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Medical Oncology Certified Medical Scribe Specialists:

Medical oncologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer non-surgically.  Surgical oncologists treat cancer through surgical removal of the tumor.  Radiation oncologists treat cancer with radiotherapy to the target area.  Many times, all three are part of a team involving the cancer care of the same patient.  Both types of oncologists can also prescribe medical treatments including chemotherapy.  They usually lead a cancer treatment team, composed of a number of different healthcare professionals who work together to provide comprehensive treatment for cancer patients. Medical oncologists have typically completed an internal medicine residency and an oncology fellowship, which can lead to a total of 6-7 years of training beyond medical school. Medical oncologists coordinate a course of treatment for cancer patients with the rest of their oncology team, which can include nurses, physician assistants, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians, radiologists, surgeons and pathologists. They prescribe various types of treatment, such as chemotherapy, medications and hormones.  Medical oncologists explain cancer development stages to patients, discuss treatment options and assist in pain management. They care for patients throughout the entire course of cancer treatment, from diagnosis to recovery or death. Qualified providers of healthcare for cancer care include:

  1. Medical Oncologist: A physician with the highest level of training specializing in the medical aspects of cancer care involving coordination of treatment with the rest of their oncology team of nurses, physician assistants, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians, radiologists, surgeons and pathologists.
  2. Surgical Oncologist: A physician with the highest level of training specializing in the surgical aspects of cancer care involving coordination of treatment with the rest of their surgical oncology team of nurses, physician assistants, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians, radiologists, medical oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, and pathologists
  3. Radiation Oncologist: A physician with the highest level of training specializing in delivering radiation therapy for cancer.  They are generally part of a team including medical and surgical oncologists, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians, radiologists, and pathologists.
  4. Nurse Practitioner
  5. Physician Assistant 

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

Oncology Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are 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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Oncology Study Guide and Exam cover the following basic topics: 

              1. Basic knowledge on the most common types of cancer, including
                1. Breast
                2. Colon
                3. Prostate
                4. Lung
                5. Skin
                6. Gynecologic
              2. Basic diagnosis and treatment of important problems involving cancer care
              3. Radiologic studies
              4. Differential diagnosis
              5. Important medications and chemotherapy
              6. Side effects of cancer treatment
              7. Preventative and Prenatal care

Become a Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) or Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA) today!

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