The proposal was issued May 25 and would allow advanced-practice registered nurses (APRNs) a range of duties traditionally performed by physicians. With respect to radiology, the rule would allow nurses who have passed a certification program to "order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies." The rule would supersede state laws.
A number of groups in organized radiology oppose the proposed rule, including the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
"The VA's proposal of substituting patient access to radiologists for much less-trained APRNs could pose immediate dangers for patients at the point of care," the ACR stated in an email to members. "Simply stated, for anyone who feels our veterans deserve the best care available, this VA proposal is not a good idea."
The VA is accepting public comment on the proposal up to and including July 25. An explanation of the rule and instructions on how to comment can be reached by clicking here.
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