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CARE Bill Introduced in 113th Congress

Mar 15, 2013

Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., introduced the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy bill in the House of Representatives on March 13, marking the eighth time the bill has been introduced in the House in the past 13 years.

H.R. 1146 would set federal education and certification standards in the Medicare program for the technical personnel providing, planning and delivering all medical imaging examinations and radiation therapy treatments.

Introduction of the CARE bill is one tactic toward achieving federal minimum standards. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists also is pursuing the insertion of amendatory language that incorporates the CARE bill's principles into any federal bill that includes Medicare provisions. This includes bills addressing sequestration, the debt ceiling and entitlement reform.

According to ASRT President Donna Thaler Long, M.S.M., R.T.(R)(M)(QM), FASRT, working toward attaching amendatory language to future bills and supporting the CARE bill provides the association with more opportunities to achieve its goal.

"It has proven to be extremely difficult for a stand-alone bill to gain any traction in Congress, so we are going to pursue additional approaches to obtaining federal minimum standards. Our primary strategy for the remainder of this year will be to persuade Congress to attach our proposal as an amendment to a larger bill. Our lobbyists will target any bill that includes Medicare provisions as a possible vehicle for our amendatory language," said Long.

Comments

5 Comments

  1. 5 Ruth Farnan 15 Mar
    Please pass this bill. It is important.
  2. 4 Beth weber 15 Mar
    With all the focus on quality of healthcare the CARE bill is focused on standardization and consistency.
  3. 3 Debra Herring 28 Mar
    Minimum standard MUST be interpreted in all fifty states as a LICENSED professional - NOT a "12 hour tech" that the state of Mississippi currently allows.  Licensed professionals have successfully completed a six semester course and most have at minimum an Associate's degree before passing a NATIONAL CERTIFYING EXAM. as opposed to the currently allowed "sit in a classroom for 12 hours, take a test and get a certificate" Twelve hour tech.  Shame on Mississippi for allowing such practice.  There is no other healthcare profession that allows practice with a 12 hour certification. 
  4. 2 Carol Kennedy RRT 28 Mar
    This bill is important to all of our futures.
  5. 1 Jacklynn Darling 01 Apr
    This is a first - we are only 3 months into the 113th Congress and we
    have a Senate and a House Bill - We need everyone to contact both your
    Representatives  you can find by zip code http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ 
    to support HR 1164 and your Senators S642 many times over and get them
    to support these bills - This is our Congress Every tech needs to be
    that little knat in the face of their Congressmen.

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