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Licensing, Accreditation, Association, Legislative, Legal, or Publicity Actions

Posted by Moderator MT Coalition on October 30, 2017 at 10:50 PM


There have been efforts made over the years to set best practice standards, appeal to labor agencies, legislators, and lawyers, and to publish articles about the need for improvement in working conditions for home-based workers in MTSOs. 


What ideas do you have to make further efforts in any of the areas above?


Do you have resources to contribute or have an interest in volunteering your time and talents in the areas above?


Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments above (or via the contact form):  

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Reply CMTatwork
2:00 AM on January 25, 2018 
Just joined here. Hard to believe there is so little activity! Please see my comment on Improved Working Conditions forum. Also want to add - I took the liberty also of contacting Lee DeOrio of For The Record yesterday. Lee seems to be very much interested in pursuing assistance in an investigatoin as to the reason for the considerable drop in line rates over just a 1 to 2 month period - across the board for all the MTSOs and has asked if I know of any other MTs/MEs who would be willing to come forward with on the record statements such as I have. I informed Lee I would inquire and obtain names, contact info with permission from those individuals. If anyone is interested in such, please email me with your contact info so I may forward that to Lee. We are all in the same boat here and any help will be appreciated. AHDI does not appear to be our friend.
Reply Moderator MT Coalition
4:55 PM on April 10, 2018 
April 10, 2018 MT Coalition member update:

Updates on activism activity and opportunities:

1. We have learned that the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is considering an AHIMA House of Delegates Task Force meeting (March 28, 2018 ) request to address the issue of offshoring coding through its Washington lobbyist and/or other means. We, of course, are interested in this from a transcription standpoint, and will be contacting them with our support and request to consider the transcription perspective. We will also contact Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) about this activity, requesting similar action or partnership with AHIMA. We encourage others to contact their national or state association leaderhip also, as they are interested.

2. There are currently a couple of bills before the 115th congress related to offshoring:

H.R.5145 - Close Tax Loopholes that Outsource American Jobs Act. Sponsored by Rep. Rosa Delouro, D-CT-3, currently referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

S. 2459 No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act. Co-sponsored by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), currently referred to the Finance Committee.

We will be contacting these sponsors and committee members to briefly describe our situation, interest, and support for offshoring legislation, along with a consideration that they consider previously filibustered and killed bills, such as the 111th congressional bill S. 3816, Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act, originally sponsored by Richard Durbin, D-IL.

More information about the current status of these bills can be found at: www.congress.gov OR www.govtrack.us

We encourage others who are interested to also contact the above sponsors and committees. The following is a link to a site that offers information and suggestions for contacting members of congress. OR copy/paste this link: https://bebusinessed.com/congress-fax-numbers/

3. We are researching with consultants and references various ways to better organize ourselves to effect change in the industry. A couple of resources for you to consider and begin to brainstorm ideas for our industry are listed below with links, and are also located in the "Resource" page under the subheading "Change" on the web site.

A) Book: Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.

B) Article: How Protests Become Successful Social Movements

C) Article: Slacktivism is Over: The #NeverAgain movement is about what's next.

D) Article: From Slactivism to Feel-Good Protests, Activism is Broken: Here's How to Fix It.

It has been said about our industry that we do not have enough members who are willing to organize, speak out, and become active volunteers and activists. So, let's address that! Check out the resources above as you are interested, and drop a comment by the website at the Focused Action Forum, "Licensing, Accreditation, Association, Legislative, Legal, or Publicity Actions" where the contents of this email will also be posted for comment, OR via the Contact Us form.

4. Press releases and additional press inquiries taking place in May.

5. Lastly, at the end of this email is a poster about Teamwork to share that I like and strive to promote. I hope that other members will promote the same in this organization, and whatever other networking forums they are on, and to encourage participation in activism for our industry.

(There is also an article on Forum Etiquette on the Resource Page of the website, you can also use if you are encountering bullying or otherwise rude or annoying behavior on networking forums!)

We appreciate the input you have provided us, and appreciate more in the future. Have a great week!