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Published on January 23, 2009

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About Medical Transcription : About Medical Transcription Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity www.ahdionline.org What is medical transcription? : What is medical transcription? Translating from oral to written form the record of a person’s encounter with a healthcare professional AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Skill set of a successful medical transcriptionist : Skill set of a successful medical transcriptionist Strong English grammar Compelling interest in the medical field Superior research skills Competent use of the computer Keen listening skills Fine attention to detail Commitment to lifelong learning Ability to sit (and concentrate) for long periods of time AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Medical transcriptionists are : Medical transcriptionists are the foundation of the revenue cycle the first line of defense for risk management/patient safety essential contributors to continuity of care Where do medical transcriptionists work? : Where do medical transcriptionists work? Doctor’s offices Hospitals Medical schools Legal offices Insurance companies Veterinary offices Rehab facilities Radiology departments Pathology departments Clinics Laboratories Medical libraries Research centers Medical transcription companies AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org What other job titles do skilled transcriptionists hold? : What other job titles do skilled transcriptionists hold? Quality Assurance Specialist Editor Supervisor Teacher Manager Department Head Mentor/Trainer Business Owner AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Salary range for MTs : Salary range for MTs ADVANCE MAGAZINE – 2008 Salary Survey – www.advanceforhim.com “Full-time MTs reported an average salary of $33,453.” Certified medical transcriptionists: $39,020 Registered medical transcriptionists: $26,166 MTs with 0-2 years experience: $21,090 AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org How to get started : How to get started Find a QUALITY medical transcription training program taught by qualified instructors, certified in the MT field based on the AHDI Model Curriculum, 4th edition with access to a minimum of 35 hours of authentic physician dictation incorporating the Book of Style, 3rd edition with an advisory board that includes CMTs that offers job placement assistance that emphasizes excellence in medical transcription training in their advertising (rather than focusing on working from home) AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org MT Education Program Approval : MT Education Program Approval Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACCP) – collaboration of AHDI and AHIMA Evaluates transcription programs and offers approval to those that meet a strict list of criteria Approval good for 3 years ACCP votes quarterly AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Approved Programs… : Approved Programs… Are supported by industry employers Have a proven track record of employable graduates Have students that are 25% more likely to pass the RMT exam View the list at www.ahdionline.org/scriptcontent/mtapproved.cfm AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Evaluate the Advertising : Evaluate the Advertising Approved programs average 9 to 18 months in length average approximately $3000 in cost provide a minimum of 35 hours overall of authentic dictation adhere to the Model Curriculum encourage participation in your professional organization (AHDI) AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is Questions for schools : Questions for schools What is their student:teacher ratio? Are the teachers experienced MTs? What kind of feedback from your teacher can you expect? Do they accept financial aid or offer a payment plan? What is included in the quoted cost of the program? What equipment do you need if you’re studying online? AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) : Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) Level 1 exam geared toward recent graduates and transcriptionists with limited experience Two-part exam: multiple choice and practical Successful candidates earn the RMT credential – good for 3 years AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Finding the first job : Finding the first job Expect to work full-time until you’ve gained experience Don’t expect to find the perfect job right out of school (though it does happen sometimes) Many employers hire graduates of approved schools right away Many employers hire RMTs right away AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) : Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) Level 2 exam – geared toward transcriptionists with at least 2 years of acute care (hospital) experience Two-part exam: multiple choice and practical Successful candidates earn the CMT credential – good for 3 years CMTs earn a minimum of 30 CECs every 3 years to maintain their credential AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Is there a future in MT? : Is there a future in MT? Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a need for 5.3 million healthcare workers Supply not keeping up with demand Aging population will put increasing pressure on our unprepared healthcare system AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Future is bright : Future is bright - for professionals willing to commit to lifelong learning - for professionals willing to embrace standards and credentialing - for professionals looking for a career and not just a job AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org Need more information? : Need more information? Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity The only professional association representing the practitioners of this field. www.ahdionline.org Click on “BECOME AN MT” AHDI ** www.ahdionline.org

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