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  • 06.12.12

    Access to Medical Imaging Coalition Commends House Subcommittee Hearing on Accreditation for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technologists

    WASHINGTON (June 8, 2012) – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) –representing more than 100,000 physicians, medical providers, health technology firms and patient organizations throughout the U.S. – commended the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for holding a hearing today, “Examining the Appropriateness of Standards for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technologists.”

    “AMIC strongly supports and has championed the widespread use of imaging appropriateness criteria and mandatory accreditation for imaging facilities in Medicare reform legislation in order to ensure the highest quality imaging care,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC.  “In addition, our industry has established a number of initiatives designed to ensure patient safety in medical imaging and radiation therapy, and we are pleased to see the Subcommittee continuing to assess what more can be done in making certain that every patient experiences the highest level of safety in every scan. We look forward to contributing our recommendations in this area of discussion.”

    The hearing, which included witness testimony from practicing radiation oncologists and radiation oncology experts, government officials and industry representatives, examined the current status of standards applicable to medical imaging and radiation therapy technologists, identified potential areas of deficiency, and discussed the role of accreditation to maximize patient safety and reduce unnecessary duplication of services.

    “Professional medical imaging and radiation therapy technologists play an important role in delivering quality imaging and radiation therapy services, and it is fitting to discuss how education and certification standards, accreditation, and clinical decision support may enhance the care they provide,” added Trysla. “Furthermore, professional appropriateness criteria and the use of proven decision support tools have become highly valuable in physicians’ provision of imaging and radiation services, and we look forward to exploring with policymakers how these beneficial tools may be expanded upon for health care providers’ use.”

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