Licensing Radiologic Techs and Radiation Therapists

2017-05-08 | May 8, 2017

Last week, NCAPA reached out to the bill sponsors of HB 902: Enhance Patient Safety in Radiologic Imaging, to express several of NCAPA's concerns with the bill in its current form.

HB 902 would require a PA to be licensed by both the North Carolina Medical Board and the proposed Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners, in order to perform fluorosocopy. This would be an additional license on top of the license a PA recieves in order to practice medicine from the North Carolina Medical Board.

PAs have been performing diagnositic and interventional procedures that use ionizing radiation since the early days of the PA profession. A PA's ability to perform these procedures has derived from North Carolina's PA practice laws and regulations, which requires that a PA's primary supervising physician must ensure that a PA's scope of practice is clearly defined and that the medical tasks delegated to a PA are appropropriate for the skills and competencies of both the primary supervising physician and the PA. Therefore, just as with any other medical task, a PA would not perform fluoroscopy without it being a defined skill and competency of the particular PA.

North Carolina PAs in radiology routinely perform procedures that require fluoroscopic guidance and should be authorized to utilize all technology for which they are appropriately trained to provide. 

NCAPA is working to have PAs included as an exempt licensed practitioner under the bill.

Bills

  1. H902: Enhance Patient Safety in Radiologic Imaging.