Scope of Employment

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What Is My Scope of Employment?

All medical assistants, regardless of their amount of education, training, experience and credentials must realize that they are subject to certain laws and limitations and must act only within their scope of employment when practicing their trade.

An act within the scope of employment is incidental to the employer’s business, or in this case, the doctor’s medical practice and is done to further the doctor’s interest. If a medical assistant departs so far from his/her duties that his/her acts are no longer for his employer’s benefit, then these acts are not within the scope of his/her employment. If a tortuous act by the medical assistant arose out of an activity which was within his/her scope of employment, or ordinary course of business, then that act may be considered to be within the scope of employment.

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Scope of Practice by State

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Doctors Allow Medical Assistants to (Illegally?) Administer Injectable Drugs

It seems doctors and medical office managers still don’t clearly understand what medical assistants can and cannot do… we have heard about medical assistants and even front desk staff administering Botox injections. And so the confusion about the medical assistant’s scope of practice continues.

As seen in the news: [Sep 9, 2009 09:17 PM, ABC 13 Action News] “Nevada Board of Medical Examiners finds under-qualified medical staff administering drugs… The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners has found many physicians in Nevada are allowing medical assistants to illegally administer certain drugs, including Botox. Betty Guerra, a 45 year old medical assistant was accused of unlawfully administering cosmetic injections. – See more at: http://medicalspamd.com/the-blog/2009/11/4/medical-assistants-can-not-inject-botox.html#sthash.uDrY7N8e.dpuf”

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