Success in Nevada State Senate!

Good afternoon, everyone! I hope your summers are going splendidly. I have some fantastic news to share with you all. The Nevada State Senate recently passed into law the bill allowing medical assistants to administer medications under the supervision of a physician. You’ll remember that Nevada State Society President Carol Cohen and I worked on such matters earlier this spring (See “Right-to-practice Issues in Nevada“). We were hopeful that the bill would pass the Senate, and that hope proved justified. You can review the final text of the bill at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/76th2011/Bills/SB/SB294_EN.pdf. Thank you again for all of your support!

About Donald A. Balasa

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, chief executive officer and legal counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, keeps his eye on what is happening in the profession.
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2 Responses to Success in Nevada State Senate!

  1. Maria Kilby says:

    So under other state laws such as GA what is the difference between CMA and a Medical Assistant giving medication. Again as I understand the information, please correct me if I am wrong, but once you obtained the title CMA you can practice in a Doctors office under their supervision to give medication or do we have to have a RN present to give medication out as well.
    PHoebe Putney Policy is that no medication is to be deilvered without a physician on site. Does this from what I am reading mean that we must also have a RN on site to deliver medication.

    • Thank you for your question. Medical assisting laws vary from state to state. However, under no state law is there a requirement that a registered nurse, as well as the overseeing/delegating/supervising physician, be on the premises when the physician has delegated the administration of medication to a medical assistant working under his/her direct supervision.

      A few states do have educational and/or credentialing requirements for medical assistants who are delegated certain types of administration of medication by a physician. We won’t know the specifics about Georgia or Nevada law until the respective state boards of medical examiners issue regulations pursuant to the legislation.

      I hope this is helpful. Please let me know how I can be of further assistance.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Executive Director, Legal Counsel

      American Association of Medical Assistants
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