness, is a highly creative and passionate Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Coach based in Austin, TX. With expertise in a variety of different health modalities, she helps her clients find simple and fun fitness solutions to improve their image, confidence, and overall health.She helps her students "find their abs" again without a single sit-up (even if they have been on 'vacation' for years)! Fitness to Christine includes functional core strength, better posture, balance, flexibility, conditioning, and anti-inflammatory nutrition programs.
Meeting attendees listen to speaker Christine Tusa
Attendees practice the tips from speaker Christine Tusa
Christine Tusa - guest speaker Christine, a personal fitness trainer and nutrition coach, shared some great tips on exercises/stretching we can do while working at the computer. Sending letters to Congressmen about the importance of medical transcription and healthcare documentation The Capital Chapter had 3 workstations set up for attendees to prepare letters to their legislators, print and sign! Thanks everyone! Attendees busily prepare letters to send to their elected officials! Thanks for letting your voice be heard in advocating for quality healthcare documentation. Meeting attendees submitted a total of 61 letters to be delivered to their elected officials in Washington DC during the AHDI Advocacy Summit (March 23-25, 2010) Ruth Christianson and Barbara Rasmussen
Shirley Swift and Jennifer Willie
Members prepare letters to their Senators & Representatives Meeting attendees submitted a total of 61 letters to be delivered to congressmen in Washington DC during the AHDI Advocacy Summit (March 23-25, 2010) Attendees
Attendees prepare their letters Capital Chapter meeting attendees submitted a total of 61 letters to be delivered to their elected officials in Washington DC during the AHDI Advocacy Summit (March 23-25, 2010) Attendees listen to speaker Christine Tusa
61 letters ready to be mailed to legislators - THANKS! Attendees prepared and submitted letters to their congressman in support of the upcoming Advocacy Summit in Washington DC. Thanks!
Capital Chapter Meeting - January 30, 2010
Suzanne and Olga
Kathy and Debbie
Suzanne, Wynette, and Norma
Lyndi and Teresa
Shannon and Glenda
Paula, Debbie, Shontel
Sarah, Michelle, and Marilyn
Christy and Olga
Maggie and Bobbie
Pat and Joyce
Attendees - January 30 meeting
Glenda - WINNER! Glenda won a $100 voucher to be used twward the ACE Registration Fee ("ACE" is the AHDI Annual Convention & Expo and will be held in Austin this year--August 4-7). Kathy
Sarah - WINNER! Sarah won a $100 voucher to use toward the ACE Registration fee (AHDI Convention & Expo - August 4-7 in Austin). The Capital Chapter is giving away a total of TEN $100 vouchers during the first four meetings in 2010. All current chapter members are eligible to win! Denice Moore and Paula Menchaca
Shannon Briggs and Glenda Ripley
Anne Jefferson and Christy Cole
Debbie Mooney, Lyndi Moon, and Teresa Doell
Joyce Barton and Bobbie Hart
Suzanne Taubert and Jo Ann Kilsby
Marilyn Campbell, Cathy Thiberville, & Sarah Sielbeck
Olga Gonzalez, Wynette Becker, Diana Rezac
Kathy Muelker, Dr. Robert Hootkins, Pat Lang
Marilyn Campbell, Nichelle Nelson, Anne Jefferson
Kathy Muelker talks with guest speaker Robert Hootkins, MD, PhD
Nephrologist Dr. Hootkins served as guest speaker and gave a wonderful informal presentation.
Dr. Hootkins speaks about chronic kidney disease
Guest speaker Dr. Robert Hootkins, nephrology
Glenda Ripley wins a door prize
Pat Lang and Jo Ann Kilsby, door prize winners
Sarah Sielbeck wins a $100 voucher toward ACE registration!
Two lucky chapter members received a $100 voucher toward their ACE registration fee. Drawings will also be held at the next 3 meetings and a total of TEN $100 vouchers will be awarded!
Christy Cole & Glenda Ripley. Glenda won a $100 voucher toward ACE registration
The AHDI Annual Convention & Expo will be held in AUSTIN (August 4-7 at Hilton Austin - downtown)
Chapter members enjoyed going to have lunch after the meeting
Lunch at Santa Rita Cantina
Lunch at Santa Rita after the meeting
Capital Chapter Lunch Meeting - Nov 14, 2009
The 2010 Board of Directors
Barbara, Kathy, Bobbie, Christy, Suzanne
Capital Chapter members get ready to enjoy lunch
Left to right: Denice, Shannon, Jo Ann, Norma, Nancy, Christy, Michelle, Suzanne, Susan
The other end of the table...
Left to right: Christy, Michelle, Suzanne, Susan, Bobbie, Barbara, Denice, Shannon, Jo Ann, Norma
President Barbara Rasmussen The Capital Chapter presented Barbara with a gift card in appreciation of her service as our President this year. Just one more picture!
Left to right (back to front): Denice, Shannon, Jo Ann, Norma, Nancy
Bobbie Hart and Christy Cole Bobbie will be Treasurer in 2010 and Christy will be President Elect and Chapter Rep Denice Moore wins a door prize
Shannon Briggs wins a door prize
Michelle Freudenberger wins a door prize
Nichelle Nelson wins a door prize
Suzanne Taubert wins a door prize
Christy Cole wins a door prize
Nancy Anacker wins a door prize
Norma Burnley wins a door prize
Jo Ann Kilsby wins a door prize
Capital Chapter members
Capital Chapter Annual Symposium - Sept. 18/19, 2009
Capital Chapter banner The Capital Chapter of AHDI proudly displays their banner at all of their events AHDI President-Elect Barb Marques
Barb delivered the keynote message
Keynote speaker Barb Marques Barb is currently President-Elect of AHDI and will be serving as President in 2010 Atendees listen to Barbara Rasmussen make announcements Barbara is the current Capital Chapter President Celia De la Cerda wins a door prize Celia traveled from the Rio Grande Valley (a long way!) Carmen Crawford wins a door prize
Elaine Olson wins a door prize
Jo Ann Kilsby sells raffle tickets Jo Ann is currently the secretary of the Capital Chapter Karen Webb, Linda Guillory, Pat Lang
Wynette Becker and Barbara Rasmussen Wynette is the Capital Chapter treasurer and Barbara is the president Laura Imani wins a door prize
Laura's company MedNotes served as a sponsor of the event. Thank you!
Ruth Christianson wins a door prize Ruth is a student at Andrews School Elena Padilla won a $30 gift card for L&M Bookstore Elena traveled from San Antonio Sister Alicia Whatley and Joyce Barton
Attendees check out BenchMark KB
Freida Goodman and Pam Ebbert Attendees enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new friends Attendees visit the L&M Bookstore exhibit
Bob Sarro of L&M Bookstore
Attendee Carmen Crawford visits with Colleen Saffron Colleen Saffron of Operation Life Transformed served as an exhibitor Sister Alicia Whatley and Marge Hulsey
Bob Sarro of L&M Bookstore helps attendees with their purchases
Attendees view BenchMark KB
25 Capital Chapter members gather for a picture 133a Pam Ebbert wins a door prize 079a Susan Munoz wins a door prize 080a Candace Pitchford checks out the door prizes 081a Michelle Freudenberger wins a door prize 84a Jo Ann Kilsby wins a door prize 083a Barbara Rasmussen - Capital Chapter president 088a Lyndi Moon, Jennifer Dipboye, Freida Goodman
Attendees had an opportunity to contribute to the Power of 10 Campaign The Capital Chapter MATCHED all attendee contributions and is sending a total of $376.00 to AHDI for the Power of 10 Campaign. Barb Adler, speaker Barb Adler delivered an engaging presentation titled "PHR - A Window of Opportunity" Attendees listen to Barb Adler's presentation
Barb Adler, speaker Barb Adler traveled from Oregon to serve as a speaker for our event Attendees applaud the great speakers who shared their time and knowledge 107a Dr Kancherla, speaker Dr Kancherla specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation Lyndi, Jennifer, Freida, Donna Lyndi Moon, Jennifer Dipboye, Freida Goodman, Donna Keller Capital Chapter members stand Eight new members joined the Capital Chapter during the event. Capital Chapter members (L to R) Christy C, Karen W, Lyndi M, Michelle F, Jo Ann K, Barbara R, Karen L, Pam E Capital Chapter members (L to R) Norma Burnley, Elaine Olson, Liz Harmeson, Gloria Hamiter, Maggie Martone Jo Ann Kilsby and Suzanne Taubert visit during a break Jo Ann and Suzanne are both long-time members of AAMT/AHDI Capital Chapter members
The Capital Chapter continues to grow and prosper, with 8 new members joining at the symposium.
Capital Chapter members Front row: Vanessa D, Shirley S, Emily G, Carmen C. Bobbie H; Back row: Pat I, Pat L, Marian J, Kathy M Charter members Karen Webb & Gloria Hamiter Karen and Gloria are original members of the Capital Chapter, chartered in 1983. Karen Webb, Jo Ann Kilsby, and Kathy Muelker Karen and Jo Ann handled the raffle ticket sales (a fundraiser for the Capital Chapter) Debbie Bright-Chunn, AHDI Director and Board Partner for TX
Debbie traveled from Louisiana to serve as a speaker. She also demo'd BenchMark KB during breaks.
Speaker Richard Bryarly, M.D. Dr. Bryarly specializes in ENT/Otolaryngology at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic Dr Bryarly answers questions from attendees Dr Bryarly, ENT/Otolaryngology at Austin Diagnostic Clinic Jennifer, Freida, Candace, Donna Jennifer Dipboye, Freida Goodman, Candace Pitchford, Donna Keller Kathy Muelker & Bobbie Hart 139a Dee & Bob Sarro at the L&M Bookstore exhibit table Bob Sarro has attended many AHDI events throughout Texas over the years and we appreciate his continued support! Carrie Stein and Pat Ireland display their recently published book The book is titled "The Dictated Word" Several companies provided "promo" items for the attendees Pens, catalogues, and other items were available Trudy Regnier wins a door prize Trudy 151a Stephanie Schultz wins a door prize The Capital Chapter was delighted to have an attendee from Florida! SpeedType prize Betsy Ertel donated a SpeedType Word Expander license for the event. Elvia Reyna was the lucky winner. Shirley Swift draws some winning tickets for door prizes
Shirley Swift and Barbara Rasmussen
Vanessa De La Rosa wins a door prize Vanessa 157a Bobbie Hart wins a door prize Bobbie 160a Kathy Muelker and Colleen Saffron 1.jpg Kathy Muelker and Colleen Saffron 1.jpg 2009-09-19 Dee and Bob Sarro
Bob Sarro has attended many Texas AHDI component events as a vendor for L&M Bookstore. Thanks Bob!
GCC members with Barb Marques Gulf Coast Chapter members with AHDI President-Elect Barb Marques Beverly Curry wins a door prize Beverly 161a Barbara introduces speaker Tom Twiss Tom Twiss from AMBIS delivered an informative presentation on end-of-life planning, including advance directives and other medicolegal documents Speaker Tom Twiss from AMBIS Tom Twiss shared important information and distributed materials to assist with end-of-life planning and medicolegal issues Kathy congratulates Barbara on winning the BenchMark KB raffle We thank InterFix for donating the 1-year subscription to BenchMark KB! Elvia Reyna wins the SpeedType raffle prize! Thanks to Betsy Ertel for donating the prize! Freida Goodman wins a Glimmer headset
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Kathy Muelker and Liz Harmeson
Elvia Reyna wins the SpeedType raffle
Attendees listen to speaker Tom Twiss 167a Thank you, Jack (Capital Chapter volunteer, AV & tech support) Barbara Rasmussen presented Jack Kirtland with a thank-you card and gift on behalf of the Capital Chapter. Jack has been helping with our events for over 2 years. As the symposium wraps up, attendees gather their materials Michelle Skelton, Millie Stouffer, and Maggie Martone Marge Hulsey and Kathie Anderson
Shirley Swift and Kathy Muelker
Julia Welch speaks at the welcome reception
Julia Welch spoke to attendees at the welcome reception
Julia was the first Capital Chapter President in 1983-84
Welcome Reception - Friday evening Reception 021a Julia Welch Julia delivered an entertaining presentation on grammar, punctuation, and more! Kathy Muelker & Kathy Bodge - Welcome reception ...and they both spell "Kathy" the same way! Attendees enjoy the welcome reception
Candace, Paula, Denice Candace Pitchford, Paula Menchaca, Denice Moore Kathie Anderson
The MTS clan
Liz, Christy, Debbie, Diana, Elaine
Debbie and Ronnie Chunn
Julia Welch, speaker - welcome reception Julia Welch served as the first Capital Chapter president in 1983-84 Lyndi Moon and Jennifer Dipboye
Parice, Jerry, Cynthia
Parice Aziere, Jerry Shoemaker, Cynthia Alder
Pat Ireland, Diana Rezac, Suzanne Taubert
Ruth Christianson and Lori Shaw
Lori was the winner of a 1-year AHDI membership from Barb Marques
Attendees enjoy the reception
Stephanie, Nita, Marian Stephanie Schultz (Florida), Nita Townsend, Marian Jones Welcome reception
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Capital Chapter Mini Symposium - May 16, 2009 - Celebrating National MT Week
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Simulation Center in Temple - March 19, 2009
Attendees gather outside the Simulation Center prior to the tour
Left to right: Kathy Muelker, Mercy Fudell, Monica Crocker, Barbara Rasmussen, Brenda Stone, Bobbie Hart (Not pictured: Desiree Frieden - who took the picture!)
Getting ready for the tour
Desiree Frieden, Kathy Muelker, Mercy Fudell, Bobbie Hart, Barbara Rasmussen, Brenda Stone (not pictured: Monica Crocker, photographer!)
Center Director Neil Coker conducted the tour and provided interesting details about the unique facility
Neil points out the camera system on the ceiling
Neil shows the group how to assess the carotid pulses
Desiree Frieden checks the "patient's" toes
This female "patient" is used for labor and delivery exercises (she is indeed pregnant!)
Neil describes the reaslistic simulation features of the baby
Barbara observes Neil describing this Sim Man used for cardiopulmonary simulation
Multiple people can listen to the patient's heart sounds with these devices
The Simulation Center is designed like a mini hospital
The control room operators can watch, listen, and speak to the medical students as they are assessing the patient
The operator can also be the voice of the patient and answer questions, explain symptoms, etc.
Control room Simulation Center Kathy gets friendly with a skeleton
Neil Coker explains how the operating room is used for anesthesiology training
Neil provides information on the simulated activities that can take place in the operating room
Barbara looks on as Neil describes how the surgical patient is utilized in simulation activities Simulation Center 31909 064.jpg 2009-03-19 "Antique" hospital equipment is on display in the lobby of the simulation center
Old medical equipment is on display
Attendees also received a tour of the operational dental clinic which is part of the simulation center
Dental hygeine students provide services to the general public
Barbara Rasmussen presents Neil Coker with a gift card from the Capital Chapter in appreciation of the wonderful tour he provided
Attendees met at nearby Cracker Barrel after the tour L to R: Bobbie Hart, Mercy Fudell, Desiree Frieden, Barbara Rasmussen, Brenda Stone Desiree, Barbara, Brenda, and Kathy
Career Day in Killeen - March 13, 2009
Capital Chapter members Monica Crocker, Kathy Muelker, Marilyn Campbell
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Access to the AHDI website was available to participants
A laptop was available to allow participants to register directly on the AHDI website (military spouse database)
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Colleen is with Operation Life Transformed
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Colleen represented Operation Life Transformed, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to military spouses and caregivers of wounded military personnel.
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Not pictured: Christy Cole, Jo Ann Kilsby, Venita Durante, Gail Durante
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Capital Chapter Meeting - January 17, 2009
Chapter Meeting January 2009 026.jpg Chapter Meeting January 2009 026.jpg 2009-01-17 Elaine Olson, Christy Webb, Emily Garcia Russell
Jack and John (AV/IT volunteers) with Barbara
Jack Kirtland (left) and John Evans work with Barbara to make sure the audiovisual equipment is ready.
President Barbara Rasmussen, CMT
President Barbara Rasmussen makes some announcements Chapter Meeting (L to R) Secretary Rachel Recher-Evans, Barbara, Kathy, Jan Willems Chapter Meeting President Barbara Rasmussen recognizes 2008 Member of the Year Kathy Muelker
2009 President Barbara Rasmussen and 2007/2008 president Kathy Muelker Chapter Meeting Barbara & Kathy Chapter Meeting Kathy presents Barbara with torch pin
Guest speaker Michelle D. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Michelle is the director of the Forensics Anthropoloy Center in San Marcos
Guest speaker Michelle D. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Kathy Muelker gives a demo of BenchMark KB
Kathy presents information about BenchMark KB
Barbara, Jack, and Jan Willems
Attendees gather for a picture after the meeting
Just one more picture... Attendees
Capital Chapter Meeting - November 15, 2008
Front row: Norma Burnley, Gloria Hamiter, Marge Hulsey, Celina Crandal
Middle row: Jennifer Willie, Kathy Muelker, Wynette Becker, Barbara Rasmussen
Back row: Rachel Recher-Evans, Sister Alicia Whatley, Desiree Frieden, Monica Crocker, Paula Galloway, Deborah Brown
(not pictured - Maggie Martone)
Welcome new members! Deborah Brown, Paula Galloway, Desiree Frieden
Kathy presented a gift to member Sister Alicia Whatley in appreciation of her many years of dedication to medical transcription.
Kathy, Sister Alicia, Barbara
Dr. Patience Reading
Dr. Reading, our guest speaker, delivered a GREAT presentation on conversion disorder. Fascinating!
Gloria is a charter member of the Capital Chapter (since 1983) and has attended 22 consecutive national AHDI conventions (ACE)!
Neurologist Dr. Reading
Jennifer Willie, treasurer
Jennifer listens to Dr. Reading's presentation
Attendees listen to neurologist Dr. Patience Reading speak about conversion disorder
Gotcha! :o) Monica is usually behind the camera taking GREAT pics of our meetings and events.
Kathy thanks Dr. Reading
Barbara & Kathy
Kathy thanks Barbara for serving as an officer in 2007 & 2008
Conducting her last meeting as president (2007-2008)
Barbara recognizes Kathy's contributions to the Capital Chapter
The 2008 officers thank Kathy for serving as president
Kathy's husband Jack is recognized for his contributions and support
Barbara thanks Jack for his help with Capital Chapter activities over the past 2 years
Barbara presents thank-you gift to Kathy from 2008 officers
Kathy receives gift from 2008 officers
President-elect Barbara Rasmussen reviews updates to the chapter bylaws
Kathy thanks Barbara for serving as an officer in 2007 & 2008
Barbara Rasmussen, 2008 president-elect
Jennifer Willie receives a thank-you from Kathy for serving as treasurer in 2008
Rachel Recher-Evans is installed as secretary for 2009
Wynette Becker is installed as treasurer for 2009
Barbara Rasmussen is installed as president for 2009
Barbara installs Kathy as chapter rep for 2009
Congratulations, new officers!
Newly elected officers for 2009
Kathy, Rachel, Wynette, Barbara
Your officers for 2009
Kathy - Chapter Rep; Rachel - Secretary; Wynette - Treasurer; Barbara - President
Drawing door prize winners!
Choosing a door prize
Everybody wins a door prize!
After the meeting, several attendees enjoyed lunch together at Santa Rita Mexican restaurant
(Monica makes sure to get a lot of pictures!)
Lunch Gloria, Kathy, Paula, Deborah, Rachel & John, Desiree, Jennifer, Wynette, Barbara (Monica is taking the picture!) Returning from lunch on a cool, windy day Whose idea was it to walk? :o) Getting exercise after lunch
Hey - it will be downhill on the way back! :o)
A "crisp" weather day
A windy but beautiful fall day in Austin
Black & white looks good, too!
Career Day - Killeen - Nov. 18, 2008
Kathy, Monica, Rachel
Capital Chapter members participated in the Career Day in Killeen, representing the profession of medical transcription and AHDI
Kathy talks to interested attendees
Introducing the profession of medical transcription
Sharing information about a career that "moves with you"
Marie DeCindio and Kathy Muelker
Kathy give Marie some of the AHDI Military Spouse brochures. Marie is the Education Trainer for the Fort Hood ACS Employment Readiness Branch
Attendees are provided with handouts and brochures
Several attendees planned to pursue medical transcription as a career
Many attendees wanted to hear about medical transcription
Information, handouts, brochures... so much to learn about medical transcription!
We had sample reports and reference books available
Rachel and Kathy
Rachel brought medical reference books to show the attendees.
Kathy explains what medical transcriptionists do
Attendees were able to ask questions
Kathy refers to the AHDI brochure for military spouses
It's not just typing...
AHDI participates in Career Day - Killeen/Fort Hood
Monica Crocker shows the certificate she received
Capital Chapter members were presented with a certificate, tote bag, and mug for participating in Career Day.
Attendees listen to Kathy describe what medical transcriptionists do
Colleen Saffron with Operation Life Transformed
Our friend and supporter, Colleen Saffron, participated in Career Day and told attendees about OLT's scholarship program
Yes - you can work from home!
Kathy and Rachel review the materials and handouts
Rachel and Kathy get ready to set up the materials
Capital Chapter Annual Symposium - Oct 3/4, 2008
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Elaine made a yummy 25th anniversary cake for the welcome reception
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Pat Lang introduced speaker John Hays, M.D.
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Capital Chapter Meeting - April 19, 2008
Capital Chapter Meeting 04-19-08 Meeting attendees (Not pictured: Maggie Martone and photographer Monica Crocker) Benell Tope and Elaine Olson
Marge receives plant (front) Deanna Hart and Rachel Recher-Evans. Kathy presents Marge with plant. Meeting attendees Kathy, Sister Alicia, Wynette, Gloria Dr. Koushik Shaw, urologist Guest speaker Dr. Shaw explained how he performs urologic procedures using the da Vinci robot. Hmmm... that is a great question Dr. Shaw answered the excellent questions posed by meeting attendees. Dr. Shaw Dr. Shaw shows a video of a partial nephrectomy performed with the robot Catching up Sister Alicia Whatley and Wynette Becker visit during the meeting. Capital Chapter 25th Anniversary The engraved plate commemorating the Capital Chapter's 25th anniversary was on display (gift from Alamo Chapter) Chapter members visit Jo Ann Kilsby, Gloria Hamiter, and Marge Hulsey visit during a break. Jennifer Willie & Kathy Jennifer won the first door prize, the new edition of the Book of Style Door prize winners Benell Tope and Wynette Becker Sister Alicia draws another name
Jo Ann Kilsby Jo Ann is a door prize winner, too! Deanna Hart (future MT!) Special guest Deanna Hart was also a door prize winner Attendees enjoy the meeting Barbara Rasmussen, Sister Alicia Whatley, Wynette Becker, Gloria Hamiter Elaine Olson Another door prize winner! Capital Chapter volunteer Kathy's husband Jack reviews the contest entries to determine who had the most accurate guess. Sharing a smile Sister Alicia and Wynette Contest winner Jo Ann Kilsby Jo Ann Kilsby won the Texas cooler for her accurate guessing ability (she knows her keyboard keys well). Meeting attendees Not pictured were photographer Monica Crocker and Maggie Martone Kathy and Marge catch up
Texas AHDI Annual Meeting - Feb 15-16, 2008
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NYT > Health
NYT > Health Health A New Wave of Challenges to Health Law Conservative critics, joined by their Republican allies on Capitol Hill, are trying to make the case that President Obama has overstepped his authority.
Health Care Site Rushing to Make Fixes by Sunday Hardware upgrades and software fixes scheduled for this weekend, Obama administration officials say, will allow the site to handle 50,000 simultaneous users by Dec. 1, as promised.
World Briefing | Health and Science: U.S. Pledges New Funds to Fight AIDS The United States will commit up to $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, President Obama said Monday at the White House.
Insurers Are Offered Assistance for Losses The Obama administration said added money would be an incentive for insurance companies to let people to keep health policies that were to have been canceled.
As Hospital Prices Soar, a Single Stitch Tops $500 Hospital pricing is often convoluted, and hospital charges represent about a third of the total United States health care bill.
Medical Technician Sentenced in Hepatitis C Outbreak A hospital worker and hepatitis C carrier who injected himself with syringes of fentanyl, then filled them with saline for use with patients, infected at least 45 people.
Bishops Sued Over Policies on Abortion at Hospitals The American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of a Michigan woman, is suing Catholic bishops, arguing that their anti-abortion guidelines to affiliated hospitals are leading to medical negligence.
Well: New Strides in Spaying and Neutering Nonsurgical sterilization treatments for dogs and cats are emerging that could reduce or even eliminate the need for traditional neutering.
Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing A slowing trend in health care spending has lowered the law’s price by billions, and future cost controls may save billions more.
Comment: Families, in Many Shapes and Sizes (5 Comments) Letters and comments to the Editor.
Global Health: Circumcisions to Help Prevent AIDS Are on the Rise A United Nations agency estimated that 3.2 million African men had been voluntarily circumcised since 2007. Studies show that the procedure reduces the risk of infection by about 60 percent.
Personal Health: Palliative Care, the Treatment That Respects Pain Contrary to a common misconception, palliative care is not meant just for the dying, but a shortage of doctors trained in it remains an obstacle to its wider use.
Well: Men at Work for Women in Labor Doulas are trained to help new mothers cope with the rigors of childbirth, but very, very few of them are men.
Oxytocin Found to Stimulate Social Brain Regions in Children With Autism The results of a small study of children with mild autism given oxytocin suggests that their brains’ social regions are not irrevocably damaged.
Genetic Connections: Learning to Defuse the Aorta The long search for a gene mutation has led to a chance of stopping Marfan syndrome and reducing the risk of a fatal burst before it happens.
Well: Sugary Drinks Tied to Endometrial Cancer Risk A new study has found that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with an increased risk for endometrial cancer.
The New Old Age Blog: Words That Wound More than one-third of older adults reported some form of verbal abuse from family members in a recent study.
Recipes for Health: Cod Fillets With Blender Cilantro and Yogurt Sauce A cool sauce over hot fish makes for a delicious meal.
Alaskan Cod in Sweet and Sour Pepper Sauce A sauce that can double as a vegetable side dish.
Well: Vitamin D Fails to Ease Winter Coughs and Colds Taking vitamin D and calcium, alone or together, failed to reduce the severity of respiratory tract infections during the winter months, according to a new study.
Insurers Claim Health Website Is Still Flawed The site appears easier to use for most people, but problems in the systems that deliver consumer information to insurers still have not been fixed.
Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution Six big-city school systems are combining their purchasing power to persuade suppliers to sell healthier and more environment-friendly products, like compostable food trays, at low prices.
Op-Ed Contributor: Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb Research on how food preferences develop suggests that obesity may have its roots in what we eat as babies.
Ask Well: Nighttime Urination A reader asks: How normal is it to get up and urinate three times a night?
Well: Timing of Baby’s First Solids May Affect Allergy Risk Breast-feeding exclusively for 4 to 6 months, and introducing solid foods while breast-feeding continues, may be a good way to reduce the risk for food allergies in children, a new study suggests.