ACCIM Addresses Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare Reform

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"Advancing Healthcare Clinical Information Management"

These additional documentation requirements will necessitate the need for adept clinical documentation specialists, also known as Medical Scribes.

Recently the Supreme Court ruled and upheld the constitutional legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act. This ruling expands the federal government's domain into how medical care is delivered. The federal government will continue to add specific requirements for how clinical documentation is charted as proof that medical care delivery is compliant with federal law.

These additional documentation requirements will necessitate the need for adept clinical documentation specialists, also known as Medical Scribes. “Medical Scribes are essential throughout the healthcare system to ensure efficiencies for medical providers, clinics and hospitals, or they risk decreased medical provider productivity, longer patient wait times, and increased provider costs,” states Kristin Hagen, ACCIM Executive Director.

Emergency Departments and Scribe companies nationwide are partnering with ACCIM to certify medical scribes, also known as Clinical Information Managers (CIMs). A CIM is a Medical Scribe that has received additional training, is proficient in multi-faceted workflows, and demonstrates core competencies obtained by successfully passing the Clinical Information Management Certification and Aptitude Test (CIMCAT). CIMCAT certification ensures minimal benchmarks are placed for increased patient safety.

Emergency Departments and healthcare organizations will continue to be overtaxed, and the demands for qualified, certified medical scribes have never been greater. CIMs will aid healthcare facilities to achieve new clinical documentation standards and comply with the new healthcare reform initiatives. “Enabling ‘real-time’ documentation at the point-of-care enhances our nation's healthcare system, improves continuum of care, and facilitates health information exchange – a true win for everyone,” Hagen states.

Patient safety is at the forefront of our nation’s healthcare system. ACCIM recognizes the need for a fully-certified workforce, alongside other allied healthcare professions requiring certification and licensure.

About ACCIM
The American College of Clinical Information Managers (ACCIM) upholds the standards of excellence for accreditation, training, and evaluation of Medical Scribes to enable a fully-credentialed workforce. ACCIM is the only governing body representing 3000+ Medical Scribes and 300+ hospitals nationwide. After gaining membership into ACCIM with minimum 100 hour clinician-scribe documentation, members can obtain professional certification as a Clinical Information Manager (CIM). To learn more about ACCIM, please visit: http://www.theaccim.org

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