The face of allied healthcare is constantly changing. This is due in large part to governments, both state and federal, trying to ensure patient protection through legislation and regulation.
ACVP supports all efforts at strengthening the quality of healthcare. This has resulted in our appearance at hearings regarding the work performed by our members.
Exciting Changes in California
In September, California Department of Public Health issued a notice to professionals and an exemption to California code of regulations regarding fluoroscopy permit requirements and the positioning of patients and equipment.
ACVP Works with Alliances to Support CARE Act
The ACVP is always interested in working with other organizations to collectively strengthen the quality of healthcare while simultaneously ensuring our members’ contribution to healthcare is fairly recognized.
Towards this end, we have been working with the American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT) and others in supporting the Consumer Assurance and Radiologic Excellence (CARE) Act. This legislation will protect patients and workers from harmful radiation.
What has been critical in our efforts in developing this legislation is the continued work of the professionals working with elements of radiology in the cath lab. We have demonstrated that the invasive professional has radiologic training and this has been validated by testing. Therefore, he/she should be able to continue to work freely in the domain for which he/she was trained.
Past Success: Ohio Recognizes Invasive Professionals
In 2000, ACVP spent considerable time, resources and energy supporting pursuit of invasive licensure in the State of Ohio. We provided testimony, worked with lawyers in the State, prepared statistical analyses and sent a member to the hearings. The result was a revision of Department of Health Code 3701-72 governing radiology technology.
There has been considerable discussion regarding the necessity of a radiology technologist only performing specific procedures in the cath lab including radiology technologists, registered nurses and registered cardiovascular professionals. It is through this mix of qualified professionals that the patient will receive the best possible care. When one profession, however, is excluded from performing functions for which he/she is trained, then problems in service delivery may occur.
There was a push earlier in 2000 through the summer in Ohio for radiology technologists only to perform functions in the cath lab. ACVP and others demonstrated that RNs and RCIS’s as well as cardiovascular trained radiology technologists are capable of performing functions in the cath lab at the physician’s direction. Our efforts in supporting the cath lab team were successful in Ohio!
The definitions acknowledge the practice of invasive technology by an individual who holds a valid certification as a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist with a specialty in invasive technology from CCI. This is remarkable because for the first time, a state has recognized the validity of this credential and defined it in code.
The most remarkable change in the code is written in the licensing requirements. Under section 3701-72-04(C), the State of Ohio invites non-radiology professionals to perform specific functions in the cath lab provided these procedures are performed by an RN or an RCIS. Specifically, the procedures including moving or positioning a patient, working and resetting the fluoroscopic unit and developing cine film.