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Cameron Cushman

Cameron Cushman brings over 12 years of experience in the Federal Government and in the non-profit sector to his role as the VP of Sales and Marketing at PhysAssist. Cushman worked in the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Presidential Correspondence at The White House in Washington, DC. He then served in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Market Access and Compliance division of the International Trade Administration. At Commerce, Cushman led the effort that launched the website www.entrepreneurship.gov. Cushman then held several roles at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private non-profit dedicated to the expansion of human welfare through education and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder of 1 Million Cups, a weekly educational program for entrepreneurs that is now in over 50 U.S. cities.

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8 FAQs About Scribes in the ER

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Jul 7, 2016 4:08:14 PM

As the VP of Sales and Marketing, I spend a lot of time talking to medical directors about the value of adding a medical scribe program to their emergency departments. Even though no two EDs are alike, there are common questions every ED asks. Here are the top eight that I come across most often.

ONE  What are medical scribes?

They are integral members of the treatment team who work side-by-side with medical providers in the ED to document directly in the emergency medical record (EMR) in real-time.They are rigorously vetted and go through extensive training in order to know how to properly construct a SOAP note and include all extended documentation, including rechecks and consults. They are "flies on the wall" in patients rooms who ensure doctors' charts are complete for medical and billing purposes.

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Topics: medical scribes, ED metrics, Scribe Impact, chart, Medical Scribe Industry, Choosing a scribe vendor

Are medical scribes right for urgent care?

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Jun 8, 2016 3:53:54 PM

The use of medical scribes has become mainstream in many different specialties, but what about in one of the fastest growing healthcare delivery mechanisms – urgent care centers? This is a question we get all the time, especially as these types of facilities become an increasingly popular choice for consumers.

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Topics: medical scribes, Medical Scribe Industry, urgent care

8 Questions with a Certified Trainer Scribe: Ashley Verdun

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Oct 30, 2015 11:50:58 AM

This month we are featuring several of our Certified Trainer Scribes (CTSs) and are asking them to tell us about their experience as traveling scribes who help set up programs at our newest sites across the country. We’ve asked each of them to give us their perspective on what its like to be a PhysAssist CTS.

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Topics: medical scribes, PhysAssist Scribes, Medical School, Certified Trainer Scribes

10 Questions with a Certified Trainer Scribe: Shantel-Crystal Nwanguma

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Oct 20, 2015 7:00:00 AM

This month we are featuring several of our Certified Trainer Scribes (CTSs) and are asking them to tell us more about their jobs. We have asked them to discuss their experience as traveling scribes who help set up programs at our newest sites across the country. We’ve asked each of them to give us their perspective on what its like to be a PhysAssist CTS.

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Topics: EMR, Scribe Companies, medical scribes

The most important thing your scribe should be doing

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Oct 16, 2015 1:12:32 PM

“What do you mean they don’t fill out the entire chart?” I asked quizzically.

“I think their scribes are only filling out the HPIs for their doctors. That’s all they are doing,” my colleague replied. 

What? Not filling out the entire chart? Then what’s the point of even having a scribe?

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Topics: EMR, Scribe Companies, medical scribes, EMRs, chart

9 Questions with a CTS: Farhan Sahawneh

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Oct 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

This month we will feature several of our Certified Trainer Scribes (CTS) and discuss their experience as traveling scribes who help set up programs at our newest sites across the country. We’ve asked each of them to give us their perspective on what its like to be a PhysAssist CTS.

Today’s post features Farhan Sahawneh, one our CTSs who is originally from Dallas and is currently serving as a CTS in Alabama. He has previously worked as a PhysAssist CTS in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. 

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Topics: Trainer Scribes

Are Medical scribes the right prescription for ICD-10?

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Oct 9, 2015 2:15:23 PM

On October 1, most U.S. health care providers switched to a new system of classification for medical conditions and diagnoses – the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases or ICD-10. Though everyone in the healthcare field has known that this change was on the horizon for many years news (including being delayed by an act of Congress several times), many providers are still not sure how their practices should best deal with almost 55,000 new codes for diagnosing patients.

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Topics: ICD-10, EMR, medical scribes, Medical Scribe Industry

podcast - Emergency medical scribes in the ed

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Sep 4, 2015 12:31:21 PM
Recently, Alex Geesbreght, the President of PhysAssist Scribes, was interviewed on a podcast by healthcare industry leader TeamHealth. Alex spoke to Dr. Robert Strauss about the roles that emergency medical scribes are playing in shaping the modern healthcare industry. 

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Topics: Medical Scribe Industry

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

Solving the EMR Inputting Problem

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Feb 26, 2015 4:35:53 PM

“Our goal is to put scribe companies out of business.” A friend in the EMR industry said these words to me the day before I started my new job at PhysAssist Scribes. I about fell out of my chair. Had I made a terrible career choice? Was the medical scribe industry doomed to be put out of business by a big, bad, publicly traded EMR company?

I’ve been working in the medical scribe industry a little over a year now, and I often think about my friend’s comment. He was arguing that improving technology in the healthcare industry would eventually eliminate the need for medical scribes. In reality, the introduction and wide adoption of the EMR has really just opened up another chapter in the long history of the quest to solve what I call “the inputting problem” that has long plagued the healthcare industry.

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Topics: Medical Scribe Industry, ED Documentation, EMRs

 

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