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RA Bills Introduced in U.S. House and Senate

Jun 09, 2017

Sen. John Boozman, of Arkansas, has introduced Sentate Bill 769, a proposal that would align physician supervision requirements under Medicare with state licensure laws for radiology services performed by radiologist assistants. Rep. Pete Olson, of Texas, has introduced a similar measure, House Resolution 1904, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

SB 769, the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2017, would allow Medicare to follow state RA supervision requirements in reimbursing facilities and radiology practices 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.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants certify RAs. Thirty-one 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 U.S. House and ask them to support HR 1904 and to contact their U.S. senators to ask them to support SB 769.

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