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February 14, 2022

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February 14, 2022

Role Distribution in the Medical Office

The medical assistant’s role is as diverse, colorful, and varied as the scrubs and uniforms they wear. Their main function is to assist and support doctors within the practice so they can better focus directly on their patient’s health issues. Medical assistants cover daily operational functions at the front desk which also covers the reception area, waiting room, administrative areas and archives, as well as the back office clinical and laboratory floors, examination and treatment rooms, storage and restrooms.¬†Their duties range from registering new patients, verifying health insurance coverage, organizing examination rooms, giving out appointments, collecting and processing co-payments, keeping medical records organized, assisting during a procedure, obtaining and preserving diagnostic specimens, sorting laboratory result printouts and following upon patient calls. From time to time skilled medical assistants also perform on-site laboratory rapid screening tests in compliance with CLIA standards to help doctors determine which medications or further laboratory tests need to be ordered. The¬†medical office manager¬†plans and confirms the doctor’s meeting and speaking schedules and when they will be working out of the office, e.g. at a contracted hospital. They secure replacements and coverage when the doctor is out of town attending a seminar, make bank deposits and pay utility and other bills, and often unless it is outsourced to a CPA, write paychecks and log staff member’s time cards. Also, they may handle the medical billing aspects of the office unless it is forwarded to medical coding and billing firm. It all depends on the size and specific needs of the practice. Who Is In Charge? When a [‚Ķ]
February 14, 2022

Wages & Pay

Medical assistants are hired at various levels of pay and are compensated according to their level of training, experience, and special education. Different pay rates apply to those with less than 1 year, 1 – 4 years, 5 – 9 years, 10 – 19 years, or 20+ years, which can make a big difference. Important is to understand that medical assistants are NOT salaried professionals, but hired employees working for hourly wages. Those who are certified and work in a specialty medical practice, alternative medicine clinic, or plastic surgery office usually take home a little more. The¬†average national earnings for medical assistants¬†is on the rise, where the reported average¬†annual pay, according to the US Department of Labor, has increased from $26,620 to $28,710, which is the equivalent of an hourly wage of $14.36. The longer medical assistant works the more their wages increase. Some may also earn benefits, such as paid leave time, employment-sponsored savings plans, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans where the doctor matches a percentage of your contributions to your retirement account. Which Specialty Pays More? Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics data on earnings, we compared the primary care physician’s earnings with a surgeon’s and a few other specialists in the medical arts earnings to get an idea who can afford to pay their staff more. Of course, every employer sets their own standards and wages depend on numerous factors, however, here are some figures we were able to determine: Medical assistants¬†working in a family practice¬†typically earn the least income.¬†Their hourly pay ranges somewhere between $11.50 – [‚Ķ]
February 14, 2022

Utilization and Supervision of Medical Assistants

While most laws on how medical assistants can be utilized remain vague, the laws on medical assistant direct supervision are very clear. The ultimate authority in charge of the medical assistant is the employer, usually a doctor or licensed health care practitioner who hired them, and in turn, the doctor is the one who answers to the state Medical Board/Board of Medical Examiners of the state in which they practice the art of medicine. Nursesanswer to their State Board of Nursing. Too many medical assistants and their supervisors falsely believe that as long as they work under the umbrella of the doctor they are allowed to do anything, however, little do they know that they might be taking massive risks. Without access to information on prevailing rules and regulations and support from some sort of organization permissible tasks and activities are hard to pinpoint. It is ALWAYS good practice to check with your State Board of Medical Examiners, Board of Medicine, Board of Licensure in Medicine, Department of nursing, or State Board of Nursing to research whether any standards and legal parameters have been established on how medical assistants may be utilized in a particular setting, e.g. in the Nurse Practice Act or scope of practice in medicine. Verify which acts and duties are permitted so that procedures that can potentially lead to medical negligence and scope of practice violations can be avoided. Nurses Delegating Tasks to Medical Assistants Only in certain US states can medical assistants be supervised by a registered nurse (RN) and if so, only certain patient care tasks can […]
February 14, 2022

What Medical Assistants Are NOT Allowed to Do

Highly technical and invasive medical procedures carried out by non-qualified health care workers seriously injure thousands of Americans every year. Many discussions continue to revolve around medical assistant duties and what they can and cannot legally do. Among these hotly debated issues is whether they are allowed to start and disconnect IV lines, take radiological images, insert urinary catheters, administer Botox¬ģ injections, or conduct phototherapy in a UV booth, or triage. In general medical assistants cannot do the following tasks:  Independently diagnose or treat patients Assess, plan and evaluate patients, or their care (nor can this ever be delegated Perform tests that involve the penetration of human tissues except for skin allergy tests and venous and capillary blood collection to obtain a sample for diagnostic laboratory tests Perform arterial punctures (NEVER EVER!) Administer intravenous (IV) medications Independently provide medical treatment, analyze test results, advise patients about their condition and treatment regimen, or perform medical care decision making Administer any anesthetic agents that render a patient unconscious, or semiconscious Independently prescribe or refill medications Sign lab requisition slips, prescritpitions, or treatment orders Independently order lab tests  Practice physical therapy, except technical supportive services, which utilize concepts of physical therapy under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional Apply skills which require healthcare professional licensure and constitute the practice of medicine Medical Assistants Who Give Injections Medical assistants are often asked to administer injections, e.g. vaccines, medications, hormones, B12, and intradermal injections like TB skin and allergy scratch testing. In order to do this, they must be fully trained, competent, directly supervised [‚Ķ]
February 14, 2022

What a Medical Assistant Is Allowed To Do…

… and medical offices can do to protect themselves.¬†Medical assistants in the USA do not have to be formally trained through an academic or post-secondary adult education institution, nor necessarily be certified to function in an assisting role in a medical office. Under the doctor’s discretion and direct supervision, meaning the doctor is on the premises, anyone can be trained to perform certain administrative and clinical tasks in the front and back office as long as the employer allows it, however, there are¬†occupational limitations¬†and certain skills a medical assistant cannot legally do.¬†A good medical practice and health care facility has researched legal parameters and limitations and established policies outlining each staff member’s responsibilities to protect themselves. Each medical assistant under their employees should receive a written job description and adhere to it. What A Medical Assistant Can Do: Generally speaking, when performed under the supervising physician, ophthalmologist, podiatrist, surgeon, or other licensed health care practitioner a medical assistant is allowed to do the following tasks: Prepare and file medical records and patient charts Maintain medical records using standard filing systems Perform inventory control and ordering supplies Maintain and adjust medical office equipment Manage a petty cash drawer Post service charges and payments Gather community resources and statistics Prepare and maintain appointment books Sterilize, wrap and label instruments Set up the examination room for the next patient Record body measurements and vital signs Prepare patients for their physical examinations Assist with therapeutic procedures Assist during simple surgical procedures Prepare and administer medications as ordered Draw up liquid medications and administer (most [‚Ķ]
February 14, 2022

Administrative Medical Assistant

The first and last person people see in the medical office is the administrative medical assistant. Typical duties medical office administration includes welcoming patients, new patient registration form completion, patient file management, health insurance verification, patient billing and accepting co-payments, and scheduling new and follow-up appointments. In addition, they enter patient data and demographics into medical files and computer databases, perform various medical corresponding and typing requests, route incoming phone calls, take messages, call the pharmacy for prescription order refills and arrange for patient hospital admission if so ordered by the doctor. They also make copies of lab tests and medical notes to be mailed to other doctors, or patients. Duties Medical Office Administration Front office and reception management, customer service, typing, keyboarding, computer skills and knowledge of word processing applications, medical terminology, filing systems, basic grammar, spelling and arithmetic, scheduling, registration, and admission process, bookkeeping, accounting, payment processing, financial management and excellent customer services skills are all essential skills which all require an investment of time and effort. The featured Concorde medical assistant school video above not only promotes their 9-month training program but also nicely shows the duties of the administrative medical assistant and other medical office professionals in a managed health care company (HMO), physician’s practice, and other health, medical and professional office settings. It’s worth watching. Serving people calling the doctor’s office and dealing with patients who are sick can be equally stressful on both ends. A well-maintained filing system not only conveys a polished and professional image, but also enables every medical assistant to effortlessly [‚Ķ]
February 14, 2022

Clinical Medical Assistant

The clinical medical assistant works in the back office, which is the area where the patient goes to be examined, evaluated, and treated.¬†They call the patients in from the waiting room, ask for the reason for the visit, take their vital signs, write down current medications, and allergies, organize the medical table and instrument tray, annotate the medical chart for the doctor and make sure the patient is comfortable and ready for the exam. If the patient needs to change into an examination gown or needs to be draped and positioned on the examination chair or table they will assist and assure their privacy and safety. Before leaving the exam room the medical assistant will sift through the patient’s medical chart one more time to assure it is complete, including recent lab results and radiological reports if this is a follow-up visit. Once everything is all set they place the patient’s medical chart into the holder outside the door which is the “universal sign” that the patient is ready for the doctor. Examination Room Responsibilities Male physicians who perform gynecological, anal, rectal, and breast exams on a female patient and vice versa, female physicians performing genital and anal, rectal exams on male patients prefer to have their medical assistant present with them in the exam room during the examination. The medical assistant serves as a chaperone to avert any misunderstandings or claims of abuse. It often also helps to make a patient more comfortable during the exam. A medical assistant chaperone can also be also utilized during a physical examination [‚Ķ]
February 14, 2022

Medical Assistant Continuing Education CEU

Certified medical assistants usually wish to keep their credentials and professional membership status active once they have earned their “badge” of distinction. This is facilitated through taking approved continuing education programs that provide continuing education units. A continuing education unit (CEU) or continuing education credit (CEC) is a measure used in continuing education programs, particularly those required in a licensed profession, in order for the professional to maintain the license. Generally, a CEU is defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, with qualified instruction and sponsorship. When a medical assistant fails to accumulate enough CEUs the certification will lapse. The person can continue to work in their role as a medical assistant since certification is generally not required (with some exceptions) but they can no longer use their professional insignia, badges, and credentials in their signature until the certification exam has been retaken and passed. This is called re-certification (ugh!) and will cost the standard application fees all over again. To receive proper credit to maintain their certification status certified medical assistants must document that they have taken approved continuing education courses that apply to the scope of practice of their discipline while their certification status is active. Benefits of Continuing Education CEUs Medical assistants can contact their certifying organization and request details of their continuing education course approval and CEU documentation requirements. One way to ease the CEU pain is to do them at home through self-study programs, books, magazines, or even better, on your computer. Various professional membership associations that function as certifying bodies determine their [‚Ķ]