A handy guide on obtaining medical administrative assistant certification

A handy guide on obtaining medical administrative assistant certification.

Medical administrative assistant is a profession which is quite a lot in demand these days, thanks to the rise in the number of clinical facilities all over the world. By completing a course in medical administrative assistance, individuals become qualified to assist healthcare professionals in various tasks, including preparation of medical documentation, preparation of medical correspondence material, assisting in dictation, maintenance of patient records, ordering of office supplies, preparing arrangements for patient hospitalization and various other administrative tasks which may be performed in a clinical setting.

In order to become qualified to work as a medical administrative assistant, interested individuals need to first complete a specialized medical assistant course. This medical administrative assistant certification program is a course of short duration, which can typically be completed within a year. There are few prerequisites for a candidate to be eligible for this course – candidates will need to pass an assessment test, candidates may be required to hold first aid and CPR certifications and a criminal background verification check will be performed. Some schools also require that candidates hold a high school diploma, although this is not a strict requirement across all schools.

By completing this certification, individuals will gain understanding on the basic clerical skills required to be performed in clinics such as handling of records and bookkeeping. The coursework also helps students develop their communication skills, helps improve computer literacy and helps improve the basics of medical terminology. Some of the general topics to be covered in the coursework include insurance coding, billing, healthcare ethics, basics of financial management, keyboarding and medical transcription.

Across most regions, there are no strict requirements for medical administrative assistants. As such, candidates simply need to obtain certification by completing medical administrative assistant courses in order to be qualified to work in a clinic. This certification can be obtained from various schools and professional organizations offering the course. Courses are also offered in the form of online training programs.  

The compensation packages for medical administrative assistants have been quite good over the past few years. There are a large number of job opportunities and the future outlook is also positive. However, in order to obtain promotions or to get compensated better, administrative assistants will need to spend time working on the job. Over time, promotions may see medical administrative assistants rise up to the ranks of executive assistants or even to office managers.

Working as a medical professional is something which is sought after by a large number of individuals all over the world. While it is not possible for everyone to attain a degree, obtaining certification is relatively easy and can be achieved by almost anyone. With courses offered by many schools being flexible, students can complete certification programs at their own pace. The curriculum and coursework will also ensure that candidates become more sociable, friendly, reliable detail oriented and will also gain good exposure to office management, accounting, bookkeeping and working with software and health records.

May 28, 2016 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Katie Cruz v Chief Constable of Lancashire & Anor [2016] EWCA Civ 402

The Claimant was escorting a drunk prisoner to a cell. Unusually, the cell door had not been left fully open and was sticking out into the corridor. As the Claimant tried to manoeuvre around the door, the prisoner fell suddenly to the ground, pulling the Claimant down with her. The Claimant sustained significant injury to her arm. The Claimant argued that, because the cell door had not been left fully open, the corridor was not maintained in an efficient state (Reg.5). The judge found that the partially open door presented no foreseeable risk of injury. As such, there was no breach of Reg.5. The Claimant argued that the judge had failed to give appropriate weight to evidence that it was usual practice to leave the doors of empty cells fully open so as reduce the risk of them creating a hazard or blocking the corridor.

HELD: The partially open cell door had to present a foreseeable risk of injury before there could be a breach of Reg. 5. The risk had to be real or material, though not necessarily probable. The evidence was that the risk of injury to a drunk and disorderly prisoner was increased by delay in getting them into a cell (i.e. because the door was not fully open). However, under Reg.5, the foreseeable injury had to be an injury to a worker, not a visitor. The partially open door had not been identified as a potential source of injury to custody officers. There was no evidence of similar previous incidents. The judge was entitled to conclude that the door did not present a real risk of injury to the Claimant and above that inevitably associated with her job. The judge’s decision was within the ambit of reasonable decision-making

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Drink driving charges: The things you need to know

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According to the latest statistics, more than half a million breathalyser tests are performed each year, and on average 100,000 are found to be positive. With such a high number of these charges, it’s surprising how many people still find drink driving law such murky waters to navigate.

It’s important to understand that you can still be charged with an alcohol related motoring offence even if you’re not at the wheel, and that a charge doesn’t always mean an automatic ban. How? Read on to find out…

What is drink driving?

The way in which alcohol affects you can depend on your weight, gender, metabolism and age, but the government legal limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath, 80 mg/100ml of blood or 107mg/100ml of urine . Drink driving charges occur when a person is accused of driving and provides a specimen which is over one of these limits.

If the police suspect that you were drunk in charge of a vehicle, an arrest and a requirement for specimens of breath at the police station can still be made. If you have been charged with this offence, it is a defence if established that there was no likelihood driving the vehicle whilst over the legal limit.

Errors and mistakes

Given that these charges rely on a large amount of human procedures, it’s understandable that errors and mistakes can occur along the way. It could be that a breathalyser was faulty, or that the officer made mistakes when operating it or, in the case of failure to provide specimen charges, provided incorrect instructions about how to blow into the machine.

It could be that you have a medical condition such as a lung problem that prevents you from giving the correct requirement for a sample, in which case a charge of “failure to provide specimens” can be defended.

It could even be the case that you were transferred to a hospital for medical treatment and the police may not have followed the correct procedure for obtaining specimens. In any of these cases, it is vital that you seek legal advice.

Does it mean an immediate ban?

This depends on a number of factors, but a charge itself does not mean an inevitable ban. Firstly, it should be noted that there are distinct differences between sentencing for “drink driving” as opposed “drunk in charge” charges. For example, “drunk in charge” does not carry an automatic ban, instead carrying a minimum 10 penalty points, or discretionary disqualification. The solicitors at drinkdrivesolicitor.com can help you avoid conviction and minimise the risk of disqualification

If you found this article of use, please feel free to leave a comment – have you been accused of drink driving recently?

May 18, 2016 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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(1) Daniel Greenway (2) Waynsworth Dryden (3) Dean White (4) Simon York (5) Tony Cipullo v Johnson Matthey Plc [2016] EWCA Civ 408

The Claimants appealed against a decision that their claims were claims for pure economic loss not personal injury. They were employed at the Defendant’s chemical factory, which produced chlorinated or halogenated platinum salts. Employees were required to undergo regular skin testing due to the risk of sensitisation (caused by exposure to the salts). The Claimants were found to have become sensitised and were removed from work involving contact with platinum. They claimed damages for loss of earnings in tort and contract. The Defendant accepted that it had failed in its relevant statutory health and safety duties. However, platinum sensitisation is symptomless and did not adversely affect the Claimant’s day-to-day life. As such, the judge held (inter alia) that they had not suffered any physical injury capable of giving rise to a cause of action in tort.

HELD: The judge had been right to find that the Claimants had not suffered an actionable injury (Cartledge v E Jopling & Sons Ltd [1962] 1 Q.B. 189 explained, Cartledge v E Jopling & Sons Ltd [1963] A.C. 758 and Grieves v FT Everard & Sons Ltd [2007] UKHL 39, [2008] 1 A.C. 281 applied). Cartledge involved pneumoconiosis, a condition which (though asymptomatic under ordinary circumstances) was characterised by scarring to the lung tissue. That scarring could have a significant impact on an individual’s life. Grieves concerned asbestos-induced pleural plaques, which were not harmful and did not constitute a physical change which would increase susceptibility to other diseases or reduce life expectancy. The judge below had been right to find that the reasoning in Grieves applied because platinum sensitisation was not harmful in itself in any relevant sense. It was not a “hidden impairment” (Cartledge) with the potential to cause detrimental physical effects affecting ordinary life.

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Mohinder Singh Kaira & 5 others v Daljit Singh Shergill & 8 Ors [2016] EWHC 628 (Ch)

An order made by the Supreme Court that one party should pay the other’s costs in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court entitled the receiving party to an immediate assessment of those costs, notwithstanding that the claim was proceeding to trial.

The appellants appealed against a master’s refusal to set aside a notice of commencement of a detailed assessment of costs served by the respondents.

The Court held that the Supreme Court Rules 2009 indicated that the Supreme Court had its own costs regime and an appeal before the Supreme Court was treated as separate “proceedings” for the purposes of costs. Rule 48(1) had the effect that, as a general rule, and unless some different order was made, the receiving party was entitled to proceed to assessment as soon as an order for costs was made, and was required to proceed to assessment within three months. Allowing the receiving party to proceed with assessment immediately, instead of having to wait until the conclusion of the substantive claim, was likely better to accord with the objective of the 2009 Rules of making the Supreme Court accessible, fair and efficient.

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Brian James Lear v (1) Hickstead Ltd (2) WH Security Ltd [2016] EWHC 528 (QB)

A Claimant’s negligence claim against the owner of a showground and the contractor managing parking at horse shows was not made out. The Claimant’s injuries sustained while lowering the ramp on his horsebox were not attributable to any default by either Defendant.

The claimant brought a claim under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and in negligence against the first defendant and a claim in negligence alone against the second defendant. C claimed that D’s failures in managing parking had caused someone to manually lift his horsebox ramp. As a result, when he returned to his horsebox and lowered it using the hydraulic controls, it fell on his head causing him injury. C claimed the accident occurred because the horseboxes were parked too close to one another and another horsebox driver had had to manually lift the ramp to get out.

It was held that a duty of care at common law would be established if it was reasonably foreseeable that personal injury would be suffered as a result of the raising or lowering of horsebox ramps belonging to another. The evidence clearly demonstrated that it was reasonably foreseeable that people might have to raise or lower other people’s horsebox ramps. It was also reasonably foreseeable that doing so might cause personal injury. However, in order to establish a breach of the duty of care, the claimant had to show that his horsebox created an obstruction, that that was the reason why whoever lifted it did so and that the obstruction was the result of a breach of duty on the part of D1 and/or D2. The claim failed, as it could not be said that D1 or D2 had done anything which resulted in an obstruction.

Even if there had been an obstruction, it would not have followed that liability would have been established. The mere presence of an obstruction would not amount to a breach of duty provided that there was a reasonable system in place which was designed to prevent obstructions. The system operated by D2 was entirely reasonable. Given the conclusion that there was no breach of duty by D2, the independent contractor employed by D1 to manage parking at the horse show, it had to follow that D1 could be under no liability to the claimant in respect of what D2 did in relation to parking management.

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April 12, 2016 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Carl Heneghan (Son & Executor Of James Leo Heneghan, Deceased) v Manchester Dry Docks Ltd & 5 Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 86

The appellant’s father (H) had been exposed to asbestos in the course of his employment with the respondents (as well as earlier employers who had not been sued). The medical experts agreed that, on the balance of probabilities, H would not have developed lung cancer if he had not been exposed to asbestos. It was further agreed that (a) the respondents were responsible for 35.2% of the whole exposure and (b) medical science could not establish which, if any, of the exposures had triggered the changes in H’s body which led to him developing the disease. The judge awarded damages against each respondent in proportion to the increase in risk for which it was responsible, applying Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd [2002] UKHL 22, [2003] 1 A.C. 32. The appellant argued that the judge should have held that, as each respondent had materially contributed to the cancer, each was liable for damages in full.

HELD: The principle in McGhee v National Coal Board [1973] 1 W.L.R. 1 had been adopted in order to find a just solution in cases where the usual rules of causation would result in a claimant failing to prove his case even though the defendant had materially increased the risk that the claimant would suffer injury. Bonnington Castings Ltd v Wardlaw [1956] A.C. 613 applied in cases where the court was satisfied that the exposure for which the defendant was responsible had contributed to the injury. In cases where the scientific evidence did not support a finding that a particular defendant contributed to the injury, the Fairchild exception applies. The factors identified in Fairchild applied in the instant case: (a) all the respondents conceded breach of duty; (b) all the respondents had increased the risk that H would contract lung cancer; (c) all had exposed H to the same causative agent, namely asbestos fibres; (d) medical science was unable to determine which respondent was responsible for the exposure which actually caused the cancer. Therefore, the judge had been right to apply the Fairchild exception. It was not possible to infer that all or any of the respondents had made a material contribution to H’s cancer. The appeal was dismissed.

March 28, 2016 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Knauer (widower & administrator of the estate of Sally Ann Knauer, Deceased) v Ministry of Justice [2016] UKSC 9

The appellant (K)’s wife had died from mesothelioma, after being exposed to asbestos during her employment by the respondent. Liability was admitted under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. The claim included a claim for the income and services lost as a result of her death. The judge held that the multiplier was to be calculated from the date of death rather than the date of trial per Cookson v Knowles [1979] A.C. 556 and Graham v Dodds [1983] 1 W.L.R. 808. K appealed. The issues were: (1) whether Cookson and Graham reflected the principle of full compensation; and (2) if not, whether the court should depart from those judgments, applying the Practice Statement (HL: Judicial Precedent) [1966] 1 W.L.R. 1234.

HELD: (1) The normal approach was to calculate losses up to the date of trial and award a lump sum in respect of those. Future losses were calculated on a multiplier/multiplicand basis. The multiplier reflected the normal life expectancy of the victim, based on actuarial tables which included a discount to take account of the risk of an earlier death. There was also a discount to reflect accelerated receipt. Calculating damages for loss of dependency from the date of death, rather than from the date of trial, meant the claimant suffered a discount for early receipt when in fact the money would not be received until after trial. That resulted in under-compensation in most cases. (2) The court should be very cautious before invoking the Practice Statement. However, in the current legal climate, the application of Cookson and Graham was illogical and resulted in unfairness. That had encouraged courts to distinguish the judgments, meaning that certainty and consistency were being undermined. Above all, the change in the legal landscape (viz. the adoption of the Ogden tables), when taken with other factors, gave rise to an overwhelming case for changing the law. The date at which to assess the multiplier when fixing damages for future loss in claims under the FAA should be the date of trial, not the date of death.

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Colin Crooks v Hendricks Lovell [2016] EWCA Civ 8

The court considered the correct interpretation of a Defendant’s Part 36 offer in a personal injury claim that was stated to be net of the recoverable benefits payable to the Compensation Recovery Unit.

The Defendant had made a Part 36 offer for “£18,500 net of CRU [a certificate of recoverable benefits issued by the Compensation Recovery Unit] and inclusive of interim payments in the sum of £18,500”. The defendant ticked the box which stated that the offer was made “without regard to any liability for recoverable benefits”. A CRU certificate of £16, 262 was issued. The claimant obtained judgment for £29,550. A decision on costs was postponed pending the Claimant’s appeal against the CRU certificate. The Claimant then obtained a revised CRU certificate which was £9,502 lower, because some of the benefits paid were not attributable to the accident. The recorder concluded that the Claimant had failed to beat the Defendant’s part 36 offer.

The Court held that the Defendant’s offer was a valid offer under Part 36. The natural meaning of an amount “net of” something else was the amount that remained after a deduction. The offer was for £18,500, leaving aside any liability in respective of recoverable benefits. The real measure of whether the Claimant had beaten the offer was whether the total payment he actually received was more or less than the amount of the offer. The judgment left £22,789 net of recoverable benefits and so the Claimant had beaten the Part 36 offer.

February 28, 2016 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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