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S. 769 (115th): Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 29, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 769

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 29, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Casey) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to align physician supervision requirements under the Medicare program for radiology services performed by advanced level radiographers with State requirements.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2017.

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Aligning physician supervision requirements under the Medicare program for radiology services performed by advanced level radiographers with State requirements

(a)

In general

Section 1834(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (6), by inserting , subject to paragraph (7), after includes radiology services; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(7)

Treatment of services performed by advanced level radiographers

For purposes of paragraph (6), in the case of radiology services performed by an advanced level radiographer (as defined in section 1861(jjj)) in a State that has established standards for the direction or supervision by a physician of such a radiographer performing such services, such services shall be treated as performed under the direction or supervision of a physician if such services are performed under the direction or supervision of a physician to the extent required under such State law.

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(b)

Advanced level radiographer defined

Section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(jjj)

Advanced level radiographer

The term advanced level radiographer means a radiographer who is certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists as a registered radiologist assistant or by the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants as a radiology practitioner assistant to perform radiology services under the supervision of a radiologist.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to services performed on or after the date that is 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.