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CARE Act H.R. 1214 Rad CARE Act S. 1197 Presentation Prepared by the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section Government Relations Subcommittee. What is CARE & Rad CARE ?.

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CARE ActH.R. 1214RadCARE ActS. 1197Presentation Prepared by the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist SectionGovernment Relations Subcommittee


What is care rad care
What is CARE&RadCARE?

The CAREAct and the RadCARE Act are proposed legislation in the House and Senate which will require that every state enact a program of minimum standards for the education and certification of Radiologic and Nuclear Medicine Technologists as well as

Radiation Therapists.


The bill specifically states
The Bill Specifically States:

“it is unlawful for an individual in the State to intentionallyadminister or plan medical imagingprocedures or radiation therapy proceduresto or foranother individual for medical or chiropracticpurposes unless the individual has obtained from the State a license, certificate, or other document that authorizes the individual to administer or plan such procedures in the State (referred to in this section as a `medical radiation license').”


What does care stand for
What does CARE stand for?

Consumer

Assurance of

Radiologic

Excellence


The care act
The CAREAct

The CAREAct (H.R.1214) is a bill which was introduced in the US House of Representatives by Representative Heather Wilson (R-NM) on March 11, 2003.


The rad care act
The RadCAREAct

The RadCAREAct (S.1197) is a virtually identical bill which was introduced in the US Senate by Senator Mike Enzi

(R-WY) on June 3, 2003.


What will the care act do
What will the CARE Act do?

The CAREAct would require that in order for nuclear medicine and other diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy procedures to be eligible for Medicaid payments, they must be performed by licensed individuals who have met the federal minimum standards for education

and certification.


Isn t there already a similar law
Isn’t there already a similar law?

The CARE Act is designed to amend the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981 (“Randolph Bill”). This law establishedminimum education and certification standards of radiologic technologists. However, compliance was voluntary.


Isn t there already a similar law1
Isn’t there already a similar law?

There was no mechanism attached to the Consumer Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act for enforcing this law.

Several states did pursue licensure,

but many did not.


Non compliant states
Non Compliant States

There are currently noregulations governing the education and/or competence of imaging/therapy personnel

  • 17 jurisdictions - no regulations for RTs

  • 23 jurisdictions - no regulations for RTTs

  • 30 jurisdictions (incl. D.C. & Puerto Rico) - no regulations for NMTs

    (2 jurisdictions with pending regulations for NMTs)


NMT licensure

Pending NMT licensure

No NMT licensure


States without licensure for nmts
States Without Licensure for NMTs

Alaska Alabama Colorado Connecticut

Georgia Idaho Iowa Indiana

Kansas* Kentucky Michigan Missouri

Minnesota Montana Nevada New Hampshire

New York* North Carolina North Dakota Oklahoma

Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico South Carolina

South Dakota Tennessee Virginia West Virginia

Wisconsin District of Columbia

**Arizona & South Carolina licensure effective 2004

*New York and Kansas have licensure bills pending


How is this bill different
How is this bill different?

The CAREAct links

Medicaid reimbursement with

licensure. This will give

the CAREAct

the necessary “teeth”

which will require compliance

at the state level.


Who will be affected by the care act
Who will be affected by the CAREAct?

  • Patientswill be provided with the best possible care administered by licensed imaging professionals.

  • Imaging Technologists* will need to maintain the set standards.

  • Institutions will be required to hire only licensed imaging personnel.

    *Not including ultrasound and echocardiography


Who will be licensed by the care act
Who will be licensed by the CAREAct?

  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists

  • Radiologic Technologists

  • CT Technologists

  • Vascular and Interventional Radiographers

  • MR Technologists

  • Radiation Therapists

  • Dental workers

  • Chiropractic imaging personnel

  • NOT Ultrasound or Echocardiography Technologists


Why are we doing this
Why are we doing this?

Health care quality depends upon adequately trained professional caregivers. In many states, nuclear medicine technologists are not

required to maintain certification or possess a license to administer/dispense radiopharmaceuticals and operate imaging equipment.


The proposed minimum federal standards will
The proposed minimum Federal standards will:

  • Ensure that quality information is presented for diagnosis leading to accurate diagnosis and treatment.

  • Reduce health care costs by decreasing the number of repeated studies due to improper positioning or poor technique.

  • Improve the safety of diagnostic imaging/treatment procedures.

  • Reflect the professional standing of imaging technologists.


Who supports this effort
Who supports this effort?

The SNMTS and ASRT are founding members of the Alliance for Quality Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy.


What is the alliance for quality medical imaging and radiation therapy
What is the Alliance for Quality Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy?

Presently, the Alliance is comprised of 17 organizations representing diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy, dedicated to the provision of safe, high-quality radiologic care.

This Alliance is progressively growing.


The alliance for quality medical imaging and radiation therapy
The Alliance for Quality Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy?Radiation Therapy

The Alliance members agree that

the personnel who perform medical imaging procedures as well as plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments should be required to demonstrate competency in their area of practice.


Who does the alliance represent
Who does the Alliance represent? Radiation Therapy?

This Coalition represents over 250,000 allied health professionals in thirteen disciplines in the field of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Therapy.


Who are some other members of the alliance
Who are some other members of the Alliance? Radiation Therapy?

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology

  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology


Additional alliance members
Additional Alliance members Radiation Therapy?

  • Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers

  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine

  • Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists of ISMRM

  • Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators

  • Association of Educators in Radiologic Sciences


Additional organizations endorsing the care and rad care acts
Additional Organizations endorsing the Radiation Therapy?CAREand RadCARE Acts

  • American College of Radiology

  • American Cancer Society

  • American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Radiology

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives

  • Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation of America

  • International Society of Radiographers and Radiologic Technologists


Additional organizations endorsing care and rad care acts
Additional Organizations endorsing Radiation Therapy?CARE and RadCAREActs

  • National Coalition for Quality Diagnostic

    Imaging Services

  • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

  • Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors

  • Help Disabled War Veterans

  • Help Hospitalized Veterans

  • Philips Medical Systems

    ...and the list is growing


Who supports the bill in the house of representatives
Who supports the bill in the House of Representatives? Radiation Therapy?

  • Representative Heather Wilson, (R-NM) has now become the champion supporter of this bill. She re-introduced the CAREAct, Bill HR1214, on March 11, 2003.

  • As of September 9, 2003, there are 52 co-sponsors from 24 states.


Is my representative a co sponsor
Is my Representative a co-sponsor? Radiation Therapy?

AL (Bachus) NC (Price, Watt)

AR (Berry, Ross) ND (Pomeroy)

AZ (Grijalva, Hayworth) NE (Osborne, Terry)

CA (Eshoo) NJ (Pallone, Payne)

CT (Larson) NY (Engel, Israel, King, McCarthy,

IL (Gutierrez, Lipinski Walsh)

Rush, Shimkus) OR (Blumenauer, Hooley)

IN (Burton, Visclosky) PA (Doyle)

MA (Frank, Markey) TN (Cooper, Davis, Duncan, Gordon,

MD (Van Hollen, Wynn) Tanner, Wamp)

MI (Conyers, Kildee, VA (Cantor)

Knollenburg) WA (Dicks, Inslee, Nethercutt, George)

MO (Clay, Emerson) WI (Baldwin)

MN (Peterson, Sabo)

MS (Pickering)


Who supports the bill in the senate
Who supports the bill in the Senate? Radiation Therapy?

  • Senator Mike Enzi (WY) introduced the

    RadCARE Act to the Senate on June 3, 2003.

  • As of September 2003, there are five co-sponsors:

    Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

    Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD)

    Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

    Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND)

    Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT)


Sen enzi s comments
Sen. Enzi’s comments Radiation Therapy?

“When it comes right down to it, it’s a big enough battle to fight the cancers or the injuries to our bodies that require such invasive treatments or diagnosis. We shouldn’t have to worry about the level of competence of those who are providing us with the services we so desperately require for the maintenance of our health.”


Care and rad care frequently asked questions

CARE Radiation Therapy? and RadCARE:FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Why are we doing this1
Why are we doing this? Radiation Therapy?

Health care quality depends upon adequately trained professional caregivers.

In many states:

  • Personnel using radiation, magnetic devices and/or radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are not required to:

    • maintain certification

    • possess a license

    • or document training

      to plan, administer, dispense or treat patients


What are those benefits
“What are those benefits?” Radiation Therapy?

  • Job quality

  • Professional standing

  • Support for Continuing Education


So this is more about adequate care than about radiation safety
“So, this is more about adequate care than about radiation safety?”

  • Yes. Of course, radiation safety plays an important role within the responsibilities of an NMT.

  • But, we all know that a person can be well trained in radiation safety and still not be able to perform adequately as a technologist.

  • The CAREActaddresses all aspects of technologist education and training.


My state already has licensure will it change
“My state already has licensure. Will it change?” safety?”

It depends upon your state laws. State licensure laws that do

not meet the minimum

standards of the CAREAct

will need to be revised.


When will the change take place
“When will the change safety?”take place?”

It will take 2-4 years after passage of the CAREAct for states to implement licensure.


There is no licensure requirement in my state what will i have to do
“There is no licensure requirement in my state. What will I have to do?”

  • NMTs will be required to graduate from an accredited institution.

  • NMTs will be required to pass a certifying exam, such as the ARRT (N) or NMTCB.

  • NMTs will be required to participate in continuing education.


I was grandfathered in and never took an exam will i have to take one now
“I was ‘grandfathered’ in and never took an exam. Will I have to take one now?”

  • This licensure is notintended to “legislate people out of jobs”. State bills will be drafted to include appropriate “grandfather” clauses.

  • You will, however, be required to participate in continuing education.


What will this cost me
“What will this cost me?” Will I have to take one now?”

It is possible that state licensing boards will require an annual fee. The benefits of professional licensure, however, outweigh the nominal costs.


There is a tech shortage and i have solid job security right now why do i need licensure
“There is a tech shortage and I have solid job security right now. Why do I need licensure?”

  • Assurance of quality patient care in every state.

  • Assurance that you will not be replaced by someone who does not have the proper education and credentials to perform diagnostic or therapeutic procedures


Where can i get additional and timely information
“Where can I get additional and timely information?” right now. Why do I need licensure?”

www.snm.org

UPTAKE newsletter

JNMT

www.asrt.org


What can i do to help
“What can I do to help?” right now. Why do I need licensure?”

  • Participate in letter-writing campaigns.

    Write to your representatives in both the:

    Congress and Senate

  • Talk to fellow technologists and administrators about the importance of licensure and don’t forget to speak to your family & friends about writing letters - they have a right to high quality patient care


Questions? right now. Why do I need licensure?”

Thank you!


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