The Scribe Industry Blog

A Day in the Life of a CTS: Alert? Sure! Oriented? Maybe Not.

Posted by Hannah Norton on May 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

I jolt awake to the sound of my alarm going off. As I blearily stare at my screen, I groan at the fact that 04:45 seems to be the time. The only reason I know that’s AM and not PM is because my phone has been set on military time since I became a scribe – it helps when I’m charting late at night and apparently can’t do math.

As I stare around me, it takes a second to remember where I am and why I’m required to be up before the sun even makes an appearance. Oh yeah, I have a shift today. I've been working a lot recently, but I hold on to the fact that my trainee is on-track and the providers are really enjoying scribes. 

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Topics: The PhysAssist Experience, Trainer Scribes

Want to be a Scribe? The Top 5 Ways to Get Hired (and love the job)!

Posted by Michele Williams on May 11, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Want to be a medical scribe? Our VP of Recruiting, Michele Williams, shares the top 5 ways to impress your recruiter and land an exciting job that will help prepare you for medical, PA, or nursing school. 

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Topics: Medical Scribe Industry, Medical School

Is Congress up to its old tricks? Is the ICD-10 mandate due for another delay?

Posted by Cameron Cushman on May 7, 2015 9:45:07 AM

Last week, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced a bill that would, once again, delay the implementation of the tenth iteration of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), the expansive set of billing and diagnosis codes that doctors and health care professionals use to complete their medical charting. The current system, ICD-9, contains about 13,000 codes, but the move to ICD-10, which is currently slated for October 1, 2015, will move the number of potential available codes up to over 68,000.

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Topics: ICD-10

Tips for Applying and Interviewing for medical school

Posted by Maria Petrozzi on Apr 30, 2015 9:45:04 AM

As a scribe, you're already one step ahead of the competition when it comes to getting into medical school. However, understanding what admissions boards are looking for is a crucial element of success. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the sometimes confusing medical school application and interview process:

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Topics: Medical School

April is Stress Awareness Month – Ways to Reduce Stress

Posted by Kelcey Johnson on Apr 24, 2015 2:02:04 PM

Happy Stress Awareness Month! Fort Worth is not only the home of PhysAssist Scribes’ corporate office but also the American Institute of Stress. One of the most common types of stress is workplace stress, or stress that one feels because of his or her job.  According to a recent study performed by the institute, 40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful. “Chronic job strain can put both your physical and emotional health at risk,” says Paul J. Rosch, MD, the president of the American Institute of Stress.

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Topics: stress management

The Top 5 Qualities of Great Trainer Scribes

Posted by Paul Hickey on Apr 16, 2015 10:16:31 AM

A new scribe’s first shift in an ED can be extremely overwhelming. The chaos of a busy ED combined with the pressure to perform well is a lot to handle on their first day. During these shifts, trainees rely heavily on their trainers to curb their nerves, and help guide them through their first shift. A trainee’s experience with their trainer during those first few shifts is often a key factor in their success or failure as a scribe. Here are five qualities of great trainers who help trainees get the most out of each training shift.

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Topics: Trainer Scribes, Scribe Training

4 Ways To Prepare for Your Scribe Program Implementation

Posted by Mariah Boyce on Apr 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

4_ways As you prepare to start a scribe program in your emergency department or outpatient clinic, there are a few things you can do to help make the implementation process as smooth and seamless as possible. There are bound to be bumps in the road (no one’s perfect!), but completing these easy tasks beforehand will help you avoid some of the potholes.

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Topics: Scribe Implementation

Scribe Impact in the Pacific Northwest [Infographic]

Posted by Sarah Watson on Mar 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Our potential clients always want to know what kind of an impact scribes will have on their emergency department (ED) metrics. At PhysAssist, we work with each of our partners to intimately understand the goals for their unique programs. Once their needs are identified, we evaluate ED throughput and documentation metrics and, in turn, make the necessary operational adjustments in order to achieve maximum results for our clients.

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Topics: Scribe Impact, ED metrics

Phys It Forward: Refer Your Friends and Win!

Posted by Ryan Alexander on Mar 16, 2015 3:52:00 PM

We are excited to introduce Phys It Forward, the new scribe referral program that offers you the opportunity to win scholarships, Yeti coolers, iPads, gift cards, and more! Check out the short video below for all the details!



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Topics: Scholarships, referral program

Hospital Acquired Conditions and Patient Safety

Posted by John LaRosa on Mar 10, 2015 3:51:00 PM

The UCLA 'superbug' has been a major topic of discussion over the past few days. This bug exists because of lackluster sanitation process on hospital tools and equipment. From 2013- 2014, the FDA reported 135 patients with bacterial infections from dirty scopes alone- a type of hospital acquired condition (HAC).  Further, the CDC reports that on any given day, 1 in 25 hospitalized patients have at least one healthcare associated infection. In 2011, the CDC reported there were 722,000 HAC’s from acute care hospitals that resulted in an estimated 75,000 deaths. What’s more alarming, reports are beginning to surface that the FDA may have known about infections from duodenoscopes since as far back as 1987. As of present, the FDA will not take the device off the market.

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Topics: Patient Safety, HACs

PhysAssist Scribes is the industry leader in providing quality scribe services and is proud to serve more than 150 hospitals across the country. If you would like to know more about how scribes can add value to your hospital, please visit our website or give us a call at 817-496-1009.