Author Archives: Donald A. Balasa

About Donald A. Balasa

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, executive director and legal counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, keeps his eye on what is happening in the profession.

Clinical Decision Support Alerts and Credentialed Medical Assistants

We have detailed who can perform computerized provider order entry (CPOE) for meaningful use objectives, as well as the potential costs of improper CPOE. Naturally, the broader question in this discussion is why only licensed health care professionals or credentialed … Continue reading

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The Cost of Improper CPOE

We have established who can perform computerized provider order entry (CPOE) for meaningful use objectives. However, what happens when someone other than a licensed health care professional or credentialed medical assistant performs CPOEand the provider counts the entry of these … Continue reading

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General Entry vs. CPOE in the Electronic Health Record

As discussions about the CMS Stage 2 rule continue, one question that persists is whether non-credentialed medical assistants–and by extension, lay people–can enter orders into the electronic health record (EHR). What entries can such workers make, if any? Robert Anthony of … Continue reading

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Expired Credentials and Meaningful Use

I have been receiving questions about whether a medical assistant who formerly held the CMA (AAMA) credential is considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to be a “credentialed medical assistant,” and is permitted to enter medication, … Continue reading

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“An Act Concerning Medical Assistants”: Raised Bill No. 459

On March 19 the Public Health Committee of the Connecticut legislature held a public hearing on General Assembly Raised Bill No. 459, “An Act Concerning Medical Assistants.”  This legislation was the result of a scope of practice request submitted by … Continue reading

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