State Law Does Not Override CMS Requirement

I have been receiving questions to the following effect:  If state law does not require medical assistants to be credentialed, does that render null and void the CMS “credentialed medical assistant” requirement for meaningful use under the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs?

The answer is emphatically no.  Note the following CMS language:

Any licensed healthcare professionals and credentialed medical assistants, can enter orders into the medical record for purposes of including the order in the numerator for the objective of CPOE [computerized provider order entry] if they can originate the order per state, local and professional guidelines.

If state law permits medical assistants, as directed by the overseeing provider, to enter orders into the CPOE system, they must be credentialed to have such entry count toward meaningful use.  The fact that state law does not require medical assistants to be credentialed does not override or nullify the CMS requirement that medical assistants be credentialed to have such entry count toward meaningful use.

About Donald 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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