The Utilization of Medical Assistants in California’s Licensed Community Clinics


Tim Bates, Susan A. Chapman

Jul 2009

Medical Assistants (MAs) play a key role as clinical support staff in California’s licensed community clinics. This issue brief examines patterns in community clinic utilization of MAs over the period 2005-2007. Key themes presented include overall community clinic growth (clinic sites & patient volume), an overall increase in the reported use of MAs, and differences in the utilization of MAs based on clinic site location and clinic site size.