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Ownership of Outpatient Clinics & Scope of Practice

Posted by [email protected] on February 16, 2015 at 4:55 AM

Taken from the Leagal Eye, AAMA 

Ownership of Outpatient Clinics and Scope of Practice

 

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Donald Balasa

 

I have been receiving questions from medical assistants who work in outpatient clinics owned by hospitals. They are wondering whether their legal scope of practice is different because they do not work in outpatient settings owned by physicians.

 

I am not aware of any state laws that establish a different scope of practice for medical assistants who work in settings owned by hospitals or other non-physician entities. The consistent requirement in all states is that medical assistants work under direct physician supervision in outpatient settings, regardless of the ownership structure of the setting.

 


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Reply Scott tacker
9:36 AM on January 12, 2016 
In 2010, the NH Board of Medicine issued a decision regrading Supervision of medical Assistants after the State of Nh declined to pursue legislation. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&v
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The State of NH considers the Medical Assistant to fall under the auspices of "unlicensed healthcare worker" and as such, the Employer is responsible for their actions and is responsible to develop a Scope of Practice following recommendations established by a Board of Nursing toolkit
http://www.nhnurses.org/delegationtoolkit

Due to this, the Scope fo Practrice for a Medical Assistant in the State of NH can vary by Employer and sometimes location/practice (for large organizations).