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Medical Assistant Job Description

Summary

Responsible for the administrative portion of a healthcare facility or practice. Works with patient records, insurance, and hospital admissions.

Primary responsibilities

  • Update patients' medical records.
  • Fill out insurance forms.
  • File insurance claims.
  • Arrange for hospital admissions.
  • Answer telephones and greet patients.
  • Arrange for laboratory procedures.
  • Take payments from patients.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Handle correspondence.
  • Take medical histories and record vital signs.
  • Explain treatment procedures and costs.
  • Prepare patients for examinations.
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens.
  • Perform basic laboratory tests.
  • Dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Sterilize instruments.
  • Prepare examine rooms.
  • Authorize drug refills.
  • Phone in prescriptions to pharmacy.
  • Draw blood.
  • Take x-rays and electrocardiograms.
  • Remove sutures.
  • Check wounds and change dressings.
  • Purchase supplies and equipment.
  • Clean examination rooms.
  • Apply dressings.
  • Handle bookkeeping and billing.

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