The Toledo Lucas County Chapter of Medical Assistants (TLCCMA) recently offered a teleconference featuring the American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA) CEO and Legal Counsel, Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA. Balsa presented on federal and state updates in the medical assisting cope of practice.
NSCC participated in the teleconference, welcoming Certified Medical Assistants, Registered Medical Assistants, medical assisting educators from two colleges, students, local community healthcare representatives and personnel from the Allied Health, Business & Public Services Division at Northwest State. Others joined in from across the country, as many state societies and local chapters also participated.
Balasa defined that, “Medical assistants are allied health professionals who work under provider supervision in outpatient settings and are delegated clinical and administrative tasks. A provider usually means a physician (i.e. an MD or DO), nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Some medical assistants, however, work under other licensed health care providers such as a podiatrist (DPMs) or dentists (DDSs or DMDs). Regulation of professions rests primarily with the states, not with the federal government.”
NSCC Allied Health Lab Practicum Coordinator and TLCCMA President Ann Zeller, CMA (AAMA) stated that, “It’s vital that there be a clear understanding of the medical assistant’s scope of practice, as that’s the compass that guides us all.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Zeller said, “There’s a great demand for medical assistants in northwest Ohio. The AAMA teleconference provided an opportunity to gain clarification of guidelines and query AAMA legal counsel, Donald Balasa, on any outstanding questions or concerns. The teleconference was successful, enlightening, and strengthens the medical assisting profession.”