EHR Training Academy

EHR Training Academy

Clinical Documentation Professional Course

Preparing for the HITPro Exam?

Black Friday Sale

Recent announcements were made that the HITPro exams are now an official credential. Have you taken your exam yet? If not, now’s the time to brush up and get that done so you can claim that credential!

This week we are offering the HITPro review courses for half price as a part of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale! You can sign up for one of the refresher programs, which gives you 30 days of access to review questions for the program. That allows you to redo the practice questions as many times as you’d like in that 30 days.

Normally $100, these programs are now on sale for only $50! But don’t wait, because this price is only good through Cyber Monday. As an added bonus for those who sign up during this time period, you will be given double access to the program, so that you can access it through January. Don’t want to spend your holiday month in December studying? Sign up now, take advantage of the savings and start your studying in January after the holidays!

In addition, the clinical documentation specialist program is on sale, and you can find information on that and other Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales at MT Tools Online.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and hope to see many more preparing for the HITPro exams!

HIT Pro Will Soon Become a Credential

In an announcement made in May on the HIT Pro exam site, those who successfully pass the HIT Pro exams should have a new credential behind their name.

While this announcement was made in May with an expected date of details to come in June, the details still haven’t been released. In following the HIT Pro Exam LinkedIn site, there is information that this is indeed going to happen, but it’s taking some time to work out the details.

This is great news for those who have taken these exams. It has always been hoped that this would lead to a credential related to knowledge in the electronic health record.

So if you’re waiting to take your HIT Pro exam, get it scheduled and make it happen! If you’re looking for a study tool, you can find it here in our courses offered for exam review.

The EHR Training Academy is proud to announce that we have our first graduate from the Clinical Documentation Professional program! Sherry Sharp has successfully completed all of the courses in this program. Congratulations, Sherry, on your accomplishment!

The Clinical Documentation Professional program is a course created for clinical documentation specialists who have a desire to have an indepth understanding about the electronic health record.

Who Should Take This Program?

This course is focused on those individuals who have a background in healthcare documentation and need a more indepth understanding of the electronic health record. It is designed to be taken over a period of 9 months in order to make it easy to do while continuing to work a full time job as well as affordable to do with a low monthly payment plan. Students will gain the knowledge of the language of the new technologies in health care as well as an understanding on how to apply those skills in roles that are being developed. This is a great opportunity for medical transcriptionists to take a step toward preparing for future roles in the electronic health record arena, while using their current skills that have taken them to this point in their career. Upon completion, graduates will have a broad understanding of the electronic records and be able to utilize that knowledge with the skills they have in healthcare documentation to compete for the emerging roles in the EHR.

 

What Courses are Included?

This program includes a total of 29 separate courses and has been pre-approved by AHDI for CECs for each individual course. When you have completed the program, you will have gained the following CECs: 4 Clinical Medicine, 3.5 MT Tools, 3.0 Medicolegal, and 83 Technology and the Workplace. The course listing can be found with the link below:

Clinical Documentation Professional Course List

 

What's My Investment?

Because we have a commitment to providing opportunities for those who are in the healthcare documentation industry to gain the necessary skills to use their knowledge in the emerging technology of the EHR, this course is specially priced for the healthcare documentation professional and a level lower than our normal pricing. The total price for the program is $935.00. There is a 10% discount for paying in full. In addition, there is an affordable monthly payment plan. What's Next? You're ready to take advantage of this opportunity! Courses are ongoing and registration is open. You must complete the program in the planned 9 month timeframe.

Sign Up today and start 2012 by investing in your future!

Medical Transcription: A New Name?

There's a saying that says "A rose by any other name is still a rose." And I suppose that's true. So what's really in a name? What does it tell us. Let's take a minute and look at how our profession has evolved.

<h2><strong>A Bit of History</strong></h2>

I remember the days where one of my first job titles was "medical stenographer." I sure didn't like that one. We've gone from clerks, to typists, to clerk-typists, stenographers, and just about everything in between. We've had to push for the title of medical transcriptionist. Not too many years ago, the phrase "medical language specialist" started popping up. I can't say I was ever too keen on that because if I were an author of medical textbooks, I could be a medical language specialist.

Oh yes, and let's not forget the absurd. When we started seeing speech recognition technology being used, I recall one vendor/speaker who wanted to call us "correctionists." Now he would deny that today, but I was there for at least one presentation where that was the way we were referred to! Nope, didn't like that one either. So then we became editors, at least most places.

<h2><strong>Why Does It Matter?</strong></h2>

Some might say why does it matter? Really, it's been tough for anyone outside of our profession to really understand what we do. We have always had to explain it. I remember once saying "No, that does not mean I type the labels for your prescriptions."

Today I am a firm believer that it does indeed matter what we call ourselves. Here's some sad reality for you. The term "medical transcriptionist" is becoming synonymous with the phrase "costs way too much money" in today's electronic world. Simply put, we are seen as a pure cost center that generates nothing toward the bottom line except a lot of red ink. Now before you get on a rampage here, yes, you and I both know that nothing happens in billing without what we do. Nothing happens in litigation without those documents. But that's something we know among ourselves, not something that is very easily understood by the rest of the world in health care.

Today, health care is all about the electronic health record. It's about data and how to be sure that data is available electronically. And yes, today, "medical transcription" still isn't understood as the way that the data is generated. Technology vendors are perhaps the group who most use the phrase "medical transcription," second only to those of us in the industry. And you know how they use it? To talk about how the cost of what we do will disappear in the electronic health record setting.

<h2><strong>A New Name!</strong></h2>

I've been chairing the AHDI Model Curriculum task for this past year. You've heard me talk about this group before, they are hard workers and really dedicated. They took on the challenge of poking the box and seeing how we can prepare a curriculum that meets the future needs of the industry. In perhaps one of the biggest "poke the box" moves I've seen in our industry for awhile, we looked at the name as well. We found one we believe is great, and two weeks ago, the changes in the model curriculum were unanimously approved by the AHDI National Leadership Board. Are you ready for it?

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I love this new title. It speaks to what we do. And yes, there will be people who don't like it, don't think it's right for our role, etc., etc. We have often been chastised for considering using the word "clinical," and yet I disagree. We aren't clinicians, but the documentation we produce is indeed clinical documentation. The word "clinical" gets attention and speaks to those who are putting together the electronic health record. It also speaks to our knowledge and understanding of clinical medicine.

<h2>Time to Stand Up!</h2>

Now it will be up to us, those professionals in this industry. Here's my challenge to you: Embrace the new name. Start now to use it. Start telling people you work in clinical documentation. Be bold about it, hold your head high, and don't let someone deter you from claiming it as your own. It's past time for us to stop letting someone else define us and what we do. It's time to take charge of writing our own story. It's time we do that ourselves.

If you don't have education about the electronic health record, get it now. Now's the time to be sure you understand the technologies so you can articulate your value clearly. If you're not sure how you might fit in, consider the Introduction to the Electronic Health Record course offered here. If you already have some knowledge and want to give yourself an indepth understanding and ability to compete for emerging roles in the EHR, sign up for the Clinical Documentation Professional program beginning in January.

What will you do to be a part of this change?

The EHR Certification Process

If you've studied what's required for an EHR system, you know that one of the steps a vendor must complete is getting their system certified. It's a lengthy process and one where they must prove that things work to provide the requirements for meaningful use criteria.

Today a new video is available to help you understand that process and what's required of the vendors. In a partnership with MxSecure, James Griffiths, Product Manager for MxSecure, walks us through the certification process. This video provides valuable insight into what's required and how a vendor goes about meeting meaningful use criteria.

For a limited time, this video is available for a low cost of only $10. You can sign up for it at the education section of our site and get immediate access! This webinar has also been pre-approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) for one CEC in the Technology in the Workplace category.

Don't miss your opportunity to get this valuable video at the introductory price!

The EHR Training Academy is proud to announce a partnership with the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) to offer an introduction to the EHR course! This course is now available for registrations.

With the push for the electronic health record in today’s environment, it’s more important than ever to understand this technology and how it relates to our industry. Exploring the technology and becoming familiar with the terminology will not only lessen some of the fear that accompanies the emergence of the EHR, it will help you to increase your value in the marketplace and understand how you can fit in to this increasingly changing environment.

The EHR Training Academy has partnered with AHDI to offer a course that will help not only to fight your fears, but to give you a hands-on experience with the technology. Having the opportunity to use the platform and experience how information is input is important to understanding how the EHR is being incorporated into the workplace.

Through the course, you will:

  • Understand the factors that led to the emergence of electronic health records, how they function and what advantages they offer over paper-based records
  • Experience how paper records are converted to an electronic health record system and how EHRs are used in physician practices and other outpatient settings, as well as hospitals
  • Learn to identify the different types of personal health records and recognize how personal health records differ from electronic health records
  • Understand the challenges that electronic health information poses to the privacy and security of patient’s health information and how the HIPAA privacy and security rules may not provide adequate protection in today’s healthcare environment
  • Experience hands-on the benefits of using MxChart, a physician practice electronic health record
  • Effectively utilize information technology and medical terms as they apply to electronic health records.
  • Appreciate the importance of clinical standards in the development of interoperable electronic health records.

Course details:

Each course begins on the first of each month. You will have access to the course for 8 weeks. Typically, it takes 7 weeks to complete the course. You will receive a welcome email and instructions prior to the start of the course.

CMTs earn 5 TW, 2 ML and 3 PD CECs as defined in the core AHDI recredentialing guidelines upon completing this course.

In addition, those who are registered for the first course, beginning December 1, 2011, will receive a $10 discount on any additional courses taken through the EHR Training Academy! Registration deadline is November 15, 2011. Sign up now to be sure you don't miss the discount!

 

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Medical transcriptionists are often looking for continuing education opportunities. The EHR Training Academy is proud to announce that we have secured AHDI-approval for almost every course that is offered in our training programs.

With these programs, you will be able to find a course that meets your needs, no matter what category you're seeking. From clinical medicine to professional development, it's all there. The opportunities for technology in the work place are also great with these courses.  With a total of 264.5 CECs approved, there's something for everyone.

We're also committed to offering things that are affordable. In an effort to provide valuable education at an affordable price, these courses are priced at only $10 per CEC instead of what you often see of $15-25.

The EHR Training Academy has also partnered with the MT Inner Circle to provide a discount on all programs for MT Inner Circle members.

Take some time now to browse the list by category and find your next educational opportunity.

 

CECs by Category

 

We hope to see you join us soon1

Announcing A New EHR Training Program

We are very proud today to announce a new program, the Clinical Documentation Professional certificate program! Announced in a webinar on August 25, 2011, this program will start the first course of students on September 12, 2011. Now's the time to register so you don't miss being a part of the trailblazers who be the first to take this program!

 

Who Should Take This Program?

This course is focused on those individuals who have a background in healthcare documentation and need a more indepth understanding of the electronic health record. It is designed to be taken over a  period of 9 months in order to make it easy to do while continuing to work a full time job as well as affordable to do with a low monthly payment plan.  Students will gain the knowledge of the language of the new technologies in health care as well as an understanding on how to apply those skills in roles that are being developed. This is a great opportunity for medical transcriptionists to take a step toward preparing for future roles in the electronic health record arena, while using their current skills that have taken them to this point in their career. Upon completion, graduates will have a broad understanding of the electronic records and be able to utilize that knowledge with the skills they have in healthcare documentation to compete for the emerging roles in the EHR.

 

What Courses are Included?

This program includes a total of 29 separate courses and has been pre-approved by AHDI for CECs for each individual course. When you have completed the program, you will have gained the following CECs: 4 Clinical Medicine, 3.5 MT Tools, 3.0 Medicolegal, and 83 Technology and the Workplace. The course listing can be found with the link below:

 

Clinical Documentation Professional Course List

 

What's My Investment?

Because we have a commitment to providing opportunities for those who are in the healthcare documentation industry to gain the necessary skills to use their knowledge in the emerging technology of the EHR, this course is specially priced for the healthcare documentation professional and a level lower than our normal pricing. The total price for the program is $935.00. There is a 10% discount for paying in full. In addition, there is an affordable monthly payment plan.

What's Next?

You're ready to take advantage of this opportunity! Just select your preferred payment option below, and you will be enrolled in the course. Courses are ongoing and registration is open. You must complete the program in the planned 9 month timeframe.

 

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Preparing for the HITPRO Exam?

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You've finished your HIT Workforce Development Training program and now you're getting ready to take the HITPRO exam. What an exciting place to be! Test day is fast approaching and perhaps you don't still have access to all of the materials from your program. Here are some study tips for preparing for the exam:
 

  • Review the exam blueprint and be sure you have taken all of the courses covered in the blueprint for the exam you plan to take. In some cases, you may find that your school didn't offer a particular course as a part of its curriculum and you may need to get that material and brush up on that information as well.
  • Review all of your materials from your program. Get those notes out and go over them, again, and again. If you had areas that you struggled with while you were in the program, pay some special attention to those areas.
  • Find a study buddy. Perhaps it's someone who was in the program with you, or someone you know who has taken the courses. Get together and quiz each other.
  • Find a review program. We are happy to announce a review course here at the EHR Training Academy to help you study. Each program is mapped to the exam blueprint and includes 30 days unlimited access. Within each program, you will be able to take review quizzes as many times as you'd like, with questions being rotated with each new try. It's a good way to "test" yourself on what you need to spend some extra time on when you're studying. To sign up for this review program, simply create a profile on the education part of this site, sign up, and get started! Please note that this is not officially connected to the HITPRO exams and simply our way of providing a study tool for the components.
  • The day before your test, it's important to get a good night's sleep and relax. By that time, you know the materials and can go into your test refreshed and ready to pass it.

What other study tips might you have for those who are preparing for the HITPRO exams? I hope you'll add them to the comments here. We'd love to hear from you.

HITPRO Exam Vouchers Available Through AHIMA

If you're taking a program that's a part of the HIT Workforce Development programs, or even studying on your own, the HITPRO exam can now be something you get for free! Through a program announced by AHIMA, these vouchers for this testing are now available for free to anyone who isn't in a normal college program and wants to take the exam.

About the HITPRO Exams

The HITPRO exams are competency exams developed through this workforce development effort. Each workforce role has a separate exam to take to show competency. This shouldn't be confused with a "certification" as it's not quite the same thing. It is a national competency exam to prove that you have indeed mastered the competencies for that role.

Exams are given across the country at testing facilities. Each exam consists of 125 questions, and candidates are given three hours to complete the exam.

From the announcement, these vouchers will be available to the first 27,500 people who request them, and the program will end on April 1, 2012. That means you should get your training started now so you can complete it in time to take advantage of this offer. Once a voucher has been issued, it is good for four months.

Why Take the HITPRO Exam?

We would encourage people who take these programs to take advantage of this offer. The addition of passing a national competency exam will be another way to show potential employers that you have the expertise you need to be an asset to their company. Right now, free is certainly a good motivator!

Don't waste any more time. Get signed up now for your program and soon you'll be on the way to an exciting new career.