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ISSUE THEME IS: GOALS DECEMBER 2009
By Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F
Wow, 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-F
2009 INKY-AHDI President
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
E D U C A T I O N C O R N E R … . . 2
N E W S F R O M A H D I … . . 3
H O U S E O F D E L E G A T E S M E E T I N G
U P D A T E F R O M A C E … 3
N A T I O N A L N E W S … … 8
L O C A L N E W S … . . 1 3
G O A L S T H E M E . . . . 1 4
C A L E N D A R O F E V E N T S … . . 1 8
T R E A S U R E R ’ S R E P O R T … . . 1 8
B O A R D M E M B E R S … … 2 0
C R O S S W O R D P U Z Z L E … . . 2 1
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WASHINGTON - Federal health officials have
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treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding.
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that helps blood clot. The drug is made by
Newport, Ky.-based Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals.
Manufacturer: Gloucester Pharamceuticals
Treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL)
in patients who have received at least one prior
systemic therapy (1).
NEW FDA DEVICE APPROVALS
Permission Granted From FDA
A positive airway pressure system usedto treat
atelectasis and provide lung expansion therapy in cases
where incentivespirometry alone is not
A catheter-based system usedto unblock sinusesand
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Approval Date: November 3, 2009
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AHDI Announces Newly Elected Leaders
AHDI is proud to announce these newly
elected directors, who will serve from 2010-
Brett 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
Due 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
AHDI House of Delegates Meeting,
October 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
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AHDI and MTIA Co-sponsors in Best Practices in Electronic Health Records Event
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
Posted by Lea Sims at 3:58 PM
Labels: AHDI, EHR, EMR, MTIA
Thursday, November 19, 2009
New Exam Preparation Product from AHDI!
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This set of medicolegal f lash cards will test y our knowledge and understanding of a broad range of medicolegal concepts and terms associated with the healthcare
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Posted by Coleen Fisher at 3:28 PM
Labels: AHDI, MTIA
Thursday, November 12, 2009
AHDI and MTIA Score an Advocacy Success
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.
Posted by Lea Sims at 6:30 PM
Labels: Advocacy, AHDI, Dewey Square Group, HIT, HR 3854, MTIA
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Medical Transcription Industry Celebrates Health IT Week
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.
Posted by Lea Sims at 6:27 PM
Labels: AHDI, EHR, EHR adoption, healthcare reform, HIT Week, MTIA
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Speech Recognition Editing Online Course—NEW!
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 Associati on
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.
Posted by Lea Sims at 8:38 AM
Labels: 3M, AHDI, MTIA, SRT, SRT editing course, TRSi
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An Open Letter to Healthcare Documentation Professionals
On behalf of AHDI
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‐changingtechnologiclandscapeof the healthcare industryandourabilitytoadaptto 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
evolvingourcraft,becomingmore visible on the healthcare team as the “go‐to” experts in clinical documentation,
and workingtogethertoprepare ourselvesforfuture rolesinthe 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.
The purpose of thisletteristwo‐fold.First,we wanttopromote AHDIprioritiesandhow theyrequire involvementby
the profession.Theseprioritiesaddressthe changinghealthcare landscape in positioning our profession not only to
remainrelevantbutalsoto be considered a value‐add service to patient care delivery. Secondly, whether you’re a
memberof AHDIor not,we must all pull together at this defining moment in our profession’s history to help reset
our directioninthese changingtimesratherthanwaitingtohave otherssetitfor us. We believe AHDI members and
nonmembersalikeare partof 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:
Educateyourself.A solideducationalbackgroundsustainedbylong‐termcontinuingeducationisthe cornerstone
of ourprofession.We are medical language specialists –andthat language isevolvingandmorphingexponentially
along.The documentationsectorisalsobeingshapedbyhealthcare’sdesire formore standardizationandgreater
informationspecificitywiththe adventof healthinformationexchangesandICD‐10arrivingin2013. A good
knowledge base isessential.Logontothe AHDIwebsite andtake advantage of the manycontinuingeducation
opportunitieswe have tooffer.
earnthe respectof those bothwithinandoutside of ourprofession.A professional credential demonstratesthatlike
mosteveryotherprofessional onthe healthcare deliveryteam, youare committedtolife‐longlearningandhave
takena competency‐basednationalexamtovalidate yourknowledge.We know thatwe are a critical contributorto
patientsafety,butwithoutcredentialsthatsetusapart and distinguishouruniquebodyof knowledgeand
contributionstothe patientcare team,our end‐userswill continue tobelieve thatanyone candothisjoband that
our role can readilybe replacedbypoint‐and‐clicktechnologiesandspeechrecognitionengines.
Useauthenticatedresearch tools. Many inour professiondonothave adequate resourcesforthe demanding
jobswe hold.There are many resourcesavailableonline.Some are verygood,andsome are not reliable or
trustworthy,soInternetsearchingisoftenagamble.The AHDI BenchmarkKnowledgeBase,withthe thirdedition
Bookof Style embeddedintoit,isaone‐stop,web‐basedsolutiontothisproblemandrepresentsthe profession’s
nextgenerationof authenticatedliterature todrive accuracy and qualityintothe healthcare documentinaquicker
and more automatedway.Traditional booksare excellent,butyouneedtokeepthemup‐to‐date.
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Embracenew technology. The electronichealthcare recordiscoming,andinmanyplacesit isalreadyhere.Itis
an importantandnecessarydevelopmentinhealthcare documentationandpatientsafety.We mustworktoward
the goal of a National HealthInformationNetworkbecause suchanetworkof accessible,interoperable health
informationisacritical componentof healthcare reform.Readthe EmergingTechnologiesFocusGroupFindingsand
Conclusions –a comprehensive reportpreparedfromfocusgroupsconductedwithdocumentationprofessionalsand
technologyvendors,andlearnwhattheybelieve are the challengesandopportunitiesthatlie aheadforthe field.
Getinvolved.AHDIhas a Facebookpage – there isno cost,and youcan findoutmore about whatwe are doing
insupportof hard‐workinghealthcare documentationprofessionals.We discusswhatishappeninginhealthcare and
howstayingconnected,informed,andinvolvedcankeepusa stepaheadof changesas theydevelop.Checkusout
Contributetothe Power of10 Campaign. AHDIislaunchingayear‐longcampaigntoraise $10 from 10,000 MTs
by the endof 2010. Why? To supportthe association’sadvocacyeffortsinWashington,DC,where AHDIandMTIA
are workinghardto make sure you have a role inthe future of the EHR. Our lobbyingfirmalongwithour
governmentrelationsstaff ismakingsure oursectoriswell representedinimportantmeetingsanddiscussionsbeing
heldbyour nation’slegislatorsandpolicymakersonhealthcarereform, criteriaandstandardsforEHR systems,and
workforce developmentinalliedhealth.AllPowerof 10 fundsgodirectlytothiseffort.Itwill take everyone of the
“silent”tenthousandcontributingtheir“voice”throughsupportandparticipation.Findoutmore about Powerof 10.
While everyonearoundusis decidingourfuture relevance inhealthcare, we mustcome together,asthe true experts
in our field, and work collaboratively to develop valuable and meaningful technology‐enabled roles that assist in
acceleratingEHRadoption,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,teamleaders,andsupervisors to shape a future for our profession and that
contributes to improving the U.S. healthcare delivery system.
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.
Which ones will you choose?
2010 Board of Directors,VolunteerMembers,andStaff
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Doctors' company createsvoice-
based records system
BY DAVID HOLTHAUS • DHOLTHAUS@ENQUIRER.COM • NOVEMBER 15,
With renewedfocus on medical costs andefficiency, a young, physician-
led company believes the time is right tomarket a high-techmedical
records system it developedandhas been usingsince 2007.
Link to full Article:
Livescribe launches anapp store for
its Pulse smart penplatform
Inspired by Apple, every hardware maker is creating an app stores these days.
Today, Livescribeis launching a beta platform that allows developers to create
apps for its Pulse smart pen.
For entire article:
(there’s an app for medical transcription)
SANTA CRUZ, CA, Nov ember 14, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- VIVA
Transcription, a leading prov ider in medical transcription serv ices,
announced that, as of Nov ember 1, it has processed ov er one million
documents f or its 450+ clients in the United States. "As a result of our
longstanding commitment to prov iding the highest quality medical
transcripts, VIVA is thrilled to hav e reached this signif icant milestone bef ore
the end of the y ear, placing us in the top f iv e percent of medical
transcription companies in the nation," stated Manuel Prado, President.
Link to f ull article: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release-
Deaconess Goes Electronic, Not Everyone
Posted: Nov 18, 2009 5:55 PM EST
story by C ourtney Fischer
EVANSVILLE - NEWS 25 is looking into a new programat 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 theirjobs will be eliminated. Could it happen and what doesthe
change mean for you as a patient?
When Dr. P atrick Fouts finishes seeing a patient he doesn't hand off
notes to a transcriptionist, he goesright to a computer.
Since Novemberfirst, DeaconessHospital has been electronic. Fouts
talks out his notes, and the computer records it right to your chart.
"T he systemis built so it decreasesmedical 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.
T he transcriptionist says she went from working 48 hours a week, to
now barely working 40.
"It's taking the work out fromunderme. I'm pretty sure
administration and management had to know the impact this was
going to have on the medical transcriptiondepartment--they had to."
"A ny time you implement a new technology there's potential for it to
be disruptive in certainareas," says James Porter withDeaconess
He's the man who overseesthe EPIC program. P orter sayssince it's
been implemented, it's streamlined the way Deaconesshandles
patients. Porter recognizes the fact transcriptionists could lose their
"We won't stop needing transcriptionists--there are still things we'll
need them to do, but many things are no longer necessary," says
A Deaconess spokespersonsays 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.
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Diana Albright, CMT and Patty Brown, CMT
For successful completion of the CMT exam in the Fall 2009.
Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F
For successful attainment of the Fellow designation
(See acknowledgement letter on following page)
Michelle Holden, CMT, as INKY’s newly elected Vice President
For a 2-year term with the first year beginning in 2010 as VP and the second
year in 2011 as President of INKY.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE ABOVE NAMED MEMBERS. WE ARE
PROUD OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND SHARE IN YOUR JOY AND
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KATHY PETTY INDUCTED INTO FELLOW STATUS
I would proudly like to introduce our newest induction into Fellow status.
Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F
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.
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!
Credentialing and Education Coordinator
Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA)
4230 Kiernan Ave., Ste, 130
Modesto, CA 95356
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AVAILABLE INKY POSITION—CANDIDATES NEEDED!
AHDI LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
AHDI LEGISLATIVE LIAISON PROGRAM
By Kathy Petty, CMT
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.
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:
Respond to occasionaladvocacy alerts calling on members to contact their legislators
or governmentofficials about issues of interest to AHDI;
Ask other members at the local level to respond to advocacy alerts;
Serveas grassroots coordinators for theannualAHDI/MTIA AdvocacySummit,
including promoting the Summit, coordinating letter writing, and acting as state
delegation leaders during the Summit;
Organizeadvocacy activities at the state level; and
Shareinformation regarding advocacy opportunities and successes with AHDI’s
By implementing this program, AHDI will have a committed and reliable group of volunteers who can help
share our organization’s advocacy messages year round. It will also facilitate the grassroots organizing
necessary to make the Advocacy Summit a well-attended and impactful event. It will provide a two-way
means of communication between organizational leadership and the membership base on advocacy issues
and work. Lastly, it will help ensure the sustainability of AHDI advocacy program by establishing an
infrastructure for the organization’s advocacy efforts.
AHDI is asking that each state association appoint a legislative liaison and each regional association appoint
a legislative liaison for each state within its region. This position is very important to our advocacy efforts at
both the state and national level.
If you are interested in this position, or know another member who is or would be well-suited for it, please
contact me as soon as possible. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 317-
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INKY SYMPOSIUM &
The 2009 Annual INKY Business Meeting was held on
Saturday, October 24, 2009. Our turnout was 23
registered with 21 members attending. Kathy Petty,
CMT, AHDI-F, President, gave the welcome address to
the attendees and then I gave my presentation as
delegate, “AHDI 31 Years Reaching Our Future Together.”
I tried to touch on all of the initiatives and projects AHDI
has ongoing and introduced this past year. I wanted to
give members different options to get involved and also
provided an update of the HOD meeting at ACE. Mary
Brinton, CMT, provided an Advocacy Update and spoke
about the Power of 10 Campaign. As INKY’s legislative
liaison Mary attended the Advocacy Summit in DC and
shared her experience with us. She stated there were
80+ attendees with 30+ states represented who made
100 hill visits and over 200 letters written. Those are
Jill Duncan, BS, RT, of Northwest Radiology, spoke about
“Everything You Always Wanted To Know About VR –
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask.” Jill’s presentation enthralled the
audience because she had the PowerScribe up on the
screen for everyone to view and did a live demonstration
in the differentmodes: dictator and transcriptionist/editor.
Jill reminded us PowerScribe is a tool to make us more
efficient, not designed to get rid of anyone. PowerScribe
allows the dictator to make voice edits and it also allows
customization of the program. It was very sophisticated,
and I especially liked the feature that it removes dead air
INKY MISSION STATEMENT
We are dedicated to the progression of professionalism and education for medical transcriptionists. We are dedicated to
educating and improving ourselves in our chosen profession by developing and utilizing our skills to the highest level throug h
symposia, advocacy, and networking.
Jennifer Shreve, CMT, gave a lively presentation on
“Steps to Credentialing.” She explained the level 1 being
RMT and level 2 being CMT. The exam was computerized
in 2004. She explained the exams in depth and how to
prepare. Jennifer then had an interactive session which
was both fun and educational. She had sample questions
and the audience members won prizes. She also provided
handouts on test taking tips. Interesting stats were that
67% of CMTs pass the exam and 45% to 55% of RMTs
Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F, called to order the business
meeting and everyone participated in discussions about
INKY joining a regional group. Jill McCarty, CMT, spoke
to the group about current issues affecting the chapter.
Jennifer Shreve, CMT, provided a treasurer’s update.
We then had a lunch break with choice of pasta with vodka
sauce or spaghetti and meatballs,salad,and cookies, and
soft drinks. It was relaxing and delicious.
Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F, composed an exciting Spelling
Bee for us that had medical and legal words with amazing
graphics. I kept trying to guess what the word would be
when the next image popped up. The time really went
quickly in this hour.
Cindy Thomas of InfraWare has participated at our
symposiums many times in the past and always has
something fresh to share. She spoke about, “How the
HITECH ACT and EMR and Adoption Affect Transcription
Business.” Cindy relayed how the HITECH Act provides
$44,000 to each physician for the EMR. She explained
the updated definition HIPAA has assigned to the business
associate. Interesting tidbit was that right here in Carmel,
Indiana, is one of the country’s best data centers as it is
where 2 electric companies join and all servers are hooked
Ava Marie George, AHDI Board Partner, spoke on “EHRs
and Future Roles.” Eva explained about the EHRs
certification and the future roles we have in this new
arena. Eva will also be attending the upcoming AHDI
Regional Meeting in Madison, WI.
Special thanks to all our vendors: Bytescribe,CareerStep,
Executive Communications Systems, InfraWare, Jordan
Essentials, Lia Sophia, M-TEC, Mary Kay, MedQuist, Oak
Horizons, Pampered Chef, PartyLite, SpeedType,
TranscriptionGear, Webmedx and special thanks to
Northwest Radiology Network for also hosting us and
providing such a great facility for us!
Thanks to all who attended!
LuAnn Guilfoyle, CMT
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QUOTES ON GOALS
My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our
lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out
Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving
for his goals.
If you're bored with life -- you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do
things -- you don't have enough goals.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life
which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach
Booker T. Washington
By losing your goal, You have lost your way.
You have to know what you want to get.
You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not
Take the pains required to become what you want to become, or you might end up becoming
something you’d rather not be. That is also a daily discipline and worth considering.
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GOAL SETTING FOR YOUR BUSY LIFE
By Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F
How many times have you had that moment in your life, perhaps in the middle of a busyday,
where you realized that you really wanted to accomplish something? It happens to me about
once a day. However, more importantly, how many times have you – or I – actually
accomplished that particular goal? For me, not so often…at least not as often as I would like.
Through the course of a few seminars and some real life practice, I’ve come up with a
method that works for me and maybe will work for you. As you read these routines, they will
seem so simple and pretty basic, but I think that is why they work.
What is a goal? A goal is something you want to achieve. There are short-term goals, such as
cleaning off your desk by the end of the day, and there are long-term goals like saving up for
a special vacation next year. When you set a goal, you need to remember what is important
to you to accomplish and what your limitations are. Let’s get started setting a goal!
Pick a goal but don’tpick a goal that is unattainable. This will only discourage you and
nothing will be accomplished. Your goal should be realistic – don’texpect to have your desk
cleared and organized in 5 minutes. You will also need to be flexible with your goal – if your
goal is to have your desk cleared and organized by the end of the day, but you are interrupted
by the boss fora big project, the goal is probably not going to be realized, but you have
tomorrow. Don’t give up on the goal, just extend the deadline.
Set a deadline. Again, this deadline needs to be reasonable and attainable. You would not
expect to save enough money for a European vacation in two weeks. I don’tknow about
everyone else, but that would not be a realistic goal for me unless perhaps I win the lottery!
Whatever your goal, think of it in realistic terms when setting the deadline.
Write it down! This sounded so silly the first time I heard it. Why do I need to write it down?
I know I want to have my deskcleared and organized by the end of the day (or end of the
week). I don’tneed to write it down to remember it. Well, you won’t believe how helpful it
is to have that written statement staring me in the face all day long. I put a sticky note on my
monitor where I see it most of the day. I might have a minute here or there throughout the
day where I can go through some papers on my desk and file, shred, recycle or toss. Those
little increments of time help achieve the goal.
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Keep it visible. Much like the sticky note on my monitor, when I have a goal of saving for a
vacation, I have created a “GoalBoard” at home. I have the goal written at the top along with
things I want to do while on vacation – take the kids to the beach, visit Paula Deen’s
restaurant again, etc. For the particular vacation I’m saving for now – Savannah – I have
pictures of past trips posted to remind me of how much I love it there and want to go again.
Having this visual reminder is a great way to keep you motivated for those long-term goals
that may not be fresh in your mind on a daily basis.
Visualize it. I call it day dreaming because it is fun for me, but visualizing myself walking
around downtown Savannah, admiring the architecture of the homes and walking through the
park squares keeps me motivated. It keeps me motivated to put that extra $20 in my vacation
fund when I’d rather go get a manicure!
Positive statements. I don’trecommend doing this aloud in public…someone may think you
need to be locked away, but I do have a little mantra each day reinforcing my goals and my
positive attitude to reach them. Each night before I go to bed, I have a little routine and part
of that routine is reciting my positive statements out loud with no one but my cat as witness.
“I will save enough money for a fabulous vacation in
Savannah” is but one of my statements. This even reminds me that I may not have snuck that
extra $20 into my vacation fund that day and motivates me to do it before I go to bed. Thank
goodness for online banking transfers!
Share it. I don’tknow about you, but sometimes a goal can be personal – lose that extra 10
pounds, stop smoking, earn the CMT credential. Goals of this nature are often not achieved
because you don’t feel accountable to anyone. I remember when I was planning on taking my
CMT exam, I didn’t want anyone to know in case I didn’t pass the exam. But, I realized that
if no one knew, maybe I wouldn’t even take the exam…after all, no one was expecting to
hear whether I passed orfailed. So, I told a few people that I had scheduled the exam. I knew
at that point, that I really had to study as they would be expecting to hear my final result.
Granted, if I failed the exam, I would have to admit it, but I only told people I trusted and
who understood the process. Luckily for me I did pass the exam and was truly blessed by my
good friends who supported me.
I hope you can take away something from this article and set some goals for yourself.
Perhaps not all of the tips will help you, but I’m sure at least one will. Happy goal setting!
By Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F
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Goal Setting—Should I Set Goals?
I believe goals help us to live happy and fulfilled lives. Our lives lack purpose without goals. Yet I
have some friends who detest goals as they look at them as a guarantee to failure. If you tend to
lean towards that line of thinking, possibly I can change your mind. I think it depends on your
“attitude” or how you view the goals to begin with. If you set rigid, unrealistic goals, I would agree
that you are setting yourself up for a crash. But, if you follow a few basic guidelines, generally, I
think people who have goals lead more satisfying lives than their counterparts who never set any at
First off, I don’t try to initiate “goal setting.” The goal usually presents itself to me as something
obvious. For me, my goals have usually been things I have really wanted to accomplish, and then I
figured out what I needed to do to make them materialize. I never sit down and try to compile a list
of items to complete. When a goal is something you have a strong desire for, that passion makes it
easier to achieve it.
I can share one occurrence of this for me about 14 years ago when I decided I no longer wanted to
be employed doing secretarial work. I was unsure what else I could do but knew I enjoyed
transcribing referral letters for an ophthalmologist when a neighbor who was his receptionist would
bring home tapes. After I transcribed these referral letters for awhile for extra cash, I realized it
suited all of the job attributes I truly liked: working independently, research, and some detective
work figuring out the diagnoses of patients in the reports. I thought this could possibly be my
second career. This became my new goal: To change from a secretarial career to medical
transcription. I then took the necessary steps to enroll in a community college as at that time there
were no “AHDI approved schools”. I graduated in 2 years and was working as a transcriptionist
having accomplished my goal.
If I had thought about that goal initially in a different way and said to myself I would need to go to
school for 2 years, study, and then possibly get a job in a new profession, I probably would have
given up. But, instead the goal presented itself to me as something I felt almost compelled to
pursue. I knew I wanted to switch careers and learn more about medical transcription from my
experience with the ophthalmologist (or at least I thought I did), and I saw enrolling in school as
enjoyable and not a chore. I never viewed anystep of the way as a burden or something to check
off my list; therefore, I nevergave up. I enjoyed the entire process of going to school, all of the
classes, and truly got the most out of it. Going to school in my mid 30’s also helped me appreciate
this as being a rare chance, and I did not want to blow it.
I cannot emphasize enough that I think all of our goals should be like that. Something you truly are
dedicated to accomplishing. It should be something that inspires you to continue to the next step.
I feel strongly we should not get hung up on deadlines. Yes, you cannot set a “pie in the sky” goal
with no end date in sight. If you are truly enjoying the necessary steps towards reaching the goal, it
should not matter as much when you finally achieve it. We should enjoy the daily process of
working towards the goals just as much as the final outcome. Otherwise, you could finally achieve
your goal and say, “Well I am here, but I hated the last 2 years of my life.” Then you may feel that it
was not worth it at all which could prove it is time to regroup. A goal should truly be the thing that
brings you hope and provides determination.
In closing I would like to add, I think it is veryimportant to live each day passionately and with a
purpose. Goals should be tools for us to move forward and to help us experience our dreams.
Again, I don’t think we should stress over how much time it will take to fulfill our goals because that
time will pass by whether we are working towards something or not. For me, the true reward is
always taking the trip, not arriving at the destination!
By LuAnn Guilfoyle, CMT
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8 Duncanville, Texas
12 Dallas, Texas
Hospital Dallas, SE
Balance in checking account as of
Nov. 1, 2009: $2,182.74
Income: $ 563.00
Gift Cards/Misc. $ 311.78
Net Loss: ($ 667.69)
The net loss is mostly due in part to the low
fee charged for this symposium. This was
done in hopes of attracting more
participants now and in the future. We
were also very fortunate to be able to
approve funds so an AHDI representative
could be at our symposium.
Jennifer Shreve, CMT
INKY AHDI Treasurer
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Donate to the Power of 10 Campaign
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who remain silent.
Donateto the Power of 10 Campaign
What is the Power of 10 Campaign?
AHDI is launching a year-long campaign to raise $10 from 10,000 MTs by 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.
Why should I donate to the Power of 10?
First and foremost, it takes considerable resources to lobby effectively on behalf of an
industry, so all donations help to get us to our goal. Beyond that, AHDI wants to make sure
every MT feels connected to and part of this effort, since it is going to take more than just
contributions and sponsorships from big businesses to secure our future role in healthcare. It
will take every one of the "silent" ten thousand contributing their "voice" through support
How do I contribute?
You can make your donation to the Power of 10 campaign by turning in a donation envelope
with your contribution or mailing it to the AHDI office (4230 Kiernan Avenue, Suite 130,
Modesto CA 95356). Please be advised that contributions to the Power of 10 campaign are not
As of 10/28/2009- Bethany Twist reported that the Power of 10 Campaign has collected $4055 with part of those
funds from components around the country! Please contribute to your future.
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INKY OFFICERS AND
Diana Albright, CMT
Patty Brown, CMT
2009 Immediate Past President
LuAnn Guilfoyle, CMT
Jill McCarty, CMT
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Kathy Petty, CMT, AHDI-F
Jennifer Shreve, CMT
2009 Treasurer/Alternate Delegate
Mary Brinton, CMT
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