Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Malpractice Insurance for Medical Assistants


The healthcare industry, especially doctor’s offices and medical care centers, employs an ever increasing number of medical assistants and many medical group and ambulatory care offices have become much more customer-driven when they provide services than ever in the past.

Doctors and their medical assistants must be sensitive and highly attuned to their customers and responsive and dedicated to their patients needs; however, while providing excellent services and care medical assistants must keep abreast with various rules and regulations and be aware of any local and state laws that may pertain to them at the work place, as to not unintentionally overstep their boundaries and scope of practice.

Just like any other service-providing individual, medical assistants can also be held liable for any mistakes or accidents that cause loss or injury in a court of law. To further protect themselves, carrying their own professional liability insurance policy can make a big difference and provide peace of mind. Professional liability insurance take on different forms and names depending on the profession. For example, in reference to medical professions it is often called malpractice insurance coverage. It is well worth the effort. Medical assistants should never assume that they cannot be sued and that the insurance rider on the doctor's malpractice insurance fully or adequately covers them, especially if they are hired on a temporary basis, or to complete their educational externship.

More at Medical Assistant NET website.

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