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					                                 Student Liaison
                                 Ginny ThomasMalone
    January – March 2010         gthomasmalone@gmail.com

                                 Newsletter Editors
                                 Kim Bundy, CMT
                                 bundy.kimberly@mayo.edu

                                 Cert Connector
                                 Kim Bundy, CMT
                                 bundy.kimberly@mayo.edu

                                 2010 Convention
                                 Coordinator
                                 Sheryl Williams, CMT, AHDI-F
                                 swilliamscmt@msn.com
President
Charlotte Hartwig, CMT, AHDI-F
                                 Web Mistress
charlotte.hartwig@gmail.com
                                 Lynne Wickerham, CMT, AHDI-F
                                 wick73@charter.net
Vice President
Debra Krapfl, RHIT, AHDI-F
                                 Advocacy Liaison
dkrapfl@transolutions.net
                                 Debra Krapfl, RHIT, AHDI-F
                                 dkrapfl@transolutions.net
Immediate Past-President
Beth Hughson, CMT, AHDI-F
hughson.elizabeth@mayo.edu

Delegate
Kim Bundy, CMT                   Belated welcome to 2010!
bundy.kimberly@mayo.edu          Doesn’t it just seem like
Kim Wilson, RHIT                 yesterday that we were all
kwilsoncm@yahoo.net              worried what was going to
                                 happen when the millennium
Treasurer                        changed? Now it’s been 10
Debra Behnke, CMT                years later—just hardly seems
Dbehnke3@new.rr.com              possible.

Secretary                        Within the last year, there is a
Donna Lockey                     change that I am very sorry to
lockey.donna@mayo.edu            report. Because of the
                                 membership, WI/MN AHDI now
is only allowed 1 delegate to
represent our region in the         In a cost saving measure, the
AHDI House of Delegates. In         WI/MN BOD voted at the first
the past, we have had 2             quarterly meeting to only have
delegates and elected the new       one face-to-face meeting that
second delegate in the fall. The    will be held at the Annual
WI/MN AHDI BOD at their last        Conference and not have the
meeting decided that the second     onsite visit in the spring that
delegate would become the           was held in the past.
alternate delegate and then
would be ready to assume the        I would like your help and ask
delegate role the following year    that you email me at
when the delegate’s term            charlotte.hartwig@gmail.com
expires. Our region is not the      with a response to the following.
only region that has                If there were three things
experienced a decrease in the       this association did in 2010
number of delegates.                that would make you say,
                                    “This was a successful year”
One of the reasons the              what would they be. Please
membership numbers have             remember that the BOD is here
decreased is because of             to serve you and make a
Benchmark KB membership.            stronger association for you. I
When an MT subscribes to            look forward to hearing from
Benchmark KB, that                  you.
membership is an associate
membership. Associate               Charlotte Hartwig, CMT, AHDI-F
members are not counted in the      President, WI/MN AHDI
delegate apportionment. It is       charlotte.hartwig@gmail.com
my understanding that the AHDI      608-328-4658
Board of Directors is exploring
the possibility of offering a
membership that includes both
the associate and the
professional membership.            I am excited to be your delegate
                                    again this year and represent
Delegates are available to          WI/MN with AHDI. We have had
chapters to speak at your           a vote already this year to
chapter meetings about what is      change the Board of Directors
happening in AHDI. That is why      term to run from ACE to ACE
we have a delegate from each        rather than the calendar year.
state—to decrease the delegate      This is for the national board
travel time. Also, I am available   and the regional boards can
to speak at any chapter             remain on the calendar year and
meetings.                           don't need to make this change.
We voted on this change so that
new board members can be put        If you have an address change
into office at ACE and members      or e-mail change, please send
can see the board in action. I      those to Kim Bundy at
think this will have a positive     bundy.kimberly@mayo.edu so
change for us. We are just          we have an update list.
getting started, so I will keep
you up to date on what is
happening. If you have any
questions, please feel free to
contact me.
Kim Bundy, CMT, Delegate




The checking account has
$10,279.44.
The money market account
(instead of a CD) has
$11,570.56
                                    Rockin’ and Rollin’ on the River!

                                    Dear WI-MN AHDI Members:

                                    The WI-MN AHDI annual
This will be the only hard copy     meeting will be held Oct. 7-9,
of the newsletter you will be       2010, at Treasure Island Resort
receiving. For future               and Casino near Red Wing, MN.
newsletters, deadlines are May      The meeting will kick off with
14, 2010; August 13, 2010;          registration and ―Bowling for
October 15, 2010 if you would       Pizza‖ on Thurs. evening.
like to submit an article to be
included in the newsletter.         The educational program on
Newsletters will be posted to the   Friday and Saturday will offer
web site on June 1, 2010;           12 continuing education credits
September 1, 2010; November         in various categories revolving
1, 2010.                            around the convention theme
                                    ―Chart a Course for Success in
If you have not signed up for       Healthcare Documentation.‖ We
the Google Group there are links    are also actively recruiting
on the web site to sign up for      enthusiastic vendors for the
those.                              trade show, with a few new
                                    twists planned.
On Friday evening we will host a
casual dining experience in an
indoor/outdoor pavilion near the
Mighty Mississippi. Treasure
Island offers luxurious
accommodations at affordable
prices, award-winning food, and
fabulous meeting facilities in the     What does ―meaningful use‖
new Island Event Center.                     actually mean?

While you are here, we invite        By Sheryl Williams, CMT,
you to visit the many attractions    AHDI-F
this area has to offer. Red Wing     2010 AHDI Legislative Issues
was voted one of the top 25          Group (LIG) Chair
places in the world to visit
during the fall (source: National    ―Meaningful use‖ is a term you
Geographic Traveler Magazine).       may have heard of but may not
Plan to take in the annual art       fully comprehend.
fair in downtown Red Wing,
where the work of                    The American Recovery and
approximately 100 juried artists     Reinvestment Act of 2009
will be on display.                  (ARRA) significantly affected the
                                     healthcare documentation
Registration and detailed            process. A portion of the bill,
program information will be          known as the HITECH Act
available on the WI-MN AHDI          (Health Information Technology
website in the near future,          for Economic and Clinical Health
along with a ―virtual tour‖ of the   Act), appropriated a total of
facilities and surrounding area.     19.2 billion dollars to advance
                                     health information technology.
We look forward to sharing our
autumn splendor with you.            As a result of the HITECH Act,
                                     changes have been made to
Your convention hosts,               privacy and security
                                     requirements applicable to
Town and Country Chapter             protected health information
North Star Chapter                   (PHI) under the Health
                                     Insurance Portability and
                                     Accountability Act of 1996
                                     (HIPAA). Many of these
                                     changes, which recently became
                                     effective, will greatly affect the
                                     medical transcription industry.
New requirements have been           planning for any criteria
imposed on both covered              expansion for the future
entities and business associates,    incentive programs. More than
and civil penalties for breaches     800 public comments were
have been increased.                 received on the HIT Policy
                                     Committee’s initial
Other HITECH Act provisions          recommendations last summer
allocate resources to build the      (many of which were received
necessary infrastructure to          from AHDI and MTIA members).
facilitate the electronic sharing
of information, healthcare           CMS recently announced a
information exchange, usage of       proposed rule to provide
health information by patients,      incentive payments for the
promotion of interoperable           meaningful use of certified EHR
clinical data repositories, and IT   technology. CMS’ goal is for
education of healthcare              ―the definition of meaningful use
professionals.                       to be consistent with applicable
                                     provisions of Medicare and
The Medicare EHR incentive           Medicaid law while continually
program will provide incentive       advancing the contributions
payments to eligible                 certified EHR technology can
professionals (EPs), eligible        make to improving health care
hospitals, and critical access       quality, efficiency, and patient
hospitals (CAHs) that are            safety.‖ For the next few weeks
meaningful users of certified        CMS and ONCHIT will be
EHR technology. The Office of        accepting public comments on
the National Coordinator for         the proposed rule changes. In
Health Information Technology        early spring 2010, final rules will
(ONCHIT) within the                  be issued on HIT standards,
Department of Health and             implementation specifications,
Human Services (HHS) has             EHR certification technology,
been designated to adopt an          meaningful use, and incentive
initial set of HIT standards and     programs for eligible
create the incentive program.        professionals and hospitals.
The ONC created two advisory
committees, the HIT Policy           YOU can help define meaningful
Committee and the HIT                             use!
Standards Committee. Each of
these committees provided            Make certain that your
recommendations to ONCHIT            legislators hear from you. As a
that will help the Centers for       healthcare documentation
Medicare and Medicaid Services       professional, you can help them
(CMS) develop the initial criteria   understand the importance of
for meaningful use and assist in     maintaining narrative capability
within the electronic health
record, i.e., the patient’s ―health
story.‖ This will enable true
―meaningful use‖ by providers,
consultants, payors, and most
of all patients, while still
allowing interoperability and
information sharing. To
paraphrase President Abraham
Lincoln, remember that our
government officials are elected
―by the people and for the
people.‖                              Badger State Spring Symposium
                                      - March 20, 2010
Support AHDI’s advocacy efforts
by participating in the upcoming      Four Lakes Chapter Spring -
Advocacy Summit as a ―virtual         Symposium April 17, 2010, will
attendee‖ by writing letters to       be held at the NeuroSpine
your legislators and government       Center in Appleton. Check
agencies. Visit the AHDI web          out www.4lakesahdi.com for
site (www.ahdionline.org) to          updates.
obtain the instructions and
sample letter template. This          North Star Spring Symposium -
way, your voice will be heard by      April 24, 2010
all of the important players
during this critical time.            Southern Wisconsin Spring
                                      Symposium - March 27, 2010

                                      Town & Country Spring
                                      Symposium – May 15, 2010



Check out the WI/MN web site
for more details on committees
or contact the chair person of a
committee you have interest in
to see what would be involved         I continue to have 2 study
with serving on that committee.       groups a year for the CMT or
This is a great way to get            RMT exams. I am hoping to get
involved with the organization        another group going the end of
and put your talents to work for      March, first part of April, so
our members.                          please contact me if you would
like to take part in the study
group. Kim Bundy




Minnesota
North Star Chapter
Carina Beauvais, CMT, President
Beauvais.carina@mayo.edu
Jennifer Johnson, Chapter Rep
johnson.jennifer@mayo.edu

Town & Country Chapter
Bonnie Bigler, President
bonnie@lakestranscription.com
Jean Kehren, Chapter Rep
jkehren@piic.org

Wisconsin
Badger State Chapter
(formerly Fond du Lac)
Debra Krapfl, RHIT, AHDI-F,
President – Chapter Rep
dkrapfl@transolutions.net

Four Lakes Chapter
Debra Behnke, CMT
Dbehnke3@new.rr.com
Shannon Eernisse, Chapter Rep
seernisse@new.rr.com

Southern Wisconsin Chapter
Carol TeRonde, RMT
Lav95ter@charter.net
Diane Larson, CMT, Chapter Rep
diane.larson@aurora.org

				
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