Legal/Ethical Boundaries Essay

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Legal/Ethical Boundaries of a Medical Assistant
AAMA Medical Assistant Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics is a set of principles of moral and ethical conduct as they relate to the medical profession. There are five sections of the Code of Ethics.
“Render services with full respect for the dignity of humanity.” A medical assistant will perform job duties with respect to the patient, life and rights as a human being. Holding the medical assistant to a higher standard, where he/she does not perform unnecessary procedures.
“Respect confidential information obtained through employment unless legally authorized or required by responsible performance of duty to divulge such information.” Any and all information the medical assistant learns
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Step 4) Prime your email. Make sure you have provided an email address that will be valid for the next year, add CMAExam@aama-ntl.org to your approved email list.
Step 5) Schedule an exam appointment. You will receive an email with Scheduling Permit Instruction.
Step 6) STUDY! It’s the most important thing you can do prior to taking the exam.
Step 7) Pass the CMA (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination.
Step 8) Keep your CMA (AAMA) credential current. Recertify your credential 5 years.
Scope of Practice
The medical assistant is a multitasked healthcare provider assisting the physician in providing patient care. They perform general, administrative and clinical duties under supervision of a physician. The medical assistant’s duties can vary from office to office and vary according to the size and type of setting. A medical assistant should never perform duties beyond their level of responsibility, education, and training. Performing outside the medical assistant scope of practice includes any task involving clinical judgment, assessment, or evaluation. For example a patient comes to the clinic for a pregnancy test and its positive, as you are informing her of different resources she may use, she ask you “should she keep her baby?” The MA could let the patient know that she will want to discuss her options with someone from one of the resources she was given.
Diagnosing a patient is
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