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Medical Scribe Specialist

Occupational Description

A Medical Scribe Specialist is a member of the healthcare team, that assists with inputting data for a licensed healthcare provider.  Medical scribe specialists are used to maximize the efficiency and productivity of clinical care, and enable real-time clinical documentation and workflow efficiencies.  

Job Description

The medical scribe specialist assists in a variety of clinical duties, collects information gathered at point-of care under the direction of a licensed healthcare provider, and inputs data to maintain comprehensive and accurate electronic health records. Duties include real time documentation of provider notes, organization of objective health care data, enhancement of the Electronic Health Record, point-of-service collections and patient tracking. 

Employment Characteristics

Medical scribe specialists work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, ambulatory settings and in specialties including but not limited to dermatology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, primary care, urgent care, and vascular care.  

Educational Programs

Length:  Accredited educational programs grant a minimum of a certificate or diploma.  The length varies depending on program design.
 
Pre-Requisites: A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Applicants must meet specific institutional entrance/admission requirements.
 
Curriculum: Curricula of accredited programs include courses covering Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacological Terms, Legal Guidelines and Requirements for Healthcare, Principles of Billing, Coding and Reimbursement, Applications of Electronic Health Records, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), Medical Procedures and Equipment, Population Health Improvement through Integrative Medicine, Professionalism Components, Quality Improvement Outcomes and Informational Workflow in Various Healthcare Settings.  Accredited programs must include supervised practicum experiences in a hospital or ambulatory healthcare setting. 

Inquiries

American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
333 City Blvd. West, Suite 1700
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 1-800-987-3692
Email:
 support@acmss.zendesk.com
Website: theacmss.org

Certification/Registration

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) is the premier nonprofit professional society representing Medical Scribe Specialists throughout the United States. The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) certification requirements toward meaningful use of electronic health records. 

Individuals who successfully pass the ACMSS Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT) will be recognized as a Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS), and MUST complete 3 hours of Continuing Scribe Education every year and maintain annual membership for certification to remain active and in good standing, in addition to healthcare compliance.

Careers/Curriculum

American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
333 City Blvd. West, Suite 1700
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 1-800-987-3692
Email:
support@acmss.zendesk.com
Website: theacmss.org