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  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:39 AM | Anonymous member

    X-ray Advisory Committee Agenda online

    Minnesota Department of Health sent this bulletin at 01/24/2017 09:26 AM CST

     

    The first meeting of the Advisory Committee for the X-ray Rules Revision of Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4732 will be held January 31, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

     

    This is a public meeting with limited seating. If you are interested in attending and observing the Advisory Committee Meeting, please contact Kelly Medellin at kelly.medellin@state.mn.us or 651-201-4568.

    X-ray Rules Revision Advisory Committee Meeting

    January 31, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm

    Minnesota Department of Health

    Orville Freeman Building, Room B149

    625 Robert Street North

    St. Paul, MN 55164


  • Friday, November 11, 2016 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello,


    My name is Crystal Bromeling, I would like to introduce myself as your MSRT President-Elect. I have been a technologist for over 12 years with seven years’ experience as an educator. About five years ago I made the professional decision to become a member of the MSRT as I wanted to be a role model to my students. I’ve learned that there are many areas of the profession that needs our attention. As your President-elect I want to make a difference in our state regarding medical imaging, and keeping the profession protected. I have been very passionate about our profession through my involvement with the ASRT Grassroots and the MSRT Legislative Committee. I am also the Awards Chair and a member of the Educators’ committee. There have been many great leaders that have been in this role prior to me, and I wish to following in their footsteps.


    Currently, I am the Radiologic Technology Program Director at Rasmussen College – Lake Elmo campus. I just launched a new Radiography program for Rasmussen College. This has been an up and down ride, this launch demonstrates my determination and passion for medical imaging.


    Join the MSRT and be part of history being made in our state and have your voice heard.


    Thank you,

    Crystal Bromeling, MBA, RT(R)(M)(ARRT)


  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:57 AM | Anonymous member

    The Minnesota Chapter 4732 X-ray Rule process is moving forward.  


    There is a modification summary posted on the Minnesota Department of Health website that outlines the changes that will be pursued at this time.  Take a moment to review this summary and contact the MDH with any suggestions or comments you may have x-rayrules@state.mn.us


    Next up in the process will be a review of this summary by a rule writing committee and the beginning of the rule drafting process.  


    Updates on this rule writing process will be made available on the MDH website, including meeting minutes from the rules drafting committee.


    As these rules directly affect our profession, the MSRT will be keeping a watch on this process and keeping membership informed.

  • Monday, September 26, 2016 8:37 AM | Anonymous member
    The Legislative Committee has built a new advocacy section of the MSRT website to house information on current advocacy efforts and to direct technologists toward valuable resources. Click on the Advocacy tab on the top menu to learn more about the issues currently facing our patients and our profession and find out how you can help make a difference!
  • Monday, August 22, 2016 2:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Legislative Committee Update


    Action Needed


    There is now an open comment period for the public on the Minnesota Department of Health rule revision process for Ionizing Radiation, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4732.


    This is the Chapter that contains the majority of the rules that directly regulate our profession in MN, so we should be active in this process to ensure that the interests of the public and our profession are best being met.  You can submit any ideas you have for revisions to the rule here:


    http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/radiation/xray/rules/xrayrulerev.html


    After this open period for comments, the drafting of the rules will begin.  There will be further opportunities to submit comments after the first draft is completed and again before it is finalized.  This entire process will likely take more than a year.


    The Legislative Committee will be monitoring this process, and will notify membership if there are any specific items that may require our attention.




  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASRT Members:

    The recent decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to slash Medicare film-based x-ray payments by 20 percent will have unintended consequences on patient care. CMS omitted language in its proposed payment-reduction rule that would require registered radiologic technologists to perform all radiography procedures billed within the Medicare system. By leaving out a measure requiring registered radiologic technologists to perform procedures, CMS is conceding that uneducated, unqualified and unprepared personnel could perform radiologic technology duties.

    Submit your comments to ask CMS to include language in the proposal that would require that only registered radiologic technologists perform radiography procedures billed within the Medicare system. There are two proposed rules:  the physician fee schedule and hospital outpatient prospective payment system. Please submit comments for both proposals.

    Access the ASRT advocacy action center for comments you can customize and submit to CMS.

    The public comment period is open until Sept. 6, 2016.

    Thank you for taking the time to support your profession. By submitting comments to CMS, you’re taking an important step in making sure the federal government knows that only registered radiologic technologists who have the education, skills and experience necessary to ensure safe and accurate exams should perform medical imaging procedures.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Latimer, M.S.R.S, R.T.(R)
    ASRT President

     

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 8:32 AM | Anonymous member

    VA proposal puts veterans at risk for medical radiation errors

    July 11, 2016

    By Sal Martino, CEO of ASRT 

    A proposal by the Department of Veterans Affairs intended to help our nation’s veterans receive more timely health care could instead lead to a lower standard of care and ultimately put them at risk. The proposed rule would give full practice authority to advanced practice registered nurses, which includes allowing them to perform medical imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation. 

    This proposal is disturbing and could lead to serious consequences for veterans. Ionizing radiation can be extremely dangerous if administered incorrectly. Registered radiologic technologists have the education, skills and expertise to perform high quality medical imaging procedures, while keeping radiation dose as low as possible. Yet, the VA’s proposal would give certified nurse practitioners, a group without necessary education in radiation protection, full practice authority to “order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies.” It is a dangerous precedent to allow personnel who have not undergone rigorous training in radiation safety, radiation physics and patient positioning to assume medical imaging responsibilities. 


  • Tuesday, June 07, 2016 8:07 PM | Anonymous member

    Re-posted from the ASRT Communities website:


    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has introduced a proposal that would allow nurses to, "Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies." The ASRT strongly opposes this measure as only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation. Certified nurse practitioners do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, vascular-interventional or bone densitometry. This proposal is a threat to patients and registered radiologic technologists.
    We encourage all radiologic technologists to join in our effort to oppose this shortsighted proposal. Please submit your comments to the federal government and let them know that you strongly oppose the VA’s efforts to bypass patient safety measures by allowing non-qualified certified nursing professionals to perform medical imaging procedures. You can submit comments to the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12338/advanced-practice-registered-nurses#h-4.  
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    Liana Watson, D.M., R.T., RDMS, FASRT, CAE
    ASRT Associate Executive Director of Operations and Governance
    Executive Vice President, ASRT Foundation
    Albuquerque, NM


    So far only about 100 RT's have submitted comments to the VA about this proposal.  There are over 150,000 ASRT members alone, so collectively, we should be able garner a much larger response.   


    This is a very important issue, as it affects millions of veterans.  They fought for our country, we need to help fight for their right to responsible healthcare.  


    Please take a minute to submit a comment to the VA about your opposition to this proposal.  You can also contact your local congressperson and ask them to voice their opposition as well.  Below is a suggested template from Donna Long posted on the ASRT Communities website:


    I strongly oppose the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposal that would allow certified nurse practitioners to, "Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies." Certified nurse practitioners do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, vascular-interventional or bone densitometry. Only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation because they are the healthcare professionals who are specifically educated and certified in providing safe, high quality imaging studies.


  • Sunday, May 01, 2016 8:22 PM | Anonymous member

    From the ASRT Communities:


    Medicare Recognition of the Radiologist Assistant

    House Resolution 4614 and its Senate companion bill to be introduced by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is supported by more than 50 organizations including the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American College of Radiology and the Society for Radiology Physician Extenders.


    Read H.R. 4614 text and use these guidelines to communicate with your member of Congress.


    Send an email now!


    H.R. 4614, the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2016, was introduced on Feb. 25 by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas. This bill provides for Medicare recognition of registered radiologist assistants certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and radiology practitioner assistants certified by the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants (jointly referred to as radiologist assistants). Joining Congressman Olson as co-sponsors are Reps. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.; Bill Pascrell, D-N.J.; and Michael Doyle, D-Penn. All of the sponsors sit on congressional committees with jurisdiction over this bill. Reps. Reichert and Pascrell are assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee, and Reps. Olson and Doyle are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark, will introduce a companion bill in May.


    The American Society of Radiologic Technologists, ARRT, American College of Radiology and the Society for Radiology Physician Extenders are working together to obtain Medicare recognition of the RA as a midlevel provider of health care services working under the supervision of a radiologist.

    Medicare currently pays for services performed by a radiology physician extender who is working under the personal supervision of a radiologist. The ASRT, ARRT, ACR and SRPE are advocating for the adoption of statutory language that will set radiologist supervision levels for RAs at levels consistent with state licensure laws. By amending CMS reimbursement policy and supervision levels to match state licensure standards, RAs will be able to work more independently and be more efficient health care providers. The adoption of this language would enable radiologists to devote more focused time reviewing and interpreting complex medical images or urgent cases, thus increasing patients’ access to care.


    RAs have advanced education and training and can expertly and safely perform radiologic assessments and certain procedures that traditionally were performed only by radiologists.


    Without Medicare’s recognition of RAs, the profession is in peril. As a direct result of Medicare’s current policy RAs are losing their jobs and universities are on the verge of suspending or terminating their training programs.

    Please contact your federal representative and senators in Washington, D.C., today and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4614 and Sen. Boozman’s Senate companion bill ­— legislation that will improve the quality of patients’ access to care provided by qualified RAs.


    ASRT members can stay up to date on this effort by accessing the RA Community

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    Liana Watson, D.M., R.T., RDMS, FASRT, CAE
    ASRT Associate Executive Director of Operations and Governance
    Executive Vice President, ASRT Foundation
    Albuquerque, NM
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  • Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The meeting will be held at:

    Radiologic Education Center  8421 University Ave NE

    Spring Lake Park, MN  55432


    9AM - 1PM

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