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New Bill Brings Scribes To The VA Hospital

Posted by Holly Case on Jun 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM


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?

Quick Reference

  • 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


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Topics: medical scribes, Medical Students, Medical Student Documentation, VA Medical Center, veterans hospital, ED Documentation

Scribe on the Job: Behind the Curtain in the ED

Posted by Sophie Penkrat on Apr 26, 2016 11:19:46 AM

A recent article in STAT discussed the ins-and-outs of scribe impact on the emergency department. PhysAssist Scribes and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, were spotlighted in this interesting behind-the-curtain perspective on what a scribe does during a normal shift. 

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Topics: medical scribes, Medical Scribe Industry, ED Documentation, Scribe Impact, emergency medicine

A Solution to Physician Burnout

Posted by Sophie Penkrat on Apr 13, 2016 4:54:14 PM

By nature, the emergency department can be challenging on its providers. With demands for physicians coming from all sides, not to mention long hours, burnout can rear its ugly head quickly. The trickle-down from the exhausted physician to the patient can result in, at the very least, an unhappy patient and, at its worst, compromised care.

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Topics: medical scribes, Medical Scribe Industry, ED Documentation, Scribe Impact, stress management, emergency medicine

TOP Qualities Medical Directors Look for in an Outstanding Scribe

Posted by Sophie Penkrat on Nov 16, 2015 3:24:38 PM

Micro was a cinch. Organic chemistry was a breeze (well, maybe not). Anatomy and physiology was a walk in the park. And Scribe U? Well, that seemed challenging…but now that you’re working in the emergency department, you can totally coast through this whole scribing thing till you get into medical school. Right?

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Topics: ED Documentation, Scribe Impact, Medical School, emergency medicine, Leadership

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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