ACMSS Urges No Vote on Senate Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal

ACMSS Urges No Vote on Senate Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal


ACMSS Urges No Vote on Senate Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal

Executive Director, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(800) 987-3692

ORANGE, Calif., September 25, 2017. ACMSS joins with scores of other national healthcare associations in opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill in the Senate to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is expected to come before a vote in the Senate on Wednesday. ACMSS believes that together, the ACA and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), provide a framework that must be preserved for moving forward toward a 21st century healthcare system based on wellness and prevention.

“The ACA is currently the law of the land, and until thoughtful, bipartisan improvement can be made, it should be preserved,” said ACMSS Executive Director Hagen. “We have only just begun the ACA/MACRA journey to improve our national healthcare system that in which includes integrative medicine and evidence-based care and referrals, and that in which only ACMSS understands and provides materials towards.”

On Saturday, the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the BlueCross BlueShield Association wrote a joint letter strongly opposing and condemning the bill.

In the letter they wrote: “While we sometimes disagree on important issues in healthcare, we are in total agreement that Americans deserve a stable healthcare market that provides access to high-quality care and affordable coverage for all. The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill does not move us closer to that goal.”

These associations were joined by a host of other healthcare organizations opposing the bill, which they say would cause people to lose important protections including coverage for pre-existing conditions, and that it would drastically cut Medicaid funding and greatly weaken the insurance markets.

ACMSS is working on its investment through promoting a nationwide system of Physician/Certified Medical Scribe Specialist Teams, working through the expanded curriculum from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs on real-time practice improvement activities. We are in daily consultation, both remotely and onsite with practitioners to innovate at the practice level, while also working on the national level with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on measure development and improving continuing medical education (CME) offerings.

ACMSS is also broadening our commitment to the healthcare system by creating the non-profit, 501(c)(3) American College of Clinical Documentation Outcomes (ACCDO), which 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 through scientific research, educational development and innovation at the federal, state, and community levels.

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 19,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,900 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 and customized consulting serving healthcare.

Join ACMSS at the Medical Group Management Association Annual Conference, to be held Oct. 8-11 in Anaheim, Calif., for ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen's presentation titled, "Certified Medical Scribe Specialists: Giving You Time Back for Patient Care." on Monday, Oct. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Attend to learn how Physician/CMSS teams are helping to drive efficiency and innovation in large and small medical practices. In addition, the ACMSS Business Development Services Team will be available in Booth 1140 of the MGMA17 Exhibit Hall throughout the event to help with all of your support needs, including implementation, certification and membership.

ACMSS offers several pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists. Please contact ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-987-3692 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials.

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