Feb 5th, 2019
Scribes not only improved physicians’ productivity by 15.9 percent in a recent study but shortened patients’ average stay by 19 minutes. Scribes Introduced to Five EDs The British Medical Journal paper “Impact of Scribes on Emergency Medicine Doctors’ Productivity and Patient Throughput: Multicentre Randomised Trial” outlined an experiment at five Australian emergency ...
In Audit
Jan 3rd, 2017
The use of medical scribes has become more common in recent years, as practices and facilities search for ways to alleviate documentation tasks for providers, thereby improving their overall productivity, Medical scribes are not medical providers (although often scribes may have some medical background), and he or she is never meant to treat a patient. ...
Jan 20th, 2015
By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC Coding & Compliance Specialist Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company (KaMMCO) If you think back over the past 30 or so years, look at what a “doctor’s visit” entailed. Remember Marcus Welby, MD? Did you see Dr. Welby re-verifying the HPI? Did you see him asking the patient ...
Ensure your practice follows guidelines when using scribes to populate EHRs. By Jill Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC Scribes should be a medical record concern for healthcare practices. They offer meaningful benefits — especially for technologically challenged or time-strapped providers — but used inappropriately, scribes quickly become a compliance risk. Know the Scribe’s Role Electronic health ...
Apr 1st, 2013
By Melody S. Irvine, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC, CPC-I, CCS-P, CMRS As a physician auditor, I spend much of my time educating clinicians on proper documentation. This involves explaining and interpreting coding and compliance guidelines. When providing such guidance, the most common reply I hear from providers is, “I want it in writing.” An auditing ...