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New rules for Medical Assistants needing to now be Registered Medical Assistants

Jolene Posted Tue 28th of May, 2013 18:49:51 PM

Are Medicare and Medicaid now requiring Medical Assistants to be Registered or Certified Medical Assistants in order to work in Medical Offices, Clinics or Hospitals?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 29th of May, 2013 14:38:11 PM

I have not heard that but there was a recent decision about credentialed MAs being allowed to enter orders in the CPOE by CMS .

This decision scores a great victory for medical assistants across the country. Previously, only licensed health care professionals—a group that excluded medical assistants—were allowed to perform entries into the CPOE system. Given that CMAs (AAMA) are formally educated in their discipline, have current certification from a national credentialing body, and have the knowledge and ability to enter orders into the CPOE system as directed by an overseeing heath care provider, the previous restrictions diminished not only the role of CMAs (AAMA) in the practice, but also the overall effectiveness of team-based care.

Prior to the ruling, the CMS considered a few different options. One option would have allowed “anyone, including those commonly referred to as scribes,” to enter orders into the medical record. The AAMA and the CMS both agreed this option would be unwise and risk exposing patients to substandard allied health services from unqualified professionals. Yet another option allowed for “any licensed, certified, or appropriately credentialed health care professional” to enter orders into the CPOE. The CMS decided this option was too broad, as well, since the concept of “credentialed health professionals” could include any number of workers with a similarly wide range of qualifications. In the end, the CMS made the decision to use the more limited description of including credentialed medical assistants.

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