• EDUCATION

    Please join us April 15-18th, 2020 at Harrah's Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for the 21st Annual SRPE Conference. Read More
  • ADVANCEMENT

    FEDERAL MEDICARE ACCESS TO RADIOLOGY CARE ACT (MARCA) BILLS HR1970 & S1544 HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE.
  • COOPERATION

    The SRPE cooperates with the American College of Radiology, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, & the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to 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 Radiologist Assistants (RAs), which includes the Radiology Practitioner Assistant (RPA) and Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.). The SRPE holds an annual educational conference with seminars and presentations for advanced practice radiologic technologists and other professionals in medical imaging. The SRPE actively collaborates with other health care professionals and organizations to educate and promote the role of the RA. Our organization is committed to fostering the highest values and promoting lifelong personal and professional success.

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Society of Radiology Physician Extenders

21st Annual SRPE Educational Conference

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APRIL 15-18th, 2020

Harrah's Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

 

The conference is open to all allied health professionals and offers 25+ ASRT approved A & A+ CE credits with seminars on radiologic procedures, radiation safety, patient care, pathologies, ethics, etc. related to medical imaging. 

 Attendees will enjoy dynamic speakers, the SRPE social, open forum, latest trends from industry’s top vendors, networking with other professionals, and all Las Vegas has to offer. 

 Supporting the future of advanced practice radiologic technologists

SRPE Active and Associate Members get $150 off conference registration and $50 off ACLS recertification.  

"Early-bird" discount applied on conference registration until April 10th, 2020


  Hotel Information 

Harrah's Hotel and Casino

3475 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Please note that attendees may make reservations in the block at group rate until Saturday, March 14th, 2020.  After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only. Please follow this link to make your reservations.  https://book.passkey.com/go/SHSRP0

If you prefer to phone in your reservations please call the Reservation Center at 1-888-458-8471 to secure a reservation on the group rate. Use this reservation code, SHSRP0, when calling. (Please be aware there is an additional charge for booking through the reservation center)

Please be aware the Harrah's Hotel charges a daily parking fee for those who park on the premises. The SRPE cannot vaildate parking or provide vouchers for parking.

ACLS Recertification Information 

ACLS recertification will be Saturday April 18th, 2020. You may register for ACLS during registration or at the conference.

 


Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act 2019- HR 1970/ S1544

April 25, 2019

Rep. Mike Doyle introduced H.R. 1970, the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act, on March 28, 2019. The legislation would allow radiologists to submit claims to Medicare for non-imaging services performed by radiologist assistants in hospital and office settings, as well as imaging services in hospitals. Reps. Pete Olson, Ron Kind, Greg Gianforte, John Sarbanes, and Terri Sewell serve as co-sponsors of the bipartisan bill.

Senator Boozman (R-AR) and Senator Casey (D-PA) also introduced S1544 a companion MARCA Bill in the Senate.

If enacted, MARCA would offer Medicare recognition of RAs as midlevel providers of health care services working under the supervision of a radiologist. The MARCA bill is another positive step toward RA recognition at the federal level. In November 2018, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services revised the Physician Fee Schedule to allow RAs to practice under “direct supervision” levels. The change followed significant advocacy efforts targeting CMS by SRPE and other radiology stakeholders.

Please contact your Representatives to co-sponsor this important legislation. A sample letter can be found here and maybe modified for your practice.

The SRPE, ARRT, and ASRT is organizing a RA on the Hill day in Washington DC for May 20-21st, to run in conjunction with the ACR's Hill Day which is May 22nd.The SRPE would like to ask that you contact your Congressperson's district offices those days and ask him/her to cosponsor HR 1970 MARCA.

 


CMS Final Rule Guiding Documents Released

December 22, 2018

On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a policy in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) which decreases regulatory burden for the radiology care team. 
Specifically, the final rule provides that, effective for services furnished on or after January 1, 2019, diagnostic tests requiring personal physician supervision may be performed under direct physician supervision when furnished by a radiologist assistant (RA) either certified as a registered radiologist assistant (R.R.A.) who is certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, or a radiology practitioner assistant (RPA) who is certified by the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants to the extent permitted by state law and state scope of practice regulations. 
According to Pam Kassing, ACR Senior Economics Advisor, the only thing that can not be billed to Medicare by the radiology practice is procedures (CPT codes 10000-69999) done by RAs on Medicare patients in the hospital setting. However, the RAs can legally practice and do all procedures. The radiology groups and hospitals can bill everything to the private payers. Legislation is still needed for radiology groups to bill Medicare for procedures (CPT codes 10000-69999) in the hospital setting.
For proper coding and billing, the radiologist should include in the report-"Procedure performed by (RA's name and credentials) under the (personal, direct, general) supervision of (radiologist's name and credentials)."
The SRPE, ACR, ARRT, and ASRT has developed an Q&A document to help answer some of the questions regarding the implementation of the Final Rule. In the Q&A document, there is also a chart describing billing for each practice setting, employer of the RA (group or hospital), and test or procedure. As the SRPE gets more information we will publish additional guidance. 
See all documents available for download regarding the CMS rule here
Email any specific questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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