News on the Medical Scribe Front

Who is the CMS Documentation Policy Going to Impact?

Posted by Peggy Fredrickson on Mar 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM


CMS Update Overview

- CMS has updated the E/M Service Documentation Provided by Students (Manual Update) effective March 5, 2018.

- The new update will remove the double-documentation process performed by teaching physicians. Moving forward, all documentation performed by medical students will be admitted into patient charts once verified by the teaching physician. 

- Teaching facilities will now have the opportunity to use scribes in more efficient areas, 


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Topics: medical scribes, CMS, CMS Update, Medical Students, Teaching Hospitals, Teaching Physicians, Medical Student Documentation, CMS Policy, CMS Manual Update

Scribes and ICD-10

Posted by Paul Hickey on Sep 25, 2015 4:21:23 PM

As with many in the healthcare field, PhysAssist has been preparing for the implementation of the newest version of the International Classification of Diseases. The United States has used ICD-9 since 1979, and the newest version, ICD-10, is set to roll out on October 1, 2015. A key concept to this update is increased specificity in both documentation and diagnosis codes. ICD-9 has approximately 13,000 codes whereas ICD-10 has approximately 68,000.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

What Does Cerner’s Purchase of Siemens mean for the Soarian EMR?

Posted by Amber Altemose, J.D. on Sep 23, 2014 4:51:00 PM
A few weeks ago Cerner announced that it was purchasing Siemens Health Services for $1.3 billion. Although the real boost to Cerner is likely to come from its acquisition of Siemen’s expertise in medical devices and advanced imaging capabilities, Cerner will have to decide the future of Siemens EMR—Soarian.
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Topics: CMS, EMR

ICD-10 Update

Posted by Amber Altemose, J.D. on May 2, 2014 7:49:04 AM

After the implementation of ICD-10 was delayed another year through the enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue an interim final rule in the near future regarding the use of ICD-10.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, HIPAA

ICD-10: Are you ready for the transition?

Posted by Brittany on May 17, 2013 11:13:48 AM

Meaningful Use, PQRS reporting, and Core Measures: each one of these causes an increased documentation burden upon healthcare providers, as each program brings its own set of documentation requirements. Now, add to the mix ICD-10 compliance. With a looming compliance deadline of October 1, 2014, how are physicians going to shoulder this additional documentation burden? Scribes might be the answer.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

CMS Releases Final Rule for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use

Posted by Brittany on Aug 23, 2012 7:01:20 PM

Today, CMS has released the final rule for Stage 2 of the federal EHR incentive program known as "Meaningful Use." As a companion rule, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has also released its final rule on certification criteria, standards, and implementation specifications for certified EHR technology. You can find each of the rules below:

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Topics: CMS, Meaningful Use

CMS Guidelines for Scribes

Posted by Brittany on Aug 13, 2012 5:05:18 PM

As you may know, Medicare claims submitted to CMS for reimbursement are processed by Medicare Administrative Contractors (or MACs). MACs are private companies with whom CMS has contracted to administer all Medicare Part A and B claims within certain jurisdictions. (Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital services, among others; Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient care, and other medically necessary services).

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Topics: CMS


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