The medical office assistant work on both administrative and clinical side they usually work in the physician’s offices. While working in physician’s office they perform many tasks at the same time to run the office smoothly. They are the most who communicate with the doctors, nurses and patients at the same time. Medical Assistants are the one who interact with people more than anyone in healthcare profession. At some stage it is a requirement for medical assistant to be well groomed. There are many Medical Assistant programs in different schools and colleges but mostly they start improving their skills when they start working.
These assistant perform many tasks on the office administrative side, such as making phone calls, booking or rebooking the appointments. When patent comes in for the check-up they make a file to maintain the records. You will be witnessing them dealing with the patient’s bills and also handling the correspondence. They will be sending e-mails and making reminder telephonic calls to the patients for their appointments, they also help in filling the insurance form. They also do bookkeeping and maintain records for the physicians. Other than this, they also assist physicians while checking the patients and also explain to the physicians a patient’s medical history.
On clinical side the majority of medical office assistants perform imperative role by checking the patient’s blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory system and body temperature. They also prepare patients for check-up and explain them the treatment procedures. A medical assistant draws patient’s blood and collects the specimens for the laboratory tests. Medical assistant programs make them capable to perform some simple laboratory tests. They also sterilize the medical tool and also dispose the contaminated tool and medical supplies. A medical office assistant might be giving instructions to the patients regarding their diet plan.
Medical Assistants work 40 hours a week on rotating shifts, they will be working on Saturday and Sunday and will be getting other working days as rest days. Mostly they work 5 days a week and 8 hours long shift, however some of them can work part time as just on the weekends, evening and any two days to complete their 20 hours as part time working.
Mostly medical assistant programs are offered in community, junior colleges and also in technical high schools. There is a diploma or certificate for one year study and for 2 year program you will be eligible for an associate degree for medical assistant. Medical assistant training program covers both administrative and clinical subjects as accounting, book keeping, keyboarding, processing insurance, medical law, patient relations and office practice. For clinical pharmaceutical principles, first aid, anatomy, some laboratory techniques and physiology. Since the medical assistants learn more and they improve the skills while working so it is recommended to the students to work either voluntarily or join any internship programs while studying.
MAs can work after the training and they might don’t need certification. However for salary purposes and in attraction towards the big organizations they need the certification because a certification indicates more significantly about the areas you are skilled. This also helps the employee to select the right candidate. If you want to become a CMA then you can pass the certification exam through “The American Association of Medical Office Assistants” and also from Association of Medical Technologists. A medical assistant earns from 23,970 to $39,570 annually and the variation is due to the experience and the qualifications.