Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
Scribes have made emergency departments more efficient in hospitals all around the country. Until recently, however, Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals were opting out of using this resource. A recently-passed bipartisan bill,the VA Mission Act, includes provisions for a pilot program which will test the results of allowing scribes to work in the VA hospital setting for the first time. But how will this affect both the scribing industry and the care provided to our nation’s veterans?
- VA Mission Act includes a two-year pilot program measuring the effects of scribes in select VA facilities
- The desired outcome is improved medical efficiency through documentation offloading to scribes
- The VA setting and veteran patient population will present new challenges and opportunities
The VA Mission Act Overview
Even as scribes were active in other hospitals around the country, they were rarely used in VA hospitals. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) proposed a bill, S. 2372, also called the VA Mission Act, intended to improve healthcare for veterans. The bill package includes the VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act, which is designed to alleviate stress and pressure on VA physicians, as well as to increase healthcare access for veterans.
Rep. Greg Walden