The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS™), a 501 (c)(6) Non-Profit Organization, is the nation’s only CMS compliant licensing and certification body complying with the government-overseen Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) public health care system that advances the US health care system in real time, at the point of care through a set of measured core objectives and measures. All clinicians utilizing medical scribes in any capacity (i.e., virtual, onsite, remote, hybrid) must individually license Certified Medical Scribe Specialists, which includes a valid CMS-recognized Meaningful Use number and issuance of a valid, attested CMSS™ individually assigned credential.

Licensed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS™) are individually licensed, certified and credentialed personal clinical assistants to the licensed clinician, assisting in advancing America’s healthcare system from electronic records to highly sophisticated, modern, 21st century clinical CMSS™ Care Teams, working toward advancing personnel and Certified Electronic Health Records Technology to evidence-based integrative medicine care and fulfill and establish cures

The Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT™) Licensing Examination licenses the medical scribes breadth of knowledge required by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for advancing the knowledge, scope and roles needed for physicians’ duties and responsibilities of clinical personnel, in accordance with advancing MACRA and stated objectives. Licensed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists assist licensed clinicians at the point of care. 

Individuals who successfully pass MSCAT™ Licensing Examination meet the core personnel requisite requirements and objectives required in meeting CMS MACRA measures and objectives required. Licensed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists earn the CMSS™ credential, clinically assisting the clinician. Individuals who do not meet the clinical prerequisites will be required to enroll in pre-requisite training requirements to become officially licensed and recognized as a licensed Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS™ ).

Virtual Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS™ ) are also equally eligible to participate with the same credentialing and licensing requirements in the program and are issued the same CMSS™ credential and licensing documentation requirements for CMS attested Meaningful Use programs with successful pass of the MSCAT™ Licensing Examination. Virtual Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are eligible to work in a hybrid environment, both remotely online and onsite in the modern clinical environment.

NOTE: Those personnel already certified or licensed are qualified to sit directly for the CMSS™ licensure program.

MACRA: Individuals must apply to become licensed and credentialed through the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT™), thus complying with CMS, as attested through the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS™) clinical duties, assigned clinical crosswalk, scope of duties, and clinical credential. A crosswalk of duties are available to physicians/administrators only, in adherence with CMS compliance requirements and MACRA and measure development. All clinicians need to certify personnel in meeting and advancing requirements, as set forth by MACRA.

The Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT™) Licensing Examination contains psychometric clinical workflow scenarios, in addition to standardized medical terminology, HIPAA, medicolegal risk mitigation, visit-level assignments, knowledge of computer skills and function of an electronic health record. All topics are covered in MSCAT™ Compliance Training Program. Psychometric clinical examination consists of multiple choice, multiple-multiple, true-false, and fill-in questions. Successful candidates must pass with an 80% or greater. Annual re-licensing is required through annual licensing fee, which includes the issuance of an annual 12-months issued CMS Meaningful Use personnel compliance and licensing of valid CMSS™ credentials are awarded.  All licensed members must maintain annual paid licensing fee, remain in good employment standing, with 3 hours minimum of annual commitment Continuing Medical Education (CME).

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists works in tandem and in partnership with the American College of Clinical Documentation Outcomes, Inc., a 501(c)(3) IRS-recognized charitable foundation formed to establish and build current and future blueprint models in health and wellness, focused on cures, to assist modern day clinicians, patients, clients, and consumers in the US health care system. Clinicians and patients alike share in common bonds and core objectives focused on the well being of themselves, caring for their patients, and creating a modern 21st century establishment and implementation of wellness, care, and cures into the present clinical care environment.

The CMSS™ licensure program and credential is established to form ongoing evidence-based wellness, care, and cures across the US health care system. Together, through the American College of Clinical Documentation Outcomes, Inc., individuals may become involved and participate and join aboard a noble and worthwhile cause, assisting all Americans toward improved health, affordable care and standardized insurance coverage, and access to licensed clinicians who have access to 21st century cures to aid people in staying well, getting themselves well, and offer continuous learning to keep themselves well throughout the journey of life and healthy living!

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Applying for fast-paced, rewarding Medical Career? Become a licensed Certified Medical Scribe Specialist.

ACMSS recommends all aspiring and licensed personnel to create a portfolio that contains an up-to-date business card. Include the following:

  • Valid 12-month issued CMS CMSS Meaningful Use Compliance Document(s)
  • ACMSS™ National CMSS™ Completion through approved application and licensure
  • ACMSS™ Brochure (above)
  • Current Resume
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Additional Training

Licensed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists’ work clinically through didactic training as well as clinical training with licensed physicians and clinicians to directly assist patients in the modern day clinical environment in getting well, keeping well, and finding cures. Licensed  Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS™) must demonstrate an individual mastery of information to fulfill ongoing core objectives, job duties, and functions required of US health care mission, vision, and objectives. The CMSS™ must remain proficient in their core clinical skills and duties to work in a rapidly evolving US health care system, focused on wellness, care, and modern-day cures

Each Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) is individually required to comply with federal requirements, policies and procedures, and human resource requirements. Requirements may include, but are not limited to, background checks, PPD skin tests, proof of immunizations, physical examinations, employment screenings, drug screens, security clearance, and orientation programs.