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Medical Assistants as Scribes

Recently I received the following first-time question: Is it illegal for a medical assistant to also function as the physician’s scribe? The office manager told me that a new law states that a medical assistant either can function as a … Continue reading

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Educational Requirements for Different Medical Assisting Credentials

I have received questions to the following effect: “Which medical assisting academic programs are ‘CMA (AAMA) programs,’ and which are ‘RMA(AMT) programs’?” This is an imprecise way to frame the question.  It is better to ask what the eligibility pathways … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Proposed CMS Rule is Favorable for CMAs (AAMA)

On March 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.  I am pleased to report that the … Continue reading

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Scribes Not Permitted to Enter Orders for Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued an important clarification regarding meaningful use order entry. See the following quote from a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmologists: EHR Meaningful Use Update: CMS Comes Out Against Scribes Despite … Continue reading

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Clinical Decision Support Alerts and Credentialed Medical Assistants

We have detailed who can perform computerized provider order entry (CPOE) for meaningful use objectives, as well as the potential costs of improper CPOE. Naturally, the broader question in this discussion is why only licensed health care professionals or credentialed … Continue reading

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