Have a friend who is a billing clerk for physician for two years. This doctor I think is taking advantage of her but I am not sure. She is a salaried worker. She has no bedside training what so ever. The doc has decided she must accompany him into exam room with female patients because he fears allegations of abuse. He has a receptionist and a medical assitant but they are not always avaliable. She also stated that sometimes she is busy all day with those kinds of duties and then she has to come in to do her billing on Saturday and Sunday. She said the experience has really helped her with her medical coding and she did not seem upset with the situation. As far as I know she is not doing any proceedures. I viewed the situation with some skeptisim but since I am not well versed in what goes on in offices I thought I would ask some other opinions.
You know what thought jumped into my mind, "Oh great, first they replace nurses with medical assistance, now they are replacing medical assistance with office clerks." How much you want to bet the patients think she is a nurse and are even calling her nurse.
Dec 22, '02
I knew some people would say "why do you care when she does not?" That was what raised the question in my mind. She was so OK with this and I had such a strong negative reaction to the whole situation. Why did we feel so differently? Probably because there are a lot of things here that go against my training as a nurse. Could you see someone grabing a medical records clerk out of the office and sending them in to exam with doctors. Just would not happen. On the other hand, as I said I am not that familiar with what goes on in doctors offices. For all I know docs might be going to the insurance agent in the office next store and borrowing a secretary to assist in the exam.
Last edit by oramar on Dec 22, '02