Medical assistance, like any other healthcare professionals, have their own Scope of practice that they need to follow. From the previous scenario, it is obvious that Stephanie went beyond her scope and put the patient at risk. Luckily no harm was done to Mrs. Smith and hopefully this was the only occurrence where Stephanie went beyond her scope of practice. Buppert (2008), compiled a list of task that a medical assistant can and cannot do and it includes the independently performance of telephone triage, diagnosing or treating patients, prescribing medications, and independently refilling prescription requests. As previously mentioned in post one, Stephanie has no authority and knowledge to diagnose and prescribe medications. With her calling in prescriptions without consulting with the NP or other Provider in the office, can have major ethical and legal concerns. At least half of family medicine’s 10 medicolegal misadventures relate to the care and communication gaps of telephone prescribing (Teichman & Teichman, 2011). While no harm was done this time, it
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- Winter '16
- Melissa, Rubio
- Mrs. Smith, Medical prescription, Stephanie