Using assistants for athletic evaluations

July 9, 2010

Understand whether it is appropriate for MAs, LPNs or RNs to perform athletic evaluations.

Key Points

A: The answer to your question is multi-faceted. You did not indicate whether services would be provided under your direct supervision (meaning you would be immediately available and oversee the activities of the assistants you wish to hire).

State law and insurance payment policies are the two prevailing issues. First, to perform a service in almost any state, the individual must be licensed.LPNs and RNs are licensed, so their use probably would eliminate the need for the services of an MA. Licensure of the LPN or RN would govern whether either legally could perform the service.You might wish to check with your state to determine the scopes of practice of these types of positions in your area.

The author is president of Healthcare Consulting Associates of NW Ohio Inc. and is a Medical Economics editorial consultant. She has more than 30 years of experience as a practice management consultant and also is a certified coding specialist, certified compliance officer, and certified medical assistant. Do you have a primary care-related coding question for our experts? Send it medec@advanstar.com