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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Medical Scribes & Medical Transcription

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MEDICAL SCRIBE SPECIALIST

What is a Medical Scribe?

A medical scribe — also known as a Clinical Scribe, ER Scribe, or ED Scribe — is a trained medical information manager who specializes in charting physician-patient encounters in real-time during medical exams, working directly with the provider.  Your main job will be to follow the doctor side by side and work with him to document all the procedures and interactions that the doctor has with the patient. In essence, they are a personal assistant to the doctor. The number one job of a medical scribe is to transcribe all that is happening into the medical records using a WOW or workstation on wheels system.  Read more

Who is the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS)

A a non-profit 501(c)6 organization devoted to advancing the education, proficiency and professional standing of medical scribes. They are the only governing body charged with upholding the standards of excellence for certification, accreditation, training, and evaluation. This distinction underscores individual commitment and certifies the mastery of the myriad skills required to assist physicians with real-time documentation and efficiency in the modern clinical environment. Follow ACMSS on Facebook.

How much can a Medical Scribe make?

The average medical scribe salary is about $12 an hour or $33,000 a year. This will depend on several factors such as the type of facility that you work in, the area that you work and even the amount of experience you have in a job. The starting medical scribe salary is around $22,000 an hour or about $10 an hour. The amount that you make will increase with the level of your work and also the more experience that you have. Highly trained and educated medical scribes can make as much as $46,300 a year.  Read more

How do I become a Medical Scribe Specialist?

MDS has several programs for becoming a Medical Scribe.  We have developed accelerated programs for those individuals looking to re-tool their medical transcription, medical assistant, or other qualifying allied health position.  We also have a program for someone with no experience or education who wishes to enter this fast growing field.   MDS’ programs are approved through the Kansas Board of Regents and we are a Certified Academic Partner with the ACMSS.

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION / HEALTHCARE DOCUMENT SPECIALIST

Medical Language Specialists (medical transcriptionists) have recently been designated a new title of Healthcare Documentation Specialists by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), a title which more completely encompasses the several roles that involve health information documentation including transcribing audio dictation, editing voice recognition (VR) reports, or other documentation activities in the current expansion of the electronic health record. Healthcare Documentation Specialists are a vital link in the Healthcare industry. They must be well educated in medical language, theory and practical skills as they provide a critical link in the transference of a clinician’s thoughts to the official patient health record. 

What is a Medical Transcriptionist?

Healthcare Documentation Specialist who transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. They transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction. –Medical Transcriptionist

What can a Medical Transcriptionist earn?

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
74,810 2.0 % $16.66 $34,650 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.77 $13.29 $16.36 $19.62 $22.71
Annual Wage (2) $22,400 $27,650 $34,020 $40,820 $47,250

 

 

 

Our programs are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.  We are a Certified Academic Partner with the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS).