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MEDICAL ASSISTING
April Stahl
October 2, 2012

CM 107-31
Professor O’Connor-Colvin

OUTLINE
1. DEFINITION OF WHAT A MEDICAL ASSISTANT IS?
2. ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES OF A MEDICAL ASSISTANT.
3. CLINICAL DUTIES OF A MEDICAL ASSITANT.
4. VALUES OF A MEDICAL ASSISTANT.
5. THE DIFFERENCE OF A CMA AND AN RMA IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. 6. NATIONAL AND STATE SALARY OF A MEDICAL ASSISTANT.
7. HELPFUL AND VALUABLE WEBSITES FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS.
8. SUMMARY OF A MEDICAL ASSISTANT .

Medical Assistants are crucial people in the medical field. “Medical Assistants are multi-skilled members of the health care team who perform administrative and clinical procedures under the supervision of a licensed health care provider such as a nurse or doctor.”(American Association of Medical Assistants, Library) Medical Assistants do have a variety of different duties that they have to perform on a day to day basis. As a medical assistant, a person will have administrative and clinical duties; work with nurses and doctors, and comply with OSHA and HIPAA guidelines.

Some of the administrative duties a person might have to perform as a medical assistant include: “greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, answering telephones, creating and maintaining patient medical records, handling billing and insurance processing, and performing medical transcriptions.” (K. Booth, L. Whicker, T. Wyman, S.M. Wright 2008-2011) All of these administrative duties that a medical assistant does, they must remember to follow HIPAA guidelines and privacy of the patient. (HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.) If a medical assistant fails to follow these guidelines they could possibly face legal charges such as: fines, imprisonment, and/or loss of job. There was a case in Kansas were a man was suspended for unknown causes but, did have to go to court to see if "an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or...
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