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Advocacy

Welcome to the Advocacy Committee section of the OSRT website. We are always looking for fellow technologists to serve on our committee. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Advocacy Committee serves several purposes for the OSRT and technologists in Ohio. We:

  • Take the OSRT’s position on all proposed legislation/regulation and practice issues pertinent to the profession.
  • Advocate for federal minimum standard legislation.
  • Maintain contact with key state and national representatives on all activities pertinent to the profession.
  • Monitor the Ohio Medical Board and send representatives when issues impact our profession.
  • Provide testimony as needed on proposed legislation/regulation and practice issues pertinent to the profession.
    • Represent Ohio technologists at ODH Bureau of Radiation Protection meetings pertinent to our practice.
    • Interaction with the ODH on revisions to the Ohio Administrative rules relative to the practice of radiology.

Some of our interactions with the Ohio Department of Health include attending RAC, REC, and Radioactive Materials Committee meetings. Upcoming meetings can be found on the Calendar.

The Radiation Advisory Council (RAC) was established in accordance with section 3748.20 of the Ohio Revised Code. Members of the Radiation Advisory Council are appointed by the governor for five year terms.

Duties of the council include:

  • Advising and consulting with the director on the development of rules.
  • Advising and consulting with the director concerning the administration, implementation and enforcement of Chapter 3748 of the Ohio Revised Code.
  • Advising and consulting with the director in the development of inspection criteria, procedures and guidelines to be used in the radiation control program.

The council establishes committees to focus on specific components of the radiation control program and the rules developed in accordance with Chapter 3748 of the Ohio Revised Code.

There are currently two committees: the Radiation-Generating Equipment Committee (REC) and the Radioactive Materials Committee.For questions related to advocacy and health policy issues, contact OSRT's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CARE Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The American Society of Radiologic Technologists announced today that the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy bill, S. 3338, was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

The CARE bill would ensure that basic minimum education and certification standards are established as part of the Medicare program for all medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel.

“This is a big step for the CARE bill, which would save the government money and ultimately improve the quality of patient care,” said ASRT President Dawn McNeil, M.S.M., R.T.(R)(M), RDMS, RVT, CRA. “We are encouraged that Sens. Enzi and Harkin introduced the CARE bill, and we hope both the House and Senate will take action on the bill this congressional session.”

Currently, basic educational standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals are voluntary and inconsistent in many states, allowing some individuals to perform radiologic procedures without any formal education. Six states, along with the District of Columbia, are without any regulations regarding the qualifications of personnel performing medical imaging examinations.

In June 2011, the House CARE bill, H.R. 2104, was introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and now has more than 125 bipartisan cosponsors.

“ASRT members have worked tirelessly to educate their congressmen about the importance of education and certification standards in medical imaging and radiation therapy,” said Christine J. Lung, CAE, ASRT’s vice president of government relations and public policy. “The long-term efforts of so many dedicated radiologic technologists will finally pay off when the CARE bill legislation is enacted.”

For more information about the CARE bill, visit www.asrt.org/CARE.

ASRT CARE Bill...A New Direction

In the new Congress, ASRT will continue to pursue consistent federal and state education and certification standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy technical personnel. 

There will be some changes in strategy that the ASRT will be using in moving forward with the pursuit of consistent federal and state education and certification standards. As many of you are aware, the political gridlock in Washington, D.C. has made it difficult to pass any legislation, including “common sense” measures like the CARE bill. As a result, ASRT will set CARE aside and pursue new tactical strategies toward achieving our goal.

ASRT plans to pursue the insertion of amendatory language that incorporates the CARE bill’s principles into any federal bill that includes Medicare provisions. This includes bills addressing sequestration, the debt ceiling and entitlement reform.  This new strategy allows us to jump the “regular order” of the legislative process and gives us greater flexibility and more options to push education and certification standards to enactment.  If the CARE bill is introduced as stand-alone legislation, ASRT will continue to strongly support the CARE bill. There are many different ways to get to our end goal of consistent federal education and certification standards and stand-alone bill introduction may increase our opportunities. 

In addition to pursuing education and certification standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy, ASRT is committed to the enactment of the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act (MARCA) that will require CMS to set payment policies for the radiologist assistant.  ASRT will also support legislation that protects radiologic technologists, enhances patient safety and offers appropriate reimbursement for medical imaging and radiation therapy services.

ASRT members will continue to play a vital role in promoting ASRT’s federal agenda and in supporting the renewed focus on state advocacy efforts. The relationships ASRT members have built over the years with representatives and senators on Capitol Hill and their staffs will assist us in targeting the lawmakers who can best identify moving legislation, propose and manage the amendatory language.  It is vital for success that all R.T.s keep these lines of communication open and maintain strong relationships on Capitol Hill. 

In addition to the new strategy for pursuit of federal and state education and certification standards, the ASRT has made some structural changes in staff to integrate our government relations efforts with our initiatives at the state affiliate level and help strengthen our overall advocacy efforts at the state level. The Government Relations and Public Policy Department has been moved from the Executive Division into the Governance and Development Division. Christine Lung, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy and her team will join the Governance and Development Division, with Liana Watson, Chief Governance and Development Officer providing executive oversight for the Division. This change provides ASRT an opportunity to strengthen support for affiliate activities with a concerted effort to build a successful legislative program for affiliates

ASRT looks forward to working with all R.T.s on continued efforts in advocating for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals on the federal and state levels!

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CARE Bill Introduced in 113th Congress
In the House of Representatives on March 13, Representative Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., introduced the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy bill also known as the CARE Bill. This marks the eighth time the bill has been introduced in the House in the past 13 years. H.R. 1146 would set federal education and certification standards in the Medicare program for the technical personnel providing, planning and delivering all medical imaging examinations and radiation therapy treatments. Click here for the full article.

Federal RA Reimbursement Bill Introduced
The Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act (MARCA), H.R. 1148, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 14. The legislation would allow facilities to bill Medicare for medical imaging services performed by qualified radiologist assistants under the direction of a supervising radiologist. Introduced by Reps. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.; Jim Matheson, D-Utah; Pete Olson, R-Texas; and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., H.R. 1148 would set standards within the Medicare program for services provided by radiology physician extenders, reduce existing RA supervision restrictions and allow facilities to be reimbursed for the services RAs perform at 85 percent of the existing physician fee schedule rate.
Click here for the full article.

2009 RT in DC

2009 RT in D.C. Event

As representatives of the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT), Leisa Arnold, Jonathon Mazal, and Linda Rizzo attended the R.T. in DC (Radiologic Technologists in Washington) event April 19-21, 2009. This organized event is designed to gain legislative support/sponsorship for the CARE Bill (Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in radiation therapy and medical imaging). The Bill establishes federal certification standards for personnel who plan and deliver radiation therapy and perform all types of medical imaging exams.

 

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2010 RT in DC

 

2010-ohio-rts-photowAs representatives of the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT), Leisa Arnold M.H.A.,RT(R)(M) and Jonathon Mazal B.S., R.T.(R)(MR), attended the 12th annual R.T. in DC (Radiologic Technologists in Washington) event March 7th-9th, 2010. They were joined by fellow Ohioans Donna Wrinkle M.B.A., R.T.(R)(CV) and Dava Edwards Smith, R.T.(R)(CT)(MR), MSRS who attended independently in nature to help aid in the efforts of passing the CARE Bill. This organized event is designed to gain legislative support/sponsorship for the CARE Bill (Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in radiation therapy and medical imaging).

 

 

 

 

 

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2011 RT in DC

rt_dcsign_webOhio RTs Hit Capitol Hill

The ASRT RT in DC event was held March 13-15 at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row.  There were 117 imaging professionals in attendance from all over the country.  This was the ASRT’s 13th annual RT in DC event. Included in the 117 attendees were four OSRT radiologic technologists and a radiologist assistant to lobby for sponsorship of the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (CARE) bill. OSRT Board members, Jonathan Mazal and Linda Rizzo, Student intern Chris Gerity, and committee member Julie Gill, arrived in Washington D.C. on Sunday, March 13th. Julie Gill is not only actively involved in OSRT, she was recently elected as vice president of the ASRT Board of Directors.

linda_chris_repjordon_webThe group met with other RT in DC attendees on Sunday evening, and on Monday they learned about the CARE bill and how to effectively meet with aides of the House of Representatives and Senate to garner sponsorship for the bill. Mazal also learned about the Medicare Reimbursement 0f Radiologist Assistant’s bill and lobbied for sponsorship of this bill, as well.

On Tuesday, it was off to Capitol Hill! Pictured to the left is US Representative Jim Jordan, Linda Rizzo and Chris Gerity. The group met with no resistance to sponsorship of the CARE Bill. The primary provision of the CARE bill is that those facilities and health care providers who receive Medicare reimbursement be required to hire educationally-prepared and clinically-competent radiologic technologists to perform all medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. The federal bill would also mandate minimum standards for education and clinical competence. Practically speaking, the bill will help reduce the risk of medical errors associated with misdiagnosis or the misadministration of radiation, and would reduce patient radiation dose.

2011 reps_webThis past year, The New York Times published an expose on radiation overexposure and errors which culminated in their February 28th front page article emphasizing the need for the CARE bill to protect U.S. citizens. At this point in time, there is NO none opposition to the CARE bill!

Pictured to the left are Julie Gill, Chrstine Lung, Chris Gerity, David Goch and Linda Rizzo. Christine Lung is ASRT's Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy and David Goch is ASRT's Legal Counsel.

Thanks Jonathan, Linda, Chris, and Julie for representing Ohio technologists and all to all Ohioans who help support the passage of the CARE Bill!

OSRT Opposes SB5

The OSRT supports the employee's right to collectively bargain and is in opposition to Senate Bill 5.

This statement is based on a decision made at the OSRT Annual Meeting by the membership and their vote to have the Board of Directors take a position regarding this issue.

OSRT Response to Potential Change in Ohio Revised Code(Radiographer)

Ohio Radiologic Technology Personnel and Interested Parties,

Linda Rizzo and Heather Moore of the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) Executive Board attended the July 21, 2011 Radiation Generating Equipment Committee (REC) meeting at the Ohio Department of Health. This meeting was in reference to personnel licensing rules which the proposed change to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3701-72-01 definition of "radiographer" was discussed.

We were made aware of the change to this ORC by the OSRT Health Policy Committee and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). We have been working in conjunction with the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Radiological Society. This proposed changed has caused much concern among the radiology community.

The proposed rule changes can be found at:

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/rules/drafts/3701-72-.aspx

3701 - 72-01- Definitions - Line (X)

The OSRT has developed a response to send to the Ohio Department of Health. (OSRT Response to ODH). We encourage interested members to also submit their own public comments on or before August 10, 2011. The REC will meet on August 12, 2011 in Columbus, OH to review all of the public comments. These meetings are always open to the public. Representatives from the OSRT plan to be in attendance. After the REC meeting, the committee will send their recommendations to the Radiation Advisory Council (RAC) which then sends their recommendations to the Public Health Council (PHC). Once it passes the PHC, the new rules become effective.

The OSRT would like to encourage your support of this response. It is intended to protect the National Practice Standards for Radiologic Technologists as stated by the ASRT.

Thank you very much for your anticipated support of this important issue in the Radiologic Technology community.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Heather Moore, MEd, R.T. (R)

President, The Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists

 

An update to the OSRT Response to Potential Change in Ohio Revised Code(Radiographer)

This summer has been an active one for Radiologic Technologists in Ohio. The OSRT has been very busy acting on your behalf regarding legislative issues which could have impacted the profession in the State of Ohio dramatically. A request from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to remove the wording "injects contrast material" from the definition of Radiographer was submitted and subsequently placed up for public comment. The Ohio Department of Health received several hundred responses from technologists, professional organizations, health care facilities, radiologist, nurses, and the Ohio Hospital Association. I would like to take this time to thank all of you who took initiative and wrote letters or emails to the ODH. It was absolutely worth the effort! The attorneys at the ODH ultimately found that the wording used was appropriate and the task was within our scope of practice and should not be removed from the statute. It is absolutely imperative that we work to preserve the profession in which we practice. One way to do this is to be included in the BRadiation list serve, a service of the ODH which informs participants of changes, meetings and updates relative to the profession. If you are not currently included on the BRadiation list-serve, I encourage you to sign up now. You can be added to the list-serve by sending an email request to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Involvement with the OSRT, the ASRT, the Care Bill initiative all place you in the position of making the changes that affect the profession in which you practice. Take Charge of your future!

Heather Moore, MEd, RT(R)
President, OSRT

OSRT Working for Ohio!

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