Category Archives: Scope of Practice

Massachusetts Law Outlines Delegation of Immunizations

In 2016 the Massachusetts legislature passed legislation that permits primary care providers to delegate the administration of immunizations to a medical assistant who is the following: …is a graduate of a post-secondary medical assisting education program accredited by the Committee … Continue reading

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Congressional Action on the ACA

As our government transitions to a new administration, the following question has become increasingly common: Would amendments to or repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect medical assistants’ scope of practice? The answer? Almost certainly not.  The scope of … Continue reading

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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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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 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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