ACMSS Applauds House Passage of VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act; Urges Credentialed ‘CMSS’ Certification

ACMSS Applauds House Passage of VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act; Urges Credentialed ‘CMSS’ Certification

ACMSS Applauds House Passage of VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act; Urges Credentialed 'CMSS' CertificationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACMSS Applauds House Passage of VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act; Urges Credentialed ‘CMSS’ Scribe Certification

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
President/CEO, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
800-987-3692

ORANGE, Calif., September 6, 2017. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) applauds the passage last Friday of a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to create a pilot study in Veteran’s Administration hospitals to determine whether using Medical Scribes to assist physicians will help shorten the VA’s notoriously long wait times and ease other patient service problems. ACMSS only asks that the Senate modify the language in the bill to ensure the VA employs only Certified Medical Scribe Specialists.

The purpose of The Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017 (HR 1848), introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), is to create a two-year medical scribe pilot program under which VA will increase the use of medical scribes at ten VA medical centers, employing 30 scribes in all. It is hoped 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. Every 180 days during the two-year program the VA will be required to report to Congress the programs effect’s on provider satisfaction, provider productivity, patient satisfaction, average wait time and the number of patients seen per day.

After the bill’s passage, Roe, who is Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and a physician, released a statement on the purpose of the legislation. “Since the VA waitlist scandal broke three years ago, I’ve examined several ways to improve patient care for veterans, and one that came up repeatedly in discussions was cutting down on the time physicians spend entering data,” Roe said. “Many private-sector physicians report the use of medical scribes has a positive and meaningful impact on their ability to see patients. Scribes can help input patient data and allow physicians to focus on patient care and use their time more efficiently. That’s why I introduced legislation to start a pilot program to examine whether or not the use of medical scribes would have similar positive effects in the VA.”

ACMSS agrees with all of the elements contained in the Act, but is sending a letter to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, asking for one change before the bill goes to the Senate for a vote. “If this legislation is approved in the Senate and the program goes forward, employing Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) 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. “In approving the language, ACMSS urges the Senate to insist that only CMS-recognized Certified Medical Scribe Specialists be used in the program. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists provide real-time documentation and increase practice efficiencies in a great number of areas outside of clinical documentation, but they must be appropriately certified and credentialed, meeting 2015 EHR Incentives Program Final Rule.”

ACMSS is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit entity certifying and working in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to meet national regulatory requirements of 2015 EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule, and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS). Certified Medical Scribe Specialists meet the physician documentation compliance aspect of who may document in CEHRT, perform clinical care, and assist with the design and infrastructure to support ongoing transformative care and change.

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 specialties.

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

Please contact ACMSS directly at  info@theacmss.org, visit our website at theacmss.org, or phone 800-987-3692 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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Certified Medical Scribe Support Can Alleviate Physician EHR Burnout Concerns; Certify Today

Certified Medical Scribe Support Can Alleviate Physician EHR Burnout Concerns; Certify Today

Certified Medical Scribe Support Can Alleviate Physician EHR Burnout Concerns; Certify TodayFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Certified Medical Scribe Support Can Alleviate Physician EHR Burnout Concerns; Certify Today

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

ORANGE, CA., July 6, 2016. According to a new analysis by the Mayo Clinic and American Medical Association researchers of a nationwide survey of physicians, computerized provider order entry and electronic health record use are a major source of burnout for physicians. The study found that physicians who used EHRs and CPOE had greater rates of burnout than those who did not, an issue that Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) have been shown to help alleviate.

“This study makes it clear that physicians are frustrated with the drop in productivity resulting from electronic health record use and the time takes away from true, face-to-face interactions with patients,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “The revolution in our healthcare system toward value-based, individualized medical care and treatment cannot happen if the EHRs meant to help facilitate these changes are a major source of physician dissatisfaction. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists assist practices and clinicians in real time, assisting innovative workflow and efficiencies, providing necessary tools and resources.”

A study published last fall in ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research found that physician productivity in a cardiology clinic was 10% higher for physicians using medical scribes. This improved productivity resulted in 84 additional new and 423 additional follow-up patients seen in one year. That study also found that the physicians using medical scribes finished most or all of their work during clinic hours and they did not have to spend additional time to complete documentation after their standard working hours.

“The clinical documentation and practice efficiencies certified scribes provide have been shown to ease the clerical burdens of CPOE and EHRs, and give physicians back the time and attention they need focus on their patients,” Hagen said. “Providers need to ensure that they use certified medical scribes, meeting CMS requirements, revolutionizing clinical care and creating sustainable outcomes together.”

ACMSS works in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of Meaningful Use, Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS) and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).  If not the clinicians themselves entering the data, eligible personnel must be certified, meeting the CEHRT Meaningful Use (MU) Personnel standard.

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of EHRs through its Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT). 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, presently at 2%, and offers ongoing webinars to assist prospective individuals with key information about ACMSS, regulations, and innovations to meet healthcare goals through Volume Certification Packages.

Building integrative systems design for prevention and disease reversal for patient care most heavily impact family practice, primary care, and urgent care, followed by all the specialities. MIPS and MACRA allow 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.

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists offers five separate pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists. Please contact ACMSS directly atsupport@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

ACMSS
support@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!

How Integrative Medicine Empowers Patients To Take Charge Of Their Health

How Integrative Medicine Empowers Patients To Take Charge Of Their Health

05/04/2015 12:44 pm ET | Updated May 04, 2015

Integrative medicine, an approach to treating patients that aims to address the “whole person,” is a burgeoning field in health care — and for good reason.

Integrative therapies have been found to relieve pain and anxiety in cancer patients, to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, and to hold promise in preventing and treating heart disease.

Now, some promising new research suggests that an integrative medicine approach may be effective in treating chronic pain, stress and depression — and in helping people feel empowered to take charge of their health.

For the study, researchers analyzed survey data from 369 patients over the course of six months, collected from the Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Registry (PRIMIER), the first-ever registry of integrative medicine patients.

They found that use of integrative medicine significantly increased “patient activation,” which refers to a patient’s belief that they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to take meaningful actions to improve their health and maintain self-care. Over the six months, the number of patient with low activation levels decreased, and those with higher levels of activation increased by 12 percent.

Patients also reported reduced stress and depression. Among those being treated for chronic pain, patients reported significant decreases in pain severity and a one-third reduction in how much their pain interfered with their quality of life.

We are encouraged by these early results,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist at the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, said in a statement. He added that the PRIMIER registry will help clinicians identify some of the most effective practices in the still-new field of integrative medicine.

Integrative medicine treatments include complementary therapies like acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic, nutrition, massage and mindfulness, and stresses the relationship between the patient and the practitioner. This is part of a growing trend:33 percent of U.S. adults used complementary health approaches in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, and the number of American hospitals that offer complementary therapies has doubled in less than a decade. That said, acceptance has only grown so far: many insurance providers still do not cover these treatments.

It’s no longer considered fringe,” Dr. Esther Sternberg, a scientist at the National Institutes of Health and author of The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions, told WebMD. “Medical students are being taught to think in an integrated way about the patient, and ultimately, that will improve the management of illness at all levels.”

The new study was released by the Bravewell Collaborative, a foundation that advocates for better healthcare through integrative medicine.

ACMSS Offers Providers and Non-Profit Partners Medical Scribe Certification to Meet Federal Requirements

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 16, 2016. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) offers physicians and pratices across healthcare and medical specialities a certification program that helps meet national goals, meet federal requirements for meaningful use of electronic health records, and innovate together toward wellness.

It is not good enough to just employ people to do the work—they must be certified and credentialed through clinical hours and a psychometric evaluation and attestation process. Outpatient facilities are employing medical scribes to meet meaningful use requirements in electronic health records, but not all of these scribes are certified, which means their work may not qualify toward meaningful use.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that any staff members who will be entering electronic information, including Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) information for medication, laboratory and radiology orders and documentation must attest for meaningful use through certified and credentialed personnel. Eligible professionals who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use are subject to provider payment reductions increasing annually from CMS.  Our nation is working to become electronic for the patient, in addition to meeting wellness and preventive care goals, those in which ACMSS will assist providers working collaboratively to meet goals collectively.

The ACMSS certification program meets CMS certification requirements toward meaningful use of EHRs through its Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT). ACMSS works in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of Meaningful Use, Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS) and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Together we are building integrative systems, like Integrative medicine, which is the future of health care, 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. Programs of MIPS and MACRA allow 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.  ACMSS partners with practices across America to unite and meet innovative goals together through skilled and highly specialized Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) and Certified Medical Scribe Apprentices (CMSA).

In order to take the ACMSS certification and credentialing exam, eligible medical scribes must sign an affidavit attesting that they have completed a minimum of 200 hours of unassisted clinician workload documentation for the highest credential, Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) meeting meaningful use program and personnel use. Those who have not completed minimum hours may still certify as Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA) until set hours are met toward becoming an eligible CMSS.  To pass the exam, scribes must score 80 percent or higher on the aptitude test. ACMSS provides specialty certifications across the specialities in general patient care, ophthalmology, vascular medicine, dermatology, primary care, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.

One of the ways for eligible providers to achieve electronic medical record adoption and demonstrate meaningful use in the outpatient setting, and avoid increasing payment adjustments from CMS, is through the use of Certified Medical Scribe Specialists. In addition to providing real-time documentation benefits, certified medical scribes increase practice efficiencies in several areas, including billing, patient record organization, workflow efficiencies, clinical care coordination and innovation, insurance and patient care both inside and outside of the exam room.

ACMSS serves as a resource and solves complex healthcare needs together for its partners, practices, allied associations, and across healthcare. Non-Profit Partners can receive a discount based on volume of registrants, with a minimum volume purchase of 5 or greater.  You must also be an ACMSS member in order to participate.  Please contact ACMSS directly for more information 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 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 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, Executive Director
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
info@theacmss.org
(657) 888-2158

ACMSS Certified Scribes Eligible Personnel: CMS Releases Details on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

ACMSS Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) are your facilities solution to innovating with our evolving healthcare system.  Across healthcare Certified Scribes are increasing efficiencies, return on investment, and enabling higher-level care and worklife for patients and clients across America.

Together we are united; together we enable; Together we are strong!

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“Revolutionizing Clinical Care one Certified Scribe at a Time!”

CMS Releases Details on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

Ken Terry

January 22, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today supplied details about the changes in meaningful use hardship exceptions required under the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA). Enacted December 28, 2015, this law requires CMS to make it easier for physicians and hospitals to request hardship exceptions from the payment adjustments to their Medicare reimbursement in 2017.

CMS did not release its final rule on stage 2 meaningful use changes, including a switch from a 12-month to a 90-day reporting period, until early October. As a result, providers had less than 90 days before year’s end to meet the new requirements, although the new rules specified a 90-day reporting period in 2015.

Nevertheless, there is no blanket exception for providers who did not attest because they did not know about the rule changes until it was too late. The hardship exception categories in the application are still limited to:

  • insufficient Internet connectivity;
  • extreme and uncontrollable circumstances, including disasters, practice or hospital closures, and severe financial distress;
  • electronic health record certification/vendor issues and lack of control over the availability of certified electronic health record technology; and
  • lack of face-to-face patient interaction.

Under PAMPA, CMS must consider hardship exceptions for “categories” of eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals on a new, more streamlined basis. Previously, the agency handled requests for hardship exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

In the instructions for its new hardship exception request form, CMS states that multiple providers and provider types may apply as a group, using a single submission. Healthcare organizations can submit an electronic file with all National Provider Identifiers or CMS Certification Numbers for providers within a group. National Provider Identifiers for EPs and CMS Certification Numbers for eligible hospitals can also be included on the same application.

The new applications for hardship exceptions also require less information than the old ones did, CMS said.

Applications for EPs only, and applications for EPs and eligible hospitals, must be submitted by March 15 of this year. Applications that include only eligible hospitals must be in by April 1.

Physicians in five specialties do not need to submit the application. The specialties include anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and pathology. In addition, new EPs who began to submit claims to Medicare in 2015 automatically receive exceptions to payment adjustments in 2016 and 2017, but must begin demonstrating meaningful use this year to avoid a penalty in 2018. Hospital-based EPs do not have to submit the form to avoid an adjustment.

There was not a huge falloff in the number of Medicare EPs attesting to meaningful use last year. In the 2014 program year, 228,007 EPs received meaningful use incentive payments; from January through November of 2015, nearly 183,000 did. But only 58,751 Medicare EPs received incentives in stage 2 of the program through last November compared with 307,656 who got paid in stage 1.

The big drop-off in stage 2 attestations cannot be attributed solely to the delay in CMS’ delivery of its final rule. Many physicians simply found the stiffer requirements in stage 2 not worth the effort, especially as most of the incentive money was already gone.

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/
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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

04:57 PM

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.

 

Certified Scribes Meet Requirement of Meaningful Use

 

Happy New Year!

Partner and Certify Today; Together, we are building our 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 partner, growing beside you, in today’s evolving healthcare system for doctors, patients and clients alike! Certify today!

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

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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!”
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Certify Professionals for Meaningful Use

Hospitals and Professionals Can Avoid Penalties By Certifying Before End of 2015, Reminds ACMSSThe American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) advises Eligible Professionals need to certify staff for Meaningful Use.

Eligible Professionals include: Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy, Doctor of Oral Surgery, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Optometry, and Chiropractors.

Any staff members who will be entering electronic data, including Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) information for Medication, Laboratory and Radiology Orders attesting for meaningful use must be certified and credentialed. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) qualify towards meeting the CPOE measure for EHR adoption with CMS.

ACMSS is passionate about improving clinical care and clinical documentation in an effort to revamp the country’s wellness. ACMSS advocates and develops innovative, flexible options in Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for improved wellness systems. ACMSS’ customized packages meet your needs. From non-profit partnerships and vendors to physician practices and schools.

“ACMSS has pioneered to a true wellness model. Together we will innovate 21st-century style, developing and creating higher level EMR systems into transformative Electronic Health Records systems, working with clinicians, healthcare, and standards bodies enabling high-tech clinical care, medicine, and records systems enabling sustainable outcomes,” explains Kristin Hagen, ACMSS President and CEO.

Together we protect our American Healthcare system.  We are moving our nation into paradigm models that exist today of Integrative Health for Wellness, Disease Reversal and Disease Prevention, improving population health throughout our country.

 

About ACMSS

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 certification, public advocacy, and continuing education. ACMSS is also available for speaking engagements. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: www.theacmss.org

ACMSS Launches Innovative Website for Medical Scribe Specialists, Focused in Wellness in Healthcare

 The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) understands the importance of America’s paradigm shift in its healthcare system and is offering innovative, customized and flexible solutions in membership and certifications for valued Corporations, Practices, Academic institutions, and Individuals.

Kristin Hagen, President and CEO of ACMSS, believes strongly that “we enable wellness, prevention, disease reversal, and a 21st century healthcare system here in the United States, growing steadily across the nation. Together we are achieving and innovating our nation’s goals. creating a robust healthcare for the people!”

ACMSS provides an easy-to-use storefront that offers programs to certify all staff for Eligible Providers in: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Primary Care, Urgent Care, and Vascular Care. ACMSS offers innovative and customized packages to meet client needs, tailored and customized to Corporate levels (Platinum+ to Bronze), Physician Practices, Academic, or Individual level.

Certified 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. 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 efficiencies, insurance, and improved clinical and patient care – both inside and outside of the exam room.

A Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) counts 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 – most notably workflows, efficiency and safety to enable high level clinical care.  ACMSS encourages all to become a valued Member today: Corporate levels (Platinum+ to Bronze), Practice, Individual, Vendor Sponsorship, Contributors, and Non-Profit Partners across healthcare and wellness welcome.

ACMSS fully embraces a healthy nation striving together, building our wellness models throughout the United States today.  Wellness systems are already prevalent through Integrative Health/Integrative Medicine modalities, alongside evolving care models creating disease reversal and disease prevention.  Together, we meet our nation’s diverse population health needs, caring for our people and country, enabling effective research and outcomes today into tomorrow.

Accredited universities and colleges may begin the application process as early as January to enable their Medical Scribe Specialist program toward training Certified Scribes.

About ACMSS

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 certification, public advocacy, and continuing education. ACMSS is also available for speaking engagements. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: www.theacmss.org.

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:

American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS)
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.

 

 

Ophthalomology: Non-Profit Partnership Discount for CPOE Certified Medical Scribes. Increasing CMS Penalties, Certify Today

American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) is pleased to announce it has joined with the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) as a “Non-Profit Partner” to offer ASOA members an ophthalmic specific certified scribe program.

Any staff members that will be entering Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) information for Medication, Laboratory and Radiology Orders to attest for meaningful use must be certified or credentialed.

ACMSS is extending medical practice discounts to its members through a non-profit partnership toward certification as a Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS). Certification is on a voluntary basis via the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT). ACMSS meets meaningful use CPOE FAQ 9058.

ASOA members receive an additional discount based on volume of registrants, with minimum volume purchase of 5 or greater. You must also be an ACMSS member in order to participate. Membership is $20 and entitles you to 3 attempts to pass the exam.

Instructions for participating:

  • Visit the ACMSS Store
  • Click on MSCAT Volume Instructions
  • Purchase MSCAT Volume Certification/products (HIPAA for Scribes, MSCAT Study/Training Guide)
  • Enter promo code “ACMSS Certified” upon checkout
  • Assign products/certifications to medical scribes. Each scribe will receive an email to login
  • Scribes will Sign In, click Certification Assessments tab, MSCAT, and choose “Ophthalmology” from the Specialty MSCAT selection.

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

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