Illinois Physicians Discover Benefits of Medical Scribes at ICEP 2014

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Scribes provided by Medical Scribe Systems (MSS) are increasing in popularity as physicians transition to the electronic medical record. MSS implements scribe programs that improve accuracy of documentation and allow physicians to focus more on their patients.

Medical Scribe Systems (MSS), the nation’s leading provider of scribe programs with a focus on revenue cycle enhancement, exhibited at the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP) conference in Chicago.

“We are honored to have been part of this year’s event and share the benefits of scribes with the Illinois medical community,” says MSS President and CEO Garret Erskine. “There is a growing interest in using scribes as a solution to the loss of productivity associated with transitioning to the electronic medical record. We want to show physicians that we not only staff scribe programs – we continuously optimize the program on a site-specific basis to achieve the highest productivity and financial gains.”

Medical scribes take away the distraction of clinical documentation and allow providers to focus on the patient exam. This improves the quality of interaction physicians have with their patients and allows them to work more efficiently.

Physicians who have implemented the MSS scribe program experience many benefits, including:

  •     An increase in patient throughput
  •     Higher charge capture due to more complete and accurate documentation
  •     Less time reviewing charts after work
  •     Higher patient satisfaction scores
  •     Improvements in E&M code distribution

Scribes are usually college students going into the healthcare field. They use the position to gain clinical experience for medical or nursing school.

“It’s truly a win-win for everyone,” explains Erskine. “We are launching the careers of many bright, young minds and helping physicians connect better with their patients.”

Medical Scribe Systems was founded in 2004 by four emergency physicians and has since grown to nearly 100 hospitals nationwide, employing about 2,000 scribes. Board members Dr. Mark Richmond and Fred Brown, the former Chairman of The Joint Commission, helped establish the first guidelines for scribe use and compliance.

For more information about the MSS scribe program, visit or call (877) 819-5900 ext. 2.

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