• Federal Regulations and Legislation

Radiologist Assistant Bill Introduced

Feb 29, 2016

House Resolution 4614, a bill to align physician supervision requirements under the Medicare program with state licensure laws for radiology services performed by radiologist assistants and radiology practitioner assistants, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 25.

H.R. 4614 would allow Medicare to follow state RA supervision requirements by reimbursing facilities for medical imaging services performed by qualified RAs under the direction of a supervising radiologist. The bipartisan measure was introduced by Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas; Dave Reichert, R-Wash.; Michael Doyle, D-Penn.; Ron Kind, D-Wis.; and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J.

An RA is an advanced-level registered radiologic technologist who enhances patient care by extending the capacity of the radiologist in the diagnostic imaging environment. RAs have completed an advanced medical imaging academic program encompassing a nationally recognized curriculum and a radiologist-directed clinical preceptorship.

"The American Society of Radiologic Technologists supports H.R. 4614 and encourages Congress to pass this important health care measure," said ASRT President Sandra Hayden, M.A., R.T.(T), FASRT. "By aligning physician supervision requirements under the Medicare program with state licensure laws for radiology services performed by RAs and RPAs, Congress is taking a step toward ensuring that patients have access to quality care and are seen by highly qualified medical imaging professionals who work in conjunction with radiologists.”

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants certify radiologist assistants. Currently, 30 states license, regulate or recognize the RA as a member of the radiology health care team.

In addition to the ASRT, the ARRT, American College of Radiology and Society of Radiology Physician Extenders support the bill.

The ASRT encourages radiologic technologists to contact their representatives in the House and ask them to support H.R. 4614.

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