News on the Medical Scribe Front

Medical Journal Review: Measuring Outcomes of Early Discharge of Low-Risk Chest Pain Patients

Posted by Holly Case on Jul 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM

 

Keeping up with current medical research is an important part of any doctor’s life. Actually, that’s something you need to start doing even before you attend medical school. But it can be tough to find time to read the latest medical journals in between your hectic scribe schedule, keeping up with your studies, applying to med school, and having some semblance of a social life. Our goal is to make your life easier as a scribe, which includes helping you keep up with the newest medical research, such as a recent case study about using the HEART score as a criteria for early hospital discharge. (Tip: these are great talking points with your physicians if you happen to have rare breaks between patients!)

 

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Topics: medical scribes, Medical Students, Medical Student Documentation, HEART score, medical journal review, chest pain, case study

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

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

 

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