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  • National Radiologic Technology Week! 

    National Radiologic Technology Week® is celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of R.T.s across the nation. The celebration takes place each year during the week that includes Nov. 8 to commemorate the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.

    The week-long celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety.

    Take part in OSRT's Rad Tech week drawing and you could win one of OSRT's many fabulous prizes! 

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

    Contest Rules 

    Prizes include an assortment of any of the following: 

                              

    Beaming with Pride" Tote Bag       Color Changing Tumbler    Mop Top Stylus Pen/Screen saver

        

                          Power bank charger                           4 Port USB Port Extender  

                                           Bone Pen                                       


    Plus $25 gift cards to: 


         

     

     

  • On October 21st the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI) will hold their last board meeting of 2016. OSRT will be sending a representative to this meeting. Please look over the agenda and post any questions, comments, or concerns you wish to voice  to OBMI below. 

    You can also send your comments to osrtoffice@oregonsrt.org 


    BoardAgenda_10.21.2016.pdf

  • July 2016
    Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law requiring Illinois insurance companies to provide coverage of 3D mammography. Senate Bill 466 does not set the percentage that insurance companies must pay toward the cost of the test, but it does require the technology to be included in a patient's insurance coverage.

  • Cigna Now Covers 3D Breast Tomosynthesis
    8/30/2016
    As of August 23, Cigna's mammography screening coverage policy now considers digital breast tomosynthesis "a medically appropriate imaging option in the screening of breast cancer



  • Request for action from ASRT president Michael Latimer, M.S.R.S, R.T.(R)

    The recent decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to slash Medicare film-based x-ray payments by 20 percent will have unintended consequences on patient care. CMS omitted language in its proposed payment-reduction rule that would require registered radiologic technologists to perform all radiography procedures billed within the Medicare system. By leaving out a measure requiring registered radiologic technologists to perform procedures, CMS is conceding that uneducated, unqualified and unprepared personnel could perform radiologic technology duties.

    Submit your comments to ask CMS to include language in the proposal that would require that only registered radiologic technologists perform radiography procedures billed within the Medicare system. There are two proposed rules:  the physician fee schedule and hospital outpatient prospective payment system. Please submit your comments for both proposals.

    Access the ASRT advocacy action center for comments you can customize and submit to CMS.

    The public comment period is open until Sept. 6, 2016.

    Thank you for taking the time to support your profession. By submitting comments to CMS, you’re taking an important step in making sure the federal government knows that only registered radiologic technologists who have the education, skills and experience necessary to ensure safe and accurate exams should perform medical imaging procedures.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Latimer, M.S.R.S, R.T.(R)
    ASRT President


  • 08 Jul 2016 10:48 AM | Deleted user

    The Oregon Board of Medical Imaging will be having their next meeting on July 22, 2016 located at Room 1-D, Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland OR. 

    Click here to find a preliminary agenda. 

  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has introduced a proposal that would allow nurses to, "Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies." The ASRT strongly opposes this measure as only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation. Certified nurse practitioners do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, vascular-interventional or bone densitometry. This proposal is a threat to patients and registered radiologic technologists.

    It is very important that we let our opinion on this proposal be heard. As of 6/6/16 there have been approximately 100 comments submitted and we need several thousand comments to make a difference. The ASRT lobbyist has said the higher the number of comments the more likely that the agency proposing agency will take another look.

    We encourage all radiologic technologists to join in our effort to oppose this shortsighted proposal. Please submit your comments to the federal government and let them know that you strongly oppose the VA’s efforts to bypass patient safety measures by allowing nonqualified certified nursing professionals to perform medical imaging procedures. You can submit comments to the Federal Register at www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12338/... Our focus is on patient safety.

    Some suggested wording is included below and we also encourage you to personalize your message to increase the chance of the proposing agency taking us seriously. A suggested template could be:

    I strongly oppose the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposal that would allow certified nurse practitioners to, "Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies." Certified nurse practitioners do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, vascular-interventional or bone densitometry. Only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation because they are the healthcare professionals who are specifically educated and certified in providing safe, high quality imaging studies.



  • The ASRT Foundation in partnership with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists is awarding one applicant who is a member of OSRT and ASRT as well as pursuing an advanced degree. The award is up to $500 as reimbursement for the cost of CE, educational conferences or products, or ARRT primary or secondary certification exams. 

    Applications for 2017 must be submitted by Aug. 1, 2016.

    Click here to apply 


  • ARRT Changes

    ·          The ARRT has posted proposed changes to its Rules and Regulations on their 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, those with RDMS that want the ARRT Sonography credential have to fulfill ARRT’s educational requirements before applying to take the exam.

    ·          R.P.A. (Radiology Practitioner Assistant) graduates who haven’t previously applied for R.R.A. certification may be eligible to do so through Dec. 31, 2020.

    ·          The formatting for the Rules of Ethics will change to put the rules in categories so they are easier to understand.

    ·          January 1, 2017 – You must report ethics violations to ARRT, including criminal charges and convictions, within 30 days of occurrence.

    ·          If you have ethics sanctions, you have 30 days to request a hearing or appeal. You can wave the 30 days to start and finish your sanction period faster.

    ·          If you have Ethics or Settlement Agreement sanctions, you can apply for removal.

    ·          January 1, 2018 – Earning additional credentials won’t earn credits, but the educational activities you complete to qualify will be eligible to count toward biennial CE.

    ·          You may now report an activity for credit more than once in your career, but not in the same biennium.

    You can make your thoughts known by reading and commenting on ARRT’s website:

    https://www.arrt.org/news/articles/2016-05-06-Your-Chance-To-Comment.aspx







  • 1st place, Melissa Iwamoto (far left) 

    2nd place Nicholas Anderson (center) 

    3rd place Deena Schriner (far right)


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