Medical Assisting across State Lines

I recently received the following two questions:

  1. Is a medical assistant permitted to cross state lines and work in two different states at the same time?
  2. Are there any CMAs (AAMA) working as “traveling medical assistants,” similar to “traveling RNs”?

 

A medical assistant is permitted to work in two different states as long as the medical assistant is abiding by the medical assisting laws in both states, and meets any credentialing requirements in the two states.

There is nothing in the laws of any state that forbids a medical assistant from working for more than one employer.  If that is your definition of a “traveling medical assistant,” it is permissible for a CMA (AAMA) to work in in this capacity.

 

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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21 Responses to Medical Assisting across State Lines

  1. Why do we not have a course available for MA’s to LPN or RN like they do for LPN to RN programs. I am an MA with associates degree and am being told I must do the entire course to become LPN/RN, when, in fact, I have a lot of the classes already done. It’s frustrating to know that we are very close to LPN and there is no program to cross over.
    Also why is there 2 separate programs for MA’s one with associates degree the other does not require one?
    Thank you

    • Thank you for your response. Could you please tell me in what state you are located?

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
      The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

      • Marilyn Jefferis CMA ( AAMA ) says:

        In Idaho they do not take CMA to LPN. But they will CNA to LPN.Which I DO NOT UNDERSTAND .CMA’S take and are in classes and learn way more then CNA’S ,who only take a three month class.

  2. Kimberly spoon says:

    Good Question

  3. Brandy Tillman says:

    I’m interested in this answer as well…I live in Indiana

    • Thank you for your question. Medical assistants are permitted to work in all states contiguous with Indiana.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
      The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

  4. Tracy Watts says:

    I am interested in this answer as well and i live in Ohio

    • Thank you for your question. Medical assistants are permitted to work in all states contiguous with Ohio.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
      The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

  5. Christina Clapperton says:

    Question as not really answered. “Why do we not have a course available for MA’s to LPN or RN like they do for LPN to RN programs?” “In Idaho they do not take CMA(AAMA) to LPN. But they will CNA to LPN.Which I DO NOT UNDERSTAND .CMA’S(AAMA)
    take and are in classes and learn way more then CNA’S ,who only take a three month class.: why is this? I live in Idaho, also. I have a CMA (AAMA) (13yrs,)and have thought about going on to LPN, but would have to start all over from scratch even though I also hold the 2 years AAS degree.

  6. Wanda Mercier says:

    I have recently graduated and earned my CMA and no one will hire me! NY is only looking for CNA or LPN. I have to retake my CNA exam ($150) to get my cert current or go through the entire LPN schooling. It is totally useless. I wasted two years of schooling.

    • Lori H says:

      It is extremely frustrating. I am also a CMA (AAMA). With a two year degree one would think you would be in demand. However the state we live in NY is extremely license sensitive. Even though we have taken a national certification exam and proven out skills this is not taken into consideration. When I graduated we were the answer to the nursing shortage. Nurses may have taken exception to this. Our organization has not fought for our right to practice and has not increased the scope of our practice or lobbied for us to have the ability to license. This is a short coming. The course offered here locally costs about 35, 000. I am currently in nursing school now because I just give up. What a waste of time and money. I am extremely disappointed!

  7. Cheryl Kuck says:

    We certainly don’t have that issue in Ohio. Office employers are requesting CMA (AAMA)s and there are many opportunities for employment. Do the employers in NY realize that a credentialed (CMA-AAMA) medical assistant satisfies the CMS requirement for CPOE (computerized provider order entry)? Credentialed medical assistants meet that requirement the same as licensed personnel. Another factor that has boosted employment for CMA (AAMA)s in Ohio is the passage of SB 110. This law was passed October 2015 which allows medical assistants to work under the supervision of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Before this law it was only physicians. Don’t give up on your education!

    • Jillyn A says:

      Does this allow a CMA to eprescribe?? We are transferring to a new EMR program, EPIC, and being told that only Licensed professionals can escribe meds to qualify under meaningful use for Medicare etc…

      • Cheryl Kuck says:

        I would encourage you to contact Don Balasa, the executive director at AAMA. He should be able to help you with that issue. It is my understanding that credentialed medical assistants do meet all of the meaningful CPOE requirements, but I suppose an organization could have their own policies. I would certainly check with Mr. Balasa to make sure though.

      • Thank you for your question. CMS issued a rule that only “credentialed medical assistants” (in addition to licensed health care professionals) are permitted to enter orders into the CPOE system for meaningful use calculation purposes. I will send documentation to your e-mail address.

        Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
        Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
        American Association of Medical Assistants
        Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
        The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

  8. Yolanda Roary says:

    I obtained my medical office assisting certificate (which is the same as Medical Assisting now) in 2000 from york technical college in Rock Hill, SC…In my opinion, the program was fairly new and their was no talk of National Certification, …when did certification test begin? I feel like I have missed out on alot—We did have to earn 80 hours of clinic time in a physician office, perform EKG’s draw blood etc., but no one geared us toward any certifications and now I see it’s an associate degree program as well

  9. Angel Brandt says:

    I am interested if anyone ever received a response on a CMA to LPN program, like CNA to LPN? I was reading all the replies & responses and never saw one. Just curious.

    • Darleen Caputo says:

      I never saw an answer to that question.

      • Note the following from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin:

        MA to PN Bridge Program

        Semester

        Course

        Credits

        Summer or Fall #1

        10-801-136 English Composition I

        3

        10-809-188 Developmental Psych

        3

        10-801-196 Oral Interpersonal Communication

        3

        Total

        9

        Spring #1

        31-543-309 MA Bridge Fundamentals

        2

        31-543-310 MA Bridge Skills

        3

        Total

        5

        Summer #2

        31-543-304 Intro to Clinical Practice

        2

        Total

        2

        Fall #2

        31-543-305 Health Alterations (first ½ of semester)

        3

        31-543-308 Intro to Clinical Care Management (last ½ of semester)

        2

        Total

        5

        Spring #2

        31-543-306 Health Promotions (first ½ of semester)

        3

        Total

        5

        Total

        24

        I hope this is helpful.

        Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
        Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
        American Association of Medical Assistants
        Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
        The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

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