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Information from the ARRT
The ARRT has summarized the proposed governing changes. Click on the below link to go to the ARRT website. Links to the documents themselves, detailing the proposed changes, can be found at the end of the article, along with a link to an online survey to weigh in with your opinions, ideas and solutions. The Board will consider all comments at its July meeting. Any resulting changes will be announced online and in publications. The revised governing documents will become effective September 1, 2015.
The Joint Commission Proposed Standards Changes Related to Diagnostic Imaging
SNMMI needs your help with contacting The Joint Commission (TJC) regarding their proposed new and revised diagnostic imaging requirements that address minimum qualifications for technologists who perform diagnostic CT exams in the Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospital, and Hospital programs! The deadline to submit comments is June 25, 2015.
SNMMI is pleased with TJC’s recent edits to the proposed requirements, which are:
HR .01.02.05 EP 19 Technologists who perform diagnostic computed tomography (CT) exams have advanced-level certification by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) in computed tomography or one of the following qualifications:
•State licensure that permits them to perform diagnostic CT exams and documented training on the provision of diagnostic CT exams or •Certification and registration in radiography by ARRT and documented training on the provision of diagnostic CT exams or •Certification in nuclear medicine technology by ARRT or NMTCB and documented training on the provision of diagnostic CT exams
Note 1: Effective January 1, 2018, all technologists who perform diagnostic computed tomography (CT) exams will be expected to have advanced-level certification in computed tomography. Note 2: This element of performance does not apply to CT exams performed for therapeutic radiation treatment planning or delivery, or for calculating attenuation coefficients for nuclear medicine studies.
Before submitting comments, please review SNMMI's recent letter to TJC. We then ask that you take TJC's survey and submit comments on the proposed imaging requirements.
SNMMI thanks you for your help in ensuring these important revisions are finalized. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SNMMI’s Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to The Joint Commission (TJC) Imaging Standards:
The Joint Commission (TJC) has approved changes to ensure that nuclear medicine technologists can continue to perform their jobs and provide patients with the best care possible.
The FNMT is pleased to support the enactment of HB.309 and S.376 that provides for the recognition of radiologic technologists who have completed a specialty certification. This will have a positive impact on technologists who perform PET/CT. Please send emails / letters to Representative Jose Oliva and Senator Anitere Flores, sponsors of the bill, also House Speaker Dean Cannon and Representative Denise Grimsley (House Appropriations Chair) expressing your support.
The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control and Radiologic Technologist Licensure Program has always worked closely with the FNMT to ensure that regulations for professional licensure accommodates future growth and developments.
HB-309C1 Florida House and Senate Specialty License for CT
FNMT 2012 proposed bylaw change
Nuclear Medicine Professionals work hard to keep up-to-date on new techniques, new equipment and products as well as maintaining the necessary Continuing Medical Education Credits (CMEs) to maintain licensure and accreditation.
The FNMT tries to keep its members informed on state and national
governmental legislation that affects our profession as well as coordinate with national and regional societies that are affiliated with Nuclear Medicine.