March 23, 2007
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) held their annual "R.T. in D.C." event on March 18-20, 2007, in Washington, D.C., to support the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy bill (CARE bill). Cindi Luckett-Gilbert, BHS, CNMT, PET, RT(N), Mary Beth Farrell, CNMT, MS, RDCS, CPC, and Lyn Mehlberg, BS, CNMT, FSNMTS, as well as ACNP-SNM staff, represented the SNMTS at this event.
The House CARE bill (H.R.583) would require people performing the technical components of medical imaging and radiation therapy to meet federal education and credentialing standards in order to participate in federal health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and other programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. Medical imaging procedures, as well as radiation therapy treatments for patients covered under these programs, would need to be performed by personnel meeting the federal standards in order to be eligible for reimbursement. The Senate version of the CARE bill (formerly known as "RadCARE") has yet to be introduced in the 110th Congress, but is expected to drop when Congress returns from spring recess.
At the "R.T. in D.C." meeting, nearly 140 technologists learned about the CARE bill, corresponding standards, and how to effectively communicate with their legislators. Following the educational sessions, participants attended over 250 Hill visits to share with their legislators how the CARE legislation will improve the quality of care, reduce costs, and increase safety within medical imaging and radiation therapy. Co-sponsorship of the House CARE bill is expected to dramatically increase as a direct result of the "R.T. in D.C." efforts.
Now is the time for you to show you CARE about patient safety, quality care, and health care costs. Please visit the online ACNP-SNM Legislative Action Center to learn more about the CARE legislation and ask your Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of H.R.583. Take advantage of the easy-to-use online tools and template letters to help you communicate with your legislators. If your Representative is already a co-sponsor, please let them know that you appreciate their support. Thank you for taking the time to advocate for quality on behalf of the nuclear medicine community.
|Action Alert: CARE|
|ACNP-SNM Legislative Action Center: H.R.583|