State Legislative Issues
Update on the ONA proposal to allow nurses access to fluoroscopy (May 2, 2018)
The request from the Oregon Nursing Association to allow Advanced Nurse Practitioners to supervise fluoroscopy was discussed again at the OBMI meeting on 4/20. The board did not want to move forward with allowing the ARPNs the ability to supervise fluoroscopy by changing statutes. They recommended that a representative from the board should meet with the leaders or the Healthcare Committee from the Senate. The board felt it would be important to meet with Senators Greenlick and Monnes-Anderson to explain OBMI's perspective on the issue. A few of the board members mentioned there was never a needs assessment done to confirm there is a true need to have the nurses operate and/or supervise fluoroscopy and it was not a good idea to change statute to accommodate a few requests.
We will continue to keep you posted as this discussion continues. Please check our website frequently or contact our legislative committee to find out how you can be involved.
OBMI Board Meeting Notes - April 22, 2017
1. Proposed rule to establish civil penalty schedule for employing an unlicensed person to perform imaging.
2. Five year review of specified administrative rules, in accordance with ORS 183.405.
This was just a procedural item as they must review their administrative rules every 5 years. No discussion to note.
3. Proposed policy for handling public records requests
1. CT waiver request – follow-up question following the Board’s January action on CT waivers.
2. Board action regarding possible rulemaking regarding supervision of temporary limited permit holders
3. APRNs providing verbal instructions during fluoroscopy procedure—update on SB 801.
The June 2016 issue of the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging newsletter is available now on the OBMI website. Articles include:
OBMI meeting held April 22, 2016
1. A privately owned orthopedic clinic out of Eugene made a request for an exemption to the CT credentialing requirement for R.T.s who operate low-dose CT equipment. Their facility has been researching a low-dose, weight bearing CT scanner for feet and ankles only. Due to the low radiation dose and the limited number of studies they would likely order, at least initially, the physicians in their group wondered if they could allow an RT to do the scanning at that machine in lieu of a credentialed CT technologist.
2. Following a random inspection of limited licensing educational facilities; the question arose if the students in these programs are being appropriately supervised during the clinical portion of their training. It was brought to the attention of the board that a number of years ago the state law was changed to indicate that students of limited licensed programs must apply for and pass the ARRT certification exam and then obtain a temporary permit from the OBMI before being allowed to enter the clinical part if their training. See OR Statue 337-010-0030
3. There was a suggestion during the public comment session to request that OBMI remove the need for applicants to disclose that they have had an arrest. Currently the board requires applicants to disclose arrest, convictions, warrants, etc. The person requesting this change felt that if an applicant wasn’t actually convicted of a charge then they shouldn't have to disclose the related arrest. However, from the board’s perspective applicants are being asked to honestly disclose all the information and as long as the background check lines up with what has been provided there is no further action taken by the board. This is more of an issue about integrity and disclosing the whole truth.
Upcoming OBMI meetings:
July 22, 2016
October 21. 2016