Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) Credential Provides Critical EHR Compliance Value for Organizations

Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) Credential Provides Critical EHR Compliance Value for Organizations


Certified Medical Scribe Specialist Credential Provides Critical EHR Compliance Value for Organizations
Executive Director, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
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ORANGE, Calif. November 13, 2017. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) would like to remind medical professionals that the final rule regarding the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Payment Program requires that providers seeking to qualify for EHR incentive payments delegate EHR data entry only to credentialed persons.  Providers who delegate EHR data entry must use “credentialed medical assistants” to qualify for incentive payments. Federal law makes clear that if a provider is found to be ineligible for an EHR incentive payment, and assuming the provider has represented that it has complied with requirements for the EHR incentive payments, the payment will be recouped.

Professionals who hold the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist credential from the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) have the qualifications necessary to be “credentialed medical assistants” under regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This includes the requisite clinical training/experience and EHR training to be considered a “credentialed medical assistant” under the law.

“The CMSS credential from ACMSS, which is recognized by CMS, helps providers not only meet the requirements for EHR incentive payments, but also confirms that those with the CMSS credential are qualified to perform the breadth and depth of all medical and EHR-related workflows,” says ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen.  “In short, they assist physicians with a myriad of tasks, reduce time physicians spend each day working with EHRs, and allow for the MACRA transformation required of clinicians for patient-centered healthcare design.”

CMSS-credentialed scribes give providers far more value and flexibility in performing workflow duties than non-credentialed scribes. ACMSS builds CMS-complaint Physician CMSS Teams through:

·         CAAHEP Medical Scribe Specialist Accreditation

·         Implementation & Compliance Consulting

·         Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT) National Certification Exam

·         MSCAT Credentialing Training Program

·         CMS Credentialing

·         Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Certification compliance is the responsibility of either the physician, healthcare or corporate administrators, or the individual managing audit and compliance processes. ACMSS assists them in meeting federal regulatory EHR requirements. The first year program through ACMSS includes all materials. Subsequent years require recertification compliance, enabled through the $85/individual professional licensure and certification cost, along with completing 3 accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours annually. Each individual and/or practice administrator or physician receives a 12-month issuance of CMS Compliance Certificate with valid Meaningful Use attestation personnel number.

ACMSS has begun partnering with CMS on continuing education and now accepts CME approved by CMS.  ACMSS accepts CMS calls, events, webinars, and web-based training courses as programs that may be used to meet the continuing education requirement for ACMSS credential holders. The following shows the length of the training in relation to the amount of CEUs ACMSS will award, along with the corresponding index number:

·         Less than 30 minutes: .5 CEU, Index# CMS06140727A

·         Anything greater than 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes: 1 CEU, Index #CMS06140728A

·         Anything greater than 60 minutes and up to 90 minutes: 1.5 CEU, Index #CMS06140729A

·         Anything greater than 90 minutes and up to 120 minutes: 2 CEU, Index #CMS06140730A

Note: For web-based training sessions, the number of contact hours/minutes is located in the title. For all certification types, when submitting a CMS completed training to ACMSS as part of your recertification, please retain:

·         A copy of your CMS/MLN certificate, or

·         Documentation of the contact hours spent in the training

·         CMS Meaningful Use Personnel Audit Compliance CMSS Certification Licensure Document(s)

·         Met Annual CMS Re-certification Requirements of CMSS Licensure Documents with Accounts in Good Standing


ACMSS will request copies of these if you are selected for verification of the CEUs listed on your renewal form. Any certificate (including Certificate of Completion) for a CMS/MLN training will be accepted. You do not need a CEU certificate.

For the CMS CE association page go to: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNGenInfo/Continuing-Education.html

Registering for a National Provider Call to Obtain Credit

You must register for a call through the Medicare Learning Network  registration website if you plan to request credit from your professional association.

Click on the following links to view the CMS list of recent and upcoming National Provider Calls & Events and other CMS Training for Credit.

Contact Information

For more information about what you need to do to obtain credit from ACMSS, visit the ACMSS CMS Certification and Compliance Program page at https://theacmss.org/store/acmss-volume-packages/, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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