Delaware Handbook: Unlicensed Assistive Personnel

WHAT TYPES OF DUTIES MAY UNLICENSED ASSISTIVE PERSONNEL PERFORM? The term unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) may refer to medical assistants, office assistants, medical office assistants, certified medical assistants, registered medical assistants, and nurse aides. Many medical offices find that the use of these personnel allows the office to operate in a more cost-effective and efficient manner. However, you must take precautions to ensure that UAP are practicing within their scope. Generally, UAP are only permitted to perform tasks that are: repetitive, reoccur frequently, and do not require ongoing assessment or decision-making. When an unlicensed professionals’ care is called into question, the main issue is often whether that unlicensed professional was advising patients or arranging care. It is vital that physicians and nurses never allow an unlicensed professional to give independent advice or make suggestions. Even when the unlicensed professional thin...
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