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Pennsylvania Association for Medical Transcription – AAMT
                                                                        Volume 3, Issue 2
                                                                              June 2007




                             President’s Message:

                  LOOKING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL
                     By Carol Croft, CMT, FAAMT, PAMT President

Oftentimes I wish I had a crystal ball to see what the future holds. Maybe it will be good,
maybe bad, but it sure would be helpful at times, wouldn’t it?

We are now at a time in PAMT’s history where we definitely have to make some major
changes. But in making those changes we should also consider our past. We have
about 19 years to reflect on. I am not privy to about 16 of those years, but I have heard
great stories about this state and I know you have had great leadership arise from this
organization. We have seen the birth of great chapters, but also the demise of some as
well.

It is probably an appropriate time for us to also look at the annual educational meetings
that have been held over the years because this year we will be back at a site that was
a favorite years ago. Personally, I have heard some great stories about teamwork, great
speakers, great friendships being made through
these meetings, and I know just in the last three           What’s Inside:
meetings I have been involved with I have truly             President’s Message      pg. 1
come to respect the people who have stepped                 It Takes a Village       pg. 4
forward to help.                                            Educator Corner          pg. 6
                                                         Lab Lingo                    pg. 7
What are we seeing now as we look to the future of       Delegate Corner              pg. 8
                                                         2007 PAMT Board of Directors pg. 17
PAMT? Well, as of this year there will no longer be      CMT / RMT Reimbursement Form pg. 18
a PAMT. We have to change our name to conform            Calendar of Events           pg. 19
to the name change of our national association. And      PAMT Conference              pg. 20
we need your help with this. But, also considering       Advertising Information      pg. 23
this we have been surrounded by states, with the
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exception of Maryland, who have had no delegate representation. However, New York
State is now part of the former New England Association – now the North Atlantic
Association for Healthcare Documentation. However, we still have Ohio, West Virginia,
New Jersey, and Delaware without delegate representation at the House of Delegates,
except through the board partner as their delegate-at-large.

We have not been able to fill the position of vice president of PAMT after the resignation
of Sandy Kovacs, CMT, FAAMT, with her move to Ohio. What will happen in our future
if we cannot get someone to commit to the completion of this office? As a person who
moved to this state about 3-1/2 years ago, I have now been president for 3 of those
years, and will be moving back to Florida in another couple of years. While I know I am
not responsible for the survival of PAMT, in the past or in the future, it does take a team
of committed people to keep this very important state association moving forward to
help in the future of our profession and the medical transcription professionals in this
state.

                                                 Do we look to the future of Pennsylvania as a
                                                 single state association or should we pursue
                                                 a regional? With the advent of webinar
                                                 technology we can have people live
                                                 anywhere and still participate in board
                                                 activities. Communication is easier, faster,
                                                 and reaches more people.

                                                 With a delegate in place who actively
                                                 communicates and listens to the membership
                                                 of Pennsylvania MTs can we also
                                                 communicate effectively with surrounding
                                                 states to make sure they are represented
                                                 with a voice at our national level? Can we
                                                 also look to our surrounding states for people
                                                 to step up to leadership and for committee
                                                 activities? We are only limited in the great
                                                 things we can do here in Pennsylvania by the
                                                 people involved. There are fabulous things
                                                 we started, but the people involved now can
                                                 only be stretched so far.

                                                 As we have said before, everyone has such
                                                 unique talents to share. The philosophy here
                                                 with our organization is teamwork – you are
                                                 not in this alone, we work together. However,
                                                 the team needs to be more than a handful of
                                                 volunteers.

We now also have passed a motion at our last board meeting that we have chapter
representation at the local chapter level. A representation from each chapter is a voting
member of the board of directors. This helps facilitate communication from the chapter
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to the board and from the board to the chapter. We are all in this together – moving
forward and making change. Again, the chapters need more people to step forward for
leadership possibilities with officers and for committee work. We are only limited, as
said above, by the number involved.

Okay, my crystal ball is showing some great things on the horizon and I would love to
share those with you personally. Maybe we can talk at our annual meeting in October at
the latest – but before then, maybe as a member of a committee helping to work on that
meeting at the Holiday Inn-Hershey/Harrisburg (previously Grantville), a site of great
memories, we can also share ideas for our future.

What do you think? Come on board and get active. Give us your opinion about whether
we should form a regional with our surrounding states – Ohio, West Virginia, New
Jersey, Delaware, and we are even discussing this with Maryland who has a state
association. It is not just our choice to form this, but it is the choice of membership in all
these other states. We are making sure everyone realizes what would be involved, the
commitment it may take – communication and participation – to make a regional work.

Contact me with your ideas at carolpa48@aol.com!! I always welcome your opinions
and ideas. We’re in this together. We can work together to shape our future and share
the vision we see in the crystal ball!


Carol Croft, CMT, FAAMT
Carolpa48@aol.com




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IF IT TAKES A “VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD”….
I’ve heard that it takes a “village to raise a child”, well it takes a state to run our huge
educational meeting!

You will see in this newsletter the registration form and the tentative schedule of
speakers for our annual meeting at the end of October. We have been having some
fabulous meetings, with more than 150 last year, and we anticipate even more this year.
Look at the speaker line up we have. While the topics are not firmed up yet on a couple,
this is an outstanding group of professionals who will be donating their time and share
their knowledge for our benefit.

But, now we need to share your time and talents as well. We have had some people
already stepping up to the plate, and thank you for volunteering. However, we need
even more. Some ideas:

       People to get goodie bag items and door prize/raffle items (and there is a letter
        than can be electronically sent to you to give to those businesses)
       People to introduce speakers
       To write up the bios for the program
       To help with our AV needs (work the lights, help with the LCD projector)
       Be a greeter – make sure people get their packets okay, show them around
       Help put packets together
       Help put goodie bags together
       Help out at the registration desk (and we already have heard that Mark will be
        back helping this year – he is super)
       Help work the PAMT information desk/fundraising items
       Help work the table for the Breast Cancer Awareness raffle
       Help make sure our exhibitors are taken care of
       Help with developing an evaluation form
       Help getting registration forms out – ideas as well on where to send them
       Someone to do name badges
       Help with sending thank you letters out for items received
       Someone to work in partnership with coordinator in order to take over for the
        future meetings
       Someone to help with the raffles
       Someone to make centerpieces for our luncheon – ideas?

People to volunteer for these and other tasks that I’m forgetting would be greatly
appreciated. It means so much more to you, no doubt, when you work as a team to
make this the best meeting yet! Get in touch with me, Carol Croft, CMT, FAAMT, at
carolpa48@aol.com if you can help.




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                          Educator Corner:
                PAMT Lending Library of Books and CDs
Our Lending Library is growing! We are happy to acknowledge the following donations
from Health Professions Institute and Paradigm Publishing. Thank you!!

Health Professions Institute donated the following: Cardiovascular/Thoracic Words
and Phrases; H&P: A Nonphysician’s Guide to the Medical History and Physical
Examination; Human Diseases; Laboratory Tests & Diagnostic Procedures in Medicine;
OB-GYN and Genitourinary Words and Phrases; Orthopedic/Neurology Words and
Phrases; Radiology Imaging Words and Phrases; The Medical Transcription Workbook;
Vera Pyle’s Current Medical Terminology.

Paradigm Publishing donated the following: Applied Anatomy & Physiology – a Case
Study Approach; Applied Anatomy & Physiology Workbook; Essential Healthcare
Terminology for English Language Learners; Exceptional Teaching; Medical
Terminology for Health Careers; Medical Transcription; Pharmacology for Technicians;
Pharmacology for Technicians Workbook.

Contact judylichtenberger@hotmail.com if you would like to borrow any of the above
books and/or other items in our Lending Library.




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                                           Lab Lingo
                            By Bethany Chmil, Hospital Lab Technician
                                    and Current MT Student
You’ve all heard the classic—BMP vs BNP—which is it? But what about the more nuanced issues that
arise when doctors start spouting lab values? Bethany Chmil holds a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science,
and in this new column she will attempt to answer your lab-related questions, so send them in!
Questions, comments, or ideas are welcome—just e-mail them to bjchmil@lancastergeneral.org and look
for the answers in upcoming newsletters!

    Today we’ll address the           The lab test uses a                Did you know . . .
    topic of urinary nitrates vs.     chemical reaction which                 The way we get
    nitrites. (These words            detects nitrite by producing               nitrogen into our
    should properly be                a pink color. Any pink                     bodies is diet,
    stressed on their first           color means that enough                    primarily
    syllable, but to emphasize        bacteria are present to be                 vegetables like
    the difference are often          causing a urinary tract                    lettuce.
    accented on the second            infection, and the doctor               Think “A-okay”—
    syllable.) Both of these          will probably follow up with               nitrate is the
    chemical compounds carry          a urine culture. While a                   normal one!
    a negative charge, and            positive test is fairly                 The most common
    both are made of nitrogen         reliable, sometimes a                      form of nitrogen in
    and oxygen. Nitrate has 3         person can have a                          urine is urea.
    oxygen molecules, and             negative test but still have            In pharmaceutical
    when one is removed it            a UTI. This primarily                      terms, both of
    becomes reduced to                happens when the type of                   these can be
    nitrite, which has 2 oxygen       bacteria causing the                       legitimate
    molecules. Nitrates are a         infection cannot change                    medicines to treat
    natural component of urine        nitrate into nitrite.                      heart problems,
    and are not really                                                           but certain nitrites
    measured. Nitrites are            What makes the                             are also used by
    measured with the urine           terminology confusing is                   recreational drug
    dipstick to detect the            that the enzyme that                       users.
    presence of bacteria.             converts nitrate to nitrite is
    Certain bacteria have the         called nitrate reductase.
    ability to remove that extra      So sometimes the test is
    oxygen and turn nitrate           referred to as a nitrite test
    into nitrite. So if nitrites      and sometimes it is called
    are present, it is because        a nitrate reductase test.
    the bacteria made them!           And sometimes the person
                                      speaking does not use the
    Nitrate:                          right term! ■




    Nitrite:




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                                 Delegate Corner
               By Patty Barrett, CMT, FAAMT, Pennsylvania Delegate


                                DELEGATE’S REPORT

The HOD has been busy this year with quite a few bylaw changes! Please
visit the following link to review the last HOD meeting that occurred on May
17th as there were quite a few bylaws that were passed.

http://www.aamt.org/ca/pamt/PAMT061007DelegateReport.doc

Additionally, the bylaws proposed below will more than likely be voted on
prior to the ACE meeting, so please let me know if you have any concerns,
recommendations, etc. at plbarrett@spheris.com.


                    PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES FOR VOTE

NOTE: There are many instances in the bylaws where it refers to a
State/Regional and this would be replaced by State/Regional/Web-Based or
as would be indicated in reference to the particular instance (it may be
State/Regional Association and Web-Based Association, etc)

Article XI
House of Delegates
Section 1. Formation and Composition
(a) The House of Delegates shall be based on one (1) delegate from each
    recognized State/Regional Association, plus one (1) additional delegate for
    each five (5) percent of the total Individual Professional Membership of AHDI
    within that state/regional as of June 30 of the preceding year.

To be changed to:

Section 1. Formation and Composition
(a) The House of Delegates shall be based on one (1) delegate from each
    recognized State/Regional Association, plus one (1) additional delegate for
    each five (5) percent of the total Individual Professional, Student,
    Postgraduate, and Sustaining Membership of AHDI within that state/regional
    as of June 30 of the preceding year, as well as one (1) delegate from the
    Web-Based Association.

RATIONALE: To be changed to allow the WBA to have delegate
representation.



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Section 2. Speaker of the House
(a) The Speaker of the House shall be responsible for presiding over the
     business of the House of Delegates and ensuring appropriate implementation
     and follow through of the House of Delegates business. The Speaker will
    serve as chair of the House of Delegates Lead Team, which acts as the
    executive committee of the House of Delegates.
(b) The Speaker will serve as an ex-officio member of the AHDI Bylaws
     Committee and HOD Resolutions Committee.
(c) Term of Office: The term for the first Speaker of the House will begin
     immediately following election and will end on December 31, 2008.
    (1) In 2009, the term of office for the Speaker will be one (1) year.
    (2) The Speaker’s term shall begin January 1 of the year following service as
         Speaker Elect.
(d) Eligibility:
     (1) Only those Individual Professional members in good standing shall be
          eligible to run.
     (2) Candidates must have served at least one (1) full term as delegate or as
          an AHDI director and have proven leadership skills in organizing,
          leading, and implementing plans.
(e) The Speaker’s expenses for face-to-face meetings of the House will be paid
     out of the House of Delegates operational funds.
(f) The Speaker may not serve concurrently as a state/regional association
    representative to the House of Delegates.
(g) The Speaker shall not hold any office, committee chair, committee
    membership or any other official position in AHDI component associations or
    at the national level except on an ex officio/nonvoting capacity.
(h) Election process: The first Speaker term will begin immediately at the time of
     election and will end on December 31, 2008. The first Speaker will be elected
     by the members of the 2006 House of Delegates.
     (1) All subsequent Speakers will be elected as a Speaker Elect. This will be
          a (two) 2-year term, the first year of their term will be as Speaker Elect
          and the second year will be served as Speaker.
     (2) Election of the first Speaker will be an online election process by the
          2006 House of Delegates.


TO BE CHANGED TO:

Article XI
House of Delegates
Section 2. Speaker of the House
(a) The Speaker of the House shall be responsible for presiding over the
    business of the House of Delegates and ensuring appropriate implementation
    and follow through of the House of Delegates business. The Speaker will
    serve as chair of the House of Delegates Lead Team, which acts as the
    executive committee of the House of Delegates.
(b) The Speaker of the House shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting

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      member of the Board of Directors.
(c) The Speaker will serve as an ex-officio member of the AHDI Bylaws
    Committee and HOD Resolutions Committee.
(d) Term of Office: The term for the first Speaker of the House will begin
      immediately following election and will end on December 31, 2008.
    (1) In 2009, the term of office for the Speaker will be one (1) year.
    (2) The Speaker’s term shall begin January 1 of the year following service as
          Speaker Elect.
(e) Eligibility:
     (1) Only those Individual Professional members in good standing shall be
           eligible to run.
     (2) Candidates must have served at least one (1) full term as delegate or as
          an AHDI director and have proven leadership skills in organizing,
          leading, and implementing plans.
(f) The Speaker’s expenses for face-to-face meetings of the House will be paid
    out of the House of Delegates operational funds.
(g) The Speaker may not serve concurrently as a state/regional association
    representative to the House of Delegates.
(h) The Speaker shall not hold any office, committee chair, committee
    membership or any other official position in AHDI component associations or
    at the national level except on an ex officio/nonvoting capacity.
(i) Election process: The first Speaker term will begin immediately at the time of
     election and will end on December 31, 2008. The first Speaker will be elected
     by the members of the 2006 House of Delegates.
     (1) All subsequent Speakers will be elected as a Speaker Elect. This will be a
        (two) 2-year term, the first year of their term will be as Speaker Elect and
        the second year will be served as Speaker.
     (2) Election of the first Speaker will be an online election process by the
        2006 House of Delegates.

RATIONALE: To help facilitate the best communication possible, both from
the HOD to the BOD and the BOD to the HOD, having the Speaker of the
House as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the BOD would help to make
sure this is accomplished.


Section 5. Election and Term of Office of State/Regional Delegates
(a) Delegates shall be elected from recognized State/Regional Association
    Individual Professional members.
(b) The term of office of the delegates shall be two (2) years. No delegate shall
    serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms and no person shall be eligible
    for a further term until they have not been in office for a full one (1)-year
    period.
(c) Terms of office shall commence on January 1 of the year following election.




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To be changed to:

(a) Delegates shall be elected from recognized State/Regional Association
    Individual Professional members.
(b) The Web-Based Association delegate must be an Individual
    Professional member in good standing and reside in a geographic area
    where there is no recognized State/Regional Association.
(c) The term of office of the delegates shall be two (2) years. No delegate shall
    serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms and no person shall be eligible
    for a further term until they have not been in office for a full one (1)-year
    period.
(d) Terms of office shall commence on January 1 of the year following election.

RATIONALE: Add (b) to reflect that the delegate from the WBA must be
from an area where there is no delegate representation.

Article XVI
State/Regional Associations
Section 1. Membership
(a) Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate, Electronic, and Sustaining
    AHDI Members within individual states (or equivalent geographic units) may
    form State Associations. Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate,
    Electronic, and Sustaining AHDI Members in individual states may join with
    members in contiguous states to form regional associations.
(b) An Individual Professional Member shall belong to only one State/Regional
    Association, and that must be the state/region recorded in AHDI's records as
    their mailing address
(c) All State/Regional Associations must comply with policies and rules of
    conduct prescribed by the AHDI Board of Directors or the House of
    Delegates.

To be changed to:

Article XVI
State/Regional Associations & Web-Based Association
Section 1. Membership
(a) Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate, Electronic, and Sustaining
    AHDI Members within individual states (or equivalent geographic units) may
    form State Associations. Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate,
    Electronic, and Sustaining AHDI Members in individual states may join with
    members in contiguous states to form regional associations.
(b) An Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate, and Sustaining AHDI
    Members shall belong to the State/Regional Association in which they
    reside and shall be counted within that State/Regional with regard to
    delegate representation. An Individual Professional, Student,
    Postgraduate, and Sustaining Member may also join a State/Regional in
    a geographic location other than the area in which they reside, but will

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    not be counted in the delegate apportionment for representation.
(c) All State/Regional Associations and Web-Based Association must comply
    with policies and rules of conduct prescribed by the AHDI Board of Directors
    or the House of Delegates.

RATIONALE: To allow members to belong to a state/regional other than
where they reside.

Section 4. Officers
(a) The officers of a State/Regional Association shall be a President, a Vice
    President and/or President-elect, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and such other
    officers as are necessary to conduct the business of the State/Regional
    Association.
(b) Terms of office shall commence on January 1 of the year following election.

To be changed to:

Section 4. Officers
(a) The officers of a State/Regional Association shall be a President, a Vice
    President and/or President-elect, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and such other
    officers as are necessary to conduct the business of the State/Regional
    Association. Officers must be members of said State/Regional
    Association and reside within the boundaries of the State/Regional.
(b) The officers of the Web-Based Association shall be a President, a Vice
    President and/or President-elect, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and such
    other officers as are necessary to conduct the business of the Web-
    Based Association. Officers must be members of the Web-Based
    Association.
(c) Terms of office shall commence on January 1 of the year following election.

Section 6. Voting Body
The voting body of the State/Regional Association shall be limited to the
Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate, Sustaining, and Electronic
Members in good standing of the State/Regional Association. Voting may be
done by mail, email or online. Individual Professional may hold office. Electronic
Members may hold office with the exception of Delegate or Alternate. Student
and Postgraduate Members who have been a member of AHDI for at least one
(1) year may hold office in the State/Regional with the exception of Delegate or
Alternate. Sustaining Members may hold office with the exception of Delegate or
Alternate. Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate, Electronic, and
Sustaining Members may serve on or as chairpersons for State/Regional
committees with the right to vote on committee decisions.

To be changed to:

Section 6. Voting Body
(a) The voting body of the State/Regional Association shall be limited to the

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    Individual Professional, Student, Postgraduate, Sustaining, and
    Electronic Members in good standing who reside within the geographic
    boundaries of that State/Regional Association. Voting may be done by
    mail, email or online. Individual Professional may hold office. Electronic
    Members may hold office with the exception of Delegate or Alternate. Student
    and Postgraduate Members who have been a member of AHDI for at least
    one (1) year may hold office in the State/Regional with the exception of
    Delegate or Alternate. Sustaining Members may hold office with the
    exception of Delegate or Alternate. Individual Professional, Student,
    Postgraduate, Electronic, and Sustaining Members may serve on or as
    chairpersons for State/Regional committees with the right to vote on
    committee decisions.
(b) The voting body for the purposes of delegate representation of the
     Web-Based Association shall be limited to Individual Professional,
     Student, Postgraduate, and Sustaining Members in good standing who
     reside in geographic boundaries where there is no AHDI-recognized
     State/Regional Association.

RATIONALE: This is being changed to define that voting will only be within
the defined geographic residence of the voting member if they wish to
belong to more than one S/R.

Section 9. State/Regional Association Boundaries
(a) State Association boundaries shall be the same as the geographic
    boundaries of that state.
(b) Regional Association boundaries shall be the same as the geographic
    boundaries of the states forming the Regional Association.
(c) State/regional meetings of members shall be held within the state/regional
    boundaries as described.

To be changed to:

Section 9. State/Regional or Web-Based Association Boundaries
(a) State Association boundaries shall be the same as the geographic
    boundaries of that state.
(b) Regional Association boundaries shall be the same as the geographic
    boundaries of the states forming the Regional Association.
(c) Web-Based Association shall be without geographic boundaries. For
    the purposes of delegate representation, the Web-Based Association
    would represent its Voting Membership who do not reside within the
    geographic boundaries of a State/Regional Association.
(d) State/Regional meetings of members shall be held within the state/regional
    boundaries as described or through electronic means.
(e) The Web-Based Association shall hold meetings by electronic means.

RATIONALE: This is changed to reflect the intent of the WBA to represent
membership which is not represented through a recognized state/regional.

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This is also changed to recognized that state/regionals can meet through
electronic means.

Article IV
Membership

Section 2. Qualifications, Rights, and Privileges of Membership
(d) Sustaining Membership: Any person who has been an Individual Professional
    Member for at least two (2) years who has left the medical transcription field
    is eligible for Sustaining Membership. Sustaining members shall be eligible to
    vote and hold office in a local chapter. Sustaining member may vote and hold
    office in a state/regional. Sustaining members may also serve on or as
    chairpersons of chapter, state/regional, and/or national committees, with the
    right to vote on committee decisions.

To be changed to:

(d) Sustaining Membership: Any person who has been an Individual Professional
    Member for at least two (2) years who has left the medical transcription field
    is eligible for Sustaining Membership. Sustaining members shall be eligible to
    vote and hold office in a local chapter. Sustaining members may vote and
    hold office in a state/regional. Sustaining members may vote in national
    elections. Sustaining members may also serve on or as chairpersons of
    chapter, state/regional, and/or national committees, with the right to vote on
    committee decisions.

RATIONALE: It was felt with the passage of the bylaws change to count
Sustaining membership in the apportionment for delegate representation
that they be allowed to vote in the national election just as the Individual
Professional, Student, and Postgraduate memberships are.

Article VI
Board of Directors
Section 1. Number and Composition of Board of Directors
(a) The number of Directors of this Association shall be not less than nine (9) nor
    more than eleven (11) until changed by amendment of the Bylaws duly
    adopted by the House of Delegates. Notwithstanding any other provisions of
    these Bylaws, an amendment to change the number of Directors must be
    initiated and approved either by the House of Delegates or by the members.
(b) An election shall be held annually for three (3) positions on the Board of
    Directors.
(c) A President whose term of office as a Director simultaneously ends with the
    term of office as President shall serve one (1) additional year as a Director.
(d) The Executive Director shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the
    Board of Directors.



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TO BE CHANGED TO:

Article VI
Board of Directors
Section 1. Number and Composition of Board of Directors
(a) The number of Directors of this Association shall be not less than nine (9) nor
    more than eleven (11) until changed by amendment of the Bylaws duly
    adopted by the House of Delegates. Notwithstanding any other provisions of
    these Bylaws, an amendment to change the number of Directors must be
    initiated and approved either by the House of Delegates or by the members.
(b) An election shall be held annually for three (3) positions on the Board of
    Directors.
(c) A President whose term of office as a Director simultaneously ends with the
    term of office as President shall serve one (1) additional year as a Director.
(d) The Executive Director shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the
    Board of Directors.
(e) The Speaker of the House shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting
    member of the Board of Directors.

Article XV
Local Chapters
Section 2. Official Recognition
(a) An organized Local Chapter shall, within sixty (60) days after election of
    officers, submit a petition to the Administrative Office for recognition as an
    official chapter of AHDI. Recognition shall be granted upon meeting
    requirements as determined by the AHDI Board of Directors.
(b) The official name of the chapter shall conform to the pattern “(Name) Chapter
    of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.”

TO BE CHANGED TO:

(b) The official name of the chapter shall conform to the pattern “(Name)
    Chapter of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity or
    "Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity - (Name) Chapter.

Article XVI
State/Regional Associations
Section 2. Official Recognition
(a) There shall be only one (1) recognized association per state/regional.
(b) The officers of a proposed State/Regional Association shall, within sixty (60)
    days after election of officers, submit to the Administrative Office a Petition for
    Recognition as a State/Regional Association. Recognition shall be granted
    upon meeting the requirements as determined by the AHDI Board of
    Directors.
(c) The Petition for Recognition must be accompanied by a statement by the
    officers pro tem verifying that all Individual Professional, Student,
    Postgraduate, Electronic, and Sustaining Members of AHDI within the

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    proposed State/Regional Association were given the opportunity to vote by
    official ballot, that the majority of the respondents support the formation of the
    proposed society and by ballot have elected their first delegate(s) and
    alternate(s) to the House of Delegates.
(d) The procedures and criteria for recognition of a proposed State/Regional
    Association shall be as determined by the AHDI Board of Directors.
(e) Recognition shall be granted upon completion of the requirements as
    determined by the AHDI Board of Directors.
(f) Within one (1) year of recognition as a State/Regional Association, officers
    must be elected.
(g) The official name of a State/Regional Association shall conform to the pattern
    “(state/region name) Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.”

TO BE CHANGED TO:

(g) The official name of a State/Regional Association shall conform to the
    pattern “(state/region name) Association for Healthcare Documentation
    Integrity or Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity -
    (state/region name).”

RATIONALE: Since all components will need to change their name to
incorporate our new national name change, this would just allow the
opportunity to have AHDI first rather than the last part of the component’s
name.

It is the recommendation of the
committee to support this bylaw
change.



Patty Barrett, CMT, FAAMT
PAMT Delegate

plbarrett@spheris.com




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              2007 PAMT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers                                          Chapter Representatives
President
Carol Croft, CMT, FAAMT                           Northern Allegheny Mountain Chapter
Harrisburg, PA                                    President
Phone: (717) 545-1319                             Marlene Lester, CMT, FAAMT
E-mail: carolpa48@aol.com                         Sheffield, PA
                                                  Phone: (814) 968-5594
Vice President                                    E-mail: lester53@westpa.net
Vacant
                                                  Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
Secretary                                         President
Phyllis Anderson                                  Linda Backner, CMT, FAAMT
Easton, PA                                        E-mail: lindabackner@verizon.net
Phone: (610) 258-9796                             Web site: http://www.aamt.org/ca/gpc/
E-mail: phyllis1314@msn.com
                                                  Susquehanna Valley Chapter
Treasurer                                         President
Norma Lopresti, CMT, FAAMT                        Margie Flatley, CMT, FAAMT
Stockertown, PA 18083                             Carlisle, PA
Phone: (610) 759-0705                             Phone: (717) 258-3120
E-mail: normal@enter.net                          E-mail: margief@earthlink.net
                                                  Web site: http://www.aamt.org/ca/svc/
PA 2007 Delegate
Patty Barrett, CMT, FAAMT                         PAMT 2007 Board Partner
Greensburg, PA                                    Betty Honkonen, CMT, FAAMT
Phone: (734) 834-3557                             E-mail: cmt12606@tampabay.rr.com
E-mail: plbarrett@spheris.com
                                                  AAMT web site: www.aamt.org
Updated PAMT web site:
www.aamt.org/ca/pamt/




                            2008 IN PITTSBURGH!

The contract has been signed and we will be in the beautiful Pittsburgh area at
the Embassy Suites near the airport on September 26-28, 2008. Mark this on
your calendar. We look forward to moving our PAMT Annual Meeting out of the
Central Pennsylvania area to a different setting. The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
has had outstanding speakers at their meetings in the past, and we look forward
to their help in getting us these outstanding speakers for this meeting.




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                ATTENTION ALL NEW CMTs and RMTs!
If you passed the Certified Medical Transcription (CMT) or the Registered Medical
Transcriptionist (RMT) exam in 2007, don’t forget to submit the cost of your exam to PAMT for
reimbursement! The PAMT board of directors will reimburse 1 CMT and 1 RMT the cost of the
exam for 2007, as funds allow. The deadline is December 31, so be sure to send it in.

We are very aware of the time new CMTs and RMTs spend in preparation for the exam, not to
mention the cost of this exam, and we are so proud of them for recognizing the value of this
credential. To become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist or Registered Medical Transcriptionist
by exam is truly important to our professional recognition.

RULES:
The exam must be taken and passed in the current calendar year. As such, all new CMTs and
RMTs for this year (2007) can submit an entry form to the PAMT Treasurer for consideration if
you take and pass the exam between January 1 and December 31, 2007. If you are reimbursed
by your employer, you would not be eligible because we want to make sure someone who does
not have this reimbursement is rewarded. Proof of CMT or RMT credential must be included with
the entry form. The winning entry will be selected through a drawing by the PAMT board of
directors at the first board meeting of the next calendar year. The winner will be notified and this
award will be presented at the PAMT Annual Meeting & Educational Conference of the following
year. The winner must be a resident of Pennsylvania. The winner does not need to be a member
of AAMT. This award will be given on a yearly basis as funding allows.




           CMT / RMT REIMBURSEMENT ENTRY FORM
Name ______________________________________                CMT or RMT # ________________

Address ____________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________

Phone number ____________________ E-mail ____________________________

Date of exam __________________________ Cost of exam __________________


Please submit for to:     PAMT Treasurer
                          Norma Lopresti, CMT, FAAMT
                          P.O. Box 24
                          Stockertown, PA 18083
                          Email: normal@enter.net
                          Phone: (610) 759-0705

Deadline: Postmark or email by December 31 of the current calendar year.
_________________________________
FOR PAMT’s. OFFICIAL USE
Notification of winner _____________
Reimbursement date _____________
Check # _______________________




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                         Calendar of Events
August 2007
AAMT National Conference – Reno Hilton International, Reno, NV

September 2007
September 8, 2007 – SVC chapter meeting; location TBA.
September 22, 2007 – GPC chapter meeting at Montefiore (contact Linda Backner for more
information)
September 29, 2007 – Northern Allegheny Mountain Chapter meeting in Warren, PA (contact
Marlene Lester for more info).

October 2007
October 6, 2007 – Supervisors/Managers Meeting in Philadelphia
                   th
October 26-27 – 19 Annual PAMT Annual Meeting and Educational Conference at the Holiday
Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville, PA.

December 2007
December 8, 2007 – SVC chapter meeting; location TBA.

August 4-10, 2008
AAMT National Conference – Hilton Hotel in Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL




                           2007 PAMT COMMITTEES



Education Committee                               Cert Connector
Judy Lichtenberger, CMT, FAAMT, RHIT              Sharon Allred, CMT, FAAMT
judylichtenberger@hotmail.com                     MTSharon@ptd.net

Fundraising                                       Legislative Committee
Norma Lopresti, CMT, FAAMT                        Needed
normal@enter.net
                                                  2007 On-Site Annual Meeting
Membership                                        Coordinator
DLape@spheris.com                                 Needed

Newsletter
Grace LaConte, CMT
laconteproof@hotmail.com




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               19th PAMT ANNUAL MEETING & EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
                      “Carving Out Your Niche in the Changing World
                                 of Medical Transcription”
                                    October 26-28, 2007
                             Holiday Inn - Hershey/Harrisburg

                                   PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Friday – October 26, 2007
5:00 to 7:00              Registration & networking

5:00 to 6:00              First Timer Welcome Wine & Cheese Reception (everyone invited to welcome
                          our first timers!)

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.         “Grammar & Punctuation Workshop”
                          Ellen Drake, CMT, FAAMT, Author & Educator

Saturday – October 27, 2007
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.         Continental breakfast & vendors

8:15 to 9:00 a.m.         Welcome and Annual Business Meeting

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.        “Navigating with Netiquette”
                          Jessica Johnson, Instructor, Northampton Community College

10:00 to 10:30 a.m.       Break & vendors

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.       “Heart Help for Women”
                          Anne Marie Crown, Program Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Hospital

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Buffet lunch, networking, & vendors

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.         “Speech Recognition - What does it mean to you?”
                          Lynn Kosegi, PMP, Speech Recognition Implementation Manager,
                          Spheris

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.         “Microbiology: Bugs, Drugs, and You”
                          Bethany Chmil, MT (ASCP), Lancaster General Hospital

3:00 to 3:30 p.m.         Break & vendors

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.         Topic to be finalized- medicolegal credit
                          Kathy Rockel, CMT, FAAMT, 2007 ADHI Speaker of the House

4:30 p.m.                 Closing and raffles

Sunday – October 28, 2007
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.        Topic to be finalized (possibly one session on pharmacology)
                          Ellen Drake, CMT, FAAMT. RSVP to Carol Croft, CMT, FAAMT at
                          carolpa48@aol.com

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REGISTRATION FORM
PAMT 19th Annual Meeting & Educational
Conference, October 26-28, 2007
“Carving Out Your Niche in the Changing World
of Medical Transcription”

PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY
Early Registration Deadline: September 30, 2007

Name: _______________________________ CMT ___ FAAMT ___ AAMT# __________________

Address: ___________________________________City: ____________________ State: _______

Zip Code: ________ E-mail address: ____________________ Contact Number: ______________

Component Association Affiliation: _______________________ Office Held: ________________

Please indicate if you have any special needs: ___________________________________________

        Check here if you are a first-time attendee
        Check here if you DO NOT wish your name to be on the list of registrants made available to our annual
        meeting vendors for advertising purposes
        Check here if you will be attending Sunday morning’s session with Ellen Drake, CMT, FAAMT

Registration Fees                          AAMT Member              Prospective             Student AAMT Member
                                                                    Member
Annual Meeting Package                       $85 (Early Bird)          $100 (Early             $60 (Early Bird)
Includes all educational sessions,           $100 (Regular)         Bird)                      $75 (Regular)
Friday night refreshments,                   $110 (Late/At             $115                    $85 (Late/At door)
Saturday continental breakfast and         door)                    (Regular)
lunch, unlimited access to vendors,                                    $125 (Late/At
Sunday morning refreshments                                         door)
Friday educational sessions and              $35 (Early Bird)    $40 (Early                    $30 (Early Bird)
refreshments only                            $40 (Regular)    Bird)                            $35 (Regular)
(6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)                           $45 (Late/At        $45 (Regular)                 $40 (Late/At door)
                                           door)                 $50 (Late/At
                                                              door)
Saturday educational sessions,               $60 (Early Bird)    $70 (Early                    $50 (Early Bird)
continental breakfast, lunch, and            $70 (Regular)    Bird)                            $60 (Regular)
unlimited access to vendors only             $80 (Late/At        $80 (Regular)                 $70 (Late/At door)
(7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)                   door)                 $90 (Late/At
                                                              door)

                           Make check payable to “PAMT” and send with this form to:
                                Norma Lopresti, CMT, FAAMT, PAMT Treasurer
                                                 P.O. Box 24
                                           Stockertown, PA 18083
                                          E-mail: normal@enter.net
                     Email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of Early Bird and Regular registrations
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                                                REGISTRATION DEADLINES

            Early Bird Registration: Forms must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2007.
               Regular Registration: Forms must be postmarked no later than October 14, 2007.
          Late/At Door: Forms postmarked after October 14, 2007 will be considered late or at the door.

                                                  CANCELLATION POLICY

     Request for refunds must be made in writing. If a request is postmarked prior to October 14, 2007,
     80% of the registration fee will be refunded. If request is postmarked after October 14, 2007, but prior
     to October 26, 2007, the registration fee will be applied to the 2008 annual meeting fee. No refund will be
     given.

                                                  SPEAKERS
        Ellen Drake, CMT, FAAMT, co-author of Saunders Pharmaceutical Word Book, educator - Grammar
         & punctuation workshop on Friday; 2-hour presentation on Sunday morning, 1 possible topic on
         pharmacology (please let us know on the registration form if you plan on attending so we have
         adequate space)
        Anne Marie Crown, “Heart Help for Women” Program Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Hospital
        Jessica Johnson, Instructor at Northampton Community College, “Navigating with Netiquette”
        Lynn Kosegi, PMP, Speech Recognition Implementation Manager, Spheris
        Bethany Chmil, MT (ASCP), Lancaster General Hospital, “Microbiology: Bugs, Drugs, and You"
                                        (Speakers are subject to change)

                                                  HOTEL RESERVATIONS

                                             Holiday Inn - Harrisburg/Hershey
                                                      604 Station Road
                                                        Exit 80, I-81
                                                 Grantville, PA 17028-9155
                                         To call for reservations: (717) 469-0661

     Ask for the reservationist and mention the special group rate for the PAMT Annual Meeting and
     Educational Conference. This is $109 per night for single, double, triple, or quad occupancy plus tax. To
     avoid a penalty fee of one night’s room and tax, reservations must be cancelled within 2 business days
     prior to the arrival date. Hotel cut-off date for this special PAMT rate is October 11, 2007. Their web site is
     www.stayholiday.com. Make sure you make your reservations early – room block is limited! Map to the
     Holiday Inn: http://www.stayholiday.com/gethere.shtm.

                                              SUMPTUOUS FOOD & EVENTS

     Friday night wine & cheese reception for first-timers and early-arriving attendees!

     Our cuisine choices during the conference will include a “Hershey Break” on Friday night with assorted brownies,
     freshly-based cookies, chocolate éclairs, Hershey miniatures, chocolate biscotti, chocolate-covered pretzels, along
     with assorted drinks including chocolate milk, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and bottled water.

     Continental breakfast on Saturday morning will include assorted juices, assorted Danish, bagels, muffins, coffee, tea,
     and decaf. Mid-morning break will include coffee, tea, decaf, assorted sodas, bottle water, iced tea, granola and
     Nutrigrain bars, sliced fresh fruit.

     A buffet lunch on Saturday will include a variety of salads, entries, and desserts.

     Saturday afternoon break will include coffee, tea, decaf, assorted sodas, assorted cookies, brownies, whole fruit,
     Hershey miniatures.

     Additional meal prices for guests of attendees will be as follows:

            Hershey Break: $10        Continental Breakfast/Saturday breaks: $20   Lunch buffet: $25
     For additional information, contact Carol Croft, CMT, FAAMT at (717) 571-3390 or carolpa48@aol.com.
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Keystone Kopy Advertising Information
The Keystone Kopy, the official newsletter of the Pennsylvania Association for Medical Transcription, is published
quarterly. To contribute an article or to advertise in the Keystone Kopy, please contact newsletter editor Grace
LaConte, CMT (laconteproof@hotmail.com). All articles are subject to the approval of the editor and PAMT
president. Publication date subject to change at discretion of publisher.

Please note this important information:
Deadline                Publication Date (week of)
Sunday, 9/15/07         Monday, 9/24/07
Sunday, 12/9/07         Monday, 12/17/07
Sunday, 3/2/08          Monday, 3/10/08
Sunday, 6/8/08          Monday, 6/15/08
Sunday, 9/14/08         Monday, 9/22/08
Sunday, 12/7/08         Monday, 12/15/08


The opinions reflected in this publication are those of the authors and may not reflect the position of AAMT or
PAMT. To receive permission to reprint any article, please contact the newsletter editor or the author directly.

Advertising rates:       Business Card   -        $25.00
(per issue)              Quarter Page    -        $50.00
                         Half Page       -        $100.00
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