Category Archives: Scope of Practice

Can Medical Assistants Oversee and Perform Physical Therapy?

Recently I fielded a question from a chiropractor in New Jersey looking to expand his practice to include services such as physical therapy. In conducting research into this matter, he had been told that in New Jersey, state law allows … Continue reading

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Medical Assistants in Dental Offices

This blog frequently discusses scope-of-practice issues, but health care always provides new questions to examine. This post will address the following: Are medical assistants permitted to work in a dental office under the authority/supervision of a dentist? First of all, it is … Continue reading

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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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