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medical

 [med´ĭ-kal]
pertaining to medicine or to the treatment of diseases; pertaining to medicine as opposed to surgery.
medical assistant a person who, under the direction of a qualified physician, performs a variety of routine administrative and clinical tasks in a physician's office, a hospital, or some other clinical facility.
medical laboratory technician (MLT) see clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician.
medical record administrator one responsible for the indexing, recording, and storage of medical records and reports of patients admitted to hospitals and other health care agencies, and who also prepares reports of births, deaths, transfers, and discharges of patients, and of treatments received.

There are two levels of qualification for the medical record practitioner: Registered Record Administrator (RRA) and Accredited Record Technician (ART). Only those persons who have passed the registration examination of the american health information management association are entitled to use the professional designation of Registered Record Administrator or the job titles of medical record administrator and health record administrator. Only individuals who have passed the accreditation examination of the Association are entitled to use the designation of Accredited Record Technician. Suitable job titles for the RRA might include: Medical Record Administrator; Director, Medical Record Administration Program; Director, Medical Record Services; Instructor; Coordinator; and Research Associate. Suitable job titles for the ART might include: Medical Record Technician; Director; Assistant Director; Supervisor; and Instructor.

medical assistant

Etymology: L, medicare, to heal, assistere, to stand by
a person who, under the direction of a physician, performs various routine administrative and nontechnical clinical tasks in a hospital, clinic, or similar facility.

med·i·cal as·sis·tant

(med'i-kăl ă-sis'tănt)
A person who supports a physician or other health care provider by performing administrative and clinical tasks.

medical assistant

One who assists a qualified physician in an office or other clinical setting, performing administrative and technical tasks as delegated and in accordance with state laws governing medical practice. The administrative tasks include those of a secretary, receptionist, or bookkeeper; the clinical include checking vital signs, height, and weight, and performing laboratory tests. Synonym: medical office assistant
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AMT's eligibility requirements allow an individual who has worked as a medical assistant for five years or more to qualify to sit for the registered medical assistant exam.
These alleged actions not only violate the AMT Standards of Practice and represent a serious abuse of Golden's professional status as a Registered Medical Assistant, but also constitute criminal activity that may result in a felony conviction and up to seven years in prison.
Without the needed clarification, the public could wrongly assume that individuals with the Registered Medical Assistant (AMT) credential belong only in the MA-R registration category, rather than the MA-C category for which most RMAs should, in fact, be qualified by training and exam.

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