Texas Medical Board Implements CE Changes for MRT’s (4-3-17)

Last month new requirements for Texas Medical Radiologic Technologists (MRT’s) became effective. There are multiple changes from the previous state requirements that were issued by the Department of State Health Services. Among the most significant is the requirement for live, instructor directed CE coursework. The direct/indirect credit remained the same, but since it has long been an area of the regulations for misinterpretation, AHEC will … Continue reading Texas Medical Board Implements CE Changes for MRT’s (4-3-17)

VA Nurse Practitioners Win One, Lose One

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced yesterday that nurse practitioners were granted the authority to act and order without the oversight of a physician. Opposition from the American Medical Association (AMA) did not deter the VA from amending its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of three roles of VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) when they are acting within the scope of their … Continue reading VA Nurse Practitioners Win One, Lose One

The Veteran’s Administration Proposes to Allow Nurses to Perform and Interpret Imaging Studies

June 3, 2016 On May 25, 2016 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs introduced a proposal that would allow nurses to, “Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies.” Contained in the proposal is the ability to circumvent state laws which might prohibit this professional task. There should be strong opposition to this measure as only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use … Continue reading The Veteran’s Administration Proposes to Allow Nurses to Perform and Interpret Imaging Studies

Breaking News for Technologists!

Breaking News for Technologists! ARRT Changes The ARRT has posted proposed changes to its Rules and Regulations on its website under the tab “ARRT News” and “Your Chance to Comment”. All comments are due June 3, 2016 January 1, 2020 – A primary pathway (ARRT recognized sonography education program) will be your only option to pursue an ARRT sonography certification and registration January 1, 2017, … Continue reading Breaking News for Technologists!

Sound OFF: Medicare Cuts Imaging “bread and butter” dollars

People are talking! Discussing the Medicare cuts scheduled for operators of CR imaging equipment. This regulation was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 signed by the President in December, 2015. It caught many facilities in the crosshairs. Medicare is pushing imaging providers to adopt digital technology. CMS has scheduled reimbursement cuts starting in 2017 of 20% for those still providing analog imaging. There … Continue reading Sound OFF: Medicare Cuts Imaging “bread and butter” dollars

Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?

One of my favorite late night shows was Jay Leno and his segments on “Jaywalking” This segment had Jay going to a public park or boardwalk and interviewing people with common questions. The questions were generally current events, current politics, or some common knowledge such as the capital of a state, or my favorite Question: “Why did women burn their bras in the ‘60”s (meaning … Continue reading Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?

The “Right-To-Try” Before I Die

“Jimmy Clark figures he has only so much time left, maybe five years in a best-case scenario, less than two if things go south quick. He’s trying to stay positive, knocking things off his bucket list, but he knows the deterioration that comes with ALS portends a gradual loss of the ability to speak, move, eat, and breathe. Clark, a 59-year-old Texarkana retailer, wants to … Continue reading The “Right-To-Try” Before I Die

Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

AARP Bulletin Advises Members Against Medical Tests

I wonder how many patients Elizabeth Agnvall has sent to an early grave today? The latest AARP Bulletin screams the headline- Doctors say: Skip These Tests! “Doctors warn that some of the common medical tests routinely taken by Americans do more harm than good, waste billions of dollars and could endanger your health or even your life…” Are you kidding me? On page 12 she … Continue reading AARP Bulletin Advises Members Against Medical Tests