ACMSS Applauds House Passage of VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act; Urges Credentialed ‘CMSS’ Certification

ACMSS Applauds House Passage of VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act; Urges Credentialed ‘CMSS’ Certification

ACMSS Applauds House Passage of VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act; Urges Credentialed 'CMSS' CertificationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACMSS Applauds House Passage of VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act; Urges Credentialed ‘CMSS’ Scribe Certification

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
800-987-3692

ORANGE, Calif., September 6, 2017. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) applauds the passage last Friday of a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to create a pilot study in Veteran’s Administration hospitals to determine whether using Medical Scribes to assist physicians will help shorten the VA’s notoriously long wait times and ease other patient service problems. ACMSS only asks that the Senate modify the language in the bill to ensure the VA employs only Certified Medical Scribe Specialists.

The purpose of The Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017 (HR 1848), introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), is to create a two-year medical scribe pilot program under which VA will increase the use of medical scribes at ten VA medical centers, employing 30 scribes in all. It is hoped that the use of medical scribes in the program will reduce the amount of time physicians spend on daily documentation so that they may increase the number of patients physicians can see and the amount of time physicians are spending with each patient. Every 180 days during the two-year program the VA will be required to report to Congress the programs effect’s on provider satisfaction, provider productivity, patient satisfaction, average wait time and the number of patients seen per day.

After the bill’s passage, Roe, who is Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and a physician, released a statement on the purpose of the legislation. “Since the VA waitlist scandal broke three years ago, I’ve examined several ways to improve patient care for veterans, and one that came up repeatedly in discussions was cutting down on the time physicians spend entering data,” Roe said. “Many private-sector physicians report the use of medical scribes has a positive and meaningful impact on their ability to see patients. Scribes can help input patient data and allow physicians to focus on patient care and use their time more efficiently. That’s why I introduced legislation to start a pilot program to examine whether or not the use of medical scribes would have similar positive effects in the VA.”

ACMSS agrees with all of the elements contained in the Act, but is sending a letter to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, asking for one change before the bill goes to the Senate for a vote. “If this legislation is approved in the Senate and the program goes forward, employing Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) to assist physicians at the VA will undoubtedly improve efficiencies and have the positive effect the bill proponents desire, and more,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “In approving the language, ACMSS urges the Senate to insist that only CMS-recognized Certified Medical Scribe Specialists be used in the program. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists provide real-time documentation and increase practice efficiencies in a great number of areas outside of clinical documentation, but they must be appropriately certified and credentialed, meeting 2015 EHR Incentives Program Final Rule.”

ACMSS is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit entity certifying and working in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to meet national regulatory requirements of 2015 EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule, and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS). Certified Medical Scribe Specialists meet the physician documentation compliance aspect of who may document in CEHRT, perform clinical care, and assist with the design and infrastructure to support ongoing transformative care and change.

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of EHRs through its Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT). In addition to the overall certification exam, ACMSS provides specialty certifications in vascular medicine, dermatology, oncology, primary care, internal medicine, emergency medicine and general patient care, enabling access to all across the specialties.

“Employing Certified Medical Scribe Specialists is the best way that care providers get can ensure they get back the time and attention they need to join the evolution of the outpatient healthcare industry into a patient-centered system that focuses on integrative medicine, prevention, disease reversal and wellness,” Hagen said.

Please contact ACMSS directly at  info@theacmss.org, visit our website at theacmss.org, or phone 800-987-3692 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.

 

 

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ACMSS Prompts Providers Time is Running Out for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestations

ACMSS Prompts Providers Time is Running Out for 2016 Meaningful Use AttestationsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACMSS Prompts Providers Time is Running Out for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestations

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., November 30, 2016. With just over 30 days left in the year, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is reminding eligible clinicians that time is running out in 2016 to attest for meaningful use to avoid payment reductions. Those not in compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) meaningful use guidelines may receive payment reductions at 2% for performance year 2016.

Under the proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), eligible providers are required to attest for meaningful use  one 90-day period during calendar year 2016.

ACMSS can help eligible clinicians meet CMS requirements by providing its Physician/Practice pathway, which allows practices to self-certify their staffs, attesting to meaningful use. The Individual Pathway also allows professionals who work in clinical settings and medical scribes to attest and become certified. Under CMS guidelines for meaningful use, those providing medical scribe services must be credentialed and certified.

“ACMSS programs are designed to streamline the process for certifying medical scribes, making it easier for providers to get their scribes certified, and providing greater value for their employees,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen.

The following are three ACMSS certification pathways that are particularly beneficial to providers/practices, organizations that train medical scribes, and individuals:

Physician/Practice Pathway: Physicians and practices may self-certify their staffs. ACMSS provides specialty certifications to all in General certifications, in addition to presenting specialty certifications in vascular medicine, dermatology, primary care, internal medicine and emergency medicine. ACMSS serves as a resource to physicians/mid-levels, through enablement of fully credentialed professionals, adhering to federal regulations and guidance.  Clinicians and practices are enabled through eligible staff and purchasing minimum Volume Certification Packages.

CMSS-Direct Certified Clinical Corporate Partners: Through our new Clinical Corporate Partner Program, eligible outpatient corporations may qualify to become clinical attested corporate partners. The annual corporate membership allows clinical corporate partners to directly attest eligible scribes through CMSS 1-Step affidavit, enabling a direct qualifier to certify scribes via the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT), bypassing requisite 2-step “CMSA” 200 hours.  Standardized volume bundles institute innovative practice procedures and provide minimum standardized educational materials for each. To become a corporate partner and participate in the this pathway, a company must attest in an affidavit that its education programs meet all of the core objectives and curriculum content requirements, and submit the curriculum to the ACMSS board for approval.

Individual Pathway: Those who work in clinical settings as medical scribes may sign an affidavit attesting that they have completed a minimum of 200 hours of unassisted clinician workload documentation, and then complete the Medical Scribe Certification Aptitude Test (MSCAT) administered through ACMSS. Certified Medical Assistants, Registered Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Paramedics already with clinical hours, certified or licensed, may sit for the MSCAT with 50 hours unassisted physician-clinician documentation.

Along with the Physician/Practice Corporate Partner and Individual Pathways, ACMSS also provides certification pathways for academic institutions and scribe training companies, and a Retooling Pathway for individuals who need to advance their clinical skill sets.

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward meaningful use of electronic health records. ACMSS works in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of meaningful use (MIPS and Alternative Payment Models). Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

All personnel certifying with ACMSS need to purchase a minimum Standardized Volume Scribe Certification Package, preparing both the individual and the practice for real-time resource and assistance, ongoing and into the future.  Bundles include:  Annual Membership, MSCAT Training/Resource Manual, HIPAA for Scribes Training/Operational video/certificate, and Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT) Certification.  Upon successful pass, each certified scribe is given a certificate and eligible credential, in which Practice Administrators/Clinicians retain for Meaningful Use attestations and customize and innovate workflow.

“The benefits of employing Certified Medical Scribe Specialists go far beyond meeting CMS guidelines and avoiding penalties,” says Hagen. “Certified scribes have been shown to help alleviate some of the current dissatisfaction and frustration among providers over EHR technology.  They also assist practices and clinicians in real time, onsite, at the point of care, facilitating innovative workflow and efficiencies, and providing necessary tools and resources for beginning new revolutions in redefining healthcare together and creating patient-centric care.”

Please contact ACMSS directly at 657-888-2158, or info@theacmss.org to learn more about the benefits of the CMSS credential, or if you have questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials. Also, please visit our website at theacmss.org.

About ACMSS

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 18,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,800 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, non-profit partners, and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, public advocacy, secure innovative systems design, individualized and customized consulting, and continuing education for improved care coordination and patient-centric care toward wellness.  ACMSS is available for public speaking engagements serving healthcare.

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ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

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ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., November 23, 2016. On October 14, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the final version of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP), which is intended to streamline the Medicare system and reward physicians for quality patient care. It is assumed that MACRA will eventually also be accepted as a performance and payment-for-performance guideline for some others payers as well. This article explains some of the main points of the QPP.

“The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) supports the move toward new payment schemes that we believe can help lead a revolution toward higher-quality and value-based care, and away from our former fee-for-service model, which incentivized higher volume of care and often resulted in increased low-quality and unnecessary care,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “Since the final QPP was released, we at ACMSS have been studying the nearly 2,400-page document, and we are helping eligible clinicians get ready for full implementation at the beginning of the year.”

Getting You Ready to Report

The first performance period begins Jan. 1, 2017 and closes Dec. 31, 2017. To avoid penalties, eligible clinicians should plan to report some data in 2017. The program consists of four options, and it is possible to earn a small bonus for submitting complete data for 90 days or more, or a moderate bonus for submitting complete data for all of 2017.

During 2017, eligible clinicians who choose to participate in the QPP should record quality data and how they used technology to support their practice. To potentially earn a positive payment adjustment beginning on Jan. 1, 2019 under the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS), they must send in data to MIPS about the care they provided and how their practices used technology in 2017 by the deadline of March 31, 2018. Those who are using an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) will report through that model by the same date and may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2019.

Eligible clinicians who don’t send in any 2017 data will receive a negative 4% payment adjustment. Those who submit a minimum amount of 2017 data to Medicare can avoid a negative payment adjustment. Those who submit at least 90 days of 2017 data to Medicare may earn a neutral or small positive payment adjustment.  If eligible clinicians send a full year of 2017 data to Medicare, they may earn a moderate positive payment adjustment. To be able to earn the 5% incentive payment for participating in an Advanced APM, eligible clinicians send quality data through the Advanced APM.  If you participate in an Advanced APM in 2017, then you may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2019.

Reporting for MIPS

In 2017, eligible clinicians must report in the following three categories:

·       Quality (60%)

·       Advancing Care Information (25%)

·       Clinical Improvement Activities (15%)

The fourth category—Cost—is not assessed in 2017

“Improving the use of healthcare technology and streamlining practices while meeting regulatory requirements is an ongoing proposition,” says Hagen. “ACMSS offers a full suite of custom consulting services, medical scribe certification programs and corporate partnerships to help practices drive innovation on the people side of improvement in healthcare quality and patient safety.”

Consulting services that ACMSS provides, and the associated categories they can help practices with, include:

·       Custom Consulting (All Categories)

·       Standards Development (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Workflow Development (All Categories)

·       Meeting CMS Meaningful Use (MU)/MACRA: MIPS/APM (All Categories)

·       Innovating Practice: CMS MACRA: MIPS/APM (All Categories)

·       Research-driven initiatives: Aligning clinical documentation to sustainable wellness and outcomes (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Research-driven initiatives: Creating wellness and outcomes through the art and science of clinical documentation (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Implementing full scope of “real-time, onsite” credentialed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) personnel to meet national goals (Advancing Care Information)

·       Understanding innovative Systems Design; putting the CMSS/CMSA credentials to work (All Categories)

·       Preparing, planning, and strategizing for the future (All Categories)

·       Requirements of CMS certified personnel; why we do what we do, why it matters (Advancing Care Information)

·       Requirements of CMS “CMSS” Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (Advancing Care Information)

·       Value of the doctor/certified scribe/patient model (All Categories)

·       Creating resourceful value in healthcare (All Categories)

·       Precision Medicine: Integrative/Functional Medicine: A Different Kind of Care

·       Healthcare as Unique as the Individual: Understanding the difference between our evolutionary public healthcare system through MACRA: MIPS/APM, and, Customized Precision Medicine: Integrative Medicine/Functional Medicine (All Categories)

·       Creating our 21st-century patient-centric healthcare systems (All Categories)

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of electronic health records. ACMSS is independent from all scribe companies and organizations and works in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to meet national goals and initiatives of MIPS, MACRA, and Meaningful Use of computerized provider order entry.  Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

“ACMSS is closely watching the progress of MACRA and we are excited for our future,”  said Hagen. “ACMSS understands MACRA given the expertise and understanding coming through the two systems (public health/precision medicine) in respect of the patient, client, and healthcare practitioner viewpoints.  ACMSS simplifies into secure systems design, the complete library of resources that is available through secure online access per paid membership.  We believe eligible providers should move beyond the minimums for avoiding payment reductions.  In doing so, they need to connect with ACMSS, plan strategically for how they are going to advance the regulations and national goals intended to provide better care and greater value for our nation’s patients.”

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists offers several pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists and a growing list of customized, one-on-one consulting solutions. Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and consulting services.

For more details on the Quality Payment Program, click here (https://qpp.cms.gov).

ACMSS Looking Toward Jan. 1 MACRA Implementation Needs

ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

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ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., November 23, 2016. On October 14, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the final version of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP), which is intended to streamline the Medicare system and reward physicians for quality patient care. It is assumed that MACRA will eventually also be accepted as a performance and payment-for-performance guideline for some others payers as well. This article explains some of the main points of the QPP.

“The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) supports the move toward new payment schemes that we believe can help lead a revolution toward higher-quality and value-based care, and away from our former fee-for-service model, which incentivized higher volume of care and often resulted in increased low-quality and unnecessary care,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “Since the final QPP was released, we at ACMSS have been studying the nearly 2,400-page document, and we are helping eligible clinicians get ready for full implementation at the beginning of the year.”

Getting You Ready to Report

The first performance period begins Jan. 1, 2017 and closes Dec. 31, 2017. To avoid penalties, eligible clinicians should plan to report some data in 2017. The program consists of four options, and it is possible to earn a small bonus for submitting complete data for 90 days or more, or a moderate bonus for submitting complete data for all of 2017.

During 2017, eligible clinicians who choose to participate in the QPP should record quality data and how they used technology to support their practice. To potentially earn a positive payment adjustment beginning on Jan. 1, 2019 under the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS), they must send in data to MIPS about the care they provided and how their practices used technology in 2017 by the deadline of March 31, 2018. Those who are using an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) will report through that model by the same date and may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2019.

Eligible clinicians who don’t send in any 2017 data will receive a negative 4% payment adjustment. Those who submit a minimum amount of 2017 data to Medicare can avoid a negative payment adjustment. Those who submit at least 90 days of 2017 data to Medicare may earn a neutral or small positive payment adjustment.  If eligible clinicians send a full year of 2017 data to Medicare, they may earn a moderate positive payment adjustment. To be able to earn the 5% incentive payment for participating in an Advanced APM, eligible clinicians send quality data through the Advanced APM.  If you participate in an Advanced APM in 2017, then you may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2019.

Reporting for MIPS

In 2017, eligible clinicians must report in the following three categories:

·       Quality (60%)

·       Advancing Care Information (25%)

·       Clinical Improvement Activities (15%)

The fourth category—Cost—is not assessed in 2017

“Improving the use of healthcare technology and streamlining practices while meeting regulatory requirements is an ongoing proposition,” says Hagen. “ACMSS offers a full suite of custom consulting services, medical scribe certification programs and corporate partnerships to help practices drive innovation on the people side of improvement in healthcare quality and patient safety.”

Consulting services that ACMSS provides, and the associated categories they can help practices with, include:

·       Custom Consulting (All Categories)

·       Standards Development (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Workflow Development (All Categories)

·       Meeting CMS Meaningful Use (MU)/MACRA: MIPS/APM (All Categories)

·       Innovating Practice: CMS MACRA: MIPS/APM (All Categories)

·       Research-driven initiatives: Aligning clinical documentation to sustainable wellness and outcomes (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Research-driven initiatives: Creating wellness and outcomes through the art and science of clinical documentation (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Implementing full scope of “real-time, onsite” credentialed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) personnel to meet national goals (Advancing Care Information)

·       Understanding innovative Systems Design; putting the CMSS/CMSA credentials to work (All Categories)

·       Preparing, planning, and strategizing for the future (All Categories)

·       Requirements of CMS certified personnel; why we do what we do, why it matters (Advancing Care Information)

·       Requirements of CMS “CMSS” Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (Advancing Care Information)

·       Value of the doctor/certified scribe/patient model (All Categories)

·       Creating resourceful value in healthcare (All Categories)

·       Precision Medicine: Integrative/Functional Medicine: A Different Kind of Care

·       Healthcare as Unique as the Individual: Understanding the difference between our evolutionary public healthcare system through MACRA: MIPS/APM, and, Customized Precision Medicine: Integrative Medicine/Functional Medicine (All Categories)

·       Creating our 21st-century patient-centric healthcare systems (All Categories)

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of electronic health records. ACMSS is independent from all scribe companies and organizations and works in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to meet national goals and initiatives of MIPS, MACRA, and Meaningful Use of computerized provider order entry.  Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

“ACMSS is closely watching the progress of MACRA and we are excited for our future,”  said Hagen. “ACMSS understands MACRA given the expertise and understanding coming through the two systems (public health/precision medicine) in respect of the patient, client, and healthcare practitioner viewpoints.  ACMSS simplifies into secure systems design, the complete library of resources that is available through secure online access per paid membership.  We believe eligible providers should move beyond the minimums for avoiding payment reductions.  In doing so, they need to connect with ACMSS, plan strategically for how they are going to advance the regulations and national goals intended to provide better care and greater value for our nation’s patients.”

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists offers several pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists and a growing list of customized, one-on-one consulting solutions. Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and consulting services.

For more details on the Quality Payment Program, click here (https://qpp.cms.gov).

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VOLUME PURCHASE CERTIFICATION SALES – 40% OFF!

Back by Popular Demand! 40% OFF! Volume Certification Specialist Bundles. Any Physician, Practice, or Administrator will receive volume discounts on 2+ minimum Certification & Membership Packages.

To purchase: select Copper x2 to Platinum. Those interested in Platinum+ Unlimited may contact ACMSS for pricing considerations.

Certification Packages: https://theacmss.org/store/acmss-volume-packages/

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Readying for MACRA with ACMSS: Clinician Driven. Patient Centered through Physician/CMSS Teams.

Together Physician/CMSS teams focused on innovation, wellness, and sustainable care and outcomes for our nation and people!

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Welcome to National Health IT week!

 

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Welcome to National Health IT week!

ACMSS is proud to co-sponsor this partner-driven awareness week that focuses on bringing attention to the value, opportunities and challenges of healthcare information in the U.S. healthcare system. National Health IT Week (September 26 through 30), is sponsored by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and they are joined by dozens of professional organizations, societies, and associations around the nation.

National Health IT Week helps drive awareness of the tools that are helping to build our patient-centric healthcare system. We particularly appreciate two areas of special focus for this year’s NHIT Week: innovation through precision medicine, and making communities healthy through interoperability across the spectrum of care to link public/population health and human services.”

ACMSS is dedicated to an evolving, innovative healthcare system that is focused on precision medicine, prevention, wellness and disease reversal. We provide the “people side” of the health IT equation to CEHRT, advancing the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) industry.  ACMSS provides minimum Standardized MSCAT “CMSS” Certification Packages, assisting healthcare in real time innovation and development. We are available to help the industry, clinical providers and academic institutions with the latest research, implementations, education, and consulting.  ACMSS is a proud non-profit partner with HIMSS.

To learn more about events and organizations associated with NHIT Week, go to http://www.healthitweek.org/
Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.  Vendors and Sponsors welcome.

Certified Medical Scribe Support Can Alleviate Physician EHR Burnout Concerns; Certify Today

Certified Medical Scribe Support Can Alleviate Physician EHR Burnout Concerns; Certify Today

Certified Medical Scribe Support Can Alleviate Physician EHR Burnout Concerns; Certify TodayFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Certified Medical Scribe Support Can Alleviate Physician EHR Burnout Concerns; Certify Today

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen
President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, CA., July 6, 2016. According to a new analysis by the Mayo Clinic and American Medical Association researchers of a nationwide survey of physicians, computerized provider order entry and electronic health record use are a major source of burnout for physicians. The study found that physicians who used EHRs and CPOE had greater rates of burnout than those who did not, an issue that Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) have been shown to help alleviate.

“This study makes it clear that physicians are frustrated with the drop in productivity resulting from electronic health record use and the time takes away from true, face-to-face interactions with patients,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “The revolution in our healthcare system toward value-based, individualized medical care and treatment cannot happen if the EHRs meant to help facilitate these changes are a major source of physician dissatisfaction. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists assist practices and clinicians in real time, assisting innovative workflow and efficiencies, providing necessary tools and resources.”

A study published last fall in ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research found that physician productivity in a cardiology clinic was 10% higher for physicians using medical scribes. This improved productivity resulted in 84 additional new and 423 additional follow-up patients seen in one year. That study also found that the physicians using medical scribes finished most or all of their work during clinic hours and they did not have to spend additional time to complete documentation after their standard working hours.

“The clinical documentation and practice efficiencies certified scribes provide have been shown to ease the clerical burdens of CPOE and EHRs, and give physicians back the time and attention they need focus on their patients,” Hagen said. “Providers need to ensure that they use certified medical scribes, meeting CMS requirements, revolutionizing clinical care and creating sustainable outcomes together.”

ACMSS works in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of Meaningful Use, Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS) and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).  If not the clinicians themselves entering the data, eligible personnel must be certified, meeting the CEHRT Meaningful Use (MU) Personnel standard.

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of EHRs through its Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT). ACMSS provides specialty certifications in vascular medicine, dermatology, oncology, primary care, internal medicine, emergency medicine and general patient care, enabling access to all across the specialities. ACMSS enables same-day certification for practices to meet Meaningful Use attestations, presently at 2%, and offers ongoing webinars to assist prospective individuals with key information about ACMSS, regulations, and innovations to meet healthcare goals through Volume Certification Packages.

Building integrative systems design for prevention and disease reversal for patient care most heavily impact family practice, primary care, and urgent care, followed by all the specialities. MIPS and MACRA allow the current traditional healthcare system and providers to focus on their much-needed goals today in independent practices of working to assist patients in disease reversal and prevention toward wellness.

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists offers five separate pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists. Please contact ACMSS directly atsupport@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.

About ACMSS

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 17,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,700 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, non-profit partners, and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, public advocacy, and continuing education. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: theacmss.org

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ACMSS Applauds Senate Bill for VA Medical Scribe Project; Scribe Certification

ACMSS Applauds Senate Bill for VA Medical Scribe Project; Scribe Certification

ACMSS Applauds Senate Bill for VA Medical Scribe Project; Urges Scribe CertificationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACMSS Applauds Senate Bill for VA Medical Scribe Project; Urges Scribe Certification

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen
President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., June 29, 2016. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) applauds the introduction of a bill in the U.S. Senate to create a pilot study in Veteran’s Administration hospitals to determine whether using Certified Medical Scribes to assist physicians will help shorten the VA’s notoriously long wait times and ease other patient service problems.

The purpose of Senate Bill 3035, introduced by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), is to “…require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to increase the use of medical scribes to maximize the efficiency of physicians at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.” The proponents hope that the use of medical scribes in the program will reduce the amount of time physicians spend on daily documentation so that they may increase the number of patients physicians can see and the amount of time physicians are spending with each patient. Patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction and retention issues will also be measured.

“If this bill is approved and the program goes forward, employing Certified Medical Scribes to assist physicians at the VA will undoubtedly improve efficiencies and have the positive effect the bill proponents desire, and more,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “However, in approving the language, ACMSS urges the Senate to insist that only Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) be used in the program. Medical scribes provide real-time documentation and increase practice efficiencies in a great number of areas outside of clinical documentation, but they must be certified.”

ACMSS is an independent certifying organization and works in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to meet national goals and initiatives of Meaningful Use of electronic health records, Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS) and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Only Certified Medical Scribe Specialists meet current CMS requirements for Meaningful Use of electronic entry up to full scope of the credential, from basic EMR entry to a myriad of advanced clinical workflow improvement tasks, that include up to CPOE.  Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) and assist with the design and infrastructure to support ongoing transformative care and change.

As a healthcare professional who suffered debilitating injuries from a first-generation airbag accident, and through 19 years of ongoing research to later work with her healthcare provider to create a wellness plan to bring her back to full recovery, Hagen knows the value of having a physician with the time available to provide meaningful, one-on-one care. Through two decades of trying to recover from her injuries in a healthcare system that was based on volume rather than value to patients, Hagen can relate to the frustrations being expressed recently by patients in the VA system.

“Employing appropriately credentialed and Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS), in regulatory compliance with CMS, is the best way that care providers can ensure they get back the time and attention they need to join the evolution of the outpatient healthcare industry into a patient-centered, integrative system that focuses on prevention, disease reversal and wellness,” Hagen said.

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of EHRs through its Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT). In addition to the overall certification exam, ACMSS provides specialty certifications in vascular medicine, dermatology, oncology, primary care, internal medicine, emergency medicine and general patient care, enabling access to all across the specialities. ACMSS enables same-day certification for practices to meet Meaningful Use attestations and offers ongoing webinars to assist prospective individuals with key information about ACMSS, regulations, and innovations to meet healthcare goals through Volume Certification Packages.

Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.

About ACMSS

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 17,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,700 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, non-profit partners, and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, public advocacy, and continuing education. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: theacmss.org

For ACMSS press inquiries and/or speaking engagements, contact:
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
info@theacmss.org
(657) 888-2158

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Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical Records

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Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical Records

Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical RecordsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical Records

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CPEHR, CPHIE, CPHIT, CMSS
Executive Director, Clinical Informatics/Wellness
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists

(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., June 27, 2016. In our continuing support of an American health system that revolutionizes clinical care and individualizes patient care, enabling precision care, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists supports moves toward giving patients fully manipulable access to working versions of their full medical records.

In a Healthcare Informatics Article earlier this month titled, “Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use,” American Medical Informatics Association CEO Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D., stated, “…to support things like discovery of new knowledge and to support precision medicine activity, we really do need to make sure that patients have access to their full medical record, in a computable format, not just a PDF format.”

“Precision medicine is evolving rapidly now in specificity to the patient,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “It’s individualized medical care and treatment plans involving the physician and patient working as a team toward wellness and prevention in an environment of trust. In order to effectively customize care, both of these team members need to have the full picture, and that means patients need to have full access to working electronic versions of their medical records.”

As a clinical informatics professional who suffered debilitating injuries from both a first- and second-generation airbag accident, and a continuous 19-year arduous paper records search and journey, Hagen pioneered to a complete wellness system, Integrative Medicine, and worked with her  healthcare provider to create a wellness plan, bringing her back to a full recovery. Hagen knows the value of sharing all of the available information. Through two decades of research on her own injuries in a complex and siloed paper-based system, Hagen also knows the frustrations of having insufficient information to even begin to create a customized healthcare plan. Airbag recalls engulf the nation; little known preventive precision care is known to wellness.

“In order to build our 21st century healthcare system, we require a combination of clinical care and technological advances,” Hagen said. “The two must be in balance, creating harmony, and an evolution of choices. The doctor-patient or doctor-client relationship models are key toward successful outcomes, working together. Technology alone will not get a patient well.

Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) play a vital role in facilitating precision care, according to Hagen. “Certified scribes provide real-time documentation and increase practice efficiencies in a great number of areas outside of clinical documentation,” she said. “Because of the work of certified medical scribes, providers not only have a more accurate and complete picture of the patient, but they get back the time and attention they need to join the evolution of the outpatient healthcare industry into a patient-centered, integrative system that focuses on prevention, disease reversal and wellness.”  CMS recognizes Certified Medical Scribe Specialists in CEHRT Personnel Measure to document for clinicians, if not the clinician themselves.

Today’s economic investments are building integrative systems in our collaborative 21st century public healthcare system. ACMSS additionally believes that Integrative Medicine is a key piece to the future of healthcare, delivering high-technology clinical care that is customized to each patient for individual wellness. Integrative Medicine systems focus on the whole person, ensuring the individual remains healthy.

ACMSS works in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of Meaningful Use, and proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS).  Building integrative systems for prevention and disease reversal for patient care most heavily impact family practice, primary care, and urgent care, followed by specialities.  MACRA allows the current traditional healthcare system and providers to focus on their much-needed goals today in independent practices of working to assist patients in disease reversal and prevention toward wellness.

Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions, in addition to purchasing standardized Volume Certification Packages across healthcare, meeting national goals together.

About ACMSS

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 17,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,700 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, non-profit partners, and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, public advocacy, and continuing education. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: theacmss.org

For ACMSS press inquiries and/or speaking engagements, contact:
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
info@theacmss.org
(657) 888-2158

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CMS MU, 2%: Certified Medical Scribes Meet Personnel Measure Meaningful Use; Prepare for MIPS Measures and Innovation

What Physicians, Practice Administrators Need to Know

Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) are making their debut into the country in record pace?  Why?  Together we are writing our nations stories, our most sacred document in getting people healthy and well. Certified Scribes into practice workflows are key to achieving national goals and creating sustainable wellness.  Together, as a team and in unison, Physicians, Practice Administrators, and ancillary staff are working to provide valuable resources to your care team.

Practice Administrators and Physicians need to know that certified scribes are a necessity with CEHRT.  CMS has noted the following:

“CMS has asked that each provider or practice retain a copy of the Specialist Crosswalk documentation, and certificate, in their files, just as they would retain documentation outlining their individual approach and method, as well as staffing protocols for audit purposes.”

Together, as a nation, we are working hard to maintain the highest level of integrity and distinction in maintaining electronic health record compilation and utilization.  Key breakthroughs are had when documentation is aligned, utilized, and appropriate to research and outcomes.

Join Us: ACMSS hosts Open Meaningful Use Webinars: The Future is Here Now! (Friday 4/22 at 11 PST)

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MU Webinar! Join us Friday, April 22! 11 PST/2 EST

Open Town Hall Q&A ACMSS will speak on Evolving Systems Design, Preventive Medicine, Meaningfully Using Clinical Documentation, Spurring Innovation to MIPS/MACRA, Collaboration to Research & Outcomes, and, most notably, the Career Choice for Certified Medical Scribes. Register Today!

Let us help you answer key questions towards innovating our 21st-Century Healthcare System. Let’s meet Meaningful Use together!

Please register for ACMSS Meaningful Use – Townhall Webinar on Apr 22, 2016 11:00 AM PDT at:

https://lnkd.in/bWXYwG6

Next webinar: April 27, 11 PST.

We look forward to “meeting” you and speaking with you soon!

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