Adding a scribe to your practice? – Ophthalmology Management

Increasingly a part of medical practices, a scribe is a technician or medical assistant who transcribes into the medical record what a physician dictates during an examination. Here’s what you need to know about them when it comes to coding.

This article answers the following questions:

  • Why would an ophthalmologist use a scribe?
  • What is Medicare’s policy regarding scribes?
  • Does EMR pose any special considerations for scribes?
  • How does the physician attest to the accuracy of the scribe’s note?
  • Are there restrictions on what a scribe can record?
  • Are there other legal considerations or restrictions?

This article was published in Ophthalmology Management’s Coding & Reimbursement column, which is written by Corcoran’s Executive Vice-President, Suzanne Corcoran, COE. To view the entire article in Ophthalmology Management, click on the link below:

http://www.ophthalmologymanagement.com/articleviewer.aspx?articleID=108525

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