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Medical Assisting Misinformation Detected in Georgia

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Inaccurate information about the profession and the CMA (AAMA) credential gets published more often than you probably think. Seeking out and correcting these mistakes helps ensure that employers and the public don’t form the wrong opinions about medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA). Here’s a recent example of this happening in Georgia:

Nikal Redwine, CMA (AAMA), and other leaders of the Georgia State Society of Medical Assistants contacted me and asked for assistance in regard to erroneous information about the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination in Licensed and Certified Occupations in Georgia, published by the Georgia Department of Labor.  I sent an October 15, 2010, letter to the Commissioner of the Department of Labor.  The following is an excerpt from the letter:

The GSSMA and the AAMA would urge you to include specific information on page 204 under “Certifying Agency,” “Fees,” and “Examination” about the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants and the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) [CMA (AAMA)] credential.  In other words, under “Certifying Agency,” the Certifying Board of the AAMA and its contact information should be listed in addition to the American Medical Technologists.  Under “Fees,” the fees for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination should be listed in addition to the $90 fee of the American Medical Technologists.  Finally, under “Examination,” the information regarding the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination should also be listed on the lines “Repeats,” “Type,” “When,” and “Where.”

Thanks to the vigilance of the Georgia state leaders, we were able to detect this inaccurate information and work to correct it. Be sure to keep an eye out for medical assisting misinformation in your state!