Neurology Certified Scribe

Neurology is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. The nervous system is the part of an human’s body that coordinates its voluntary and involuntary actions and transmits signals. It includes the brain, spinal cord, the body’s nerves, the neurons (nerve cells), and the individual independent nervous systems within the body. Neurology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of conditions and disease involving this nervous system, its subdivisions, its coverings, blood vessels, and all of the organs involved. Neurological practice relies heavily on the field of neuroscience, which is the scientific study of the nervous system. Qualified neurology providers include:

  • Neurologist: A physician with the highest level of training specializing in the medical aspects of neurology and trained to investigate, or diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Neurologists are also involved in clinical research, clinical trials, and translational research.
  • Neurosurgery: The corresponding surgical specialty for neurology. Neurosurgeons usually perform surgery on the brain, spinal cord, and possibly other nerves of the human body.
  • Primary care physicians: Are front-line healthcare providers that are trained to deal with common, and certain complex, problems in the field of neurology, as well as a strong focus on preventative care.
    1. Family Practice
    2. Internal Medicine
    3. Nurse Practitioner
    4. Physician Assistant
  • Neurology Nurse practitioner or Physician Assistant

Depending on the nature of the health condition, patients may then be referred for secondary or tertiary care.

Neurology Scribes can be instrumental in the function of that physician’s office.  They become a vital part of a healthcare provide team and can provide the following functions:

  1. Administrative (As directed by the Supervising Physician):
  1. Using computer applications and electronic medical records (EMR)
  2. Handling correspondence with patients and other healthcare providers
  3. Answering telephones, scheduling appointments, and greeting patients
  4. Scribing, updating and filing patient medical records
  5. Assisting with coding and payer-insurance forms
  6. Helping the staff arrange for hospital admissions and transfers
  7. Helping the staff arranging radiologic and laboratory services
  1. Clinical (As directed by the Supervising Physician):
  1. Scribe medical histories, physical examinations, and test results into EMR
  2. Preparing patients for examination
  3. Assisting the physician during exams, as directed
  4. Reinforcing physician instructions about medication, nutrition, and lifestyle changes
  5. Authorizing prescription refills as directed by the physician

In addition, medical scribes can be important in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and often explain certain care instructions, under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare provider.  Medical scribes are essential members of a patient-centered medical team.

Neurology Study Guide and Exam cover the following basic topics:

  1. Basic anatomy and function of different parts of the nervous system
  2. Stroke and other major neurologic emergencies
  3. Neurologic studies and radiology
  4. Neurologic differential diagnosis
  5. Neurologic medications
  6. Chronic neurologic disease
  7. Long-term management

Becoming a certified scribe, apprentice, or specialist is easy, and the steps are clearly outlined below.

  1. Steps toward becoming a Certified Scribe:
    1. Become a Member
      1. Benefit of 3 attempts to successfully pass MSCAT and discounts on all purchases.
    2. Purchase MSCAT Certification
      1. Recommended Resources: MSCAT Study/Training Manual and HIPAA for Scribes
    3. Proceed to checkout.
    4. Upon emailed receipt of order, “Sign In” to account (i.e., use email and password created to login)
    5. Click “Certification Assessments” tab
  1. To Become a Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA):
    1. E-Sign “2-step” affidavit if you have NOT met 200 clinical hours
    2. Upon receipt of ACMSS email (i.e., 1-4 hours), proceed to MSCAT Certification
      1. Successful pass will enable CMSA credential.
    3. At any time, once 200 clinical hours are met, visit My Account tab.
    4. Sign CMSS Affidavit, then Print CMSS Certificate.
  1. To Become a Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS):
    1. E-Sign “1-step” affidavit if you HAVE met 200 clinical hours
    2. Upon receipt of ACMSS email (i.e., 1-4 hours), proceed to MSCAT Certification
      1. Successful pass will enable CMSS credential
    3. Print CMSS Certificate