Vascular: Certified Medical Scribe Specialists

Vascular is a specialty in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, catheter-based procedures, and surgery. The specialty evolved over time with contributions from general surgery, cardiac surgery, cardiology, and interventional radiology, among others. The vascular surgeon is trained in the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting all parts of the vascular system. Cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists also manage certain aspects of vascular disease, but more focused on the vessels of the heart. Neurosurgeons and interventional neuro-radiologists manage surgical disease of the blood vessels in the brain (e.g., brain aneurysms).  Qualified providers who treat vascular diseases in different parts of the body:

  • Vascular Surgeons: Have the highest level of training to deal with all general and complex vascular problems as well as critical and multi-organ illness due to vascular problems. Vascular surgeons may practice in hospital setting, ambulatory outpatient setting, and outpatient surgical setting.
  • General Surgeons: In many rural areas with surgeon shortages, general surgeons will practice general surgery, emergency surgery, trauma surgery, and also basic vascular surgery in an inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • Trauma Surgeons: In emergency traumatic situations and injuries, trauma surgeons will repair vascular injuries in many different parts of the body.
  • Interventional Radiologists: These specialists can perform a number of different minimally invasive catheter based vascular procedures.
  • Interventional Cardiologists: These specialists can perform a number of different minimally invasive catheter-based vascular procedures mainly focused on the heart and surrounding structures.
  • Physician
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant

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

Vascular 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
    *CMS recognizes Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) toward pended order entry for CPOE (i.e., labs, medication, radiology), per Eligible Physician, across the healthcare enterprise

In addition, Vascular Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are important in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and hospital setting, and often explain certain care instructions, under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare provider.  Vascular 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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Vascular Medical Scribe Specialists Study Guide and Exam cover the following basic topics:

  1. Basic anatomy and function of the blood vessels
  2. Basic diagnosis and treatment of important vascular organ systems:
    1. Heart and Cardiovascular
    2. Chest and Mediastinum
    3. Gastrointestinal
    4. Kidney and Urinary
    5. Upper and Lower extremities
  3. Radiologic studies important to the vascular surgeon
  4. Differential diagnosis of vascular disease
  5. Important medications
  6. Vascular disease prevention

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

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