Medical assistants (MAs) in Idaho are unlicensed professionals who perform assistive tasks in physicians’ offices and medical institutions under the supervision of licensed medical professionals. Prospective MAs who wish to work in Idaho should complete their high school diploma or GED. MAs working in Idaho do not need to be certified, however, the Idaho State Board of Medicine notes some employers may only hire MAs certified by a national agency.
The state of Idaho requires physicians to accept full responsibility for the actions of their unlicensed medical personnel, including MAs. This means MA’s generally perform duties delegated by licensed physicians. These are some of the specific duty stipulations regarding MAs under Idaho law:
- MAs can only perform tasks they have received appropriate training to perform
- MAs must adhere to the same standards of care as physicians while performing a task
- MAs should only perform duties if a physician is immediately supervising
- MAs must adhere to task procedures as defined by written protocols provided by the physician
- All MA tasks must be verified by the physician who delegated the task
The Idaho State Board of Medicine does not explicitly define the tasks MAs are prohibited from performing.