Health Centers Need MAs
In the past, patients came to a primary care clinic and just saw a physician and maybe a nurse. However, the U.S. is experiencing a significant shortage of primary care providers. To meet the current needs of our population, a physician without a team would have to work 18 hours a day.
As a result, primary care organizations are moving from a physician-centered practice to having teams that share responsibility for patient care. Medical assistants are a huge part of this solution.
What do MAs do?
Medical assistants are a vital member of the health care team. They are often the first person that a patient sees during their appointment. Much of what the MA does is make sure a patient's visit is as smooth and valuable to the patient as possible.
- Create pre-plans for the patient visit
- Keep exam rooms ready
- Room patients
- Pull and record data in EHRs
- Perform clinical tests & procedures
- Educate & motivate patients to maintain and improve their health
- Improve patient outcomes with population health management tools
- And more!