• EDUCATION

    17th Annual SRPE Educational Conference was a great success! Please join us April 5-9, 2017 at Harrah's Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for next year's conference. Read More
  • ADVANCEMENT

    Senator Boozman (R-AR) and Senator Casey (D-PA) to Introduced S. 2940 Senate Companion Bill to H.R. 4614! Read More
  • COOPERATION

    The SRPE cooperates with the American College of Radiology, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, & the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists promote the Radiology Physician Extender.
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Society of Radiology Physician Extenders

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SRPE is a non-profit organization for the RPA and RRA sharing a common bond within the global mid-level radiology profession and medical community. The society holds an annual educational conference with seminars and presentations. The SRPE is an active participant with other health care professionals and organizations to educate and promote the role of the mid-level radiology extender. Our organization is committed to fostering the highest values and promoting superior lifelong success both personally and professionally.

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Society of Radiology Physician Extenders

Senator Boozman at UAMS to Support Radiologist Assistants

July 29, 2016 | U.S. Sen. John Boozman said Friday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) that legislation he is sponsoring in Congress would increase patient access to care by allowing radiologist assistants to be reimbursed for certain procedures that have traditionally been performed by radiologists.

The Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act (MARCA) would recognize radiologist assistants, including certified radiology practitioner assistants, as non-physician providers of health care services and allow reimbursement for their services. Currently, Medicare only pays for such services if they are performed under the personal supervision of a radiologist.

“We simply have to figure out how we can extend professionals as far as they can go,” Boozman said. “You have to be able to practice to the fullest extent of your ability and the licensure of your state, because we are rapidly losing providers for all kinds of different reasons, and then again, we’re rapidly increasing patients.”

The legislation would allow radiologist assistants to work more independently and efficiently and allow radiologists to focus on reviewing and interpreting complex medical images and attending to urgent cases.

UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., said the change would enable radiology staff to function at the top of their licensure.

“That’s one of our principles for health system redesign and team-based care – is that each person’s time and effort is matched with the level of training required to do what they do … and we should have a framework that financially recognizes the benefit to patients and to the system as a whole,” Rahn said.

The UAMS College of Health Professions has one of only six radiologist assistant programs in the United States. Since 2005, the college’s Radiologic Imaging Sciences/Radiologist Assistant program has graduated 41 radiologist assistants, who have advanced training to perform procedures traditionally performed by radiologists.

“Thank you, Sen. Boozman, for your leadership in sponsoring MARCA,” said Douglas Murphy, Ph.D., dean of the UAMS College of Health Professions.

Also thanking Boozman were James McDonald, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Radiology in the UAMS College of Medicine; and Cindy Saylors, M.Ed., director of the UAMS Radiologist Assistant Program.

By | July 29th, 2016

http://uamshealth.com/news/2016/07/29/boozman-at-uams-to-support-radiologist-assistants/

SRPE member appointed to the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology


Governor Greg Abbott has appointed SRPE member Jennifer Flanagan, to the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology. The board is responsible for regulating the practice of radiologic technology.

Jennifer Flanagan of Fort Worth is a registered radiologist assistant at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is a member of the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists, Society of Radiology Physician Extenders, and American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Flanagan received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University.

 

VA seeking comments for proposed rule for NPs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has introduced a proposal that would allow nurses to, "Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies."

The SRPE strongly opposes this measure as only registered radiologic technologists and Radiologist Assistants (RAs) should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation. Furthermore, only radiologists should provide interpretations of medical images to ensure appropriate diagnosis.


Although certified nurse practitioners (NPs) are highly trained healthcare professionals in the area of general medicine, they lack the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like fluoroscopy, x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, vascular-interventional, or bone densitometry.


The Radiologist Assistant (RA) is uniquely qualified radiologist physician extender. The RA is a registered radiologic technologist who has completed advanced didactic and clinical education in the specialized area of medical imaging. RAs work under the supervision of a radiologist and have specific education and training in radiation safety, radiobiology, positioning, fluoroscopic operation, imaging appropriateness, radiologic procedures, and radiopharmacetuicals.


The SRPE encourages the most appropriate physician extender, performing to the extent of their education and training, to provide care to our nation's veterans. In medical imaging, the RA is the only physician extender with specific education and training to provide safe effective care to veterans under the supervision of a radiologist.

Please encourage RAs and RTs to write the federal register and oppose this proposed rule.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12338/advanced-practice-registered-nurses#h-4

Click here to see the SRPE's comment to the proposed rule.

 


 

Senator Boozman Introduced S. 2940 Senate Companion to HR 4614!

 

John Boozman, Republican Senator from Arkansas, introduced S. 2940, Senate companion bill to HR 4614, on May 17th. 

Senator Casey (D-PA) has agreed to be the orginial Democratic sponsor which shows true bipartisan cooperation. The ARRT, ASRT, ACR, and SRPE was at a press conference to announce the introduction of the bill with Senator Boozman.

Please feel free to share this news, and ask others to contact their Senators to ask for their support of Senator Boozman's S. 2940 the companion bill to HR 4614. 

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