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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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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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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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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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