Congressmen Introduce Legislation Designed to Boost Imaging Safety
Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) have introduced legislation to improve patient safety by boosting the quality and safety of medical imaging and radiation therapy.
The bill, called the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2012 (S.3338), would ensure medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures are performed by a professional with appropriate education and certification or licensure. The bill would also require practitioners to meet education and certification standards determined by HHS-designated certification organizations and obtain state licensure where required.
The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), is supported by the Alliance for Quality Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
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