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Physician office scribes allow doctors to see more patients

Oak Street Medical (Eugene, OR) is a primary care practice that has improved physician productivity by employing physician scribes, who are responsible for data entry.  The practice has 5 primary care physicians, 1 RN, 6 scribes, and 5 roomers.  The scribes are paid an hourly rate of about $16 dollars and are assigned to physicians according to patient volume.  Physician productivity has increased from 18 patients per day to 24 patients per day. 

What I like about this article:  This is not a new concept — it is possible to find lots on the web about physician scribes.  But I like that this article quantifies the benefit of having scribes, mentions their pay, and gives a rationale for the number employed. 

Source: Grimshaw, H. Physician scribes improve productivity. MGMA Connexion;12(2):27-28, Feb. 2012.  A related article is: Meyer, H.  How Medicare views scribes.  H&HN. Hospitals & Health Networks, Dec. 2010.  Click here for story: http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag_app/jsp/articledisplay.jsp?dcrpath=HHNMAG/Article/data/12DEC2010/1210HHN_FEA_staffingissues_sb1&domain=HHNMAG  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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