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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 patien
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