Develop Your Own Scribe(s)
Increased documentation requirements mean clinicians spend too much time entering data and less time interacting directly with patients. As a result of this increased paperwork, we are seeing the following trends:
- Clinician satisfaction has decreased.
- Patient satisfaction has decreased.
- Patient throughput has decreased.
- Revenue has decreased.
To improve operations and increase the time you spend caring for patients share the healthcare documentation responsibilities with your staff.
At AHDPG, we believe that consistency with experienced medical scribes will lead to increased quality time with your patients and increased profitability for your organization.
Learn more about how our Medical Scribe Training, Certification, and Implementation Support Programs can help you develop your own team(s) of Certified Medical Scribes.
Medical Scribe Training, Certification, and Implementation Support Programs
Today, many healthcare administrators do not have the time or the know-how to recruit, train, and effectively bring on board a scribe for their organization. Based on your own image or profile, AHDPG team members are available to recruit, select, and train individual(s) to work for your organization as a fully functioning scribe.
If you have an ample supply of medical scribe candidates to choose from please proceed to our FREE Online Medical Scribe Readiness Assessment.
Our FREE online Medical Scribe Readiness Assessment was created to help you select your best-fit scribe candidates. The MSRA will also be used to determine what level of training is necessary to develop the skills of each of your candidates to take on the activities associated with becoming a Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSPTM).
The MSRA is designed to measure each candidate’s existing knowledge in the areas of Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, Diseases Processes, Labs, HIPAA, and HITECH – all skills necessary to be an effective scribe!
Please note: The Medical Scribe Readiness Assessment includes 100 multiple choice questions and you have 60 minutes to complete it. Also, if you are a healthcare organization interested in sponsoring the training of your scribe candidates, please ask each prospective scribe candidate to enter the name of your organization as the one they are “affiliated” and your contact information so we can quickly and easily connect them back to you.
If you have already identified the individual or individuals you want to train to take on the activities of a medical scribe, please proceed to our initial medical scribe training programs.
AHDPG launched the industry’s first online Medical Scribe Training Program in 2011. Our original program was targeted to individuals who were “new” to healthcare and included training in Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology; prior to training them on “How-to-Scribe.”
Today, we offer two programs – Select the Best Program for Each of Your Scribe Candidates based on their prior knowledge.
Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professionals (80 Clock Hours)
This expedited program is designed specifically for practicing Allied Health Professionals (MAs, MTs, LVNs, Techs, etc). Students will use their extensive medical knowledge to advance their skills. Starting from the vantage point that each candidate for this program comes to us with a fundamental level of knowledge in anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, English grammar, computer skills, and HIPAA, this course is designed to give each candidate the information and knowledge necessary to handle the activities associated with medical scribing. A score of 80 or higher on our FREE Online Medical Scribe Readiness Assessment is required for enrollment in this program.
Medical Scribe Professional (Comprehensive Program (240 Clock Hours)
Our comprehensive Medical Scribe Professional program is designed for individuals who are “new” to healthcare or those individuals looking to expand their knowledge in Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology; prior to learning “How-to- Scribe”.
Students completing the Medical Scribe Training for Practicing Allied Health Professionals or the Medical Scribe Professional training programs are eligible to earn to take the National Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCETM) to earn the Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP) credential.
These programs are designed to provide the foundational training a candidate requires to function as a medical scribe in an ambulatory care clinic, surgical center, hospital setting, emergency department, and other health care environments within the U.S. healthcare system.
On-site Training Program
AHDPG team members are available to come to your site to support the launch of your scribe program. Our On-site Support program provides each scribe the opportunity to shadow our scribe trainer (while trainer scribes), then allows each scribe the opportunity to begin scribing themselves while the trainer shadows. In addition, time is spent with clinic administrators, physicians, and other care team members to establish physician-scribe best practices and any individual or specific clinic requirements. Included in our on-site training is the following:
- A meeting with providers regarding scribe best practices, preferences, and other materials
- A meeting with managers/administrators/stakeholders for general discussion
- Initial meeting with scribes for an overview of week’s training/Q&A session
- Half-day on-site training per scribe. Scribes will shadow the on-site trainer (while trainer scribes) for several patients, then begin scribing themselves while the trainer shadows.
- Wrap-up meeting with managers, administrators, providers, and scribes.
- 30-day ongoing support and training
Ongoing Support and Training
AHDPG team members are available via phone and online sessions to answer questions and provide ongoing support for a period of 30 days following the completion of the on-site training. In addition, depending upon the needs of the organization, ongoing training in a variety of areas can be provided.
Note: Completion of the initial online training program is required to receive on-the-job training support.
Certification of medical scribes is not a legal or regulatory requirement today however, like many roles in healthcare, certification is preferred by many individuals and healthcare organizations.
Earning your Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSPTM) credential makes an individual a recognized expert and leader in the field of medical scribing—and a valuable asset to your organization. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.
The Medical Scribe Certification Exam directly links to on-the-job scenarios and realistic work situations, making it the most relevant certification available for medical scribe professionals.
Our medical scribe specialty training programs are designed to meet the unique requirements of each specialty. Like doctors, who after completing medical school, usually further their medical education in a specific specialty of medicine by completing a multiple year residency, a medical scribe can benefit by enhancing their knowledge in specific specialties.
Scribe training for medicine and medical specialties requires deep knowledge in the areas of medical terminology, anatomy, disease processes, medications, procedures, and charting.
These courses are designed for practicing medical scribes and/or graduates of the Medical Scribe Professional or Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professionals training programs.
Currently, we offer training for the following growing list of specialties:
- Family/Internal Medicine
With the following specialties under development:
- Laboratory Studies
- Medical Imaging
Q: What is Team-Based documentation?
Team-based documentation also referred to as “scribing,” is a process where staff assists with documenting visit notes, entering orders and referrals, and queuing up prescriptions in real-time while in the exam room with the physician and the patient. This frees the physician to focus on the patient.
Q: What is a medical scribe?
A medical scribe is an unlicensed individual who shadows a physician with the goal of reducing the administrative and healthcare documentation burden on the physician. Scribes specialize in medical data entry into the electronic medical record system and in compliance with an efficient workflow process, thus increasing the medical provider’s capacity to provide direct patient care. A medical scribe actively monitors incoming medical testing results such as blood and urine tests, x-ray, and other imaging reports in order to prevent unnecessary delays and expedite patient care.
Q: Do medical scribes provide patient care?
No. Scribes do not provide any direct patient care unless they are also medical assistants or nurses or have a similar license.
Q: What kind of healthcare facilities or settings of care are using scribes today?
As the use of the electronic medical record grows; so does the use of medical scribes. Historically, scribes have been most frequently used in the ER, however, more recently medical scribes are being used throughout the hospital as well as in physician practices and urgent care centers.
Q: How does AHDPG’s efforts to help healthcare organizations develop their own team(s) of Certified Medical Scribes differ from those offered by other organizations?
The AHDPG Medical Scribe Training, Certification, and Implementation Support Program leverages the client’s existing infrastructure and works as an extension of your organization to augment those areas where you might need assistance. In most instances, healthcare organizations are already able to attract, recruit, and oversee their own personnel but require our assistance to educate and train those individuals to be highly effective medical scribes. In other instances, healthcare organizations might look to us for assistance in other areas as well. In working with you we are able to bring our many years of experience and insight to your initiative to start an internal medical scribe program at your facility.
Q: What is the training process for a new scribe?
Our online medical scribe training programs have evolved over time and will continue to evolve in the future. We currently have two programs. Our Medical Scribe Professional training program is designed for individuals with limited or no healthcare experience. Our Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professionals training program is designed for individuals who possess at least two years of work experience. To qualify for the Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professionals Training Program a candidate must pass (score 80 or above) on our Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professionals Student Screening Assessment.
Q: What is the biggest differentiator of your program versus others?
Our Medical Scribe Training, Certification, and Implementation Support Programs are designed to help you establish an internal scribe program at your facility. As such, our sole interest is in helping you launch this program, leverage our training solutions to develop competent medical scribes in your image, and let you do what you do best – provide optimal patient care. In the end, we charge for only the services we provide; relieving you of having to pay a premium on an ongoing basis for each hour a medical scribe works for you.
Q: What if I have a question that is not on this page?
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