The documentation of official authorization or approval of a program.
American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA)
The professional organization that certifies medical assistants and works to maintain professional standards in the medical assisting profession.
American Medical Technologists (AMT)
The registering organization for medical assistants that provides online continuing education, certification information, and member news.
Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
A medical assistant whose knowledge about the skills of medical assistants, as summarized by the 2008 AAMA Occupational Analysis, has been certified by teh Certifying Board of the American ASsosciation of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 (CLIA '88)
A law enacted by Congress in 1988 that placed all laboratory facilities that conduct tests for diagnosing, preventing, or treating human disease or for assessing human health under federal refulations administered by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Soiled or staind, particularly through contact with potentially infectious substances; no longer clean or sterile.
The acquisition of training in a variety of tasks and skills.
A period of practical work experience performed by a medical assisting student in a physician's office, hospital, or other health-care facility.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
Managed Care Organization (MCO)
A health-care business that, through mergers and buyouts, can deliver health care more cost-effective.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
A set of regulations designed to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect the health of workers in the United States.
One who practices a health profession.
Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
A medical assistant who has met the education requirements and taken and passed the certification examination for medical assisting given by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).
A typewritten document summarizing one's emplyment and education history.