ANAHEIM, Calif., March 16, 2016. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) offers physicians and pratices across healthcare and medical specialities a certification program that helps meet national goals, meet federal requirements for meaningful use of electronic health records, and innovate together toward wellness.

It is not good enough to just employ people to do the work—they must be certified and credentialed through clinical hours and a psychometric evaluation and attestation process. Outpatient facilities are employing medical scribes to meet meaningful use requirements in electronic health records, but not all of these scribes are certified, which means their work may not qualify toward meaningful use.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that any staff members who will be entering electronic information, including Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) information for medication, laboratory and radiology orders and documentation must attest for meaningful use through certified and credentialed personnel. Eligible professionals who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use are subject to provider payment reductions increasing annually from CMS.  Our nation is working to become electronic for the patient, in addition to meeting wellness and preventive care goals, those in which ACMSS will assist providers working collaboratively to meet goals collectively.

The ACMSS certification program meets CMS certification requirements toward meaningful use of EHRs through its Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT). 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).

Together we are building integrative systems, like Integrative medicine, which is the future of health care, 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. Programs of 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.  ACMSS partners with practices across America to unite and meet innovative goals together through skilled and highly specialized Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) and Certified Medical Scribe Apprentices (CMSA).

In order to take the ACMSS certification and credentialing exam, eligible medical scribes must sign an affidavit attesting that they have completed a minimum of 200 hours of unassisted clinician workload documentation for the highest credential, Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) meeting meaningful use program and personnel use. Those who have not completed minimum hours may still certify as Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA) until set hours are met toward becoming an eligible CMSS.  To pass the exam, scribes must score 80 percent or higher on the aptitude test. ACMSS provides specialty certifications across the specialities in general patient care, ophthalmology, vascular medicine, dermatology, primary care, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.

One of the ways for eligible providers to achieve electronic medical record adoption and demonstrate meaningful use in the outpatient setting, and avoid increasing payment adjustments from CMS, is through the use of Certified Medical Scribe Specialists. In addition to providing real-time documentation benefits, certified medical scribes increase practice efficiencies in several areas, including billing, patient record organization, workflow efficiencies, clinical care coordination and innovation, insurance and patient care both inside and outside of the exam room.

ACMSS serves as a resource and solves complex healthcare needs together for its partners, practices, allied associations, and across healthcare. Non-Profit Partners can receive a discount based on volume of registrants, with a minimum volume purchase of 5 or greater.  You must also be an ACMSS member in order to participate.  Please contact ACMSS directly for more information at: or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.


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 certification, public advocacy, and continuing education. ACMSS is also available for speaking engagements. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit:

For ACMSS contact:
Kristin Hagen, Executive Director
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158