U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Pete Olson (R-TX), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) recently introduced H.R. 1148: the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2013. The bipartisan legislation would allow for Medicare coverage of qualified radiology assistant (RA) services.
The bill would recognize Radiologist Assistants (RAs) as non-physician providers of services to Medicare beneficiaries and allow RAs to perform services, where authorized, under “direct supervision” as opposed to “personal supervision”.
This means the supervising radiologist can simply be in-office, but does not need to be physically present in the procedure room. RAs would still be prohibited from interpreting results and State law would continue to govern the scope of practice and their supervision requirements for RAs. Supervising radiologists would continue to bill and receive payment for RA-performed services.
RAs would receive 85 percent of the professional component payment normally provided to the radiologist.
ADVOCATE will provide additional information about this Bill as it becomes available.
Kirk Reinitz, CPA