Cardiology Certified Scribe

Cardiology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart and the system of blood vessels and blood related to the heart’s function. Cardiology involves the medical diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the heart and related cardiovascular system including congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Cardiologists, after special training, can also perform complex procedures inside patient’s blood vessels to remove blockages and open up arteries, especially those of the heart. Physicians who specialize in this field of medicine are called cardiologists, a specialty of internal medicine. Pediatric cardiologists are pediatricians who specialize in cardiology. Physicians who specialize in cardiac surgery are called cardiothoracic surgeons or cardiac surgeons, a specialty of general surgery.

Qualified cardiology providers include:

  • Cardiologists: Have the highest level of specialty training to specifically deal with diseases of the heart and related cardiovascular system.
    • Primary care physicians: Are front-line healthcare providers that are trained to deal with common, and certain complex, problems in the field of cardiology, as well as a strong focus on preventative care.
      1. Family Practice
      2. Internal Medicine
      3. Nurse Practitioner
      4. Physician Assistant
    • Cardiology Nurse practitioner
    • Pediatric Cardiologist: Have the highest level of specialty training to specifically deal with diseases of the heart and related cardiovascular system in the pediatric population

Depending on the nature of the health condition, patients may then be referred for secondary or tertiary care.

Cardiology Scribes can be instrumental in the function of that physician’s office.  They become a vital part of a healthcare provide team and can provide the following functions:

  1. Administrative (As directed by the Supervising Physician):
  1. Using computer applications and electronic medical records (EMR)
  2. Handling correspondence with patients and other healthcare providers
  3. Answering telephones, scheduling appointments, and greeting patients
  4. Scribing, updating and filing patient medical records
  5. Assisting with coding and payer-insurance forms
  6. Helping the staff arrange for hospital admissions and transfers
  7. Helping the staff arranging radiologic and laboratory services
  1. Clinical (As directed by the Supervising Physician):
  1. Scribe medical histories, physical examinations, and test results into EMR
  2. Preparing patients for examination
  3. Assisting the physician during exams, as directed
  4. Reinforcing physician instructions about medication, nutrition, and lifestyle changes
  5. Authorizing prescription refills as directed by the physician

In addition, medical scribes can be important in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and often explain certain care instructions, under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare provider.  Medical scribes are essential members of a patient-centered medical team.

Cardiology Study Guide and Exam cover the following basic topics:

  1. Basic heart anatomy and function
  2. Heart attack and acute coronary syndrome
  3. Cardiology studies and radiology
  4. Cardiac differential diagnosis
  5. Cardiac and hypertensive medications
  6. Hypertension
  7. Lipid disorders
  8. Heart valve disease
  9. Cardiac disease prevention

Becoming a certified scribe, apprentice, or specialist is easy, and the steps are clearly outlined below.

  1. Steps toward becoming a Certified Scribe:
    1. Become a Member
      1. Benefit of 3 attempts to successfully pass MSCAT and discounts on all purchases.
    2. Purchase MSCAT Certification
      1. Recommended Resources: MSCAT Study/Training Manual and HIPAA for Scribes
    3. Proceed to checkout.
    4. Upon emailed receipt of order, “Sign In” to account (i.e., use email and password created to login)
    5. Click “Certification Assessments” tab
  1. To Become a Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA):
    1. E-Sign “2-step” affidavit if you have NOT met 200 clinical hours
    2. Upon receipt of ACMSS email (i.e., 1-4 hours), proceed to MSCAT Certification
      1. Successful pass will enable CMSA credential.
    3. At any time, once 200 clinical hours are met, visit My Account tab.
    4. Sign CMSS Affidavit, then Print CMSS Certificate.
  1. To Become a Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS):
    1. E-Sign “1-step” affidavit if you HAVE met 200 clinical hours
    2. Upon receipt of ACMSS email (i.e., 1-4 hours), proceed to MSCAT Certification
      1. Successful pass will enable CMSS credential
    3. Print CMSS Certificate