The new rules regarding who can enter medication, radiology, and laboratory orders into the electronic health record (EHR) and have such entry count toward meeting the meaningful use thresholds under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs came into effect on the 1st of January 2014.
This means that even if you are already working as a Medical Assistant, but you don't have CMA (AAMA) certification, then you probably don't meet the requirement for being a "credentialed medical assistant" under the September 5, 2012 rule of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
Only Medical Assistants who received their qualification from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program, and who's credentials are current, are eligible under the new rules.
The AAMA Steps In To Provide Assessment-Based Recognition in Order Entry
Medical Assistants who don't have the right credentials and are not able to sit for the CMA (AAMA) certification examination, will be able to gain Assessment Based Recognition (ABR) and meet the CMS requirements through the AAMA.
Candidates for the ABR must meet certain knowledge and experience requirements and pass five, one-hour, online AAMA continuing education courses, which have met the strict standards of the AAMA Continuing Education Board.
The AAMA is only making this available to MAs who have never held CMA (AAMA) credentials - those who's CMA (AAMA) has lapsed will need to recertify instead.
Some of the things you will need to be eligible for ABR are:
Have been employed for two of the last three years in a health care facility under the supervision of a licensed health care provider.
Pass these 5 online AAMA courses:
- Clinical Laboratory Testing
- Disease Screening
- Legal Aspects of Patient Care Documentation
- Lost in Translation: Eliminate Medical Errors
- Medical Records: A Vital Wave
A letter of documentation from your employer stating your proficiency in electronic health records, anatomy and physiology, basic laboratory values, critical thinking, Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), pharmacology, and medical terminology.
For complete details on the ABR in order entry program, call 800 228-2262 or visit http://www.aama-ntl.org/continuing-education/abr.