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Certified Medical Asst. Physician Office in Olympia, WA at Capital Medical Center

Date Posted: 5/8/2018

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Job Description

Position Summary: The Medical Assistant- Certified is responsible for front office duties, including greeting patients, initiating clinic encounter, managing patient’s appointments, scheduling, and medical records. The MA is responsible to the clinical director in the course of patient care. Acts as support person for all clinical needs of the practitioner as it relates to patient care, ancillary services, laboratory and diagnostic testing, as well as routing and preparation of patient laboratory specimens, maintenance / accountability of laboratory equipment, OSHA required standards of the clinical operations or back office procedures, patient education, pharmacy refills, laboratory / diagnostic result interpretation and patient follow-up, and medical / legal chart documentation and maintenance and cardiovascular life support as required.

Job Requirements

Position Qualifications:
1. Ability to meet minimum hospital hiring standards.
2. High school or GED equivalent education.
3. Current BLS card.
4. Certified Medical Assistant – WA State.

Essential Job Functions*:
A medical assistant-certified may perform the following duties delegated by, and under the supervision of, a health care practitioner:
Fundamental procedures:

1. Wrapping items for autoclaving; Procedures for sterilizing equipment and instruments; Disposing of biohazardous materials; and Practicing standard precautions.

Clinical procedures:

1. Performing aseptic procedures in a setting other than a hospital licensed under chapter 70.41 RCW;

2. Preparing of and assisting in sterile procedures in a setting other than a hospital under chapter 70.41 RCW;

3. Taking vital signs; Prepare patients for examination;

4. Capillary blood withdrawal, vein puncture, and intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular injections;

5. Observing and reporting patients' signs or symptoms.

6. Specimen collection: Capillary puncture and vein puncture; obtaining specimens for microbiological testing; and instructing patients in proper technique to collect urine and fecal specimens.

7. Diagnostic testing: Electrocardiography; Respiratory testing; and Tests waived under the federal clinical laboratory improvement amendments program on July 1, 2013. The department shall periodically update the tests authorized under this subsection based on changes made by the federal clinical laboratory improvement amendments program; and Moderate complexity tests if the medical assistant-certified meets standards for personnel qualifications and responsibilities in compliance with federal regulation for non-waived testing.

Patient care:

1. Telephone and in-person screening limited to intake and gathering of information without requiring the exercise of judgment based on clinical knowledge;

2. Obtaining vital signs;

3. Obtaining and recording patient history; Preparing and maintaining examination and treatment areas;

4. Preparing patients for, and assisting with, routine and specialty examinations, procedures, treatments, and minor office surgeries;

5. Maintaining medication and immunization records;

6. Screening and following up on test results as directed by a health care practitioner.

7. Administering medications. A medical assistant-certified may only administer medications if the drugs are: Administered only by unit or single dosage, or by a dosage calculated and verified by a health care practitioner. For purposes of this section, a combination or multidose vaccine shall be considered a unit dose; Limited to legend drugs, vaccines, and Schedule III-V controlled substances as authorized by a health care practitioner under the scope of his or her license and consistent with rules adopted by the secretary under this subsection; and Administered pursuant to a written order from a health care practitioner. Must be documented in Athena and approved by the provider.

8. A medical assistant-certified may not administer experimental drugs or chemotherapy agents. The secretary may, by rule, further limit the drugs that may be administered under this subsection. The rules adopted under this subsection must limit the drugs based on risk, class, or route.

9. Intravenous injections. A medical assistant-certified may administer intravenous injections for diagnostic or therapeutic agents under the direct visual supervision of a health care practitioner if the medical assistant-certified meets minimum standards established by the secretary in rule. The minimum standards must be substantially similar to the qualifications for category D and F health care assistants as they exist on July 1, 2013.

10. Urethral catheterization when appropriately trained.

11. A medical assistant-phlebotomist may perform capillary, venous, or arterial invasive procedures for blood withdrawal when delegated and supervised by a health care practitioner and pursuant to rules adopted by the secretary.

12. A medical assistant-registered may perform the following duties delegated by, and under the supervision of, a health care practitioner:



Fundamental procedures:
(1) Wrapping items for autoclaving; Procedures for sterilizing equipment and instruments; Disposing of biohazardous materials; and practicing standard precautions.

(b) Clinical procedures:

(i) Preparing for sterile procedures;

(ii) Taking vital signs;

(iii) Preparing patients for examination; and

(iv) Observing and reporting patients' signs or symptoms.

(c) Specimen collection:

(i) Obtaining specimens for microbiological testing; and

(ii) Instructing patients in proper technique to collect urine and fecal specimens.

(d) Patient care:

(i) Telephone and in-person screening limited to intake and gathering of information without requiring the exercise of judgment based on clinical knowledge;

(ii) Obtaining vital signs;

(iii) Obtaining and recording patient history;

(iv) Preparing and maintaining examination and treatment areas;

(v) Preparing patients for, and assisting with, routine and specialty examinations, procedures, treatments, and minor office surgeries utilizing no more than local anesthetic. The department may, by rule, prohibit duties authorized under this subsection
(vi) Maintaining medication and immunization records; and

(vii) Screening and following up on test results as directed by a health care practitioner.

(e)(i) Tests waived under the federal clinical laboratory improvement amendments program on July 1, 2013. The department shall periodically update the tests authorized under subsection

(ii) Moderate complexity tests if the medical assistant-registered meets standards for personnel qualifications and responsibilities in compliance with federal regulation for non-waived testing.

(f) Administering eye drops, topical ointments, and vaccines, including combination or multi-dose vaccines.

(g) Urethral catheterization when appropriately trained.
Essential Physical, Mental and/or Environmental Working Conditions:
1. Must be able to meet the physical/mental demands of position with or without accommodation. See checklist (page 2) for specific physical, mental and environmental working conditions.
2. Must be able to utilize good judgment, demonstrate patience, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
3. Must be able to work in a busy and stressful environment.
4. This position has the potential for placing the employee at risk for occupational exposure. Definition of occupational exposure: any reasonable anticipated eye, skin, mucus membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties.

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