March 28, 2013
On March 13, Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-1), along with Rep. John Barrow (GA-12) and Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13), introduced HR 1146, the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (CARE) Act of 2013. On March 21, Sen. Mike Enzi (WY), along with Sen. Harkin (IA) and Sen. Franken (MN) intorduced S. 642, the Senate version of the bill.
The CARE Act would require those who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures to meet minimum education and credentialing standards in order to receive Medicare reimbursement. Under current law, minimum education and credentialing standards are voluntary in some states, allowing individuals to perform radiologic procedures without any formal imaging education. Poor quality images can lead to misdiagnosis, additional testing, delays in treatment, and increased cost.
The CARE Act was most recently introduced in the 112th Congress as H.R. 2104 in the House of Representatives and as S. 3338 in the Senate.
The text of H.R. 1146 can be found below.