VA Modifies Rule on Scope of Services for APRNs
In May of 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed to amend its regulations to permit full practice authority to all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Thankfully, just a few days ago, the VA decided to modify their proposal based on our comments.
Read more in Link.


Medicare Clarifies LCS Coverage Rules for IDTFs
CMS has affirmed that all facilities that perform low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening must meet all the requirements described in the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for the procedure. This includes IDTFs, as CMS did not make exclusions in terms of “all facilities.” 
Read more at ACR.

Licensing Rules Revised in MA
Changes include new advanced practice licensing categories for CT, PET, nuclear medicine and radiologist assistants. The revisions also include updates to some continuing education requirements and administrative procedures related to the issuance and revocation of licenses.
Read more at ASRT.

States Consider Mandated DBT Coverage
At least five states (MD, NH, NJ, NY, and TX) are considering legislation that would require health care insurers to cover digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).
Read more at ACR.

CMS Extends EHR Attestation Deadline
CMS has extended the deadline for Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program attestations to March 13 for reporting periods that occurred in 2016.
Read more at ACR.

OK Licensure Bill Introduced
The bill aims to create licensure standards for radiologist assistants and radiologic technologists in the state.
Read more at ASRT.

Texas APRNs Could Perform Imaging
House Bill 1415 and Senate Bill 681 would exempt APRNs from established state licensing requirements and allow them to perform medical imaging procedures without any education or training in radiation protection measures, patient positioning techniques and radiation physics principles.
Read more at ASRT.

Missouri Introduces RT Licensure Bill
Missouri is one of only five states in the nation with no licensure or regulatory laws for radiologic technologists. Currently, individuals in the state can perform radiologic procedures without taking a single course in medical radiation safety, patient positioning or basic radiologic science physics.
Read more at ASRT.

OH Medicaid Final Rule
Final rule of the Department of Medicaid repeals and readopts regulations under OAC 5160-4-25 to reorganize and clarify provisions concerning laboratory and radiology services. The rule specifies that when more than one advanced imaging procedure is performed by the same provider or provider group for an individual patient in the same session, the payment amounts for a covered primary procedure, additional covered total procedure, and technical component alone of an additional covered procedure remain the same and that the maximum payment amount for the professional component of the additional covered procedure alone is increased from 75 percent to 95 percent. The rule also deletes obsolete references, duplicative provisions and claim-submission instructions. The rule is effective Jan. 1, 2017. Contact: Tommi Potter; Department of Medicaid; 614-752-3877; Tommi.Potter@medicaid.ohio.gov.
Read more at Bloomberg Government (requires subscription).