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.

Medical Assisting across State Lines

I recently received the following two questions: Is a medical assistant permitted to cross state lines and work in two different states at the same time? Are there any CMAs (AAMA) working as “traveling medical assistants,” similar to “traveling RNs”? … Continue reading

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AAMA Submits Comments to HHS

The AAMA recently submitted comments concerning the proposed rule for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. What follows is the full text of those comments. … Continue reading

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Medical Assisting Students and CPOE

I have been asked whether medical assisting students doing their practicums/externships are permitted to enter orders into the computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system and have such entry count toward the meaningful use thresholds under the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive … Continue reading

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Certifying Board of the AAMA Achieves IAS Accreditation

The AAMA touts the merits of the CMA (AAMA) credential, the highest standard for certification in the medical assisting profession. Those merits have recently been recognized by the International Accreditation Service (IAS), which has granted accreditation for Bodies Operating Certification … Continue reading

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AAMA Submits Comments on Stage 3 Final Rule

In its efforts to stay abreast of state and federal laws pertaining to the medical assisting profession, the AAMA recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding some specific language from the October 16, 2015 Federal … Continue reading

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