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Urgent Care: Certified Medical Scribe Specialists:

Urgent care is a type of healthcare clinic focused on the delivery of urgent, and sometimes emergent, ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility other than a traditional emergency department. Urgent Care centers primarily treat diseases requiring immediate care, but not serious or life-threatening enough to require an ER visit. Urgent care centers are different from emergency departments and convenient care clinics because of the scope of medical conditions that can be treated there and the available facilities on-site to deliver that level of healthcare. Most Urgent Care centers are usually open by 8:00 am, or earlier, and closed after 7:00 pm.

Qualified Urgent Care providers include:

  1. Primary Care Physicians: Front-line healthcare providers that are trained to deal with common, and certain complex, problems in the field of acute injury and illness, as well as a strong focus on preventative care.
    1. Family Practice
    2. Internal Medicine
    3. Pediatrician
    4. Nurse Practitioner
    5. Physician Assistant
  2. Emergency Medicine Physicians: Traditionally have the most specialized training in dealing with emergent and urgent injury and illness. Most EM Physicians work in high acuity Emergency Departments as opposed to Urgent Care clinics, however, there may be overlap.

Depending on the nature of the health condition, patients may then be referred for secondary or tertiary care to a local or regional emergency room and hospital.

Urgent Care Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are instrumental in the function of an urgent clinic.  They become a vital part of a healthcare provider 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, Urgent Care Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are important in helping patients feel at ease in the Urgent Care clinic 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.

The Urgent Care Study Guide and Exam cover the following basic topics:

  1. Basic Urgent Care Diagnoses
    1. Abdominal Pain
    2. Cough
    3. Rash
    4. Sore Throat
    5. Infections
  2. Emergency Treatment and Medications
  3. Basic Urgent Patient Evaluation
  4. Urgent Care Procedures

In addition, medical scribes can be can 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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Become a Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) or Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA) today; the steps are outlined:

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