American College of Medical Scribe Specialists Retools Website for Medical Scribe CertificationIrvine, CA – The American College of Clinical Information Managers (ACCIM) has changed its name to the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS), and maintained its non-profit 501(c)6 status. Along with this name change, the ACMSS has revamped its website and reduced barriers to scribe certification eligibility.Today’s physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses face a perpetual increase in clinical documentation requirements. Complex, click-intensive electronic health records challenge their ability to provide efficient and earnest patient care. Multiple reports have shown that use of medical scribes leads to improvements in the number of patients treated per hour, their length of stay in the department, and their provider’s door-to-doctor time. Medical scribes help providers stay at the patient’s bedside rather than in front of their computers.
These benefits have led medical providers to implement medical scribe programs alongside their EHR go-lives. “Demand has been doubling every year, ScribeAmerica serves approximately over 350 clients today, while it served 160 last year, and 75 the year before,” reports Sarah Lamb, COO of ScribeAmerica, LLC, the nation’s most widely used medical scribe program. In light of this explosive growth, Kristin Hagen, Executive Director of the ACMSS predicts the need for medical scribe certification will exponentially grow. “The rise of the medical scribe industry is one of the reasons we decided to change our name since the term “clinical information manager” is vague and does not represent accurately who our constituents are.”
“The feedback from the re-designed website has been overwhelmingly positive,” states Hagen. Critics have applauded the new homepage, store, professional interface, clearer pricing and ease of use. Corporate membership fees previously were too high and were seen as a barrier to joining. “Fortunately with the redesign and restructure, we were able to reduce the price to $499 annually, making it affordable to all scribe companies,” says Hagen. Subsidies from ScribeAmerica, LLC have allowed the fee reduction for all.
For medical scribes striving to certify, the ACMSS created the new credential “Certified Medical Scribe Specialists,” or “CMSS,” which replaced the title “Clinical Information Manager” or “CIM”. “About ⅓ of our members have successfully passed our certification exam, the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT),” states Hagen. The MSCAT ensures a level knowledge base needed to work in a variety of facilities and medical specialties.
In response to our Certified Academic Partners (CAPs) requests, whose students may have already achieved a certification in the health field, such as clinical nurse assistants, licensed vocational nurses, medical assistants and emergency medical technicians, the ACMSS decreased the number of clinical hours needed to sit for the MSCAT from 200 to 50. “This change credits many students of our CAPs for work they have already performed,” states Hagen. The ACMSS has also created a separate certification for a medical scribe apprentice known as a “CMSA,” to allow individuals to sit for the MSCAT prior to completing their 200 clinical hours. Hagen reasons, “Many are looking at the ACMSS certification as a method for improving their competitiveness when applying for employment as a medical scribe.”
With ICD-10 and further imminent changes to documentation requirements, the education needed to proficiently operate as a medical scribe continues to evolve. Certification from the ACMSS is needed in order to ensure that the individual has met minimum core competencies to enable providers to provide efficient medical care at the bedside.
The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) is the nation’s only non-profit professional society representing over 10,000 Medical Scribes in over 500 medical institutions nationwide. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, vocational training organizations, and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, MSCAT development, public advocacy, and continuing education. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: www.theacmss.org.
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