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.

Physician Delegation: Standing Orders

Under the laws of most states, physicians are permitted to delegate by means of standing orders to knowledgeable and competent medical assistants as long as the following conditions are met: The standing order is understood by the medical assistant The … Continue reading

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Order Entry Requirements for Non-Physician Practitioners

I was recently asked whether non-physician practitioners (e.g., nurse practitioners and physician assistants) must meet the meaningful use order entry requirements under the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.  The answer is yes. The following are considered “eligible professionals” … Continue reading

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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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