Writer’s Guidelines

for New Perspectives on Healthcare Risk Management, Control, and Governance

Audience

Readers of New Perspectives generally are Chief Audit Executives and their staff-members with responsibility for healthcare business risk management, control, regulatory compliance, and governance. Most of our readers are based in medium to large sized hospitals, group practices, academic medical centers, and other healthcare facilities across the United States, Canada, and several other countries. They are professionally prepared and the majority hold professional certifications in internal auditing, information systems auditing, fraud examination, nursing, public accounting, or healthcare regulatory compliance. Many hold multiple certifications. The goal of each issue of New Perspectives is  to supply  articles that provide readers with useful information, strategic insight, and practical guidance concerning matters for which they have general or specific responsibility. New Perspectives welcomes authors who are practicing healthcare internal auditors, compliance specialists, consultants in healthcare or with specializations relevant to our readers, public accountants, and those from academia.

Topics

Areas of readership interest are healthcare business risk, internal control, governance, and healthcare compliance. Other specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare management practices
  • Healthcare industry trends and news
  • Internal auditing
  • Audit tools, practices, and standards
  • Business ethics and fraud
  • Healthcare operations
  • Clinical processes and systems
  • Performance effectiveness and improvement
  • Information systems
  • Application & network security
  • System implementations
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Financial systems and reporting
  • Significant expense or revenue
  • Revenue cycle
  • Procurement cycle
  • Accounting
  • Medicare regulation and changes thereto
  •  Regulation applicable to fiscal financial transactions
  •  Regulation applicable to operations
  •  Regulation applicable to human relations
  •  Clinical research
  •  HIPAA
  •  Interpersonal communication

 Subject Matter

Our reviewers will consider whether the submitted manuscript provides information readers might need or value. We find the best authors consider their submission based on what readers will want to learn about the topic and consider how it may help readers in their work. Our readers especially value articles that describe actual procedures they can adapt, or which address and provide approaches to issues they commonly face. Articles can be theoretical, but they should attempt to conclude with practical application.  Manuscripts submitted for publication consideration should be clear and concise. Your manuscript should emphasize why the subject is important and provide discussion on how improvement can be made. Manuscripts related to surveys and studies must include discussion relating to the impact on healthcare auditors’ roles and provide useful advice for our readers.

 Style and Formats

New Perspectives style rules conform to the Associated Press Stylebook. Manuscripts need to be concise and written in expository style. Please use as little formatting as necessary–the simpler the better. Use single space, single type face, and single type size. Scholarly formats are not accepted.

Avoid use of:

  • Sarcasm
  • Slang and jargon
  • Humor
  • Sentences that average more than 15 words
  • Long paragraphs
  • Lengthy background information
  • Footnotes (if necessary use sparingly)
  • Scholarly format or style
  • Commercialism (Use of product or company names)

Do use:

  • Current facts and figures
  • Discussion of realized results
  • Support of major points
  • Charts, graphs, and tables
  • ‘How to’ procedures and methodology
  • Examples and case studies
  • Anecdotes

Manuscripts should start with a clear introduction which explains the article subject and its applicability to readers. The remainder of your article should follow the points of the introduction. Section headings and sub-headings should be used to assist the reader with understanding the material. Your language use should be plain and simple. Essential references should be included as part of the text. Avoid footnote use.  Illustration of important points or concepts can be emphasized by use of charts, graphs, and tables. However, these visual aids should not merely repeat information covered in your text. If visual aids are from other sources please provide the complete citation for the source. If you wish, you may review prior issues of New Perspectives for a better understanding of article construction and overall ‘tone’. You can contact the New Perspectives Editor or AHIA Executive Offices for copies of our prior issues.

 Article Length

Articles should approximate 2,000–2,500 words. Longer manuscripts can be accepted, but may be modified to a two-part article. Please discuss with the Editor any article that will exceed 2,500 words. The executive summary should be limited to a maximum of 175 words.

Article Submission

Submit all manuscripts on an exclusive basis. Manuscripts submitted to any other publication will not be considered. You must disclose any conflicts of interest (including financial ties to the subjects of articles), or potential conflicts of interest, and appearances of impropriety upon submission of your article. You should submit manuscripts to the Editor electronically (email) in a Microsoft Word format.

  • Please provide a three to six word working title containing an active verb.
  • Please submit a high quality color headshot (300 dpi) to run with your article
  • New Perspectives is a national publication with limited international distribution so avoid using state-specific references.

 Manuscript criteria:

  • Write in the first person
  • Use 11 point Arial font
  • Single space text
  • Single space following periods
  • Do not underline
  • Limit use of italics
  • Include references in body of article
  • Do not use footnotes
  • Endnotes are acceptable, if absolutely necessary
  • Limit use of parentheses
  • Spell out numbers one through nine
  • Use Arabic numerals from 10 and upwards
  • Include citations and copyright permissions for other’s work
  • Use a person’s full name and job title in the first reference and last name in subsequent references
  • Capitalize titles when they precede a person’s name and lower case when they follow. (e.g. Chief Executive Officer John Smith and; John Smith, chief executive officer)

 All graphics should be submitted as separate images and accompany the manuscript. Do not submit photographs lifted from a website as they are low resolution and will not reproduce as acceptable high quality. All electronic photographs and graphics should be a minimum of 300 dpi to ensure high quality reproduction. Do not imbed photographs into Word documents.

Executive Summary. (Feature articles only).  Please provide an executive summary which succinctly summarizes the article subject and the three main points of your article. Limit the executive summary to no more than 175 words. The purpose of the executive summary is to enable our readers to quickly grasp the essence of your article.

Authors should provide their full name, certifications and/or academic credentials, professional title(s), place of business, address, telephone number, and email address. Authors should also provide a three to five line personal biography which will accompany the published article.

Manuscript Review Process

Manuscripts are refereed and peer reviewed and may take several weeks to complete the review process. The Editor performs an initial review for general subject matter suitability, style, and adherence to writer’s guidelines. If guidelines are generally met, a minimum of two Editorial Board members selected for their subject matter expertise receive a ‘blind copy’ (Manuscript–less author identifiers). Editorial Board members evaluate the manuscript on:

  • General interest to our readers
  • Value to our readers
  • Healthcare perspective and relevance
  • Originality of thought and content
  • Topic timeliness
  • Technical soundness

After Editorial Board reviewers have made recommendations and comments the Editor makes the final decision on whether to publish and notifies the author. Sometimes the author is asked to make text changes based on the reviews. Once accepted for publication the editing process begins. The Editor may make minor grammatical stylistic changes without author input. Changes considered more extensive are sent to the author for comment and approval. This Editor/author interaction is a normal part of the publication process to ensure the highest quality end product.

Publication

New Perspectives is a quarterly publication and the time between manuscript submission and publication can be substantial. Accepted articles are published as soon as possible, but subject to a number of editorial considerations, such as, feature article count limit; issue theme; subject matter timeliness, etc. When a manuscript is accepted for publication the author will be given a copyright transfer agreement to sign which assigns AHIA publication rights and provides author assurances with respect to originality of authored material. A sample of the copyright transfer agreement is on the AHIA website for review, or can be obtained from the Editor.

Commercialism

New Perspectives cannot promote or profile any commercial organizations, their services, or products. Manuscripts which contain the name of a company or product in the title or body of the manuscript will be returned to the author for removal. If it is necessary to refer to a product please use general terms to convey the sense of the meaning.

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