Author Archives: Peter Reilly

Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Burden, Boost Physician Satisfaction in Primary Care

The use of medical scribes in primary care can reduce the electronic health record (EHR) documentation burden for clinicians, improve workflow and job satisfaction, and enhance clinician-patient interaction, a small crossover study suggests.  This is the conclusion of a recent study conducted b, Pranita Mishra, MPP, and colleagues from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.  The 12-month study evaluated whether the use of medical scribes would mitigate the negative impact of EHR technology in primary care. They report their findings in an article published September 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Here are some of the findings outlined in the study: From the physicians perspective: Less […]

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Medical Scribes May be More Financially Viable Under Capitated Payment in the Primary Care Setting

Team documentation (i.e., the use of medical scribes) has the potential to improve primary care clinician satisfaction and efficiency, yet little has been known about the financial and time use implications. A new study finds that, compared to fee-for-service payment, capitation-based systems may require less external financing to support team documentation. The study used a microsimulation model of practice costs, revenues, and time use data from 643 primary care practices. Researchers estimated critical threshold values for time saved from routine visits that would need to be redirected to new visits to avoid net revenue losses, comparing documentation conducted by medical scribes to advanced team-based […]

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AHDPG Applauds House Bill Supporting VA Medical Scribe Project; Scribe Certification

The House passed the VA MISSION Act (S. 2372) by a bipartisan vote of 347-70. This legislative package includes the VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act, a bill co-authored by Walden to help unburden VA doctors by bringing medical scribes into the VA system, which will allow them to see more patients in a timely manner. “Research in the private sector has shown that allowing medical scribes to handle electronic health records allows the doctor to do what they do best: treat their patients,” Walden said in a speech on the House floor Wednesday. “Chairman Roe joined me in my district last […]

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10 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Medical Scribe

U.S. News recently published an article entitled, 10 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Medical Scribe Ahead of Med School.  If you’re considering a career in medicine, working as a medical scribe is a best bet for familiarizing yourself with patient care. A scribe works directly with physicians, primarily focused on charting patient encounters in the electronic medical record. What’s more, scribe positions can be full or part time, making it a viable job choice for a student. If this sounds appealing, consider the following 10 reasons why prospective medical school students should consider becoming a medical scribe. 1. You will shadow physicians. 2. […]

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Physicians Who Have Medical Scribes are More Satisfied and Spend More Time with Patients

Physicians who work with medical scribes are much more satisfied with their clinic hours, the length of face to-face time they spend with patients, and the time they spend charting, according to the first randomized clinical trial of scribes, recently published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine. “Spending less time on documentation frees up the physician to pursue direct clinical care and care coordination, thus enhancing joy of practice and preventing burnout,” wrote professor and family medicine researcher Steven Lin, MD, and colleagues at Stanford University School of Medicine, in Stanford, CA. “These findings suggest that scribes may have […]

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AHDPG Announces Launch of Scribe Vibes — First and Only Online Discussion Forum for Medical Scribe Industry

SHREWSBURY, Mass., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the leading voice, training service and information resource for medial scribes, the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (https://ahdpg.com/) is excited to introduce Scribe Vibes. Scribe Vibes is an online forum catering to individuals and organizations from every corner of the scribe industry, from newcomers studying for certification to healthcare organizations working to develop their own team(s) of scribes.   The forum is designed to encourage discussion of everything and anything in the medical scribing world. Medical Scribe “We see Scribe Vibes as an online resource to exchange ideas, drive best practice adoption, discover […]

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AHDPG’s Online Medical Scribe Readiness Assessment Aids in Hiring the Best Medical Scribe Candidates

SHREWSBURY, Mass., June 22nd, 2017 – As more healthcare providers identify the need to standardize documentation and free up physicians’ time to focus on patient care, hospitals, clinics, and private medical practices nationwide are now building in-house teams of certified medical scribes. To help those organizations assess and recruit the best scribe candidates, the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG) has just launched the Online Medical Scribe Readiness Assessment–and it’s free to employers and candidates alike. “A medical scribe is an unlicensed assistant to the physician who performs documentation in the EHR, gathers information for the patient’s visit, and partners […]

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AHDPG Launches Certification Exam for Medical Scribes

SHREWSBURY, Mass., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A rigorous new national certification exam is helping to ensure the highest level of patient care and documentation in medical practices nationwide. Launched this week, the Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE) from the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG) is a competency-based exam that awards the Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP) and Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP) credentials to qualified professionals who can pass the exam and provide documentation of hands-on experience. Due to recent law changes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid revised its policy on scribes to allow a physician to […]

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Medical Scribe – Do’s and Dont’s

At this years MGMA conference in San Francisco there was significant interest on the subject of the Medical Scribe. A medical scribe is an unlicensed individual, or allied health professional (MT, MA, LPN, LVN, TECH, etc.) hired to enter information into the electronic health record (EHR) or chart under the direction of a physician or licensed independent practitioner. What activities should a Medical Scribe do and what activities fall outside of their responsibilities? Check out our recently published Industry Accepted Standards of Activity for Medical Scribes. This document highlights those activities we believe a scribe should or should not do.  Things […]

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