Role of the Medical Assistant in Health Information Technology A certified Medical Assistant has a wide range of duties that are office and clinically related. And they are performed under the direction of a physician and or sometimes an office manager. On the administrative side a Certified Medical Assistant maintains medical records computer and handwritten charts depending on the office, handle insurance forms and billing, and arrange for hospital admissions and lab test. Certified Medical Assistants duties vary from state to state.
Certified Medical Assistants use all sorts of devices depending on the office or specialty. Certified Medical Assistants might have to measure and record vision and eye test, muscle function if they work in an ophthalmologist office. If a Certified Medical Assistant works in an office that does x-rays the CMA must know how to use the equipment the correct way to perform their job accurately. There are some jobs opportunities for CMA’s including office managers and even clinical supervisors.
A lot of CMA’s teach other specialize or continue their education to build upon their clinical and or administrative knowledge, because the technology in the medical field is changing on a daily basis especially in hospitals and in medical & diagnostic laboratories. The administrative side of a CMA you deal with a lot of computer technology such as filing electronically, typing, computer data entry, handle billing and book keeping tasks. And in order to be able to do the job accurately the CMA must know how to use all the necessary equipment, devices and software.
The CMA also helps to keep the office, clinic and or department running smoothly. And as long as the CMA is computer and technology literate they can work from a wide variety of work environments. A good CMA can work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, Outpatient medical facilities, offices of chiropractors and offices of Optometrists. It is very important for CMA’s to know how to properly use all equipment and tools in the office or hospital that they work in. It can be very crucial to the patients being seen, and also a liability to the physician.
CMA’s also may arrange examining-room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean. They should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician. http://www. medicalassistants. net/medical-administrative-assistant/ http://www. pcc. edu/programs/medical-asst/ http://www. oregonhwi. org/careers/occupations/certified medical asst. shtml