Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
ACMSS, Executive Director
Functional Medicine Nutrition
Kristin Hagen is uniquely qualified as a specialist in clinical informatics, and health and wellness, and has been involved in both regional and national efforts as a technical expert to define, develop, and advocate for electronic health record specifications. As executive director of ACMSS, she is committed to helping create a patient-safe, patient-centric healthcare system nationwide. Throughout her career she has been an advocate, and innovator, for transforming our nation’s healthcare system from one that is volume-based and focused on disease to a value-based system that focuses on prevention, wellness, and precision medicine.Kristin provides a wide range of perspectives on health information technology, including those of a national healthcare advocate, a hands-on care provider, and clinical informatics professional. She has gained deep knowledge of evolving patient/client models of the U.S. healthcare system. Her work with ACMSS includes improving curricula, and credentialing and certification standards, enabling CMS Compliant Physician/Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) Teams.
At ACMSS Kristin oversees meaningful use of health information technology throughout the healthcare system. She also advocates nationally for a smooth transition to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) for eligible clinicians, enabling deep innovation and transformative preventive care for all.
Kristin has volunteered her time and expertise with Washington-Idaho’s Regional Extension Center (WIREC/Qualis Health), Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE), the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), and the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), and advocacy and innovation utilization through CMS.
Kristin’s clinical and informatics background started with her certification as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1994. She has served in a wide range of health information technology leadership positions, including serving as CEO of a high-technology clinical documentation service company and developing health information technology curricula and standards. In 2005, Kristin founded A Line Above, LLC, an industry-oriented technology company focused on streamlining health information processes through customized workflow solutions. In 2010, Kristin sold the company to American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group and became AHDPG’s Director of Curriculum Development, in which she led and built the nation’s first online medical scribe training program through medical scribe academia with Rochester General in New York.
Kristin is a member of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP/MSSRB.org) Medical Scribe Specialist Education Review Board. She has been active in curriculum development for medical scribe specialists and in expanding the scope of their credential to improve the value of Certified Medical Scribe Specialists across healthcare physician organizations.
Her patient perspective with our former and evolving healthcare systems comes from suffering debilitating injuries at age 19 and enduring multiple surgeries as a result of an “original” high-powered first-generation airbag accident (1994), and then again a few years later from an accident involving a redesigned second-generation airbag. She lived with the immediate effects of significant injury for nearly two decades before proposed changes to our healthcare system, and her own efforts, opened and paved the way for her to get well. It took more than 19 years of her own research and then several years of ongoing work with her healthcare physician to create a wellness plan to bring her back to full recovery using Integrative Medicine/Preventive Medicine as a client of the healthcare system (2014-2016). As in systems design, her entire frame had to be rebuilt utilizing precision medicine. She is currently writing a book based on her experiences to help others work with their physicians to develop customized and individualized wellness plans, working across healthcare to improve care for all – wellness, disease reversal, and preventive integrative medicine.
Kristin is an original artist and brings high caliber, high-quality systems design around challenging and complex US Healthcare needs, enabling innovative, flexible problem-resolution approaches in all she does. In 2008, Kristin earned her Certified Professional credentials in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR), Health Information Technology (CPHIT), and Health Information Exchange (CPHIE). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kaplan University in Health Information Technology (2011) and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Kristin is a Graduate Practical Nurse (Carrington College, 2012), and served as the Nightingale pinning ceremonial speaker. Today, Kristin is credentialed as a Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS), and Certified Professional of Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS), assisting our nation’s physicians in meeting their goals, building a patient-centric healthcare system together.
Through ACMSS, Kristin helps meaningful utilization of clinical documentation through innovative and secure systems design to create sustainable wellness and outcomes across America, for its people. Kristin is available for customized consulting and motivational speaking engagements.