November 15, 2018

Dear Fellow NSMA Members,

The  article below appeared in the Nebraska Nursing News in October 2018. This article was forwarded to Donald Balasa, AAMA CEO and legal counsel to review for accuracy. After consulting with the NSMA Board of Directors, Mr. Balasa wrote a letter to address some inaccuracies that were stated in the Nursing News article. You may review his response attached. His response was forwarded to Kathy Hoebelheinrich, Nursing Practice Consultant with DHHS Licensure with copies sent to Britt Thedinger, MD, President of the Nebraska Medical Association, Bo Botelho, Interim CEO, DHHS Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel and Diane Jackson, APRN-FP, Chair, Nebraska State Board of Health.  Mr. Balasa has given approval for his response to be shared with employers, educators and other interested parties. The NSMA Board of Directors will be keeping in contact with Mr. Balasa regarding any responses he receives and follow up as needed.

The NSMA is exploring options to make sure that CMA’s (AAMA) continue to be able to perform the tasks we have been trained to perform. We continue to discuss what we can do to protect our credential and right to practice. We need your voices to continue to promote Certified Medical Assistants!  

Barbara Carter, CMA (AAMA)
NSMA President 2018-2019

Nebraska Nursing News Article

AAMA Response to Nebraska Nursing News Article

AAMA Public Affairs – Medical Assistants Must Not Refer To Themselves As Nurses

Nebraska Medication Aide Chapter 95 and Nebraska Medication Aide Registry Chapter 96


Protect Your Practice Rights  |  Your membership helps AAMA in-house legal counsel do the following:

  • Fight for your right to practice as a medical assistant
  • Answer your job-related legal questions
  • Stay abreast of federal and state laws regarding medical assisting practice
  • Partner with organizations to build a presence in the health care community

Check out the Legal Eye on Medical Assisting by AAMA Executive Director Donald Balasa.

The State Scope of Practice Laws vary by state.

Assessment-Based Recognition in Order Entry (ABR-OE)  Notice of update: As of January 1, 2017, credentialed medical assistants (in addition to licensed health care professionals) are permitted to enter medication, laboratory, and diagnostic imaging orders into the electronic health record (EHR) and have such entry count toward meeting the meaningful use thresholds under only the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Policy Update: After December 31, 2019, no new ABR-OEs will be issued by the American Association of Medical Assistants.  However, individuals holding an ABR-OE will be permitted to renew indefinitely.