Author Archives: Donald A. Balasa

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.

Preparation and Administration of Injections by Medical Assistants

In the current ambulatory care environment, medical assistants are being delegated the preparation of injectable substances, as well as the administration of injections. I often receive questions about legal restrictions on medical assistants preparing injectable substances. In some states, there … Continue reading

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“Registered” vs. “Certified”: A Question of Terminology

A common source of confusion within medical assisting is the question of whether medical assisting credentials with “registered” in the name are superior to medical assisting credentials with “certified” in the name. The answer to this question is no. National … Continue reading

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Scope of Practice in Correctional Facilities

The versatility of CMAs (AAMA) is being reflected in the questions I am starting to receive about the scope of practice for medical assistants working in correctional facilities. If the CMAs (AAMA) are working under direct provider supervision in a … Continue reading

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CMA Today Referenced in Part B News

As many readers of this blog know, I write at length about legal issues affecting the medical assisting profession in each issue of CMA Today, the official publication of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Recently, one of those articles … Continue reading

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Eligible Professionals in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

I would like to note the recent update on eligible professionals (EPs) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: EPs that attest directly to a state for that state’s Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will continue to attest to the … Continue reading

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