RAs allow radiologists to devote more focused, uninterrupted time reviewing and interpreting complex medical images and providing timely diagnoses that will result in efficient, appropriate medical treatment. This means greater timeliness, accuracy and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. Consumers demand this level of care, and Medicare beneficiaries are certainly entitled to this level of care as well.
Without Medicare's recognition of the RA, the profession is in peril. As a direct result of Medicare's policy, RAs are losing their jobs and universities are on the verge of suspending or terminating their RA training programs.