We need you: Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) for CAAHEP Academic Standards Committee

The Medical Scribe Specialist Review Board (MSSRB) is looking for members to fill its Board of Directors.  The MSSRB is a Committee on Accreditation in the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) system.  The purpose of the MSSRB is to cooperate with CAAHEP and the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) to establish, maintain and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs for the medical scribe specialist and to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards.

The MSSRB is looking to fill the following Board positions:

  • Medical Scribe Specialist Position, CMSS

The following criteria must be met to serve on the MSSRB Board of Directors:

  1. Individuals must express a commitment to serve and fully participate in the Medical Scribe Specialist Review Board;
  2. Medical Scribe Specialists must hold the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) credential and have one (1) year of experience in the field;

Board Member Duties

  1. Board members serve on a volunteer basis;
  2. Attend and participate in MSSRB annual meeting;
  3. Attend and participate in conference call meetings, scheduled at least monthly (approximately 1 hour long);
  4. Participate in the evaluation and revision of the Standards and Guidelines used in evaluating educational programs;
  5. Participate in the evaluation and review of self-studies and/or annual reports submitted by medical scribe specialist programs for review/accreditation;
  6. Participate in recommending means by which the sponsors may favorably influence the quality and availability of education, as a service to the public and profession; and
  7. Participate in ad-hoc committees, as needed, to meet the changes occurring in the health care professions and accreditation.

Submit the following:

Letter of interest, CV, and at least two (2) professional references to MSSRB by Monday, February 20.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Website:  caahep.org/mssrb
E-mail:   cynthia@caahep.org

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 Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

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ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

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

ORANGE, Calif., November 23, 2016. On October 14, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the final version of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP), which is intended to streamline the Medicare system and reward physicians for quality patient care. It is assumed that MACRA will eventually also be accepted as a performance and payment-for-performance guideline for some others payers as well. This article explains some of the main points of the QPP.

“The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) supports the move toward new payment schemes that we believe can help lead a revolution toward higher-quality and value-based care, and away from our former fee-for-service model, which incentivized higher volume of care and often resulted in increased low-quality and unnecessary care,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “Since the final QPP was released, we at ACMSS have been studying the nearly 2,400-page document, and we are helping eligible clinicians get ready for full implementation at the beginning of the year.”

Getting You Ready to Report

The first performance period begins Jan. 1, 2017 and closes Dec. 31, 2017. To avoid penalties, eligible clinicians should plan to report some data in 2017. The program consists of four options, and it is possible to earn a small bonus for submitting complete data for 90 days or more, or a moderate bonus for submitting complete data for all of 2017.

During 2017, eligible clinicians who choose to participate in the QPP should record quality data and how they used technology to support their practice. To potentially earn a positive payment adjustment beginning on Jan. 1, 2019 under the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS), they must send in data to MIPS about the care they provided and how their practices used technology in 2017 by the deadline of March 31, 2018. Those who are using an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) will report through that model by the same date and may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2019.

Eligible clinicians who don’t send in any 2017 data will receive a negative 4% payment adjustment. Those who submit a minimum amount of 2017 data to Medicare can avoid a negative payment adjustment. Those who submit at least 90 days of 2017 data to Medicare may earn a neutral or small positive payment adjustment.  If eligible clinicians send a full year of 2017 data to Medicare, they may earn a moderate positive payment adjustment. To be able to earn the 5% incentive payment for participating in an Advanced APM, eligible clinicians send quality data through the Advanced APM.  If you participate in an Advanced APM in 2017, then you may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2019.

Reporting for MIPS

In 2017, eligible clinicians must report in the following three categories:

·       Quality (60%)

·       Advancing Care Information (25%)

·       Clinical Improvement Activities (15%)

The fourth category—Cost—is not assessed in 2017

“Improving the use of healthcare technology and streamlining practices while meeting regulatory requirements is an ongoing proposition,” says Hagen. “ACMSS offers a full suite of custom consulting services, medical scribe certification programs and corporate partnerships to help practices drive innovation on the people side of improvement in healthcare quality and patient safety.”

Consulting services that ACMSS provides, and the associated categories they can help practices with, include:

·       Custom Consulting (All Categories)

·       Standards Development (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Workflow Development (All Categories)

·       Meeting CMS Meaningful Use (MU)/MACRA: MIPS/APM (All Categories)

·       Innovating Practice: CMS MACRA: MIPS/APM (All Categories)

·       Research-driven initiatives: Aligning clinical documentation to sustainable wellness and outcomes (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Research-driven initiatives: Creating wellness and outcomes through the art and science of clinical documentation (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Implementing full scope of “real-time, onsite” credentialed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) personnel to meet national goals (Advancing Care Information)

·       Understanding innovative Systems Design; putting the CMSS/CMSA credentials to work (All Categories)

·       Preparing, planning, and strategizing for the future (All Categories)

·       Requirements of CMS certified personnel; why we do what we do, why it matters (Advancing Care Information)

·       Requirements of CMS “CMSS” Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (Advancing Care Information)

·       Value of the doctor/certified scribe/patient model (All Categories)

·       Creating resourceful value in healthcare (All Categories)

·       Precision Medicine: Integrative/Functional Medicine: A Different Kind of Care

·       Healthcare as Unique as the Individual: Understanding the difference between our evolutionary public healthcare system through MACRA: MIPS/APM, and, Customized Precision Medicine: Integrative Medicine/Functional Medicine (All Categories)

·       Creating our 21st-century patient-centric healthcare systems (All Categories)

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of electronic health records. ACMSS is independent from all scribe companies and organizations and works in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to meet national goals and initiatives of MIPS, MACRA, and Meaningful Use of computerized provider order entry.  Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

“ACMSS is closely watching the progress of MACRA and we are excited for our future,”  said Hagen. “ACMSS understands MACRA given the expertise and understanding coming through the two systems (public health/precision medicine) in respect of the patient, client, and healthcare practitioner viewpoints.  ACMSS simplifies into secure systems design, the complete library of resources that is available through secure online access per paid membership.  We believe eligible providers should move beyond the minimums for avoiding payment reductions.  In doing so, they need to connect with ACMSS, plan strategically for how they are going to advance the regulations and national goals intended to provide better care and greater value for our nation’s patients.”

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists offers several pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists and a growing list of customized, one-on-one consulting solutions. Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and consulting services.

For more details on the Quality Payment Program, click here (https://qpp.cms.gov).

ACMSS Looking Toward Jan. 1 MACRA Implementation Needs

ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

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ACMSS Helps with Implementation of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

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

ORANGE, Calif., November 23, 2016. On October 14, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the final version of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP), which is intended to streamline the Medicare system and reward physicians for quality patient care. It is assumed that MACRA will eventually also be accepted as a performance and payment-for-performance guideline for some others payers as well. This article explains some of the main points of the QPP.

“The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) supports the move toward new payment schemes that we believe can help lead a revolution toward higher-quality and value-based care, and away from our former fee-for-service model, which incentivized higher volume of care and often resulted in increased low-quality and unnecessary care,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “Since the final QPP was released, we at ACMSS have been studying the nearly 2,400-page document, and we are helping eligible clinicians get ready for full implementation at the beginning of the year.”

Getting You Ready to Report

The first performance period begins Jan. 1, 2017 and closes Dec. 31, 2017. To avoid penalties, eligible clinicians should plan to report some data in 2017. The program consists of four options, and it is possible to earn a small bonus for submitting complete data for 90 days or more, or a moderate bonus for submitting complete data for all of 2017.

During 2017, eligible clinicians who choose to participate in the QPP should record quality data and how they used technology to support their practice. To potentially earn a positive payment adjustment beginning on Jan. 1, 2019 under the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS), they must send in data to MIPS about the care they provided and how their practices used technology in 2017 by the deadline of March 31, 2018. Those who are using an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) will report through that model by the same date and may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2019.

Eligible clinicians who don’t send in any 2017 data will receive a negative 4% payment adjustment. Those who submit a minimum amount of 2017 data to Medicare can avoid a negative payment adjustment. Those who submit at least 90 days of 2017 data to Medicare may earn a neutral or small positive payment adjustment.  If eligible clinicians send a full year of 2017 data to Medicare, they may earn a moderate positive payment adjustment. To be able to earn the 5% incentive payment for participating in an Advanced APM, eligible clinicians send quality data through the Advanced APM.  If you participate in an Advanced APM in 2017, then you may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2019.

Reporting for MIPS

In 2017, eligible clinicians must report in the following three categories:

·       Quality (60%)

·       Advancing Care Information (25%)

·       Clinical Improvement Activities (15%)

The fourth category—Cost—is not assessed in 2017

“Improving the use of healthcare technology and streamlining practices while meeting regulatory requirements is an ongoing proposition,” says Hagen. “ACMSS offers a full suite of custom consulting services, medical scribe certification programs and corporate partnerships to help practices drive innovation on the people side of improvement in healthcare quality and patient safety.”

Consulting services that ACMSS provides, and the associated categories they can help practices with, include:

·       Custom Consulting (All Categories)

·       Standards Development (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Workflow Development (All Categories)

·       Meeting CMS Meaningful Use (MU)/MACRA: MIPS/APM (All Categories)

·       Innovating Practice: CMS MACRA: MIPS/APM (All Categories)

·       Research-driven initiatives: Aligning clinical documentation to sustainable wellness and outcomes (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Research-driven initiatives: Creating wellness and outcomes through the art and science of clinical documentation (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities)

·       Implementing full scope of “real-time, onsite” credentialed Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) personnel to meet national goals (Advancing Care Information)

·       Understanding innovative Systems Design; putting the CMSS/CMSA credentials to work (All Categories)

·       Preparing, planning, and strategizing for the future (All Categories)

·       Requirements of CMS certified personnel; why we do what we do, why it matters (Advancing Care Information)

·       Requirements of CMS “CMSS” Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (Advancing Care Information)

·       Value of the doctor/certified scribe/patient model (All Categories)

·       Creating resourceful value in healthcare (All Categories)

·       Precision Medicine: Integrative/Functional Medicine: A Different Kind of Care

·       Healthcare as Unique as the Individual: Understanding the difference between our evolutionary public healthcare system through MACRA: MIPS/APM, and, Customized Precision Medicine: Integrative Medicine/Functional Medicine (All Categories)

·       Creating our 21st-century patient-centric healthcare systems (All Categories)

The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward use of electronic health records. ACMSS is independent from all scribe companies and organizations and works in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to meet national goals and initiatives of MIPS, MACRA, and Meaningful Use of computerized provider order entry.  Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

“ACMSS is closely watching the progress of MACRA and we are excited for our future,”  said Hagen. “ACMSS understands MACRA given the expertise and understanding coming through the two systems (public health/precision medicine) in respect of the patient, client, and healthcare practitioner viewpoints.  ACMSS simplifies into secure systems design, the complete library of resources that is available through secure online access per paid membership.  We believe eligible providers should move beyond the minimums for avoiding payment reductions.  In doing so, they need to connect with ACMSS, plan strategically for how they are going to advance the regulations and national goals intended to provide better care and greater value for our nation’s patients.”

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists offers several pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists and a growing list of customized, one-on-one consulting solutions. Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and consulting services.

For more details on the Quality Payment Program, click here (https://qpp.cms.gov).

Back by Popular Demand, Limited-Time Sales! 40% OFF! Volume Medical Scribe Specialist Certification Packages

VOLUME PURCHASE CERTIFICATION SALES – 40% OFF!

Back by Popular Demand! 40% OFF! Volume Certification Specialist Bundles. Any Physician, Practice, or Administrator will receive volume discounts on 2+ minimum Certification & Membership Packages.

To purchase: select Copper x2 to Platinum. Those interested in Platinum+ Unlimited may contact ACMSS for pricing considerations.

Certification Packages: https://theacmss.org/store/acmss-volume-packages/

Learn More:
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(657) 888-2158

Readying for MACRA with ACMSS: Clinician Driven. Patient Centered through Physician/CMSS Teams.

Together Physician/CMSS teams focused on innovation, wellness, and sustainable care and outcomes for our nation and people!

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Welcome to National Health IT week!

 

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Welcome to National Health IT week!

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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!

Learn more:
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(657) 888-2158

“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.

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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

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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.

 

Certified Scribes Meet Requirement of Meaningful Use

 

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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!

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

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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!

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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.