Press Release (ePRNews.com) - SALT LAKE CITY - Oct 04, 2018 - The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, for its 62nd Annual Conference. Deborah Novak, CMA (AAMA), was installed as the 2018–2020 AAMA Speaker of the House. In this capacity, Speaker Novak, a resident of Cincinnati, represents medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA) across the nation.
Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Medical assistants work in outpatient health care settings. Employers are seeking and recruiting these allied health professionals because of their uniquely diverse clinical and administrative patient-centered training.
Speaker Novak states, “It is an honor to serve the association and profession during this time of great change in the health care environment. The CMA (AAMA) plays an integral role on the health care delivery team because of their unique blend of knowledge, competence, and versatility. A CMA (AAMA) sets the bar for medical assisting excellence as they serve our physicians and patients. Our goal is to expand awareness of the distinctive value CMAs (AAMA) have in the marketplace today.”
Novak brings a great deal of experience to her office. She has worked as a certified medical assistant and practice manager for more than 30 years and is currently employed at TriHealth Physician Partners as the associate practice manager for TPP Anderson.
Novak has served in many capacities for the AAMA, including 2014–2018 Trustee. Novak is currently the chair of both the AAMA Marketing Strategy Team and the Partnership Task Force. Novak is also a past state president for the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants (2000–2001) and the South Carolina Society of Medical Assistants (1992–1994).
The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) — or CMA (AAMA) — credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board (CB) of the AAMA.
The CB of the AAMA was awarded accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012, the global benchmark for personnel certification bodies, thus distinguishing the CMA (AAMA) from other medical assisting certifications.
A rigorous credential, the CMA (AAMA) is the only certification that requires postsecondary education. Only candidates who graduate from an accredited postsecondary medical assisting program are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The CMA (AAMA) must recertify every five years. The National Board of Medical Examiners — responsible for many national examinations for physicians — constructs and administers the examination. As a result, the reliability and validity of the CMA (AAMA) credential are of the highest order.
Certification status is a matter of public record and may be released. Every day the AAMA responds to more than 100 employer requests for CMA (AAMA) certification verification — for both current and potential employees.
The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.
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