Advanced Practice of Medical Assisting

The Advanced Practice of Medical Assisting defines advanced medical assisting skills and areas of knowledge:

General

Compliance (federal, state, managed care, and regulatory agencies)

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  • Employment practices
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Grants administration
  • The Joint Commission
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS)
  • Accommodate for cultural diversity

Risk management and safety procedures

  • Patient satisfaction surveys
  • Utilization reviews
  • Chart reviews
  • Site reviews
  • Evacuation and disaster plans
  • Facility planning
  • Planning community response for emergency preparedness

Personnel management functions

  • Recruit, hire, and terminate personnel
  • Train/orient employees
  • Conduct performance reviews
  • Manage personnel benefits
  • Maintain personnel records
  • Perform personnel supervision
  • Lead/motivate employees
  • Plan and conduct staff meetings

Information systems

  • Create spreadsheets and databases
  • Create websites and e-mail systems
  • Automate medical management systems and records
  • Create computer presentations and graphics
  • Oversee system security
  • Prepare manuscripts and abstracts
  • Review scientific and educational publications

Leadership skills (workplace)

  • Plan community health projects
  • Participate in and/or plan board functions, task forces, and committees
  • Apply parliamentary procedures
  • Plan conferences
  • Mentor colleagues
  • Develop and conduct continuing education activities

Clinical

Patient care

  • Design telephone/in-person screening algorithms
  • Assist with clinical trials
  • Assist with emergency medical services
  • Obtain patient consent for procedures
  • Provide information about current and new medical technologies
  • Act as patient advocate
  • Perform and/or assist with specialty procedures
  • Assist patient icompletion of advanced directives, living wills, durable medical power of attorney
  • Report diagnostic study results
  • Initiate IV and administer IV medications with appropriate training and as permitted by state law

Administrative

Marketing and finance

  • Negotiate nonrisk and risk managed care contracts
  • Manage business and professional insurance contracts and renewals
  • Develop and maintain fee schedules
  • Process payroll, maintain records, and track benefits
  • Forecast and track capital expenditures
  • Formulate and analyze budgets
  • Prepare income projections
  • Prepare tax returns and audits
  • Prepare periodic reports
  • Implement cost containment strategies
  • Research and negotiate contracts for purchasing professional and medical services
  • Apply accounting principles
  • Manage accounts payable
  • Manage accounts receivable
  • Obtain accurate claims submission through coding
  • Document and maintain accounting and banking records
  • Research and negotiate leases and prices for equipment and supply contracts
  • Identify third-party payers

Develop and implement marketing, financial, and strategic plans

  • Analyze demographic data
  • Create materials for target marketing
  • Participate in practice analysis
  • Coordinate plans for practice enhancement, expansion, consolidation, and closure
  • Participate in and coordinate networking opportunities
  • Manage implementation of new products and services

Workplace communication and education

  • Develop patient education materials
  • Develop and maintain personnel policies and procedures manual
  • Generate communications (including press releases, news/ feature stories, newsletters)