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Risk Management Guide: Unlicensed Healthcare Personnel

With the increasing demands of time and resources, the role of unlicensed personnel in the medical office setting is expanding. An unlicensed individual is typically anyone other than a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse in a medical office. A significant number of medical offices employ medical assistants (MAs) or certified medical assistants (CMAs). The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected the employment of medical assistants to rise 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average occupation. The job growth can be traced to the growing number of older adults who need medical treatment and the predicted growth in outpatient visits. MAs are not…

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