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Ophthalmology: Certified Medical Scribe Specialists: Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and medical and surgical diseases of the eye. An ophthalmologist is a specialist in the diagnosis, medical treatment, and surgical correction of eye problems. Because they also perform surgery, they are considered medical AND surgical specialists. A multitude of diseases and conditions, related to the body as a whole, can be diagnosed from the eye. Qualified eye-care providers include:

  • Ophthalmologist: Have the highest level of speciality training to specifically deal with diseases of the eye, and perform surgical procedures on the eye.
  • Primary Care Physicians: Are front-line healthcare providers that are trained to deal with common, problems in the field of ophthalmology, as well as a strong focus on preventative care.
    1. Family Practice
    2. Internal Medicine
    3. Nurse Practitioner
    4. Physician Assistant
  • Ophthalmology Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
  • Pediatric Ophthalmologist: Have the highest level of specialty training to specifically deal with diseases of the eye, and perform surgical correction of eye disease, in the pediatric population. Their training pathway leads from a residency in ophthalmology followed by a speciality in pediatric ophthalmology.
  • Optometrists provide primary vision care and are trained to perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribe and dispense corrective equipment for the eye, diagnose certain eye diseases, and prescribe a limited number of medications for diseases of the eye.
  • Opticians are technicians who design and fit equipment and devices for vision correction based upon prescriptions written by Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. They cannot diagnose or treat diseases of the eye.

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

Ophthalmology 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 speciality, 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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Ophthalmology Study Guide and Exam cover the basics of the following topics:

  1. Eye anatomy and physiology
  2. Image formation in the eye
  3. Refractive errors of the eye
  4. Disorders of specific parts of the eye
  5. Eye infection
  6. Diabetic retinopathy
  7. Glaucoma
  8. Macular degeneration and blindness
  9. Ophthalmologic medications
  10. Surgery of the eye

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

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