Medical Assistants from Medical Trends
|31,112||Total Universe / Universe Rate||$105.00/M|
Medical Assistants from Medical Trends allows you to target individuals who perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty. Medical assistants that work in small practices handle both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. In large practices, medical assistants tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators.
Administrative medical assistants update and file patients' medical records, fill out insurance forms, and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. They also perform tasks less specific to medical settings, such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping. Clinical medical assistants have various duties, depending on State law. Some tasks include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. As directed by a physician, they might instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications, authorize drug refills, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings. Medical assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.
Medical assistants are trained on the job, but many complete 1- or 2-year programs. Medical assistants have a high school diploma, although there are no formal education or training requirements. Medical assisting programs are offered in vocational-technical high schools, postsecondary vocational schools, and community and junior colleges. Postsecondary programs usually last either 1 year and result in a certificate or diploma, or 2 years and result in an associate degree. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as keyboarding, transcription, recordkeeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. There are two accrediting bodies that accredit medical assisting programs; an internship that provides practical experience in physicians' offices, and other healthcare facilities. Recommended high school courses include mathematics, health, biology, keyboarding, bookkeeping, computers, and office skills. Volunteer experience in the healthcare field also is helpful.
|Level of Education||$20.00/M|
|Number of Employees||$10.00/M|
|State of License||$10.00/M|