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Course Description

The emergence of the medical scribe is rapidly increasing to fill a much-needed niche in healthcare. One should seriously consider attending this presentation if they are interested learning about the quickly growing profession of medical scribes, are possibly interested in pursuing a career as a medical scribe, are interested in hiring a medical scribe, desire to learn about the limitations of medical scribes regarding health record documentation, are interested in using medical scribes at a healthcare institution or provider facility, or are interested in adding a medical scribe program at an educational institution.

Healthcare providers have encountered decreased “face” time with patients. They are now tethered to their computer screens while interacting with their patients and burdened with keying in patient data due to the conversion to electronic health records. This functional change has seriously decreased the daily volume of patients seen and treated and, in turn, lowers the profit margin of reimbursement and physician satisfaction. Providers have less time for activities outside of work and family time. Providers are quickly becoming burned out with the added clerical functions of computerized data entry.

As a solution, some healthcare providers are hiring medical scribes to document their patient care encounters in the electronic health record, freeing providers from the keyboard and computer screen. The use of medical scribes is growing very rapidly, so rapidly that policies need to be developed and legal considerations need to be identified and met. Employers need to determine the qualifications and reporting management for the medical scribe position. Workflow changes need to be addressed when adding a scribe position. Policies need to be put in place that involve the use of scribes. As one can see, many key items need to be taken into consideration when adding a scribe position and this webinar will provide in depth information to thoroughly meet those needs.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:
• Define the role of a medical scribe
• Describe the history of scribes in healthcare
• Discuss the rapid growth of the medical scribe profession
• Identify position requirements and limitations
• Identify educational requirements
• Identify legal considerations
• Communicate benefits and drawbacks of medical scribes
• Identify resources for finding a medical scribe
• Identify qualified medical scribe candidates
• Resolve workflow strategies when using a medical scribe
• Manage costs for adding a scribe
• Identify management and oversight practices
• Develop applicable organizational policies involving medical scribe documentation

Areas Covered in the Session:

• Review the role of medical scribes
• History of scribes in healthcare
• Rapid growth of the profession in the healthcare industry
• Position requirements and limitations
• Educational requirements for a medical scribe professional
• Legal considerations of using a medical scribe
• Benefits and drawbacks of having a medical scribe
• Finding, testing and hiring a medical scribe
• Workflow challenges
• Managing costs for adding a scribe
• Management and oversight practices
• Organizational policies for medical scribe documentation

Target Audience:

• People desiring to learning about the medical scribe profession
• People interested in a career as a medical scribe
• Healthcare providers (physicians, physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, nurses)
• Health information and informatics professionals
• Healthcare CEOs
• Healthcare CFOs
• Compliance Officers
• Healthcare Attorney
• Physicians, healthcare providers and office mangers managing facilities considering using scribes
• Educational institution administrators interested in offering a scribe program

Instructor Profile:

Valerie McCleary, MS, RHIA, CCS has been working in the healthcare profession as a Health Information Management professional for over 40 years. She has served as a Program Director, Assistant Professor and course developer at several colleges and currently is working as an adjunct instructor at two universities. She has served as a Health Information Management Director, Supervisor, HIPAA Privacy Coordinator and worked many years in medical coding and abstracting. Her expertise includes higher education, academic programmatic accreditation, health information management, health informatics, medical coding, project management, privacy and security. She has many years of experience working in Public Health as a Health Information Management manager, consultant and workforce trainer. She has given numerous live and virtual presentations. She has authored articles relative to the health information management and academic professions.

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