Medical Assistants and the Meaningful Use Rule
Published on March 26, 2015 by Karen Newmeyer
When Britney Bambace began her studies in medical assisting in 2011, her primary focus was to build upon her EMT background and
pursue two of her passions: health care and helping people. “My goal in returning to school was to get the necessary skills and knowledge to not only continue my medical career but to make a real difference in the lives of the people I came in contact with,” said Bambace.
During Britney’s time in the program, she learned many valuable skillsets for running both the front and back offices of a medical practice, processing insurance codes and claims, and scheduling. She also has become proficient in giving injections, taking vital signs and patient histories, and assisting physicians with in-office procedures. Now, as Britney approaches her last quarter in the program, she’s prepared to fulfill both the doctors’ and the patients’ needs as she transitions from the classroom experience to a clinical externship.
A side benefit of choosing the ABHES-accredited medical assisting program offered by Broadview University is that Britney can meet the certification requirements required by new federal law to perform many functions within the clinical setting. Recent implementation of the “Meaningful Use Rule” has increased the importance of attending a program that is accredited appropriately and will allow students studying medical assisting to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam.
What is the Meaningful Use Rule? Jill Carson, ABHES Commissioner, explained it as follows. “In short, healthcare professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentives if they can demonstrate they are meaningfully using Electronic Health Records (EHR’s) and incorporating them into their workflow. Physicians can realize significant savings by employing credentialed medical assistants to help their offices implement and comply with the Meaningful Use Rule.”
In real-world practice, it means that properly credentialed medical assistants can now enter physician orders into the computerized physician order entry system for medication, laboratory, and radiology services—tasks that previously could only be performed by licensed providers. This change frees up nurses and doctors to spend more time with their patients while shifting more responsibility to the certified medical assistant.
“I’m certainly pleased with the education I’ve received through Broadview’s Medical Assisting program, and very happy that I’ll graduate with the ability to meet these new ‘Meaningful Use Rule’ federal guidelines,” says Bambace.
To learn more about the Medical Assisting program and Broadview University, please visit www.broadviewuniversity.edu or call 1-800-822-5800
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