News on the Medical Scribe Front

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

PhysAssist Scribes Celebrates 300,000 Monthly Hours!

Posted by Sarah de Verges on May 31, 2016 10:48:07 AM

PhysAssist Scribes hit an exciting milestone this week – 300,000 scribe hours per month!

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Topics: Medical Scribe Industry

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

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

7 More Hysterically Absurd ICD-10 Codes

Posted by John LaRosa on Oct 2, 2015 11:41:15 AM

We've officially made it through day one of the ICD-10 transition! As a follow up to our earlier post, 7 Hysterically Absurd ICD-10 Codes, here are 7 even more hysterically absurd ICD-10 codes:

1. Bizarre Personal Appearance (R46.1)
This code was added at the last minute after Lady GaGa was injured by a pack of dogs while wearing a meat dress at a benefit to raise money for the Vegan Society. In case you’re wondering, after refunds were given she raised $18.37.Lady_Gaga-480688-edited.jpg
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Topics: ICD-10, Medical Scribe Industry

7 Hysterically Absurd ICD-10 Codes

Posted by John LaRosa on Sep 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Tomorrow, after many delays, the US healthcare system will make the switch to the new coding system, ICD-10. There are 68,000 billing codes under the new ICD-10 system, as opposed to a meager 13,000 under the current ICD-9. The thousands of new codes are intended to help to better accommodate new technologies and procedures and provide better data for evaluating and improving the quality of patient care.
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Topics: ICD-10, 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

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


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