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The Coalition for Ethical Imaging Announces Support for Diagnostic Imaging Bills Introduced in Texas Legislature
Date:3/11/2009

AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Ethical Imaging (CEI), a grassroots coalition with the goal of improving diagnostic imaging practices in Texas, has announced its support for Senate Bill 1461 by Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) and its companion bill in the House, House Bill 2599 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston). These bills greatly enhance diagnostic imaging patient care and safety in the state of Texas by requiring registration of diagnostic imaging equipment and accreditation of diagnostic imaging facilities. They also address quality issues associated with diagnostic imaging providers and determine the extent to which physician ownership of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment influences the decision to prescribe expensive tests.

In addition, the coalition supports House Bill 2279 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, which improves billing practices related to diagnostic imaging, and Senate Bill 821 by Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano), which addresses minimum standards for radiologist assistants.

The coalition is comprised of the Texas Association of Business, Texas Association of Health Plans, Texas Radiological Society and other groups of Texans who work in the field of radiology. Altogether, the coalition represents nearly 23,000 Texans and more than 120,000 Texas businesses.

"Texas is behind the curve nationally in providing basic safeguards that ensure that advanced diagnostic services are utilized appropriately," Dr. Richard Strax, president of the Texas Radiological Society, said. "These bills will make a tremendous difference in quality of patient care."

Legislation supported by the Coalition for Ethical Imaging addresses four areas of concern that significantly impact patient safety and rising healthcare costs:

  • Over-utilization of diagnostic imaging
  • Inadequate accreditation of scanning facilities and reg
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