ASRT members, affiliates politically active in 2006: by now you might have heard how close Congress came to enacting the CARE bill and the outstanding work of ASRT's Grass-roots Network. The ASRT and its affiliate societies also take a proactive and aggressive approach in dealing with state legislative and regulatory issues.In 2006 state affiliates tackled issues such as radiologic technologist Noun 1. radiologic technologist - a scientist trained in radiological technology
scientist - a person with advanced knowledge of one or more sciences licensure licensure
(lī´snsh , fusion imaging permits, radiologist radiologist /ra·di·ol·o·gist/ (ra?de-ol´ah-jist) a physician specializing in radiology.
Radiologist assistant recognition, revisions to existing state licensure laws and increased education and credentialing requirements for limited x-ray machine Noun 1. X-ray machine - an apparatus that provides a source of X rays
apparatus, setup - equipment designed to serve a specific function
fluoroscope, roentgenoscope - an X-ray machine that combines an X-ray source and a fluorescent screen to enable direct operators. These matters and other state-based practice issues are facing radiologic technologist licensure boards, state legislators and other regulators in 2007.
In the Statehouses
In 2006 ASRT ASRT American Society of Radiologic Technologists. state affiliate societies worked on bills to establish radiography radiography: see X ray. , radiation therapy and nuclear medicine technology licensure in Alaska, South Dakota South Dakota (dəkō`tə), state in the N central United States. It is bordered by North Dakota (N), Minnesota and Iowa (E), Nebraska (S), and Wyoming and Montana (W). , Minnesota, Missouri and Michigan. Despite the best efforts of radiologic technologist advocates in those states, these legislative efforts did not come to fruition fru·i·tion
1. Realization of something desired or worked for; accomplishment: labor finally coming to fruition.
2. Enjoyment derived from use or possession.
3. . Missouri's licensure bill missed passing by a few hours. In New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , a bill allowing licensed radiologic technologists to perform venipuncture venipuncture /veni·punc·ture/ (ven?i-pungk´chur) surgical puncture of a vein.
ve·ni·punc·ture or ve·ne·punc·ture
n. and licensure for nuclear medicine technologists passed after four years. Other bills that passed:
* Reauthorized the Arizona Board of Medical Radiologic radiologic Radiological adjective Referring to radiology Technology Examiners.
* Set educational requirements for radiographers and limited-scope personnel performing digital radiography digital radiography Imaging A format for producing x-rays in which film used to produce conventional x-ray images is replaced with more sensitive sensitive electronics; DXRs produce images with1⁄2 and set standards for technologists performing fusion imaging in California.
* Set continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). requirements for radiographers and radiation therapists The radiation therapist is a professional who manages the details of the radiation process. The therapist works closely with the radiation oncologist. After the radiation oncologist has consulted with the patient and a decision has been reached that the application of radiation in Connecticut.
* Established licensure for radiologist assistants in Florida.
* Increased the education and credentialing standards for limited x-ray machine operators in Maine.
* Extended radiologic technologist licensure to 2010 in Mississippi.
Around the Agencies
Each year ASRT and its affiliate societies work to develop collaborative relationships with state agencies that regulate medical imaging and radiation therapy. State statutes along with regulations promulgated prom·ul·gate
tr.v. prom·ul·gat·ed, prom·ul·gat·ing, prom·ul·gates
1. To make known (a decree, for example) by public declaration; announce officially. See Synonyms at announce.
2. by the state agencies make up the collective body of laws governing radiologic technologists. Significant changes to state regulations affecting radiologic technologists in 2006 are listed on the next page. For more information on state regulations affecting radiologic technologists, contact your state regulatory agency state regulatory agency A state body responsible for establishing professional standards, and for certifying professionals or organizations through appropriate documentation . A list of state regulators and contact information is available at www.asrt.org > Government Relations > State Activities > State Licensure Information.
What's Up for 2007?
There already are state licensure bills pending in Alaska, Minnesota and Missouri. The ASRT, the American College of Radiology The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1923, is a non-profit professional medical organization composed of diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists. , state affiliate societies and state radiology radiology, branch of medicine specializing in the use of X rays, gamma rays, radioactive isotopes, and other forms of radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. societies are working on radiologist assistant recognition in six states, and we're also working with groups on fusion imaging. The ASRT recently has expanded the government relations staff to include a health policy manager who will be working on state issues, developing relationships between the ASRT and affiliate societies, and providing state groups with information and resources on state legislation and regulation. Each week updated state legislative reports and state regulatory reports are posted to www.asrt.org. Make sure to check frequently to see what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. in your statehouse state·house also state house
A building in which a state legislature holds sessions; a state capitol.
NZ a rented house built by the government
Noun 1. and how you can work with the ASRT and your affiliate society.
By Christine Lung, ASRT Director of Government Relations
STATE REGULATORY CHANGES IN 2006 Alabama Changes regulations to bring state nuclear medicine standards to parity with NRC. Colorado Revises limited-scope x-ray machine operator and bone densitometry equipment operator requirements to include adequate radiation safety training and experience requirements. Clarifies rules regarding the delegation and supervision of medical services to unlicensed health care providers. Requires that a delegate who uses a title such as "radiology practitioner assistant," or the acronym "RPA", which is easily confused with the title of a licensed physician assistant or PA, to clarify his or her role to the patient. Amends rules relating to the use of radionuclides in the healing arts. Makes the training and experience qualification specifications more clear and accessible. Delaware Specifies 18 as the minimum age for issuance of radiologic technologist certification. Clarifies that a temporary certificate can be issued only once. Specifies conditions for retesting following exam failure. Updates regulations regarding certification of medical radiation technologists and cardiovascular technologists. Illinois Changes regulations to bring state nuclear medicine standards to parity with NRC. Indiana Regulates who may operate a radiation machine and what level of training and experience the operator must have. Updates limited x-ray machine operator qualifications and cardiovascular technologist qualifications. Iowa Amends the definition of "radiologist assistant" by deleting wording that refers to a radiologist practitioner. Deletes requirements for continuing education and adds a reference for these requirements. Rescinds rule 641-42.6(136C) and replaces it with updated language specific to radiologist assistant requirements. Adopts a new appendix that specifies what procedures a radiologist assistant may perform. Kansas Adds new rules regarding continuing education and license renewal for radiologic technologists, corresponding with legislation passed in 2005. Louisiana Changes regulations to bring state nuclear medicine standards to parity with NRC. Mississippi Promulgates rules regarding radiology use of positron emission tomography. Sets professional standards regarding the practice of radiologist assistants. Updates rules governing the use of x-ray equipment in the healing arts or veterinary medicine. Updates rules governing the use of radionuclides in the healing arts. Establishes rules regarding the registration of medical radiation technologists. Montana Establishes new rules relating to radiologist assistants, scope and practice, supervision, and the adoption of a specific code of ethics. New Hampshire Sets requirements that all individuals performing radiation therapy must be ARRT certified. Nevada Updates state regulations regarding mammography to parity with MQSA. Oregon Updates limited x-ray machine operator requirements and allows the limited permit examination to be proctored by the ARRT and conducted at test sites throughout the state. Allows for computed tomography and fusion equipment operators. South Dakota Clarifies rules to improve operator safety on x-ray equipment. Tennessee Updates rules concerning bone densitometry certification requirements. Texas Amends rules regarding radiologic technologist fees. Increases the fee assessed against licensed medical radiologic technologists for the biennial certificate renewal. Washington Amends rules regarding radiologic technologist fees. Increases the fee assessed against licensed medical radiologic technologists for the biennial certificate renewal. Updates the regulations for medical use of radioactive material. Establishes a risk-based set of regulations that are protective of public health and safety and also allow physicians "who use radioactive material for either diagnostic or therapeutic use" appropriate latitude of use consistent with sound medical practice. West Virginia Amends rules relating to the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.