Practice Management - To scribe, or not to scribe, that is the question

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Practice Management - To scribe, or not to scribe, that is the question

November 18, 2015
From the November 2015 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
On average, a medical scribe is able to complete 80 to 90 percent of a provider’s administrative work for him or her. Of late, scribes have also helped with care coordination and integrating with population health systems such as Valence. This dramatically decreases the amount of time providers have to spend keeping up with paperwork. By having that extra help providers are able to focus on their core task: to see more patients, which in turn will provide better access for the community, boost HCAHPS scores and benefit the hospital or practice as a whole. In addition, the medical community benefits long-term, as medical scribes are our future nurses and doctors. This experience catapults them far above their peers who are not scribes.
Suddenly, when medical scribes are introduced into the equation, staying compliant becomes easier and hospitals are not caught in the catch-22 of being compliant with the law, but suffering in productivity and lower overall provider and patient satisfaction. By using medical scribes, doctors can focus on what’s really important, the patient.

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Dr. Michael Murphy is the co-founder and chief executive officer of ScribeAmerica, LLC.

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