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Med. Board Mailbag: The Role of Medical Assistants

The Georgia Composite Medical Board regularly receives inquiries from the general public concerning the use of medical assistants in a practice setting and what role these individuals can play as part of a patient's health care team.

At the December meeting, a consumer requested the Board’s response to the question of whether medical assistants are allowed to simply administer (and not read) tuberculosis skin tests by intradermal injection. In reviewing the statutes and rules associated with this inquiry (O.C.G.A.
§ 43-34-44 and Rule 360-3-.05), it states that it is permissible for medical assistants to administer subcutaneous and intramuscular injections when properly delegated authority and under proper supervision. Therefore, the Board issued guidance stating a medical assistant is permitted to administer TB skin tests by intradermal injection when properly delegated the authority to do so and while properly supervised. However, the Board cautioned that a medical assistant is not permitted to read or interpret the tests.

If you have a question for the Board to consider, please submit your inquiry to the Med. Board Mailbag via

Gov. Nathan Deal. Credit: Office of the Governor.

Deal Expands Access to Emergency Tool to Help Fight Opioid Epidemic

Earlier this month, Gov. Nathan Deal provided an additional tool that will expand access to a life-saving drug to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic. In a request to the Georgia Pharmacy Board, Deal asked that naloxone, an emergency drug used to reverse opioid overdoses, be removed from the dangerous drug list and rescheduled as a Schedule V exempt drug. The Georgia Board of Pharmacy approved the emergency rule to remove naloxone. At the same time, Deal directed the Department of Public Health to issue a standing order to allow naloxone to be dispensed over-the-counter by pharmacists across the state.

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State of Georgia seal. Credit: GCMB file image.


The 2017 Legislative Session to Begin in January

The Georgia General Assembly will convene on January 9, 2017, for the start of the year's legislative session. The state House of Representatives and state Senate meet in regular session on the second Monday in January for no longer than 40 legislative (rather than calendar) days each year. All bills passed by both legislative chambers during the 40 days are sent to the governor for his signature or veto. As a state agency, the Georgia Composite Medical Board follows this process closely, as many bills passed by these lawmakers and signed by the governor have a direct impact upon the Board and its activities.

To stay informed about the legislative process or to find contact information for your lawmakers, please visit the Georgia General Assembly's website by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter. The board's mission is to protect the health of Georgians through the proper licensing of physicians and certain members of the healing arts and through the objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act.  We want to keep you informed along the way, and this newsletter will provide you with up-to-date information on what is happening here at the board as well as insights into health issues across Georgia. Enjoy!

In this issue:
- Med. Board Mailbag: The Role of Medical Assistants

- Deal Expands Access to Emergency Tool to Help Fight Opioid Epidemic

- The 2017 Legislative Session to Begin in January

- Recent Board Actions

- Board Calendar

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Recent Board Actions

The Board issued one public order in December 2016. To view each Board order, click on the licensee's name below.

John Jarrett Moss, MD
Voluntary Surrender

Board Calendar

Below is a list of important, upcoming dates for the Georgia Composite Medical Board. All Board meetings will be held at the Board's office in Atlanta, unless otherwise noted on the Board's website. Agendas are also available one week prior to the meeting.

January 2, 2017
New Year's Day
GCMB office closed

January 5
Board meeting

January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday
GCMB office closed

February 2
Board meeting
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