Dermatology: Certified Medical Scribe Specialists

Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the hair, nails, skin and their diseases. It is a speciality with both medical and surgical aspects.  A dermatologist treats diseases and some cosmetic problems, in the widest sense, of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.  Different specialities within dermatology include cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology (which involves the study of the causes of the disease), pediatric dermatology, and Mohs surgery.   Qualified dermatology providers include:

  • Dermatologists: Have the highest level of speciality training to specifically deal with diseases of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.
  • Primary Care Physicians: Are front-line healthcare providers that are trained to deal with common, and certain complex, problems in the field of dermatology, as well as a strong focus on preventative care.
    1. Family Practice
    2. Internal Medicine
    3. Nurse Practitioner
    4. Physician Assistant
  • Dermatology Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Dermatologist: Have the highest level of speciality training to specifically deal with diseases of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails in the pediatric population.

Dermatology Certified Medical Scribe Specialists 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:

  • 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
  • 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, across the healthcare enterprise
  6. Scribe medical histories, physical examinations, and test results into EMR
  7. Prepare procedure trays as directed by a physicians
  8. Authorizing prescription refills as directed by the physician
    *CMS recognizes Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) toward pended order entry for CPOE (i.e., labs, medication, radiology), per Physician/CMSS team across the healthcare enterprise
  9. Customizable full scope of CMSS credential:  Clinical informatics/medical assistive duties, per specialty, per physician

In addition, Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are 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.  Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are essential members of a patient-centered medical team

CMS Compliance: “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.”

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Dermatology Study Guide and Exam cover the following basic topics:

  1. Benign skin conditions
    1. Acne
    2. Dermatitis
    3. Miliaria
    4. Pityriasis
    5. Psoriasis
    6. Contact Dermatitis
  1. Skin Cancers
    • Basal Cell Cancer
    • Squamous Cell Cancer
    • Melanoma
  1. Dermatologic Medications
  2. Mohs Surgery
  3. Surgical Biopsy

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