Navigation Links
Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Personnel Certification Bill Introduced in Congress
Date:6/3/2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that will set federal minimum education and certification standards in the Medicare program for the technical personnel providing, planning and delivering all medical imaging examinations and radiation therapy treatments.

The Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy bill (H.R. 2104) was introduced on June 2 with 18 cosponsors in addition to the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Whitfield. The bill was immediately referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Ways and Means for review.

The CARE bill was initiated by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Alliance for Quality Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy. The Alliance consists of 26 radiologic science organizations that support federal minimum education and certification standards for all medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.

Currently, six states have no method of regulating individuals who perform any type of medical imaging or radiation therapy. Those six states are Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Missouri, North Carolina and South Dakota. In addition, Washington, D.C., does not have any personnel regulations.

According to ASRT President James Temme, M.P.A., R.T.(R)(QM), FASRT, all signs look positive for the CARE bill in 2011. "The national spotlight is on medical imaging and radiation therapy, and support for the CARE bill is at an all time high. Health care professionals and organizations continue to back the bill because they understand that education and certification standards will lead to better patient care and improved safety measures."

ASRT launched its efforts in 1998 when it committed to advocating for legislation to amend the voluntary Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981 to require technical personnel performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures to meet mandatory federal education and certification standards.

The CARE bill also is backed by several national organizations including the International Fraternal Order of Eagles, an 850,000-member organization that focuses its efforts on fundraising and supporting causes that help make communities healthier, happier and more prosperous.

"There is a lot of momentum behind the CARE bill right now with the combined efforts of the ASRT, the Alliance, national organizations and patients demanding top-notch health care," said Temme. "We are energized by the support and will continue to push for the bill's passage."

The complete list of bill cosponsors is listed below:

California
Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif.

Georgia
Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.

Illinois
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill.

Iowa
Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa

Kentucky
Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. (sponsor)
Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky.

Michigan
Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich.

Mississippi
Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss.

New Jersey
Rep. Lance Leonard, R-N.J.

New Mexico
Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

North Carolina
Rep. Walter Jones Jr., R-N.C.
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.
Rep. Sue Wilkins Myrick, R-N.C.

Tennessee
Rep. John Duncan Jr., R-Tenn.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.

Texas
Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas

Virginia
Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Va.

Wisconsin
Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis.

Republicans: 8
Democrats: 11
Total: 19

About ASRT

The ASRT, based in Albuquerque, N.M., represents more than 140,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. The Society is the largest radiologic science association in the world. Its mission is to provide radiologic technologists with the knowledge, resources and support they need to improve patient care.

Contact: Annemarie Henton, 505-298-4500, Ext. 1287, ahenton@asrt.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Perma-Fix Signs Option Agreement to License Technology for Use in Proprietary Process to Produce Medical Isotopes
2. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals Present Interim Data From Phase I Trial of CPI-613 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
3. Michigan Association of Compassion Centers Strives to Protect Patient Rights in Medical Marijuana Case
4. DURECT Announces Resignation of Chief Medical Officer
5. MIMcloud 2.0, the Next Generation of Cloud Computing for Medical Images, Shown at SIIM 2011
6. Benchmark Electronics Recognized as Supplier for 2011 Design Medical Excellence Award Winner in the Radiological and Electromechanical Devices Category
7. Benchmark Electronics Recognized as Supplier for 2011 Design Medical Excellence Award Winner
8. China Medical Technologies Reports Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Full Fiscal Year Financial Results
9. NMT Medical, Inc. to Sell BioTREK Technology Platform at Its Sealed Bid Sale on Friday, June 10, 2011 at Twelve OClock Noon
10. Hologic Acquires TCT International Co. Ltd., a Leading Distributor of Medical Products in China
11. Medical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Technologies and Global Markets
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/15/2017)... Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), is now ... residents. Naloxone is available without a ... pharmacy, G-3320 Beecher Road. ... Administration, is intended to block or reverse the effects ... of consciousness. The medication is often carried by first ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... Israel , Aug. 11, 2017 DarioHealth ... with mobile health and big data solutions, today announced ... on Monday, August 14 and host a conference call ... quarter 2017 operating and financial results and its strategy ... will be hosted by Erez Raphael , Chief ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... WARSAW, Ind. , Aug. 7, 2017 Zimmer ... in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that its Board of Directors ... stockholders for the third quarter of 2017. ... will be paid on or about October 27, 2017 to ... September 22, 2017.  Future declarations of dividends are subject to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Maury Regional Health has announced a large-scale ... broadly deploying AccuVein devices, Maury Regional Medical Center is making vein visualization part of ... a needle stick and more importantly, helps our staff members locate a vein that ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... With a new PD diagnosis every nine minutes, ... , The grants are awarded through a competitive application process and reviewed by APDA’s ... backgrounds and expertise in all areas relevant to PD research. The SAB meets ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... $5.99, eBook, 9781498499620    ) shares that during the time of a cancer diagnosis, surgery ... of God's love, and all the many ways God shows love to those ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... Lake Orion, Rochester, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... August ... ... now offer treatment options to patients suffering from chronic pelvic pain. In ... treatment of various pelvic pain disorders including endometriosis, menorrhagia (abnormal heavy bleeding during ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... With low back pain afflicting 8 of 10 Americans at ... kissing cousin – upper back pain. But this equally vexing condition stems from a variety ... Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD , founder and president of Atlantic Spine Center. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):