ACMSS Prompts Providers Time is Running Out for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestations
CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
ORANGE, Calif., November 30, 2016. With just over 30 days left in the year, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is reminding eligible clinicians that time is running out in 2016 to attest for meaningful use to avoid payment reductions. Those not in compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) meaningful use guidelines may receive payment reductions at 2% for performance year 2016.
Under the proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), eligible providers are required to attest for meaningful use one 90-day period during calendar year 2016.
ACMSS can help eligible clinicians meet CMS requirements by providing its Physician/Practice pathway, which allows practices to self-certify their staffs, attesting to meaningful use. The Individual Pathway also allows professionals who work in clinical settings and medical scribes to attest and become certified. Under CMS guidelines for meaningful use, those providing medical scribe services must be credentialed and certified.
“ACMSS programs are designed to streamline the process for certifying medical scribes, making it easier for providers to get their scribes certified, and providing greater value for their employees,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen.
The following are three ACMSS certification pathways that are particularly beneficial to providers/practices, organizations that train medical scribes, and individuals:
Physician/Practice Pathway: Physicians and practices may self-certify their staffs. ACMSS provides specialty certifications to all in General certifications, in addition to presenting specialty certifications in vascular medicine, dermatology, primary care, internal medicine and emergency medicine. ACMSS serves as a resource to physicians/mid-levels, through enablement of fully credentialed professionals, adhering to federal regulations and guidance. Clinicians and practices are enabled through eligible staff and purchasing minimum Volume Certification Packages.
CMSS-Direct Certified Clinical Corporate Partners: Through our new Clinical Corporate Partner Program, eligible outpatient corporations may qualify to become clinical attested corporate partners. The annual corporate membership allows clinical corporate partners to directly attest eligible scribes through CMSS 1-Step affidavit, enabling a direct qualifier to certify scribes via the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT), bypassing requisite 2-step “CMSA” 200 hours. Standardized volume bundles institute innovative practice procedures and provide minimum standardized educational materials for each. To become a corporate partner and participate in the this pathway, a company must attest in an affidavit that its education programs meet all of the core objectives and curriculum content requirements, and submit the curriculum to the ACMSS board for approval.
Individual Pathway: Those who work in clinical settings as medical scribes may sign an affidavit attesting that they have completed a minimum of 200 hours of unassisted clinician workload documentation, and then complete the Medical Scribe Certification Aptitude Test (MSCAT) administered through ACMSS. Certified Medical Assistants, Registered Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Paramedics already with clinical hours, certified or licensed, may sit for the MSCAT with 50 hours unassisted physician-clinician documentation.
Along with the Physician/Practice Corporate Partner and Individual Pathways, ACMSS also provides certification pathways for academic institutions and scribe training companies, and a Retooling Pathway for individuals who need to advance their clinical skill sets.
The ACMSS certification program meets current and proposed CMS certification requirements toward meaningful use of electronic health records. ACMSS works in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of meaningful use (MIPS and Alternative Payment Models). Certified medical scribes also meet the “qualified people” standard in Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).
All personnel certifying with ACMSS need to purchase a minimum Standardized Volume Scribe Certification Package, preparing both the individual and the practice for real-time resource and assistance, ongoing and into the future. Bundles include: Annual Membership, MSCAT Training/Resource Manual, HIPAA for Scribes Training/Operational video/certificate, and Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT) Certification. Upon successful pass, each certified scribe is given a certificate and eligible credential, in which Practice Administrators/Clinicians retain for Meaningful Use attestations and customize and innovate workflow.
“The benefits of employing Certified Medical Scribe Specialists go far beyond meeting CMS guidelines and avoiding penalties,” says Hagen. “Certified scribes have been shown to help alleviate some of the current dissatisfaction and frustration among providers over EHR technology. They also assist practices and clinicians in real time, onsite, at the point of care, facilitating innovative workflow and efficiencies, and providing necessary tools and resources for beginning new revolutions in redefining healthcare together and creating patient-centric care.”
Please contact ACMSS directly at 657-888-2158, or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the benefits of the CMSS credential, or if you have questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials. Also, please visit our website at theacmss.org.
The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 18,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,800 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, non-profit partners, and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, public advocacy, secure innovative systems design, individualized and customized consulting, and continuing education for improved care coordination and patient-centric care toward wellness. ACMSS is available for public speaking engagements serving healthcare.