Medical assistants’ role and duties have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, federal agencies and state governors have made necessary changes to expand medical assistants’ legal scope of practice to meet new health care needs.
In the March/April 2021 Public Affairs article in CMA Today, I discuss how these government actions have changed the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes and behaviors medical assistants are now expected to have and to demonstrate, particularly in these areas:
- Nasopharyngeal swabbing
- COVID-19 vaccination administration
Learn more about how recent federal policy has affected medical assistants’ scope of practice by reading “Federal Policy and the Pandemic: How the Pandemic and Changes in Federal Policy Have Expanded Medical Assistants’ Scope of Practice” on the AAMA website.