RA language has been added to radiologic technology licensing bills introduced in Alabama, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. I encourage all RPEs living in these states to help push radiologic technology licensing and recognition bills in these states.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed Assembly Bill 4871 into law on Jan. 8, 2018. Unanimously passed by the New Jersey House and Senate, the bill requires the State Board of Medical Examiners to approve required supervision levels for radiologist assistants.
The bill resolves an ongoing issue in the state where the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recognized the use of fluoroscopy equipment by RAs, but the State Board of Medical Examiners had not approved specific fluoroscopic procedures that could be performed by RAs. The bill allows RAs to perform fluoroscopy procedures that are outlined by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Senate Bill 926, a companion bill introduced by Sen. Jeanie Riddle on Jan. 17, was reviewed at a public hearing conducted by the Senate Professional Registration Committee on Feb. 19. The bill now moves to Executive Session for discussion before it can be placed on the calendar for consideration by the entire Senate.
The SRPE supports the Missouri efforts to pass this legislation.
Alabama Sen. Gerald Dial has introduced Senate Bill 83 in the Alabama Senate, a measure that would establish licensure requirements for personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.
SB 83 would create the Alabama Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board. The board will develop education, certification and competency standards for radiographers, magnetic resonance technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, limited x-ray machine operators and radiologist assistants.
SB 83 has been referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for consideration.
Alabama is among of four states and the District of Columbia with no educational or competency assessment standards in place for radiographers. The SRPE and the Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologists support the adoption of SB 83
Rep. Bryan Cutler, a former medical imaging professional, has introduced a patient safety measure in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that establishes licensure standards for nonphysician personnel who perform medical imaging examinations and radiation therapy treatments and creates the Pennsylvania Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners.
Pennsylvania is one of the few states without comprehensive licensure standards to assess basic qualifications of medical imaging or radiation therapy personnel. House Bill 1545 ensures that standards are consistent in all areas of medical imaging and radiation therapy practice. Radiologic technologists employ ionizing radiation during medical imaging procedures and radiation therapy treatments. This type of medical radiation can be extremely dangerous if administered incorrectly, but, when properly educated, certified and registered radiologic technologists can expertly keep radiation dosages as low as possible and still perform high-quality procedures.
Current technical personnel standards in the state of Pennsylvania can vary widely based on the type of medical examination or even the type of facility in which the exam or treatment is performed, often leading to inconsistent quality of care and potential lapses in patient safety.
Rep. Cutler, from Lancaster County, is the Pennsylvania House Majority Whip.
North Carolina Represenatives Insko, Lambeth, and Dobson have introduced HB 902 the "Patient Safety in Radiologic Imaging Act" in the North Carolina House, a measure that would establish licensure requirements for personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.
HB 902 would create the Ahe board will develop education, certification and competency standards for radiographers, magnetic resonance technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, limited x-ray machine operators and radiologist assistants.
HB 902 has been referred to the House Ref to the Com on Health, if favorable, Finance, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
Upcoming State Legislative Sessions-2018
State licensure bills for licensing radiologic technologists which will include the RRA and RPA are:
States what have radiologic technologist licensure statutes who are considering RRA and RPA bills are: