Medical Scribe for Practicing
Allied Health Professionals
Physicians across the U.S. are being overwhelmed with the administrative burden placed on them by today’s electronic medical record systems. As a practicing Allied Health Professional, you work on the front lines and see first-hand how this is impacting both the physician(s) and the practice you serve. Some of this impact may include:
- Physicians seeing fewer patients
- Physicians are not able to spend as much time with the patients they do see.
- Physicians working before and after shifts and on weekends – just to keep up!
- Physician job dissatisfaction
- Reduced billings/revenue
- Patient dissatisfaction—physicians spending too much time on the computer and not on direct care
But you love your work and can’t think of anything else you’d rather do! You can tell the practice of medicine is changing around you. What do you do? You know you are being asked to take greater responsibility for the administrative tasks once completed by your physicians…don’t shy away from it…embrace it!
At AHDPG, we have a unique program just for allied health professionals. This is not the typical program designed for the pre-med student. We have the utmost respect for the knowledge, experience, and skills you have gained in your years as an allied health professional and believe you are the perfect solution to providers’ woes.
Allied Health Professionals make better scribes because they have:
- More extensive training and experience with Anatomy and Physiology
- More extensive training and experience with Medical Terminology
- Committed to capturing the complete and accurate story for every patient
- Committed to providing healthcare documentation services long-term
Medical Scribe Informational Podcast
The primary function of a scribe is the creation and maintenance of the patient’s medical record, which is created under the supervision of the attending physician. The scribe will document the patient’s story as told by the patient, the physician’s interaction with the patient, the procedures performed, the results of laboratory studies, and other pertinent information. Additional functions of a scribe may include ordering laboratory and/or radiology studies, assisting with the patient’s disposition, documenting consultations, and notifying the physician when important studies are completed.
Characteristics that contribute to the success of a Medical Scribe Professional include:
- Strong English grammar skills.
- A compelling interest in healthcare.
- Outgoing and friendly personality.
- Superior analytical and resource skills.
- Strong computer and keyboarding skills.
- Keen listening skills.
- Strong hand-eye coordination.
- High level of concentration.
- Attention to detail.
- A commitment to lifelong learning.
A medical scribe is a physician collaborator who fulfills the primary clerical and non-medical functions of the busy physician or practitioner. By focusing on data collection and its documentation in order to establish a rapid and smooth workflow, the physician is relieved from having to make time-consuming phone calls and can prepare to see the next patient, answer a nurse’s concern, or perform the next patient procedure. The scribe will also actively track down delayed lab results, CT scan readings, and any other pertinent information in order to increase the accuracy and velocity of the completed medical record and, ultimately, decrease patient wait times and disposition patients faster. This will allow the physician to prioritize tasks he or she must accomplish in a given time period.
As an Allied Health Professional, adding the ability to scribe for clinicians can lead to many benefits including:
- Increased compensation
- Job security/stability
- More active involvement as a member of the care team
- Improved work environment
With the major changes going on in health care, adding the ability to act as a Medical Scribe Professional is quickly becoming the norm!
This expedited program is designed specifically for practicing Allied Health Professionals (medical assistants, medical transcriptionists, licensed vocational nurses, technicians, etc.) in the field of medical scribing. Students will use their extensive medical knowledge to further their skills in this career opportunity. Starting from the vantage point that each candidate for this program comes to us with a fundamental level of knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, English Grammar, Computer Skills, and HIPAA, this course is designed to give you the information and knowledge necessary to handle the activities associated with medical scribing and further reducing the administrative burden placed on your physicians by today’s electronic medical record systems. Courses that would normally target new scribes (those with no previous healthcare experience) will be waived in this program if the prospective student passes an initial screening exam on these subjects.
- 2-3 years of experience as an allied health professional (MA/MT/LVN/Technician preferred but not required)
- Successful completion of the Medical Scribe for AHP’s Screening Assessment covering the following topics:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medical Terminology
- Disease Processes
- HIPAA & HITECH
- Some EHR experience helpful but not required as this is covered in the program.
By the end of this course, students will:
- Understand the history of medical scribing and the difference between traditional scribes and AHP scribes.
- Understand the intrinsic value of an AHP scribe to a provider and the healthcare team, including the role, responsibilities, etiquette, and personality of a functioning and successful AHP scribe.
- Understand the required elements and mechanics of an EHR chart to meet coding/billing/reimbursement guidelines.
- Comprehend common and specialty diagnostic tests and procedures, including coding and reimbursement for the same.
- Describe the functions of electronic health records.
- Explain the importance of clinical standards in the development of interoperable electronic health records.
- Effectively utilize information technology as it applies to electronic health records.
- Understand the components and mechanics of an EHR with regard to scribing utilizing hands-on practice and demonstrate competency in the same.
- Understand Meaningful Use as it applies to healthcare documentation.
- Apply scribe workplace fundamentals through directed multimedia scenarios.
- Obtain scribing practice with case presentations and medical charting.
- Prepare to add a significant new healthcare skill set to your resume.
Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professionals Detailed Course Information:
Each component of the Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professional training program will include reading assignments and quizzes or other assignments that must be passed prior to moving on to the next component.
- Medical Scribe Overview
- MT/MA/AHP & Scribe: The Differences
- Electronic Health Records for Allied Health Professionals
- CMS Core Measures
- Chart Elements and Guidelines for Reimbursement in the new world of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use (coding/billing)
- Fundamentals of History of Present Illness (HPI), Past Medical History (PMH), Physical Exam, and Medical Decision Making (MDM), including common scenarios
- Critical Care documentation requirements
- HIPAA, Common Procedures, Lab & Diagnostic Studies Review
- Translating Patient Speak into Medical Language
- Navigating Today’s EHR During the Patient Encounter
- Hands-on EHR practice with patient/provider encounter presentations
- Final exams
This course is online and is a self-paced, mentor-supported course with instructor feedback and assistance as required. All assignments are module-based and must be completed before progressing to the next module. This program includes approximately 80 clock hours of instruction and is designed to be completed in 8 weeks.
Students who complete this comprehensive course will receive a certification of completion from AHDPG and will be prepared to earn their Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSPTM) credential by successfully completing the Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCETM) through the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group.
The Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professionals program fee is an all-inclusive fee that covers everything a student needs to successfully complete our program. Our program fee covers:
- Course fees.
Program Title: Medical Scribe for Practicing Allied Health Professionals
* Group Discounts Available
Option 1 – Pay Upfront Plan – Save 10%!
The pay upfront program offers a 10% tuition discount for those individuals who are willing to pay upfront for their education.
Option 2 – Military Discount – Save 10%
As a Military Friendly School, a 10% tuition discount is available to active military personnel and their spouses.
*The Pay Upfront Plan and the Military Discount cannot be combined and are limited to only one discount.
Option 3 – Monthly Payment Plan
The monthly payment plan includes a one-time initial payment of $295 due at the time of enrollment with the balance billed in monthly installments. A 3% payment processing fee applies, and payments are automatically deducted from your credit card or bank account. Contact Admissions for details.
Option 4 – MyCAA Funding Program
We know that maintaining a career can be difficult for your military lifestyle. That’s why we provide a flexible way to complete your education in careers that are essential nationwide. Learn at home, on your own schedule for a career that will travel with you wherever you go. With MyCAA your education costs maybe 100% covered, meaning you can focus on your future and not tuition costs. The MyCAA Funding program is administered by the Department of Defense.
Q: Can I learn and work from home?
Most of the existing medical scribes work on-site, however, there is a growing population of remote (or virtual) scribes being employed today.
Q: What should I look for in choosing the best program for myself?
If you are going to invest money, time and effort in a medical scribe course, do your homework. Ensure that the instructors have relevant industry experience and find out how many of them have actually worked as medical scribes or scribe trainers themselves and for how long. And most importantly, understand the difference between training and workforce development. Anyone can “teach” you about medical scribing; a workforce development company gives you the knowledge you need and provides the coaching, mentoring and feedback to turn it into a career.
Q: Why can’t I just enroll in any medical scribe program?
Let’s face it: some people are not qualified to teach a course in medical scribe, and some programs do not include all the information a student needs to be successfully employed. You should want a program that can provide you the knowledge and skills required by today’s employers- Let’s face it…you’re not doing this for fun…your ultimate goal is not to GET a job…it’s to be SUCCESSFULLY EMPLOYED!
Q: What are the admission requirements?
For the Medical Scribe Program for Allied Health Professionals we have a specific Student Screening Assessment. You must be able to pass this screening assessment with a score of 80 or higher to qualify for enrollment.
Q: Is the online Medical Scribe for Allied Health Professionals training program designed for independent self-study?
Yes, and it includes specific course assignments requiring interaction with your instructors to help support and encourage you.
Q: How long does it take to complete the online course?
The course is designed to be completed in 2 to 3 weeks by a student who can commit 40 hours per week to their studies. For students who are actively employed the course is designed to be completed in 8 weeks with an individual committing approximately 10 hours per week to their studies..
The amount of time to complete the course also depends on a variety of factors attributable to each student including the amount of medical, English grammar and typing experience a student may bring to the course.
Q: Will I have contact with my instructors?
Your instructor will have regular online office hours with e-mail support and telephone availability. You will personally know your instructor.
Q: What does the program fee include?
We offer the most comprehensive and inclusive program in the industry and includes tuition, course fees, textbooks and materials required to complete the course.
Q: What are the minimum computer requirements for the course?
- The minimum computer requirements in order to successfully complete the course are as follows:
- Computer: Pentium-class PC with 1.7 Ghz processor or better
- RAM: 1GB min for 32bit; 2GB min for 64bit OS
- Operating System: Windows Vista, 7, 8/8.1 or 10, MAC OS X
- High Speed Internet
- Headset/mic recommended (optional)
- Internet Explorer (9 or higher), latest versions of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
- Windows users: Microsoft PowerPoint viewer (free) or full Microsoft PowerPoint
- MAC users: Apple Keynote or PowerPoint for MAC and Windows Media Components for Quicktime (Flip4Mac Standard)
- Adobe Reader or equivalent PDF reader
Q: Can I use my Apple / Macintosh computer to take this course?
Yes, this course can be accessed using an Apple / Mac computer. See above question for additional requirements.
Darlene Castles, CMSS, CMSP
Medical Scribe Instructor
Darlene’s journey into the world of healthcare began 20 years ago when she graduated from a Medical Transcription Course and began working in the Medical Records Department of a large Hospital. She quickly moved to Trainer/Educator and Quality Assessment Specialist and later completed a HITECH program in the specialty of Trainer in EMR implementation. Following that she served as an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and taught several courses (Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology, and Pharmacology) in the Health Information Technology (HIT) Program. Since then she has received training to become a Scribe and has worked as a Scribe Trainer and Implementation Manager which has allowed her to Implement scribe programs and train scribes at many different facilities at many different locations which includes a wide variety of medical specialties. She is also trained in Epic and has worked with many other EHR systems.
Darlene enjoys working with students – enjoys the interaction, and cares about the success of each student.
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