ACMSS Offers Everyone Across Healthcare Five Pathways for Meeting Meaningful Use – Medical Scribe Certification
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ACMSS Enables ALL Across Healthcare Five Pathways for Certifying Personnel to Meeting Meaningful Use (MU) – Medical Scribe Certification
CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CPEHR, CPHIE, CPHIT, CMSS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: www.theacmss.org
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ACMSS Revolutionizing the Future of Wellness in the United States
For Immediate Release
Anaheim, CA, December 17, 2015 — The United States is adopting a 21st century healthcare system moving from a disease model to a wellness model. American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) understands the importance of focusing on disease reversal, disease prevention, and wellness benefits. ACMSS is dedicated to improving healthcare across America.
ACMSS is achieving this shift in our healthcare system by offering innovative, customized and flexible solutions to healthcare providers, individuals, academic institutions, and corporations.
ACMSS pioneered and recognized a wellness model exists in our country today using Integrative Health/Integrative Medicine. Together, we create and innovate electronic medical record (EMR) systems into transformative Electronic Health Records systems, enabling a healthier US for our people.
“Medical Scribes are bringing back the doctor-patient-client relationship by enabling our healthcare providers to spend more quality time with their patients through real-time medical records,” says ACMSS’ President and CEO Kristin Hagen.
This allows physicians to see more patients and give them better service. Hospitals also benefit by having lower employee turnover, higher productivity, fewer errors, and happier healthier patients.
In addition to real-time documentation, medical scribes increase practice efficiencies in several areas, including billing, patient record organization, workflow, insurance, and patient care both inside and outside of the exam room.
A Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) can count toward Meaningful Use requirement. Those who don’t use the program will continue to face penalties in 2016. The payment reduction started at 1% in 2015 and will continue to increase each year that an eligible professional does not demonstrate Meaningful Use, to a maximum of 9%,” according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Eligible Professionals include: Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy, Doctor of Oral Surgery, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Optometry, and Chiropractors.
ACMSS works closely with healthcare providers to innovate and offer solutions to some of the nation’s most challenging problems – workflows, efficiency and safety, enabling high level clinical care focused on wellness. Become a valued Member today: Corporate levels (Platinum+ to Bronze), Practice, Individual, Vendor Sponsorship, or Contributors welcome.
ACMSS fully embraces a healthy nation in collaboration with Vendors and Non-Profit Partners, in striving together wellness models, in the United States today through Integrative Health Wellness systems, disease reversal, and disease prevention. Together, we meet our nation’s diverse population health needs.
The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 15,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,500 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 national certification, national presence, public advocacy, and continuing education, aimed at wellness. ACMSS is also available for speaking engagements. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: www.theacmss.org.