MTIA: 2010 Year in Review

The Medical Transcription Industry Association recently published a 2010 Industry Review on its web site. For the benefit of our medical transcription readers, we have included MTIA’s review below:


  • Hosted successful 21st Annual Conference, appropriately themed “Change: New Bonds. New Purpose.” in Daytona Beach, with over 200 attendees and 30 exhibitors
  • Responded to membership by reducing 2011 conference pricing structure, making it more financially accessible to small and mid-sized MTSOs
  • Awarded Sten-Tel, Inc., the MTIA Industry Support Award
  • Approved name change of Clinical Documentation Industry Association (CDIA) to more accurately reflect the rapidly changing healthcare documentation landscape that is no longer limited to traditional dictation-transcription, thereby increasing the relevance of the association in the health IT sector and positioning it to attract new membership
  • Launched new electronic Health eBrief: Clinical Documentation Newswire in November, offering members greater diversity of industry sector news and efficiency of delivery


  • Maximized the expertise of the Dewey Square Group and MTIA resources, eliminating the guesswork of how to tackle policy issues, resulting in a high-impact coordinated effort
  • Met with the offices of 47 Republican and 46 Democratic federal legislators during the 5th Annual AHDI-MTIA Advocacy Summit in March 2010, encouraging them to support efforts to have the dictation-transcription process acknowledged in the “meaningful use” regulations
  • Gained the participation of over 600 AHDI and MTIA members who sent letters to their legislators in support of their colleagues who went to Capitol Hill
  • Submitted testimony requesting Congressional support of our key roles and challenges, which has raised awareness about industry related issues and will continue to make the case for the value of narrative and our risk management contribution as rules and regulations around certification and future iterations of meaningful use are crafted
  • Bolstered legislative relationships and better educated key congressional members on the work that the medical transcription industry does and the challenges it faces, with congressional visits hosted by members (MedQuist and Transcend Services, Inc.)


  • Joined Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity in promoting the Power of 10 campaign, pledging a commitment to ongoing year-round advocacy.


  • Elected 2011 Board of Directors: Robin Daigh, VP, Marketing and Business Development, MD-IT; Dale Kivi, Director of Business Development, Future Net Technologies Corp.; Lee Tkachuk, CEO, Keystrokes Transcription Services, Inc.; Nick van Terheyden, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Nuance; and Linda Yaniszewski, CEO & President, ExecuScribe, Inc.
  • Hosted CDIA Vision Framework Building session at Q4 meeting, focusing on reenergizing and strategizing CDIA’s vision, mission, and values to augment membership engagement and expand growth opportunities
  • Held joint meeting with AHDI and AHIMA executive board members to explore future collaborative ventures and potential for promoting mutual efforts

Brand Building

  • Moved the needle forward in growing the visibility of the industry sector among policymakers, regulators, and key healthcare associations
  • Released the Ethical Best Practices Manual for the Healthcare Documentation Sector, Speech Recognition Adoption Guide, and Healthcare Documentation Quality Assessment and Management Best Practices, in partnership with AHDI
  • Linda Yaniszewski featured in Healthcare Financial Management Association’s supplement Your Outsourcing Strategy as a result of the Chicago media tour
  • Joint CDIA and AHDI executive leadership met with U.S. Small Business Administration officials to further efforts in small business development, job training, and competitiveness of workers
  • Developed CDIA Strategic Marketing Plan for implementation in 2011