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Medical Assisting   Tags: coding, doctors office, medical assistant  

An introduction to the services and resources for Medical Assistant students at Bristol Community College.
Last Updated: May 14, 2015 URL: http://libguides.bristolcc.edu/content.php?pid=545214 Print Guide RSS Updates

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    Medical Assisting

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    What is a Medical Assistant?

    Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics.


    In Demand
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    Medical assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to the following:

    • Predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and outpatient care facilities
    • Technological advancements
    • Growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment

    Job Responsibilities | Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties.

    Here is a quick overview (duties vary from office to office depending on location, size, specialty, and state law):

    Administrative Duties (may include, but not limited to):

    • Using computer applications
    • Answering telephones
    • Greeting patients
    • Updating and filing patient medical records
    • Coding and filling out insurance forms
    • Scheduling appointments
    • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
    • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping

    Clinical Duties (may include, but not limited to):

    • Taking medical histories
    • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
    • Preparing patients for examination
    • Assisting the physician during exams
    • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
    • Performing basic laboratory tests
    • Instructing patients about medication and special diets
    • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
    • Authorizing prescription refills as directed
    • Drawing blood
    • Taking electrocardiograms
    • Removing sutures and changing dressings

    Patient Liaison | Medical assistants are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and often explain the physician's instructions.

    PCMH Team Member | Medical assistants are essential members of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team. According to a survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, medical assistants ranked as one of the top five professionals necessary to the PCMH team.

    CMA (AAMA) Certification | Many employers of allied health personnel prefer, or even insist, that their medical assistants are CMA (AAMA) certified.

    - from AAMA Website

     

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