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Old 01-06-2009, 12:18 AM
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Default Duties of a Medical Assistant

I am a new person in Heath care filed, I have little knowledge about healthcare, I want to know about medical assisting field because medical assisting field is one of the fastest growing fields as it is expected to grow 59% by 2012 (Source – Bureau of Labor Statistics). This growth is due to the expansion in the health care industry because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population. Increasing utilization of medical assistants in the rapidly growing health care industry will further stimulate job growth. My question is that “What does a Medical Assistant do?” what are the duties of a Medical Assistant? I would like to know more about medical assistant Please drop in your comments..
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:02 PM
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Do you mean lab work? What enviroment are you interested in?
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:29 AM
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As medical assistants are not licensed professionals they are always required by law to work under the direct supervision of a licensed physician, registered nurse, nurse practitioner or physician assistant whenever they provide direct (hands-on) patient care procedures.

In several states unlicensed health care providers, including medical assistants, are required to have an authorization by the state in which they reside to perform needle injections; such as allergy testing, purified protein derivative (PPD) or Mantoux skin tests, and venipuncture.[6]

Some states require that medical assistants who draw blood for lab tests are certified, and have passed a practical examination as part of their phlebotomy training.[7] In other states MAs need permission from the state to expose patients to X-rays.[8]

Medical assistants perform many administrative duties, including answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patients’ medical records, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handling billing and bookkeeping. Duties vary according to state law and include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting during diagnostic examinations. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for X-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings. Last but not least they serve as direct link and communicator between patient and other health care professionals whenever there is a need. MA is one of fastest growing occupations, but surprisingly the compensation is low, there is a high turn over and finding a job right after school can be more than challenging.

It's an advanced ward clerk with a few basic clinical skills -USA concept. Not sure on UK uptake. Australia doesn't have them that I know of.
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Old 08-06-2014, 05:51 AM
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Default Responsibilities and Salary

Is the salary of the medical assistant changes with the duties if "No" then Why pay of clinical and administrative worker is changed.
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