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’ Scribe Certification
CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
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.
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ACMSS Revolutionizing the Future of Wellness in the United States
For Immediate Release
Anaheim, CA, December 17, 2015 — The United States is adopting a 21st century healthcare system moving from a disease model to a wellness model. American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) understands the importance of focusing on disease reversal, disease prevention, and wellness benefits. ACMSS is dedicated to improving healthcare across America.
ACMSS is achieving this shift in our healthcare system by offering innovative, customized and flexible solutions to healthcare providers, individuals, academic institutions, and corporations.
ACMSS pioneered and recognized a wellness model exists in our country today using Integrative Health/Integrative Medicine. Together, we create and innovate electronic medical record (EMR) systems into transformative Electronic Health Records systems, enabling a healthier US for our people.
“Medical Scribes are bringing back the doctor-patient-client relationship by enabling our healthcare providers to spend more quality time with their patients through real-time medical records,” says ACMSS’ President and CEO Kristin Hagen.
This allows physicians to see more patients and give them better service. Hospitals also benefit by having lower employee turnover, higher productivity, fewer errors, and happier healthier patients.
In addition to real-time documentation, medical scribes increase practice efficiencies in several areas, including billing, patient record organization, workflow, insurance, and patient care both inside and outside of the exam room.
A Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) can count toward Meaningful Use requirement. Those who don’t use the program will continue to face penalties in 2016. The payment reduction started at 1% in 2015 and will continue to increase each year that an eligible professional does not demonstrate Meaningful Use, to a maximum of 9%,” according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Eligible Professionals include: Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy, Doctor of Oral Surgery, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Optometry, and Chiropractors.
ACMSS works closely with healthcare providers to innovate and offer solutions to some of the nation’s most challenging problems – workflows, efficiency and safety, enabling high level clinical care focused on wellness. Become a valued Member today: Corporate levels (Platinum+ to Bronze), Practice, Individual, Vendor Sponsorship, or Contributors welcome.
ACMSS fully embraces a healthy nation in collaboration with Vendors and Non-Profit Partners, in striving together wellness models, in the United States today through Integrative Health Wellness systems, disease reversal, and disease prevention. Together, we meet our nation’s diverse population health needs.
The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 15,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,500 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions 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 national certification, national presence, public advocacy, and continuing education, aimed at wellness. ACMSS is also available for speaking engagements. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: www.theacmss.org.