What a Medical Assistant Is Allowed To Do...
... and medical offices can do to protect themselves. Medical assistants in the USA do not have to be
formally trained through an academic or post-secondary adult education institution, nor necessarily be certified
to function in an assisting role in a medical office. Under the doctor's discretion and direct supervision, meaning
the doctor is on the premises, anyone can be trained to perform certain administrative and clinical tasks in the
front and back office as long as the employer allows it, however, there are occupational limitations and certain
skills a medical assistant cannot legally do. A good medical practice and health care facility has researched
legal parameters and limitations and established policies outlining each staff member's responsibilities to
protect themselves. Each medical assistant under their employ should receive a written job description and
adhere to it.