Physicians and Certified Medical Scribe Specialists Team up to meet National Goals  

Physicians and Certified Medical Scribe Specialists Team up to meet National GoalsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Physicians and Certified Medical Scribe Specialists Team up to meet National Goals

President/CEO; American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2016. The transition to the new presidential administration is creating much speculation over what changes the healthcare may soon see, especially with regard to the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. At the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) we are focused on the most immediate needs of physicians and their practices, and what has not changed is that the reporting and payment adjustment provisions of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act Quality Payment Program (MACRA QPP) will go into full implementation on January 1, 2017.

“America has two systems designs building on each other—our evolving public healthcare system, and precision medicine, which are both valid and complementary,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “ACMSS understands MACRA, given the expertise and understanding coming through the two systems in respect of the patient, client, and healthcare practitioner viewpoints.”

Because of the widespread and increasingly required use of electronic health records, Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) are becoming more vital to the healthcare industry throughout the nation, and will play a key role in the MACRA QPP. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists, with their expanded credential, are helping clinicians stay focused on providing quality patient care, while relieving them from the burden of charting patient encounters that require ever more detailed documentation.

In the big picture of the American healthcare system, these scribes are helping to streamline practices, bring down healthcare costs, improve patient care, and ease some of the frustrations that are causing physicians to leave the profession. An increasing body of research is showing that the use of Certified Medical Scribe Specialists is resulting in improved physician/licensed independent practitioner productivity, cost and time savings, and better patient satisfaction and patient safety, especially when the physician/practitioner is not electronically savvy, and data entry causes fatigue and dissatisfaction.

The use of Certified Medical Scribe Specialists is also helping physicians focus on wellness, preventive care and precision medicine. Executive Director Hagen is a career clinical informatics professional and healthcare provider who suffered debilitating injuries at age 19 and endured multiple surgeries as a result of an “original” high-powered first-generation airbag accident (1994), and then again a few years later from an accident involving a redesigned second-generation airbag.  She lived with the debilitating injuries for nearly two decades before proposed changes to our healthcare system, and her pioneering endeavors working with her physician, opened the way for her to get better.

“It took more than 19 years of my own research and then several years of ongoing work with my healthcare physician to create a wellness plan to bring me back to full recovery, thus utilizing precision medicine,” Hagen said. “Until recently, our health system has been concentrated on a very narrow view of health that focused on reacting to disease, injury and illness, rather than making people well and keeping them that way. That is changing—preventive wellness is America’s future.”

Hagen said that ACMSS will be reaching out aggressively to the new presidential administration over the coming months to emphasize the job creation, cost-saving and healthcare quality improvement implications of the rapidly growing certified medical scribe profession. At the same time, ACMSS will be actively helping its partners prepare for full MACRA implementation on January 1.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) acknowledges appropriately credentialed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists in any specialty discipline meeting its standards and regulations. If not the licensed clinicians themselves, personnel must attest for Meaningful Use (now under MACRA’s Advancing Care Information category) and be certified. Certification is available through the CMS-approved Certified Medical Scribe Specialist credential, successfully attesting for Meaningful Use. ACMSS offers several pathways for this certification.

The expanded CMSS credential is allowing certified scribes to go far beyond their traditional documentation roles. At the same time, national curriculum standards for medical scribes are being broadened.  The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Medical Scribe Specialist Education Review Board (MSSRB) recently released revised standards that reflect the growing roles scribes are taking in practices across the country.

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ACMSS offers several pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists. Please contact ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen directly at or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.


Welcome to National Health IT week!



Welcome to National Health IT week!

ACMSS is proud to co-sponsor this partner-driven awareness week that focuses on bringing attention to the value, opportunities and challenges of healthcare information in the U.S. healthcare system. National Health IT Week (September 26 through 30), is sponsored by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and they are joined by dozens of professional organizations, societies, and associations around the nation.

National Health IT Week helps drive awareness of the tools that are helping to build our patient-centric healthcare system. We particularly appreciate two areas of special focus for this year’s NHIT Week: innovation through precision medicine, and making communities healthy through interoperability across the spectrum of care to link public/population health and human services.”

ACMSS is dedicated to an evolving, innovative healthcare system that is focused on precision medicine, prevention, wellness and disease reversal. We provide the “people side” of the health IT equation to CEHRT, advancing the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) industry.  ACMSS provides minimum Standardized MSCAT “CMSS” Certification Packages, assisting healthcare in real time innovation and development. We are available to help the industry, clinical providers and academic institutions with the latest research, implementations, education, and consulting.  ACMSS is a proud non-profit partner with HIMSS.

To learn more about events and organizations associated with NHIT Week, go to
Please contact ACMSS directly at or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.  Vendors and Sponsors welcome.

ACMSS Offers Everyone Across Healthcare Five Pathways for Meeting Meaningful Use – Medical Scribe Certification

ACMSS Offers Everyone Across Healthcare Five Pathways for Meeting Meaningful Use – Medical Scribe Certification

ACMSS Offers Everyone Across Healthcare Five Pathways for Meeting Meaningful Use - Medical Scribe CertificationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACMSS Enables ALL Across Healthcare Five Pathways for Certifying Personnel to Meeting Meaningful Use (MU) – Medical Scribe Certification

President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, CA., June 20, 2016. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists enables all scribes a certification pathway to meet Personnel Measure with CMS of “who” may document in the Electronic Health Record.  “Certified Medical Scribe Specialists” (CMSS) in order to meet Meaningful Use federal requirements.  All personnel through the personnel measure, who enter electronic data into the EMR, from single task, up to and including Computerized Provider Order Entry, must be certified,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen.  CMS recognizes Certified Medical Scribe Specialists and “plug and play” crosswalk.  “CMS has asked that each clinician/provider/practice retain a copy of the Specialist crosswalk and certification documentation in their files just as they would retain documentation outlining their individual approach and method, as well as staffing protocols for audit purposes.”

“All of our programs are evolving in order to streamline the process for individuals, educational companies, academic institutions and providers to get their scribes certified, and provide greater value for their training scribes, students, and employees,” says Kristin Hagen, Executive Director of ACMSS.

The five pathways are:

Individual Pathway: Those who work in clinical settings as medical scribes may sign an affidavit attesting that they have completed a minimum of 200 hours of unassisted clinician workload documentation, and then complete the Medical Scribe Certification Aptitude Test (MSCAT) administered through ACMSS.

Retooling Pathway: Individuals who work in related fields such as transcription and coding may use the Retooling Pathway, which requires them to first receive medical scribe training before certifying.

1-Step “CMSS” Pathway for Scribe Training Companies: Through our new 1-Step Certification Pathway, educational companies can become corporate member partners. The annual corporate membership allows corporate partners to certify their scribes, institute innovative practice procedures and provide educational materials for their scribes. To become a corporate member partner and participate in the 1-Step Certification Pathway, a company must attest in an affidavit that its education programs meets all of the curriculum content requirements, and submit the curriculum to the ACMSS board for approval.

Academic Institution Pathway: ACMSS offers a program similar to the 1-Step pathway for Academic Partners whose medical scribe curriculum content conforms to standards approved by the Board of ACMSS.  These standards are mirrored in core eligibility requirements, clinically and non-clinically, for accredited academic institutions across America, as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Physician/Practice Pathway: Physicians and practices may also self-certify their staffs. ACMSS provides specialty certifications to all in General certifications, in addition to presenting specialty certifications in vascular medicine, dermatology, primary care, internal medicine and emergency medicine. ACMSS serves as a resource to physicians/mid-levels, through enablement of fully credentialed professionals, adhering to federal regulations and guidance.  Clinicians and practices are enabled through eligible staff and purchasing Volume Certification Package Bundles.

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of electronic health records. ACMSS works independently in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of MACRA and MIPS. Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

Please contact ACMSS directly at or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.


The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 17,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,700 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, public advocacy, and continuing education. ACMSS is also available for speaking engagements. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit:

For ACMSS contact:
Executive Director, Clinical Informatics/Wellness
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158


Happy New Year!

Partner and Certify Today; Together, we are building America’s future!

Certified Medical Scribes are a requirement of Meaningful Use and a necessary and valuable commodity in creating our evolving health and wellness care models. Together we are united; together we are one!

Certification Options:
– Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) certification meet MU objectives
– Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA) certification
– Certification Bundles, choose 1+ bundles to Unlimited (Copper to Platinum+)
– HIPAA for Scribes video/certification assessment, 1 hour Continuing Education
– MSCAT Training/Resource Guide (MSCAT study, Prep for Continuing Education)

What are the benefits of Certification?
– Requirement of CMS Meaningful Use
– Workflow management and efficiencies
– Patient Safety
– Electronic Health Records goals enabled
– Enable evolving care models in wellness
– Highly valuable member of the allied healthcare team
– Professional career recognition, growth
– Expanding evolving employment and career opportunities
– Competitive advantage toward medical school application process
– Protecting and blanketing America’s healthcare system

All in healthcare welcome; Partner with ACMSS via Membership Types:
– Corporate Membership
– Practice Partners
– Non-Profit Partnerships (available for 501(c)3 or 501 (c)6 – all welcome
– Vendor Sponsorships (EMR, HIE, HIT vendors)
– Contributors

ACMSS is your trusted resource and partner with Physicians to meet Meaningful Use, growing beside you, in today’s evolving healthcare system for doctors, patients and clients alike!  Physicians must meet meaningful use and ACMSS is here to serve respective providers, getting the doctor back to the bedside for improved care and the art of medicine!

Certify today!

“Revolutionizing Clinical Care one Certified Scribe at a Time!”
Together, we are building “meaningful” clinical documentation!

Learn more:
(657) 888-2158