News And Events
We have talked about change – now let’s shift the focus to another word that we must keep close at hand and that’s “hope.” In difficult times when the economy is down, it’s hard to remain hopeful when the headlines are less than encouraging. But if you have your health, a job, and a place to live, you are ahead of about 1/3 of the world’s population. We’ve heard growing up that it is so important to be thankful for all we have, but often it is easier to see what we don’t have and what would be nice to have and we lose focus on all that is right with our lives, our jobs and our future. More
Let’s talk about change for a minute, shall we? Change is something that happens in every aspect of our lives – we get older (dang it!), our kids do, we move and relocate, we get new cars, we utilize better technologies, we have way more than 3 or 4 channels on TV, we don’t have to wash dishes by hand, we have energy efficient appliances that do more, cost less to use and in general improve our efficiency.
There is a lively discussion taking place here not just on the topic of mandatory credentialing but also the facts around MT relevance and our place in healthcare documentation’s future. There are a number of great issues being presented and the burning questions seem to be larger than life.
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Everyone has a vision of the perfect day. Sunshine blue skies at the beach. Fresh powder on the slopes for spring skiing. A quiet afternoon with a favorite book. A day at the spa for pampering and indulgence. The list goes on and everyone has their own vision of what that day might look like. For me, the perfect day would be the one where the following takes place: More
We talk about an evolving profession and evolving our careers in healthcare documentation’s future. One that works within EHRs and can utilize our expertise and critical thinking skills combined with our command of the language of medicine in a relevant and contributing way. Trying to look into the future and see what these jobs might look like is not an easy task but it is one that we must begin to contemplate to help us with this evolution and to identify the matching of a very extensive skillset with demands of a system that many of us have not yet seen. More
Hope your day for the “wearin’ of the green” has been enjoyable from the top of the mornin’ to the wee hours of the night. As this day is coming to a close, I wanted to get a quick update out here before I leave for Sacramento, CA to attend the AHDI-West inaugural meeting.
This is truly an exciting time for this new regional that combines the states of Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska. It’s a great concept that originated from the members and holds the promise to create synergies and combine these areas and considerable resources to create a greater strength and sense of purpose. You can check out their new website here . More
Have you heard of the Health Story Project? Have you heard about CDA4CDT? Perhaps you have heard about the +20 billion dollars (and likely more) set aside for health IT as part of the stimulus package for economic recovery and healthcare reform? Maybe you have heard that the EHR is targeted for nationwide implementation by a goal date of 2014? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then every MT will want to learn more about the Health Story Project. Here’s why. More
Exciting News: On January 7th, 2009, Career Step announced that it has incorporated the Interfix Knowledge Base (KB) www.interfix.biz into it’s curriculum. This health information tool is designed to help students as well as practitioners with a robust search process to quickly find medical terminology, lab values, pharmaceutical words with dosing and diagnosis information, and information in the AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity) Book of Style 3rd edition. It also contains a physician database that allows search methods based on different criteria. You can search by location, specialty, name, etc. This comprehensive tool provides state of the art search parameters including wild card searching and the one of the best things about the Interfix KB is that unlike random web searches, this information is validated and accurate. More