Certified Professional Medical Scribe

Certified Professional Medical Scribe (CPMS)® certification

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The CPMS credential validates the professional’s ability to accurately record encounters performed by providers in an electronic health record. A professional medical scribe documents all the information obtained by the provider during the encounter including the patient history, the physical observations of the exam, the provider’s assessment, and the plan of care.

A medical scribe performs the administrative component of documentation to allow the provider to focus on the care of the patient. Scribes must be able to demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, components of the medical record, and requirements of documentation to support services.

Online exam

This exam will be administered and proctored online. Approved candidates will receive one free attempt.

Equipment required for online exam

A reliable internet connection and an external webcam that can be positioned to show your face, hands, keyboard, and the area around the keyboard (about 10 inches) are required.

Experience requirements

2 years of experience are required (can be a combination of medical experience and scribe experience). AAPC membership required upon selection. Space is limited.

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A trained CPMS will demonstrate:

  • Proficient knowledge of anatomy, components of the medical record, and requirements of documentation to support services

  • Knowledge of federal initiative requirements

  • An understanding of the essential elements of documenting a physician-patient encounter and E/M levels

  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of medical personnel and billing practices

  • Rules associated with medico-legal risk mitigation

  • Familiarity with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and technical spelling

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