Fall, 2012
Update on the C.A.R.E. Bill - HR 2104

Most of you have heard of the C.A.R.E. bill. Imaging groups have been trying to get some form of Medical Imaging standard bill passed for a number of years. To ensure quality of care, a need was determined for the standardization of the training and experience requirements for those involved in radiological imaging and radiation therapy. The current C.A.R.E. bill, as we refer to it, stands for Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2011. This bill has undergone much iteration (and several name changes under the same acronym) over the years, but the current bill is generally accepted by all imaging groups that are a part of the Alliance for Quality Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (AQMIRT). AQMIRT consists of over 20 imaging organization members, including SVU, ASE, and SDMS with ARDMS taking an observer role, and represents over 600,000 imaging professionals. Senators Tom Harkins (Iowa) and Michael Enzi (Wyoming), Chair and Ranking members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, requested a letter of support from the current AQMIRT members in June of 2012 and that was provided. This is our latest information regarding the bill and the NCUS Legislative Committee is keeping an eye out for any changes or updates and will pass them on as we get them.

This next year, 2013, is also a long session year for our own NC legislature and we will be monitoring any state level efforts for licensure as well. Please do not hesitate to contact Laura Currie in the Central Office or myself if you hear anything that concerns you or if you have any questions. Email links can be accessed from the ncus.org website.