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RA Companion Bill Introduced in Senate

May 19, 2016

Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Bob Casey, D-Penn., have introduced 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.

Senate Bill 2940, The Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2016, 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.

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.

“Utilizing the expertise of radiology assistants is critical to health care delivery. These health care professionals are well qualified to address the increased demand in medical imaging services and fill the gap in the shortage of radiologists, particularly in rural areas,” Boozman said.

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 American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the ARRT, American College of Radiology and Society of Radiology Physician Extenders support the measure.

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 support S.B. 2940.

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