Tomorrow, June 2, begins and important annual event for the transcription industry. Members of the association (Association for Health Data Integrity, formerly AAMT) descend on Washington, D.C. to tell their story to lawmakers. Regrettably, I will not be able to attend this year.
Lobby Day, as it is called, is an important role of our association because the field of medical transcription is often misunderstood by those who are not directly exposed to the industry. I remember attending the inaugural event three years ago in 2006. It was a great idea, and I think the process has gotten even better.
This year is particularly important. With the Federal government's intervention into healthcare with the HITECH Act (part of the 2009 Stimulus Package) and other more sweeping reforms being considered for healthcare, it is important that legislators learn from us the importance of the role of transcription. Participate if you can. I will make it a point to go next year.