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Senate To Introduce RA Companion Bill

Apr 28, 2016

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., has announced that in May he will introduce companion legislation to House Resolution 4614, a bill to align physician supervision requirements under Medicare with state licensure laws for radiology services performed by radiologist assistants and radiology practitioner assistants.

H.R. 4614 and the companion Senate bill 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. H.R 4614 currently has 24 bipartisan cosponsors from 17 states.

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 is pleased that Sen. Boozman will introduce this important patient care legislation in the Senate," 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, the House of Representatives and Senate are taking a positive 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 RAs. Thirty states currently 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 and to contact their senators to ask them to cosponsor Sen. Boozman’s H.R. 4614 companion bill.

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