Tag Archives: CMA (AAMA)

Supervision in an Office Setting

I recently received the following question: I work in a medical specialty office. We have four CMAs (AAMA) and six nurses. Is it legal for a medical assistant to supervise a nurse in an office setting? Here is my response: … Continue reading

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Medical Assistants as Home Health Aides

Because of the great versatility of medical assistants, questions have arisen about whether medical assistants—especially CMAs (AAMA)—are permitted to work as home health aides (HHAs). Most states have laws defining what qualifications an individual must have in order to work … Continue reading

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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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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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CMS Audits as Safeguards Against Fraudulent Order Entry

In the continuing discussion about computerized provider order entry (CPOE), a frequent question concerns whether a noncredentialed health care professional could circumvent any safeguards and perform order entry into an electronic health record (EHR) system. As Rob Antony of CMS … Continue reading

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