ACMSS to Create Separate Non-Profit Entity for National Healthcare Systems Advocacy

ACMSS to Create Separate Non-Profit Entity for National Healthcare Systems Advocacy

ACMSS to Create Separate Non-Profit Entity for National Healthcare System Advocacy

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
Executive Director, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
800-988-6476

ORANGE, Calif., August 24, 2017. In its continuing mission to advocate nationally for patient-centered care, improved outcomes and meaningful clinical documentation, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) is creating a separate non-profit entity.

The American College of Clinical Documentation Outcomes (ACCDO), will be committed to meaningful utilization of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology, improving outcomes, and elevating our healthcare system toward integrative/precision medicine, prevention and wellness. ACCDO plans to accomplish its mission of improving healthcare through innovation, scientific research and educational development. ACCDO projects and research will be conducted at federal, state, and community levels.

Additionally, ACCDO will seek grants to increase educational materials for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists and affiliates across healthcare. ACCDO, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will also undertake charitable activities to benefit individuals and organizations in the American healthcare system, encouraging the evolving role of the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) in transforming our national healthcare system.

CityMD is a preeminent example of an organization that is encouraging this evolution in the use of Physician/CMSS Teams. A Clinical Corporate Partner of ACMSS, CityMD is an urgent care company that employs more than 350 Certified Medical Scribe Specialists within its 60 locations in the New York, New Jersey and Seattle.

Syed Mir Athar M. Ahmed, MD, is the Learning Manager for the Medical Scribe Track at the CityMD Academy. He is also the chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Medical Scribe Specialist Review Board (MSSRB), of which ACMSS is also a member. Dr. Ahmed says the new CAAHEP standards are more reflective of the expanded Certified Medical Scribe Specialist credential offered by ACMSS, and of the way scribes are utilized at CityMD. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are setting the standard in the way scribes are working at CityMD, going far beyond basic scribe documentation roles.

At CityMD, Certified Medical Scribe Specialists serve as healthcare team members who perform such duties as setting up procedure trays for providers, participating in assisting and informing patients, and more. Certified Medical Scribe Specialists are cross-trained in many functions that help improve efficiencies and quality of patient care in the organization.

“We have been most connected to ACMSS through nationwide changes in the medical scribe role,” said Dr. Ahmed. “It's good to see that many other institutions and healthcare facilities around the nation are pursuing the Medical Scribe Specialist role as we are. It's encouraging to see this being developed and turned into the true hybrid staff role as we want it to be."

Dr. Ahmed also looks to the future evolution and career path opportunities of the CMSS credential. "It's a true EMR manager role that I want it to develop into,” Ahmed said. “Electronic records systems management as a whole can be taken on by this role and developed.”

Tushar Kapoor, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, is a board member of ACMSS/ACCDO and is a founder and Executive Vice President for Medical Staff Development at CityMD. He is also a believer in the evolving role of the CMSS. “Physician/CMSS Teams can be innovators in improving patient throughput times and allowing for better documentation of patient charts,” Dr. Kapoor said. “This results in overall better care provided to the patients due to increased time available for providers to take care of patients rather than charting on the EHR.”

ACMSS will continue in its primary role for certification, credentialing, and Continuing Scribe Education. In the beginning ACCDO will share the same governing board and leadership with ACMSS, in order to remain aligned in purpose during its initial development.

“ACCDO will seek to become a primary source for knowledge on medical outcomes, clinical documentation, and patient-centered care,” said ACMSS/ACCDO Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “The organization will integrate research and education with advocacy and workforce development to help the healthcare industry innovate and design for integrative/precision medicine.”

ACCDO will assist in meaningful utilization of healthcare information technology, elevating clinical medicine to integrative/precision medicine, health and wellness improvement, and outcomes. For more information call 800-988-6476, visit webste theaccdo.org, or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 
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