Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, 13th Edition: PDF

Kinn’s The medical assistant is one of the most popular and trusted texts for medical assistant students. The 13th edition is now available as a PDF, so you can access it on your computer or mobile device. Get the latest edition of Kinn’s and make sure you’re prepared for a successful career in medical assisting!

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Introduction to Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, 13th Edition

Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, 13th Edition is a comprehensive medical assisting text that offers clear and concise coverage of all the latest MA topics, from professional issues to clinical and administrative procedures. This edition features new content on engaging patients in their care, working with diverse populations, and providing quality customer service. Updated photos and illustrations throughout the text bring the content to life and help you visualize key concepts. Learning tools such as chapter objectives, key terms, review questions, and case studies help you prepare for success in the classroom and on the job.

The Role of the Medical Assistant

Medical assistants are uniquely qualified members of the health care team who perform administrative and clinical duties. Their responsibilities vary with the size, type, and location of the practice and may include but are not limited to greeting patients, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance eligibility, updating medical records transcribing physicians’ orders, preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, administering medications and injections under the supervision of a licensed health care provider, and assisting with minor office surgical procedures. Medical Assistants may also be responsible for billing and coding insurance forms and patient accounts. Many medical assistants have additional responsibilities such as ordering supplies, handling correspondence, scheduling hospital admissions and diagnostic testing, and handling laboratory specimens.

Medical Assistant Duties

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals specifically trained to work in outpatient settings such as medical offices and clinics. They perform both clinical and administrative duties and often work side by side with physicians, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals. The clinical duties of medical assistants vary by state but generally include taking and recording patients’ vital signs and medical histories, distributing medications as directed by a physician, performing basic laboratory tests, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the exam. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining Medical records billing and coding insurance forms, handling correspondence, and handling office finances.

Medical assistants must be able to perform both sets of duties in order to keep the office running smoothly. They must be proficient in customer service because they are usually the first point of contact with patients. They must also be detail oriented and possess excellent organizational skills in order to handle the administrative side of the job. In addition, medical assistants must be able to take initiative when needed and work well under pressure.

The Medical Assistant as a Member of the Healthcare Team

The medical assistant, as a member of the healthcare team, is responsible for many tasks that contribute to the smooth running of a medical office or clinic. In addition to clerical duties, the medical assistant may also be responsible for patient care, laboratory work, and diagnostic testing. The scope of the medical assistant’s practice is governed by state law, and the medical assistant must be supervised by a licensed healthcare provider.

Professionalism and the Medical Assistant

Medical assistants often are the first members of the health care team that patients encounter. As such, they set the tone for the entire visit. Medical assistants must project a professional image at all times, both in their appearance and in their demeanor.

A professional medical assistant is someone who:
-Is polite and courteous to patients, family members, and other health care team members
-Treats each patient with dignity and respect
-Communicates effectively with patients, family members, and other health care team members
-Maintains confidentiality of patient information
-Adheres to legal and ethical standards of practice
-Demonstrates a commitment to continuing education and professional development

Patient Communication

Patient communication is a critical part of the medical assistant’s job. In this section, you will learn how to communicate with patients in a way that is professional, compassionate, and effective. You will also learn how to handle difficult communication situations.

Medical Record Documentation

Medical record documentation is a critical part of any medical assistant’s job. It is important to understand how to accurately and efficiently document patient care in the medical record.

In Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, 13th Edition, we provide clear and concise guidance on how to document patient care. We also offer tips and strategies for improving your documentation skills.

Whether you are just starting out as a medical assistant or you are looking to brush up on your documentation skills, Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, 13th Edition is a great resource.

The Electronic Health Record

An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. While an EHR does contain the medical and treatment history of a patient, it is much more than that. An EHR can also include a wealth of other information such as demographics, medications and allergies, immunization status, laboratory and radiology results, and radiology images. In addition, e-prescribing and decision support tools are commonly embedded in EHRs.

Coding and Billing

Coding and billing are two of the most important aspects of being a medical assistant. You need to be able to correctly code the procedures that have been performed so that the insurance companies will reimburse the doctor correctly. You also need to be able to correctly fill out insurance forms and other billing paperwork.

Billing is an important part of being a medical assistant because it is how the doctor gets paid for the services that he or she provides. If you do not correctly code the procedures or fill out the paperwork, the doctor may not get paid. This can cause financial problems for the doctor and may even lead to him or her losing money.

It is important to have a good understanding of both coding and billing before you start working as a medical assistant. You can find books that will teach you about these topics, or you can take courses at a local community college.

The Business of Healthcare

Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, 13th Edition keeps you ahead of the curve in an ever-changing healthcare landscape with comprehensive coverage of administrative and clinical procedures across all medical specialties. Streamline your study with a user-friendly format, new and enhanced photos and illustrations, and learning objectives that prepare you for certification exams. You’ll also benefit from new Learning Outcomes at the beginning of each chapter that guide your review.

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