AUA 2017: The Impact of Scribes on Urology Practice

Boston, MA ( Electronic health records are a mandatory part of health care in almost all settings.  But EHR has shown to decrease productivity and contribute to physician burnout. 

The use of scribes to facilitate data entry has been succssful in other specialties but only one report in urology.  This presentation was on the impact of scribes on productivity as measured by patient visits and Relative Value Units (RVU) production in a large group practice setting, Integrated Medical Professionals.  This is a large urology-centric physician practice with 93 physician’s providers in 55 offices in the NY metropolitan area.  Compared patient’s visits and total RVUs for six months pre-scribe use with 6 months post-scribe use.  Economic results were an increase in 900 RVUs with scribes resulting of an increase of $30,600 over 6 months.  The author concluded that physician productivity as measured by both office E&M visits and total RVUs increased significantly in physicians who used scribes.   The use of Scribes may be a cost-effective option for large group urology practices.

Presented by: Deepak A Kapoor, MD, Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC, The Icahn Sch of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hosp NY

Written by: Diane K. Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

at the 2017 AUA Annual Meeting - May 12 - 16, 2017 – Boston, Massachusetts, US