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INKY CONNECTION <br />INSIDE THIS ISSUEeducation corner…..2NEWS FROM AHDI…..3HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING UPDATE FROM ACE…3 national news……8LOCAL NEWS…..13 GOALS THEME....14CALENDAR OF EVENTS…..18TREASURER’S REPORT…..18BOARD MEMBERS……20 HYPERLINK l "CROSSWORD" o "GO TO CROSSWORD PUZZLE" CROSSWORD PUZZLE…..21ISSUE THEME IS: GOALS DECEMBER 2009 <br />PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE By Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-FWow, I can’t believe 2009 is almost over and this is my last President’s Message to you! I trust each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.It has been an interesting year to say the least. I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of the INKY members who have helped throughout the year. Without each of you, INKY would not exist. I am delighted to report that our Fall Symposium was held and was a success – not necessarily a monetary success, but we did have several new faces in the crowd, as well as some old familiar faces. Our goal for this symposium was not to make money but rather to get more people in the door so we could spread the word about what is going on with INKY and AHDI, and to that end I think we were very successful. I am hopeful that in 2010, more of you will volunteer in some way, be it on a committee, making a phone call, sending emails, etc. Every little detail is so helpful and so appreciated. Lastly, I want to thank you for making my job as 2009 President an easy one. My wish for each of you is a lovely holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F2009 INKY-AHDI President<br /> ___________ __ <br /> EDUCATION CORNER<br />NEW FDA DEVICE APPROVALSPermission Granted From FDA EzPAP� A positive airway pressure system used to treat atelectasis and provide lung expansion therapy in cases where incentive spirometry alone is not sufficient.ManufacturerSmiths MedicalSourcesmiths-medical.comRELIEVA BALLOON SINUPLASTY SYSTEM9/21 8:50 am A catheter-based system used to unblock sinuses and restore anatomy.ManufacturerAcclarentSourceacclarent.comVIDAS fPSA rt Assay - P080008Product Name: VIDAS fPSA rt AssayPMA Applicant: Biomerieux Inc.Address: 595 Anglum Road Hazelwood, MO Approval Date: 10/8/09Approval Letter: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdfx/P080008a.pdf Approved: 10/08/2009CONSERVE® Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System - P030042 Product Name: CONSERVE® Plus Total Resurfacing Hip SystemPMA Applicant: Wright Medical TechnologyAddress: 5677 Airline Road, Arlington, Tennessee 38002Approval Date: November 3, 2009Approval Letter: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf3/P030042a.pdfApproved: 11/03/2009NEW FDA DRUG APPROVALS Permission Granted From WWW.Drugs.com UpCal D9/21 8:50 am Calcium citrate with Vitamin D powder for treatment or prevention of calicum deficiency. Dosage Information dietary supplement powder, taken by mouth. Source: Drugs.com.TwynstaIngredients: Amlodipine besylate; Telmisartan5 mg/40 mg; oral tabletManufacturer: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIMTreatment of hypertensionApproved: 10/2009Approved 11/13/09: Lysteda WASHINGTON - Federal health officials have approved a new drug as the first non-hormonal treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding.The Food and Drug Administration says Lysteda tablets reduce bleeding by acting on a protein that helps blood clot. The drug is made by Newport, Ky.-based Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals.Istodax: romidepsinManufacturer: Gloucester PharamceuticalsApproved: 11/05/2009Treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) in patients who have received at least one prior systemic therapy (1). Route: Intravenous<br />AHDI House of Delegates Meeting, WednesdayOctober 28, 2009, 7 pm Brenda Hurley, CMT, AHDI-F, opened the meeting. The Nominating Committee has reported chapters experiencing difficulties getting volunteers to fill officers’ positions. Chad Sines of the Bylaws Committee provided model universal bylaws for chapters. These were compiled in an effort to remove the burden from each component having to update their bylaws each year. Now the chapter will also have a Policies and Procedures document which a model was also provided for us to customize. Susan Lucci, CMT, AHDI-F, summarized AHDI’s activities over the past year. She spoke about visiting the AMA to discuss the Health Story Project and the progress made with the Member Benefits Grid. An additional initiative AHDI worked on was the SRT curriculum and that is now complete. AHDI has retained the services of a lobbying firm, DeweySquare Group. Peter Preziosi, CEO, spoke about the impact of the HITECH Act and its requirements on our field and how AHDI and MTIA are collaborating to develop a compliance manual. The very exciting news Mr. Preziosi delivered was that of a digital highway creating a network system to link up MTSOs to share uniformly coded records to create an exchange of documents created by Verizon Business & ICSA Labs—a company who has experience in Ciberspace Security since 1991. This currently involves 7 MTSOs who report 60,000 records, 2.5 billion records archived on their platforms, 375,000 unique physicians’ services, 2500 unique hospitals, and 2400 clinics—bringing together this infrastructure to push out standardization in a rapid fire way. AHDI Board will travel to these areas for meetings: Charlotte, NC, in January 2010; Advocacy in March 2010 in DC; and Austin for the Annual Convention. Bethany Twist reported that the Power of 10 Campaign has collected $4055 with part of those funds from components around the country! Linda Brady, new Director of Membership, reported there will be new restructuring of the membership categories and using Personify for members to more easily upgrade. Look for updates in membership information in January 2010.END….LuAnn Guilfoyle, CMT-Delegate AHDI Announces Newly Elected Leaders AHDI is proud to announce these newly elected directors, who will serve from 2010-2012:Sherry DoggettBrett McCutcheon, CMT, AHDI-F Lisa Johnson Williams, CMT, AHDI-F We are also happy to announce the Speaker-elect for the House of Delegates Chad Sines, AHDI-F Thanks to all who voted and congratulations to the winners! AHDI-Professional Programs Coordinator—Job OpeningDue to personal reasons, Sue Krajewski, CMT, AHDI-F, will be leaving AHDI’s Professional Programs Department at the end of this month. AHDI would like to acknowledge and thank Sue for her outstanding contributions to the association as a staff member and looks forward to continuing to partner with Sue as a volunteer on association initiatives. To that end, AHDI is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Professional Programs Coordinator. Qualified, credentialed candidates can download the Professional Programs Coordinator Job Description and forward resume and qualifications to Lea Sims, CMT, AHDI-F (email@example.com). ‘Latest news from AHDI”<br />‘Latest news from AHDI”AHDI and MTIA Co-sponsors in Best Practices in Electronic Health Records Event <br />Join us February 3-5, 2010, in Boston, MA, for a gathering of healthcare professionals, providers, hospitals, healthcare systems, and state and federal health departments. This strategic business forum will highlight strategies for EMR Adopting and Use within Healthcare Organizations. This conference will show attendees how to overcome the challenges of implementing an EMR system, offer best practices in integration, streamline clinical processes, establish training guidelines for staff and personnel, and how to benchmark your success of the EMR system. To learn more or to register for this event, visit Active Communications International. <br />Posted by Lea Sims at 3:58 PM <br />Labels: AHDI, EHR, EMR, MTIA <br />Thursday, November 19, 2009<br /> HYPERLINK "http://ahdionline.blogspot.com/2009/11/new-exam-preparation-product-from-ahdi.html" New Exam Preparation Product from AHDI! <br />AHDI Flash Cards are designed to provide the student, new graduate, and/or seasoned MT with quick, high-impact study tools for skill building and exam preparation. Take this handy convenient pack of easy-to-use flash cards with you when you travel, have a long wait in a doctor’s office or kids’ soccer practice, or simply with making the most of that 10 minutes between appointments or on a break. Each set of flashcards covers a content area on the AHDI exam blueprint and is designed to put that core knowledge right at your fingertips. This set of medicolegal flash cards will test your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of medicolegal concepts and terms associated with the healthcare delivery and the documentation sector, including such topics as HIPAA, document types, document formats, the legal record, malpractice, DNRs, and much more. Order your Flash Cards today! <br />Posted by Coleen Fisher at 3:28 PM <br />Labels: AHDI, MTIA <br />Thursday, November 12, 2009<br /> HYPERLINK "http://ahdionline.blogspot.com/2009/11/ahdi-and-mtia-score-advocacy-success.html" AHDI and MTIA Score an Advocacy Success <br />Last week, AHDI and MTIA members proved yet again that grassroots membership involvement is key to the success of our advocacy efforts. Members’ calls, emails, and faxes to their Representatives helped defeat an amendment that would have eliminated from the Small Business Financing and Investment Act of 2009 (H.R. 3854) loans for which our members would be eligible and could use to purchase health information technologies. The amendment was withdrawn, and the bill passed in the House of Representatives and now moves to the Senate. This success demonstrated not only the value of membership participation in advocacy, but also the value of working with the Dewey Square Group (DSG). DSG alerted us to the amendment, helped us craft our official statement to legislators, and coordinated delivery of that statement to every member of the House of Representatives. Thank you for your continued support of our associations’ advocacy efforts and stay tuned for future developments concerning the bill. <br />Posted by Lea Sims at 6:30 PM <br />Labels: Advocacy, AHDI, HYPERLINK "http://ahdionline.blogspot.com/search/label/Dewey%20Square%20Group" Dewey Square Group, HIT, HR 3854, MTIA <br />‘Latest news from AHDI”<br />Thursday, November 12, 2009<br /> HYPERLINK "http://ahdionline.blogspot.com/2009/11/medical-transcription-industry.html" Medical Transcription Industry Celebrates Health IT Week <br />Washington, DC, November 3, 2009 – As health information managers and professionals across the country celebrate the health information & technology industry this week, the Association for Health Care Documentation Integrity (AHDI) and the Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA) announced their support for a healthcare reform package that improves electronic health records (EHRs) as well as patient safety. Read the full press release on the AHDI and MTIA websites. <br />Posted by Lea Sims at 6:27 PM <br />Labels: AHDI, EHR, EHR adoption, healthcare reform, HIT Week, MTIA <br />Thursday, September 17, 2009<br /> HYPERLINK "http://ahdionline.blogspot.com/2009/09/speech-recognition-editing-online.html" Speech Recognition Editing Online Course—NEW! <br />When used in conjunction with properly trained medical transcription editors, speech recognition technology (SRT) has proven its worth by lowering healthcare costs and providing faster turn-around times. The technology serves as a bridge to the electronic health record by offering a familiar and efficient method of data entry to the medical community. The need for qualified SRT editors is expected to increase in correlation with the growing healthcare demands of an aging population. In partnership with TRSi and 3M, and with the contributions of a volunteer workgroup comprised of SRT developers, MT managers and supervisors, educators and practicing medical transcription professionals from around the country, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) has developed the first of its kind speech recognition editing course which will: * Assist the practicing MT to confidently make the transition from standard transcription production worker to successful SRT knowledge-based worker. * Provide medical transcription schools and programs an option to broaden their curriculum. * Offer employers an excellent training opportunity for their workforce. Click here for more information and to enroll in the next open session. <br />Posted by Lea Sims at 8:38 AM <br />Labels: 3M, AHDI, MTIA, SRT, SRT editing course, TRSi <br />‘Latest news from AHDI”<br />An Open Letter to Healthcare Documentation Professionals <br />On behalf of AHDI <br />What does the future hold for medical transcriptionists, medical editors, and the healthcare documentation profession? Quite honestly, that depends on us. It depends on our knowledge and understanding of the ever‐changing technologic landscape of the healthcare industry and our ability to adapt to these changes. It depends on our preparedness for emerging technologies and capacity to use standardized vocabularies that will form the basis of uniformly structured and coded documents. Frankly, it depends on our profession staying focused on evolving our craft, becoming more visible on the healthcare team as the “go‐to” experts in clinical documentation, and working together to prepare ourselves for future roles in the healthcare industry. We may be unable to directly control the evolution of the healthcare industry and its enabling technologies, but we can ensure our future by adapting to it. <br />The purpose of this letter is two‐fold. First, we want to promote AHDI priorities and how they require involvement by the profession. These priorities address the changing healthcare landscape in positioning our profession not only to remain relevant but also to be considered a value‐add service to patient care delivery. Secondly, whether you’re a member of AHDI or not, we must all pull together at this defining moment in our profession’s history to help reset our direction in these changing times rather than waiting to have others set it for us. We believe AHDI members and nonmembers alike are part of the solution. You can support the future of your career and profession in many ways, along with the priorities of AHDI, and here are a few: <br />Educate yourself. A solid educational background sustained by long‐term continuing education is the cornerstone of our profession. We are medical language specialists – and that language is evolving and morphing exponentially along. The documentation sector is also being shaped by healthcare’s desire for more standardization and greater information specificity with the advent of health information exchanges and ICD‐10 arriving in 2013. A good knowledge base is essential. Log onto the AHDI website and take advantage of the many continuing education opportunities we have to offer. <br />Get credentialed. Professional credentialing demonstrates commitment to lifelong education and is necessary to earn the respect of those both within and outside of our profession. A professional credential demonstrates that like most every other professional on the healthcare delivery team, you are committed to life‐long learning and have taken a competency‐based national exam to validate your knowledge. We know that we are a critical contributor to patient safety, but without credentials that set us apart and distinguish our unique body of knowledge and contributions to the patient care team, our end‐users will continue to believe that anyone can do this job and that our role can readily be replaced by point‐and‐click technologies and speech recognition engines. <br />Use authenticated research tools. Many in our profession do not have adequate resources for the demanding jobs we hold. There are many resources available online. Some are very good, and some are not reliable or trustworthy, so Internet searching is often a gamble. The AHDI Benchmark Knowledge Base, with the third edition Book of Style embedded into it, is a one‐stop, web‐based solution to this problem and represents the profession’s next generation of authenticated literature to drive accuracy and quality into the healthcare document in a quicker and more automated way. Traditional books are excellent, but you need to keep them up‐to‐date. <br />Embrace new technology. The electronic healthcare record is coming, and in many places it is already here. It is an important and necessary development in healthcare documentation and patient safety. We must work toward the goal of a National Health Information Network because such a network of accessible, interoperable health information is a critical component of healthcare reform. Read the Emerging Technologies Focus Group Findings and Conclusions – a comprehensive report prepared from focus groups conducted with documentation professionals and technology vendors, and learn what they believe are the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the field. <br />Get involved. AHDI has a Facebook page – there is no cost, and you can find out more about what we are doing in support of hard‐working healthcare documentation professionals. We discuss what is happening in healthcare and how staying connected, informed, and involved can keep us a step ahead of changes as they develop. Check us out here. <br />Contribute to the Power of 10 Campaign. AHDI is launching a year‐long campaign to raise $10 from 10,000 MTs by the end of 2010. Why? To support the association’s advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, where AHDI and MTIA are working hard to make sure you have a role in the future of the EHR. Our lobbying firm along with our government relations staff is making sure our sector is well represented in important meetings and discussions being held by our nation’s legislators and policymakers on healthcare reform, criteria and standards for EHR systems, and workforce development in allied health. All Power of 10 funds go directly to this effort. It will take every one of the “silent” ten thousand contributing their “voice” through support and participation. Find out more about Power of 10. <br />While everyone around us is deciding our future relevance in healthcare, we must come together, as the true experts in our field, and work collaboratively to develop valuable and meaningful technology‐enabled roles that assist in accelerating EHR adoption, healthcare reform, and improved clinical and reimbursement decision support through accurate, timely, and complete healthcare documentation. We can work together, as practitioners, educators, QA experts, compliance officers, managers, team leaders, and supervisors to shape a future for our profession and that contributes to improving the U.S. healthcare delivery system. <br />There are so many things you can do to build a better future for yourself. This letter outlines some of the many possibilities for positioning yourself to not only survive but thrive in the future of healthcare. <br />Which ones will you choose? <br />Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity <br />2010 Board of Directors, Volunteer Members, and Staff <br />www.ahdionline.org <br />www.facebook.com/AHDI‐FB <br />October 2009 <br />Deaconess Goes Electronic, Not Everyone HappyPosted: Nov 18, 2009 5:55 PM EST story by Courtney FischerEVANSVILLE - NEWS 25 is looking into a new program at Deaconess Hospital. It's been two and a half weeks since the hospital converted paper records to its electronic system. Not everyone is happy about the change. Workers contacted NEWS 25 in fear their jobs will be eliminated. Could it happen and what does the change mean for you as a patient?When Dr. Patrick Fouts finishes seeing a patient he doesn't hand off notes to a transcriptionist, he goes right to a computer. Since November first, Deaconess Hospital has been electronic. Fouts talks out his notes, and the computer records it right to your chart."The system is built so it decreases medical errors," Fouts says. But not everyone agrees the change is for the better. NEWS 25 was contacted by a medical transcriptionist who is worried her job is close to being cut ."We were never really told what EPIC really was--what the impact was going to be," she says.The transcriptionist says she went from working 48 hours a week, to now barely working 40."It's taking the work out from under me. I'm pretty sure administration and management had to know the impact this was going to have on the medical transcription department--they had to.""Any time you implement a new technology there's potential for it to be disruptive in certain areas," says James Porter with Deaconess Hospital. He's the man who oversees the EPIC program. Porter says since it's been implemented, it's streamlined the way Deaconess handles patients. Porter recognizes the fact transcriptionists could lose their jobs."We won't stop needing transcriptionists--there are still things we'll need them to do, but many things are no longer necessary," says Porter.A Deaconess spokesperson says EPIC increases patient safety. About 30 transcriptionists work at Deaconess---the spokesperson would not say if any positions will be cut in the near future.Doctors' company creates voice-based records systemBy David Holthaus • firstname.lastname@example.org • November 15, 2009 With renewed focus on medical costs and efficiency, a young, physician-led company believes the time is right to market a high-tech medical records system it developed and has been using since 2007.Link to full Article: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20091115/BIZ01/911150364/Doctors++company+creates+voice-based+records+systemVENTUREBEAT Livescribe launches an app store for its Pulse smart pen platform11/18/2009 Inspired by Apple, every hardware maker is creating an app stores these days. Today, Livescribe is launching a beta platform that allows developers to create apps for its Pulse smart pen.For entire article: http://venturebeat.com/2009/11/18/livescribe-launches-an-app-store-for-its-pulse-smart-pen-platform/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Venturebeat+%28VentureBeat%29(there’s an app for medical transcription)SANTA CRUZ, CA, November 14, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- VIVA Transcription, a leading provider in medical transcription services, announced that, as of November 1, it has processed over one million documents for its 450+ clients in the United States. "As a result of our longstanding commitment to providing the highest quality medical transcripts, VIVA is thrilled to have reached this significant milestone before the end of the year, placing us in the top five percent of medical transcription companies in the nation," stated Manuel Prado, President.Link to full article: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release-rss/1000000-transcripts-and-growing-124726.phpNATIONAL NEWS<br />CONGRATULATIONS<br />TO<br />Diana Albright, CMT and Patty Brown, CMT<br />For successful completion of the CMT exam in the Fall 2009.<br />TO<br />Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F<br />For successful attainment of the Fellow designation <br />(See acknowledgement letter on following page)<br />TO<br />Michelle Holden, CMT, as INKY’s newly elected Vice President<br />For a 2-year term with the first year beginning in 2010 as VP and the second year in 2011 as President of INKY.<br />CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE ABOVE NAMED MEMBERS. WE ARE PROUD OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND SHARE IN YOUR JOY AND SUCCESS!!<br /> <br />KATHY PETTY INDUCTED INTO FELLOW STATUS<br />I would proudly like to introduce our newest induction into Fellow status.<br /> <br />Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F<br />Zionsville, IN<br /> <br />Kathy is an MT who has been certified for five years and has been a member of AHDI since 2002. Kathy has volunteered on the INKY-AHDI's Membership Committee as well as serving as INKY-AHDI's President, President-Elect, and Alternate Delegate. Kathy has contributed articles and peer presentations, as well as leading credentialing study groups. <br /> <br />Being a Fellow of AHDI is an acknowledgement of excellence and an honor which signifies that you have achieved a balance of successful activities in your professional and personal life that goes beyond every day transcription practice. Please join me in congratulating Kathy on her prestigious accomplishment!<br /> <br /> <br />Cassie Uber<br />Credentialing and Education Coordinator<br />Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)<br />Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA)<br />4230 Kiernan Ave., Ste, 130 <br />Modesto, CA 95356<br />800-982-2182 x2456<br />email@example.com<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />AVAILABLE INKY POSITION—CANDIDATES NEEDED!<br />AHDI LEGISLATIVE LIAISON <br />AHDI LEGISLATIVE LIAISON PROGRAM <br />By Kathy Petty, CMT<br />For those of you who attended the INKY Fall Symposium in October, you heard the awesome, heartfelt presentation given by Mary Brinton, CMT regarding her experience at the Advocacy Summit this year. Mary was an awesome representative for INKY and we are so proud of her and of her efforts on our behalf. I am hopeful that Mary’s presentation also inspired you to become involved in advocacy.<br />AHDI is launching a legislative liaison program. The goal is to identify an AHDI member in each state who would be willing to serve as a legislative liaison. The legislative liaisons would do the following:<br />
Respond to occasional advocacy alerts calling on members to contact their legislators or government officials about issues of interest to AHDI;
Ask other members at the local level to respond to advocacy alerts;
Serve as grassroots coordinators for the annual AHDI/MTIA Advocacy Summit, including promoting the Summit, coordinating letter writing, and acting as state delegation leaders during the Summit;
Organize advocacy activities at the state level; and
Share information regarding advocacy opportunities and successes with AHDI’s national office.