We were recently asked why Medical Scribe Training Systems is not a certified academic partner (CAP) of the MSCAT and it's providing organization, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS). Our answer? Essentially, we choose not to pay to be a certified partner because the MSCAT has no clinical utility. Because stage II of meaningful use only allows "certified" medical professionals like CMAs, RNs, and MDs to enter orders, many primary care physicians are looking forward to the day when a medical scribe can also enter orders, yet without suffering the financial ramifications. However, the MSCAT is not the solution. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) was created as a branch from Scribe America, it's parent organization, and is not a government accredited licensing program. And although Scribe America is probably the largest medical scribe company in the United States, it's training philosophy is different than our own. We believe that, although medical coding is important, a good medical scribe requires far more information than just medical billing, HIPAA, and Joint Commission compliance. That's why our courses include lectures, readings and activities to understand basic medical terminology, physical examinations, HPI terminology, labs, medications, and more! We know that memorizing every minor detail in our scribe training courses is unrealistic, but just like most medical school curricula, we believe that a solid theoretical understanding of clinical medicine will lay the foundation for what is eventually a far greater medical scribe. So essentially, being certified by the Medical Scribe Certification and Aptitude Test bears no clinical significance in terms of meaningful use metrics, is not required to become a medical scribe, and does not correlate to the clinical competency of a medical scribe.
If you're still interested in the MSCAT, you can register for it here: https://theacmss.org/store/mscat-certification
Meaningful use is a big deal for primary care physicians and it's important for scribes to have an understanding of what meaningful use is, what the rationale for it is, and how it affects clinical practice. Medical Scribe Training Systems just released a five minute lecture detailing the objectives and implications of meaningful use for the primary care scribe.