The Joint Commission is requesting comments from medical imaging professionals on three areas outlined in its revised diagnostic imaging requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services.
The organization is seeking feedback about standards changes addressing the following areas:
- Minimum qualifications for radiologic and nuclear medicine technologists who perform computed tomography exams.
- Orientation of technologists on safe practices related to the provision of diagnostic imaging.
- Documentation of CT radiation dose.
According to the commission, it recently determined that it needed to do further research to ensure that the new standards sufficiently support improvements in quality and safety. Since the proposed standards changes focus on technical areas, it is specifically seeking feedback from clinicians and radiology staff with expertise in diagnostic imaging.
The open comment period comes on the heels of the commission's decision to postpone the implementation of revised diagnostic imaging requirements. Those requirements include registration and certification of technologists who perform computed tomography and magnetic resonance exams; ongoing education in radiation dose-reduction techniques for CT technologists; and ongoing education in MR safety for MR technologists. Portions of the new standards were originally scheduled to take effect July 1, 2014, with additional changes phased in by 2015. The new goal is to implement the revised standards by July 2015.
Individuals can submit comments until Oct. 24, 2014, via an online survey, an online form, or by mailing comments to the Joint Commission at 1 Renaissance Blvd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.