Federal regulations require electronic medical record adoption in offices of all sizes, which means handwritten doctor’s orders and notes aren’t enough to back payment claims or keep facilities compliant with new rules. There are numerous efficiency benefits gained from EHR, but physician’s entering their own orders and notes isn’t one of them. In answer to that issue, many facilities may adopt the use of medical scribes.
- According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, doctors spend at least 16 extra minutes every day entering information into electronic records. That can lead to over 60 hours a year lost; most would agree that a physician’s time is better spent seeing and treating patients.
- Growth of medical scribe positions offer numerous benefits, including reducing time demands on physicians, saving money for practices by making entry more efficient and using high-paid physician hours for patient treatment, and creating additional jobs in the medical field.
- Not everyone who can type will be allowed to enter items into EHR. Federal regulations require information be entered by a credentialed medical assistant.
- The American Association of Medical Assistants is creating a credential for certified medical scribes. The certification requires employment at a healthcare facility for two out of the past three years, documentation from a licensed supervisor attesting to EHR proficiency, and completion of required AAMA courses.
- Dr. Alan J. Bank says he believes every physician’s office or medical facility will use scribes within the next five years. He said doctors don’t want to be typists, and it doesn’t make sense to use their time on clerical functions.
Last Updated on January 23, 2014