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.
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.