Scope of Practice

New Outlook for a New Year

Greetings, colleagues! I hope the first month of your year was a fantastic one. The coming year should feature some great updated information on medical assisting for the public.

Under the excellent leadership of Secretary-Treasurer Charlene B. Couch, CMA (AAMA), the Occupational Analysis Task Force met in Indianapolis during the 2011 Annual Conference and began its work on the 2012 Occupational Analysis. I attended this meeting and assisted this task force in its important charge. I drafted a request for proposal (RFP) for review by the task force. The RFP will be sent to testing and measurement companies with expertise and experience in conducting occupational analysis studies for the health and allied health professions. I’ll keep you informed as the new Occupational Analysis takes shape!

In addition, I was recently asked by a staff member of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to review the draft of the two-page description of the medical assisting profession that will be included in the 2012 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

As the year progresses, information about the profession will be updated on two fronts, helping to provide an accurate picture of your profession.