State Legislative Issues
Update - hearing on SB 128
(February 12, 2019)
This bill is scheduled for a public hearing and possible work session by the Senate Committee on Healthcare at the Capitol this coming Monday, February 18th at 1:00pm in HR A. The session is open to the public and you are encouraged to attend. Representatives from OSRT will be present for the hearing and we welcome other technologists who are willing and able to join us.
Senate Bill 128 would allow Advanced Nurse Practitioners to supervise Fluoroscopy
(January 26, 2019)
The OSRT legislative committee was recently notified of proposed Senate Bill 128. Linked here is a draft of the bill for your review. The bill would allow Advanced Nurse Practitioners to supervise fluoroscopy if they've met standards set by OBMI. These standards include an education component, a clinical component and requires them to pass an ARRT exam. This bill would not allow them to operate fluoroscopy, but rather supervise/direct technologists.
As you aware, this has been an ongoing issue for the past few years and the proposal has certainly come a long way. The original proposal by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) requested the ability for Advanced Nurse Practitioners to order, perform and interpret all imaging studies. Through working with the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Protection Services, the newest proposal (SB128) would ensure that those Advanced Nurse Practitioners supervising fluoroscopy would have to complete specialized education and prove competency.
The OSRT legislative committee is watching the proposal closely and plans on having a representative attend any meeting where the Senate healthcare committee will be discussing this proposal. It is extremely important to have technologists in the room during these discussions to ensure our voices and concerns are heard. We will also watch for any amendments to the proposal. You can continue to check the website for updates.
Upcoming agenda item at OBMI board meeting regarding APRNs supervising flouroscopy
(October 15, 2018)
The OSRT legislative committee would like to inform all OSRT members that the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging will be discussing a "Review of legislative draft for APRNs to be authorized to supervise fluoroscopy procedures ." At this time public comment is not open on the proposal, but OSRT welcomes your opinions on the issue.
To share your thoughts on the issue, please email email@example.com
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