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

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
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.

For the complete story on “Standardizing Physician-CMSS Teams to Wellness,” click here (https://theacmss.org/physician-cmss-to-wellness/).

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

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ACMSS Prompts Providers Time is Running Out for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestations

ACMSS Prompts Providers Time is Running Out for 2016 Meaningful Use AttestationsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACMSS Prompts Providers Time is Running Out for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestations

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., November 30, 2016. With just over 30 days left in the year, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is reminding eligible clinicians that time is running out in 2016 to attest for meaningful use to avoid payment reductions. Those not in compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) meaningful use guidelines may receive payment reductions at 2% for performance year 2016.

Under the proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), eligible providers are required to attest for meaningful use  one 90-day period during calendar year 2016.

ACMSS can help eligible clinicians meet CMS requirements by providing its Physician/Practice pathway, which allows practices to self-certify their staffs, attesting to meaningful use. The Individual Pathway also allows professionals who work in clinical settings and medical scribes to attest and become certified. Under CMS guidelines for meaningful use, those providing medical scribe services must be credentialed and certified.

“ACMSS programs are designed to streamline the process for certifying medical scribes, making it easier for providers to get their scribes certified, and providing greater value for their employees,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen.

The following are three ACMSS certification pathways that are particularly beneficial to providers/practices, organizations that train medical scribes, and individuals:

Physician/Practice Pathway: Physicians and practices may 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 minimum Volume Certification Packages.

CMSS-Direct Certified Clinical Corporate Partners: Through our new Clinical Corporate Partner Program, eligible outpatient corporations may qualify to become clinical attested corporate partners. The annual corporate membership allows clinical corporate partners to directly attest eligible scribes through CMSS 1-Step affidavit, enabling a direct qualifier to certify scribes via the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT), bypassing requisite 2-step “CMSA” 200 hours.  Standardized volume bundles institute innovative practice procedures and provide minimum standardized educational materials for each. To become a corporate partner and participate in the this pathway, a company must attest in an affidavit that its education programs meet all of the core objectives and curriculum content requirements, and submit the curriculum to the ACMSS board for approval.

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. Certified Medical Assistants, Registered Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Paramedics already with clinical hours, certified or licensed, may sit for the MSCAT with 50 hours unassisted physician-clinician documentation.

Along with the Physician/Practice Corporate Partner and Individual Pathways, ACMSS also provides certification pathways for academic institutions and scribe training companies, and a Retooling Pathway for individuals who need to advance their clinical skill sets.

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

All personnel certifying with ACMSS need to purchase a minimum Standardized Volume Scribe Certification Package, preparing both the individual and the practice for real-time resource and assistance, ongoing and into the future.  Bundles include:  Annual Membership, MSCAT Training/Resource Manual, HIPAA for Scribes Training/Operational video/certificate, and Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT) Certification.  Upon successful pass, each certified scribe is given a certificate and eligible credential, in which Practice Administrators/Clinicians retain for Meaningful Use attestations and customize and innovate workflow.

“The benefits of employing Certified Medical Scribe Specialists go far beyond meeting CMS guidelines and avoiding penalties,” says Hagen. “Certified scribes have been shown to help alleviate some of the current dissatisfaction and frustration among providers over EHR technology.  They also assist practices and clinicians in real time, onsite, at the point of care, facilitating innovative workflow and efficiencies, and providing necessary tools and resources for beginning new revolutions in redefining healthcare together and creating patient-centric care.”

Please contact ACMSS directly at 657-888-2158, or info@theacmss.org to learn more about the benefits of the CMSS credential, or if you have questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials. Also, please visit our website at theacmss.org.

About ACMSS

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 18,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,800 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, non-profit partners, 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, secure innovative systems design, individualized and customized consulting, and continuing education for improved care coordination and patient-centric care toward wellness.  ACMSS is available for public speaking engagements serving healthcare.

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Future of Wellness Blueprint: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs seeks your feedback by Sep 30th

caahep  CAAHEP seeks Feedback toward Revision of Medical Scribe Specialist Curriculum

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Medical Scribe Specialist Education Review Board (MSSRB) seeks feedback, with open comment period, up to September 30, 2016.  The MSSRB is in the process of revising Appendix B Curriculum in the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Medical Scribe Specialist (Standards).  The Standards were initially adopted in 2015 by CAAHEP, MSSRB, and American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS).

The Standards are the minimum standards of quality used in accrediting programs that prepare individuals to enter the Medical Scribe Specialist profession. Standards are the minimum requirements to which an accredited program is held accountable.

View current Appendix B Curriculum requirements here.

View proposed Appendix B Curriculum requirements here.

The MSSRB is requesting your feedback on proposed curriculum requirements.  Please submit comments/feedback to cynthia@caahep.org no later than September 30, 2016.

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ACMSS Applauds Senate Bill for VA Medical Scribe Project; Scribe Certification

ACMSS Applauds Senate Bill for VA Medical Scribe Project; Scribe Certification

ACMSS Applauds Senate Bill for VA Medical Scribe Project; Urges Scribe CertificationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACMSS Applauds Senate Bill for VA Medical Scribe Project; Urges Scribe Certification

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

ORANGE, Calif., June 29, 2016. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) applauds the introduction of a bill in the U.S. Senate to create a pilot study in Veteran’s Administration hospitals to determine whether using Certified Medical Scribes to assist physicians will help shorten the VA’s notoriously long wait times and ease other patient service problems.

The purpose of Senate Bill 3035, introduced by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), is to “…require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to increase the use of medical scribes to maximize the efficiency of physicians at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.” The proponents hope that the use of medical scribes in the program will reduce the amount of time physicians spend on daily documentation so that they may increase the number of patients physicians can see and the amount of time physicians are spending with each patient. Patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction and retention issues will also be measured.

“If this bill is approved and the program goes forward, employing Certified Medical Scribes to assist physicians at the VA will undoubtedly improve efficiencies and have the positive effect the bill proponents desire, and more,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “However, in approving the language, ACMSS urges the Senate to insist that only Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) be used in the program. Medical scribes provide real-time documentation and increase practice efficiencies in a great number of areas outside of clinical documentation, but they must be certified.”

ACMSS is an independent certifying organization and works in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to meet national goals and initiatives of Meaningful Use of electronic health records, Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS) and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Only Certified Medical Scribe Specialists meet current CMS requirements for Meaningful Use of electronic entry up to full scope of the credential, from basic EMR entry to a myriad of advanced clinical workflow improvement tasks, that include up to CPOE.  Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) and assist with the design and infrastructure to support ongoing transformative care and change.

As a healthcare professional who suffered debilitating injuries from a first-generation airbag accident, and through 19 years of ongoing research to later work with her healthcare provider to create a wellness plan to bring her back to full recovery, Hagen knows the value of having a physician with the time available to provide meaningful, one-on-one care. Through two decades of trying to recover from her injuries in a healthcare system that was based on volume rather than value to patients, Hagen can relate to the frustrations being expressed recently by patients in the VA system.

“Employing appropriately credentialed and Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS), in regulatory compliance with CMS, is the best way that care providers can ensure they get back the time and attention they need to join the evolution of the outpatient healthcare industry into a patient-centered, integrative system that focuses on prevention, disease reversal and wellness,” Hagen said.

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of EHRs through its Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT). In addition to the overall certification exam, ACMSS provides specialty certifications in vascular medicine, dermatology, oncology, primary care, internal medicine, emergency medicine and general patient care, enabling access to all across the specialities. ACMSS enables same-day certification for practices to meet Meaningful Use attestations and offers ongoing webinars to assist prospective individuals with key information about ACMSS, regulations, and innovations to meet healthcare goals through Volume Certification Packages.

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

About ACMSS

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, non-profit partners, 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. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: theacmss.org

For ACMSS press inquiries and/or speaking engagements, contact:
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
info@theacmss.org
(657) 888-2158

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Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical Records

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Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical Records

Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical RecordsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical Records

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CPEHR, CPHIE, CPHIT, CMSS
Executive Director, Clinical Informatics/Wellness
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists

(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., June 27, 2016. In our continuing support of an American health system that revolutionizes clinical care and individualizes patient care, enabling precision care, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists supports moves toward giving patients fully manipulable access to working versions of their full medical records.

In a Healthcare Informatics Article earlier this month titled, “Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use,” American Medical Informatics Association CEO Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D., stated, “…to support things like discovery of new knowledge and to support precision medicine activity, we really do need to make sure that patients have access to their full medical record, in a computable format, not just a PDF format.”

“Precision medicine is evolving rapidly now in specificity to the patient,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “It’s individualized medical care and treatment plans involving the physician and patient working as a team toward wellness and prevention in an environment of trust. In order to effectively customize care, both of these team members need to have the full picture, and that means patients need to have full access to working electronic versions of their medical records.”

As a clinical informatics professional who suffered debilitating injuries from both a first- and second-generation airbag accident, and a continuous 19-year arduous paper records search and journey, Hagen pioneered to a complete wellness system, Integrative Medicine, and worked with her  healthcare provider to create a wellness plan, bringing her back to a full recovery. Hagen knows the value of sharing all of the available information. Through two decades of research on her own injuries in a complex and siloed paper-based system, Hagen also knows the frustrations of having insufficient information to even begin to create a customized healthcare plan. Airbag recalls engulf the nation; little known preventive precision care is known to wellness.

“In order to build our 21st century healthcare system, we require a combination of clinical care and technological advances,” Hagen said. “The two must be in balance, creating harmony, and an evolution of choices. The doctor-patient or doctor-client relationship models are key toward successful outcomes, working together. Technology alone will not get a patient well.

Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) play a vital role in facilitating precision care, according to Hagen. “Certified scribes provide real-time documentation and increase practice efficiencies in a great number of areas outside of clinical documentation,” she said. “Because of the work of certified medical scribes, providers not only have a more accurate and complete picture of the patient, but they get back the time and attention they need to join the evolution of the outpatient healthcare industry into a patient-centered, integrative system that focuses on prevention, disease reversal and wellness.”  CMS recognizes Certified Medical Scribe Specialists in CEHRT Personnel Measure to document for clinicians, if not the clinician themselves.

Today’s economic investments are building integrative systems in our collaborative 21st century public healthcare system. ACMSS additionally believes that Integrative Medicine is a key piece to the future of healthcare, delivering high-technology clinical care that is customized to each patient for individual wellness. Integrative Medicine systems focus on the whole person, ensuring the individual remains healthy.

ACMSS works in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of Meaningful Use, and proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS).  Building integrative systems for prevention and disease reversal for patient care most heavily impact family practice, primary care, and urgent care, followed by specialities.  MACRA allows the current traditional healthcare system and providers to focus on their much-needed goals today in independent practices of working to assist patients in disease reversal and prevention toward wellness.

Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions, in addition to purchasing standardized Volume Certification Packages across healthcare, meeting national goals together.

About ACMSS

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, non-profit partners, 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. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: theacmss.org

For ACMSS press inquiries and/or speaking engagements, contact:
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
info@theacmss.org
(657) 888-2158

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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

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CPEHR, CPHIE, CPHIT, CMSS
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 info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.

About ACMSS

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

For ACMSS contact:
Kristin Hagen, CPEHR, CPHIE, CPHIT, CMSS
Executive Director, Clinical Informatics/Wellness
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
info@theacmss.org
(657) 888-2158

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Join Us: ACMSS hosts Open Meaningful Use Webinars: The Future is Here Now! (Friday 4/22 at 11 PST)

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MU Webinar! Join us Friday, April 22! 11 PST/2 EST

Open Town Hall Q&A ACMSS will speak on Evolving Systems Design, Preventive Medicine, Meaningfully Using Clinical Documentation, Spurring Innovation to MIPS/MACRA, Collaboration to Research & Outcomes, and, most notably, the Career Choice for Certified Medical Scribes. Register Today!

Let us help you answer key questions towards innovating our 21st-Century Healthcare System. Let’s meet Meaningful Use together!

Please register for ACMSS Meaningful Use – Townhall Webinar on Apr 22, 2016 11:00 AM PDT at:

https://lnkd.in/bWXYwG6

Next webinar: April 27, 11 PST.

We look forward to “meeting” you and speaking with you soon!

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Hire and Require Certified Scribes, Protecting Healthcare: 209,000 organizations to pay Medicaid penalties for missing meaningful use requirements

Certified Scribes are a necessity to the 21st-Century Healthcare System. ACMSS knows the vital necessity of qualified personnel, in tandem with providers and technology evolutions. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) are a requirement and evolution necessity to meet MU stage 2 objectives. Input of information enables Electronic Health Records system, building  toward outcomes and wellness. Certified Scribes serve as a resource innovating care models, which should begin today and avoid increasing adjustments.

ACMSS Certified Scribes offer relief and assistance toward Physician utliziation.

Become a valuable Member, select Membership Types:  https://theacmss.org/store/membership-types/
PH: (657) 888-2158

Meaningful Use

209,000 organizations to pay Medicaid penalties for missing meaningful use requirements

Though the end to the program may be near, around 6,000 will have payments cut by up to $10,000 based on 2014 data.

By Jessica Davis

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Despite officials this week signaling the end of the meaningful use program, more than 200,000 eligible providers will see a 2 percent cut in their Medicaid payments in 2016 for failing to meet standards in 2014, recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data show.

About 86,000 providers will have a payment reduction between $1,000 and $10,000 and almost 6,000 more will have payments cut by up to $10,000 or more. The majority, around 117,000 providers, will receive penalties less than $1,000.

The penalties are enforced under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It states, eligible providers unable to demonstrate meaningful use for the EHR reporting period will be penalized. Those providers participating in Medicare EHR Incentive programs must demonstrate meaningful use.

CMS didn’t state how many hospitals would be penalized, but the penalties are likely to be greater than those levied on physicians. Last year, about 200 hospitals were hit with penalties.

Although the amount of providers facing penalties is high, it’s still lower than last year’s reported 257,000 penalties. By 2017 these penalties are likely to be minimal, as Congress passed blanket hardship exemptions in December as part of the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act.

More than 70 percent of eligible healthcare providers and more than 95 percent of eligible hospitals received federal government incentive payments, according to the report.

[Also: Bill expanding meaningful use hardship exemptions passes]

Since 2011, 400,000 healthcare institutions and providers have received incentive payments under the program. But meaningful use continues to endure backlash.

At a recent J.P. Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference, CMS chief Andy Slavitt said  meaningful use would likely end in 2016. The recent changes in the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act suggest the same.

“The meaningful use program as it has existed will now be effectively over and replaced with something better,” Slavitt said. The details on the next stages will be announced in the coming months.

 

ACMSS Certify! Meeting EHRs Personnel Measure for Meaningful Use

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Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) meet the needs for healthcare practices across the spectrum.  Eligible Providers may use Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) to meet Meaningful Use (MU) and evolving EHR needs, CMS recognized. Nationally certify via the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT), Volume MSCAT today!

Learn more:

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Inquiries:  info@theacmss.org; (657) 888-2158.

 

EHR Incentive Programs ? A program of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

 

Visit the CMS Website to Review New FAQs on Participation in EHR Incentive Programs

On October 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released thefinal rule with comment for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. To keep you informed of changes to the programs and how to participate in 2015, CMS has also released three new FAQs providing clarification on how to attest to certain measures for health information exchange, patient electronic access, and other objectives that require patient action.

FAQ 12817
Question: For the Health Information Exchange objective for meaningful use in 2015 through 2017, may an eligible professional (EP), eligible hospital or critical access hospital (CAH) count a transition of care or referral in its numerator for the measure if they electronically create and send a summary of care document using their CEHRT to a third party organization that plays a role in determining the next provider of care and ultimately delivers the summary of care document?

Answer: Yes. An EP, eligible hospital or CAH may count transmissions in this measure’s numerator when a third party organization is involved so long as:

 

  • The summary of care document is created using certified EHR technology (CEHRT);

 

  • The summary of care document is transmitted electronically by the EP, eligible hospital or CAH to the third party organization…Read the full FAQ

FAQ 12821
Question: If multiple eligible professionals or eligible hospitals contribute information to a shared portal or to a patient’s online personal health record (PHR), how is it counted for meaningful use when the patient accesses the information on the portal or PHR?

This answer is relevant to the following meaningful use objectives: Patient Specific Education and Patient Electronic Access measure 2.

Answer: If an eligible professional sees a patient during the EHR reporting period, the eligible professional may count the patient in the numerator for this measure if the patient (or an authorized representative) views online, downloads, or transmits to a third party any of the health information from the shared portal or online PHR. The same would apply for an eligible hospital or CAH if a patient is discharged during the EHR reporting period. If patient-specific education resources are provided electronically, it may be counted in the numerator for any provider within the group sharing the CEHRT who has contributed information to the patient’s record if that provider has the patient in their denominator for the EHR reporting period. The respective eligible professional, eligible hospital, or CAH must have contributed at least some of the information identified in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program – Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 Through 2017 final rule (80 FR 62807 through 62809) to the shared portal or online PHR for the patient. However, the respective provider need not have contributed the particular information that was viewed, downloaded, or transmitted by the patient. … Read the full FAQ.

FAQ 12825
Question: In calculating the meaningful use objectives requiring patient action, if a patient sends a message or accesses his/her health information made available by their eligible professional (EP), can the other EPs in the practice get credit for the patient’s action in meeting the objectives?

Answer: Yes. This transitive effect applies to the Secure Electronic Messaging objective, the 2nd measure of the Patient Electronic Access (View, Download and Transmit) objective, and the Patient Specific Education objective.

If a patient sends a secure message about a clinical or health related subject to the group practice of their EP, that patient can be counted in the numerator of the Secure Electronic Messaging measure for any of the EPs at the group practice who use the same certified electronic health records technology (CEHRT) that saw and patient during their EHR reporting period.

Similarly, if a patient views, downloads or transmits to a third party the health information that was made available online by their EP, that patient can be counted in the numerator of the 2nd Patient Electronic Access measure for any of the EPs in that group practice who use the same CEHRT and saw that patient during their EHR reporting period.

If patient-specific education resources are provided electronically, it may be counted in the numerator for any provider within the group sharing the CEHRT who has contributed information to the patient’s record if that provider has the patient in their denominator for the EHR reporting period. …Read the full FAQ.

For more information on accurately calculating the numerator for measures, please visit FAQ 8231.

To read the full FAQs visit the FAQ page of the CMS Website.

 

 

“Scribes’ Celebration Newsletter!” Look Inside…Discount Promo Code for ALL Bookstore Purchases, including Certification!

The American College of Clinical Information Managers  is offering a Discounted Promo Code that applies to ALL Bookstore purchases, including Certification.  Browse Bookstore.  Stock up on materials/study guides for training, certification preparationHIPAA for Medical Scribes video (Continuing Education), or register for Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test.  At Checkout, enter promotional code: Certified2013Receive $5 off EACH product.

The American College of Clinical Information Managers would like to take this opportunity to thank medical scribes, specifically,  for their diligence and dedication within healthcare; the growing field of clinicians using scribes; our supportive employers, academic partners, and healthcare affiliates, working together, enabling a brighter future for all through quality patient-centric care!

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FREE Webinar Registration! “Celebrating National Medical Scribe Week” – June 6 (9 PST/12 EST)

Celebrating National Medical Scribe Week Together!

Join us for a ”FREE WEBINAR” on Jun 06, 2013 at 9:00 AM PDT.

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It’s YOUR week scribes – June 3 through 7!

Join American College of Clinical Information Managers, Certified Academic Partners, & Corporate Sponsors celebrating the professional value and role medical scribes bring to quality patient care and healthcare delivery. Are you looking for a career change? Want to enter the clinical field? Gain experience? Specialize? Perhaps recently unemployed or retooling towards healthcare?  Opportunities abound! Register today and learn more about American College of Clinical Information Managers pathways to education through Certified Medical Scribe, Corporate Sponsor, or Certified Academic Partnering (CAP).

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We thank you for your time, dedication, and commitment in advancing our nation’s healthcare system!

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“Celebrate National Medical Scribe Week, June 3-7, 2013!”

A hearty thank you to all the medical scribes who work on behalf of healthcare. The American College of Clinical Information Managers would like to join in celebration with other colleagues in healthcare “National Medical Scribe Week,” recognized annually the first full week of June.

Read Press Release here! Make plans to attend FREE informational webinar Thursday, June 6 at 9 PST/12 EST. Learn the latest industry trends and drivers within the medical scribe industry, including opportunities to become a medical scribe, certified medical scribe, certified academic partner, or corporate sponsor.  From all of us to all of you, we thank you for your dedication and commitment to ongoing quality, best practices, and standardization of clinical documentation efficiencies for our nation’s future healthcare and the continuum of care!

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