Category Archives: Medical Scribes (Clinical Information Managers)

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 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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One Hour with Patients Equals Two Hours with EHR and Deskwork – Medical Scribes

A recent study by the American Medical Association (AMA), reveals what many physicians are feeling – data entry and administrative tasks are cutting into the doctor-patient time that is central to medicine and a primary reason many physicians became doctors.  Medical scribes can help! The AMA study shows that for every hour of direct clinical face time with patients, physicians spend nearly two hours of additional time on EHR and deskwork within the office day. Outside of office hours, physicians spend another one to two hours of personal time each night on data entry demands. This administrative burden is driving […]

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Debunking the Scribe Myth

An article posted by Linda Sullivan of New England Medical Transcription (NEMT) discusses a presentation at this year’s HIMSS conference regarding scribes. In her article, Ms. Sullivan describes some of the discussion in Rise of the Medical Scribe Industry – Risk to EHR Advancement presented by George Gellert, MD, MPH, MPA, and S. Luke Webster, MD of Christus Health. She states, “The speakers expressed concern that unlicensed individuals are entering patient information including CPOE into the EHR. And at times being put in the position of having to make decisions for which they are not trained.” What a scribe does […]

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