ACMSS Welcomes Wright as Acting HHS Secretary, Also Urges CHIP Renewal

ACMSS Welcomes Wright as Acting HHS Secretary, Also Urges CHIP Renewal


ACMSS Welcomes Wright as Acting HHS Secretary, Also Urges CHIP Renewal

Executive Director, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
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ORANGE, Calif., October 4, 2017. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) welcomes the appointment by Trump Administration of Don J. Wright as Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Wright moved to the new position from his post as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for HHS. He worked in several national healthcare capacities under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Wright also formerly represented the United States at the World Health Organization.

“We hope that Mr. Wright will keep up the good work that began in the Bush Administration and continued with President Obama in building our modern healthcare system,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “With his background working in disease prevention and health promotion, we believe he has the right trajectory to keep HHS heading toward a system based on precision medicine, health and wellness for our citizens.”

Many have been concerned about the direction of HHS in recent months under the leadership of Tom Price, who was forced to resign. These concerns included drastic cuts in open enrollment advertising and funding for “navigators” for the Affordable Care Act. New York Sen. Charles Schumer, speculating on a permanent replacement for Price, voiced some of those concerns.

“The mission of the Health and Human Services secretary should be to support Americans’ healthcare, not take it away,” Schumer said. “The next HHS secretary must follow the law when it comes to the Affordable Care Act instead of trying to sabotage it.”

ACMSS also urges Congress to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides insurance for approximately 9 million low-income children nationwide and is a major component of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The Senate approved a bill granting a five-year extension early last month, but the House has not yet finished its version.

“CHIP and MACRA must be preserved to provide much-need support for this vulnerable population,” said Hagen. “MACRA compliance is crucial to incorporating evidence-based care into the mission and framework of an evolving 21st century healthcare system.”

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 works continually with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on compliance issues and is a member of the CMS “Clinician Voices” group, advocating for advances in national standards. ACMSS partners with CAAHEP academic institutions, non-profit partners, and medical scribe corporations to meet MACRA law, CMS compliance, and advance America’s 21st century healthcare system. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, public advocacy, secure innovative systems design, individualized and customized consulting, and ACMSS approved continuing medical education for improved care coordination and patient-centric care toward wellness.  ACMSS is available for public speaking engagements and customized consulting serving healthcare.

ACMSS offers several pathways for certifying Certified Medical Scribe Specialists and issues annual CMS compliance certificates. 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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