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.

“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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Who can Enter Orders Into the CPOE System?

I have been receiving questions about which licensed health professionals are permitted by CMS rule to enter medication, laboratory, and radiology orders into the CPOE system. What follows is an excerpt from CMS FAQ 9058, which addresses the matter: “If … Continue reading

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The Assessment-Based Recognition and CMA (AAMA) Certification

Effective at the beginning of 2014, the AAMA has established an Assessment-Based Recognition (ABR) in order entry program for electronic health records (EHRs). Individuals who are granted this ABR in order entry meet the “credentialed medical assistant” requirement under the … Continue reading

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Audits and the Importance of Credentialing for Order Entry

During the coverage of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Stage 2 rule, there was some thought that CMS auditors would not have the authority to  inquire about the credential status of medical assistants entering orders into the … Continue reading

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The CMS Rule and “Grandfathering” in Washington

Following my last post, I received a question about medical assistants in the state of Washington who may have been “grandfathered” into the Washington MA-C credential, and thus have never passed a national certification exam. Would such medical assistants be … Continue reading

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