Beginning in 2017 the Arizona Medical Board began reviewing the existing rules regarding training requirement for Medical Assistants (MA). During this review process, the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) was provided an opportunity to speak with the Board’s staff about the value of accredited certification and the various training pathways to entry into the Medical Assistant profession.
Higher education was a hot topic during the month of March as stakeholders across the education sector engaged in rigorous advocacy and political outreach The data across this sector highlights sensitivity around educational preparedness and workplace rediness with only a third of students believing they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market (34%) and in the workplace (36%).
In addition to discussions around education, there is continued excitement around advancing the roles of allied health professionals in fields like medical assisting and pharmacy tech. This month I had the opportunity to attend and speak on an industry panel discussing how pharmacy technicians are being seen as the back-bone of our pharmacies and the need for awareness around the topic.
NHA is in the process of launching our TEAM Based Care™ Assessment Based Certificate Program. This is an online learning and assessment tool for team-based and coordinated care teams that includes a psychometrically sound exam to prove competency. It was created to unite care teams, while empowering professionals within each role to work to the top of their credentials.
February is CTE Month®, a time to bring recognition and awareness to the impact Career and Technical Education has on the lives of so many hospitals, patients, teachers and students. NHA is happy to support the efforts of so many and to provide not just credentials but empower people to thrive. Check out additional ways that CTE is being recognized this month.
The middle skill economy was also discussed this month as both the Higher Education Act and Perkin’s Reauthorization is still being debated on Capital Hill. By identifying job market needs and providing programming aimed at helping to retool the skill sets required for middle-skill jobs, universities and colleges can help middle-skilled workers increase their earning potential while cashing in on a lucrative new revenue stream.
What does the future of healthcare look like as e-commerce giants such as Amazon look to disrupt the healthcare industry at an attempt to lower health cost at a time when they are forecasting that healthcare cost will represent 19.7% of the economy by 2026, up from 17.9% in 2016.
As the holiday season is in full swing, value based care remains a hot topic. Many organizations -especially entities like CVS -are working to connect its importance to public health, as healthier individuals make healthier communities. Regardless of the confusion in federal healthcare regulation, the underlying principles are simple: provide good care and do it at as low a cost as possible.
Many healthcare organizations are aiming to create patient-centered environments, focusing on the patient while simultaneously providing improved health care. Federal regulations are also pushing for a value-based system, and new practitioners are needing to be educated on the importance of quality measurements, care coordination and population heath management to see success in their practices.
October is an important month as we celebrate frontline healthcare workers in two of NHA’s key professions – medical assistants during MA Week (October 16-20) and pharmacy techs for National Pharmacy Technician Day (October 17).
As the field of medical assisting evolves and demand for these positions grow, National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has released the new medical assistant (CCMA) certification exam reflecting changes in the industry. After much rigor, and with the input of many practicing industry experts, this exam tests the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency as newly NHA certified medical assistants enter the workforce. To learn more about the value of certification, the examination development process, and the processes for assessing the validity of the exam and the reliability of scores, download the whitepaper here.
The South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners and the Board of Nursing, as of Oct. 20, 2016, now require Medical Assistants to submit “proof of having passed a national certifying exam approved by the boards”. NHA’ s medical assistant certification (CCMA) is a national certification exam that has been approved by these boards. The list of qualifications for applicants is listed below along with the approved educational program definition.