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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the Occupations and Professions Code related to Radiology
11 Technologist and Radiology Practical Technician Licensing Act.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . renumbers the code sections in the chapter to conform to other licensing acts in
15 Title 58, Occupations and Professions;
16 . defines indirect supervision;
17 . defines the practice of radiologist assistant;
18 . amends the membership of the Radiologic Technologist Licensing Board;
19 . establishes a requirement for a license for a radiologist assistant;
20 . permits a temporary license as a radiology assistant for an individual currently
21 practicing and nationally certified;
22 . defines the scope of practice for a radiologist assistant;
23 . establishes continuing education requirements for a radiologist assistant; and
24 . moves language regarding unlawful and unprofessional conduct from the definition
25 section of the chapter to a new section within the chapter.
26 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
28 Other Special Clauses:
29 This bill provides an immediate effective date.
30 Utah Code Sections Affected:
32 58-54-304, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 58-54-501, Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 RENUMBERS AND AMENDS:
35 58-54-101, (Renumbered from 58-54-1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1994,
36 Chapter 163)
37 58-54-102, (Renumbered from 58-54-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008,
38 Chapter 382)
39 58-54-201, (Renumbered from 58-54-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010,
40 Chapters 218, 286, and 324)
41 58-54-301, (Renumbered from 58-54-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1993,
42 Chapter 297)
43 58-54-302, (Renumbered from 58-54-5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009,
44 Chapter 183)
45 58-54-303, (Renumbered from 58-54-8, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1991,
46 Chapter 199)
47 58-54-305, (Renumbered from 58-54-6, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah
48 1993, Chapter 297)
49 58-54-306, (Renumbered from 58-54-4.3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000,
50 Chapter 19)
51 58-54-401, (Renumbered from 58-54-7, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah
52 1993, Chapter 297)
54 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
55 Section 1. Section 58-54-101 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-1 is
56 renumbered and amended to read:
61 This chapter is known as the [
62 Assistant, and Radiology Practical Technician Licensing Act."
63 Section 2. Section 58-54-102 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-2 is
64 renumbered and amended to read:
66 In addition to the definition in Section 58-1-102 , as used in this chapter:
67 (1) "Board" means the [
68 established under this chapter.
69 (2) "General supervision" means the supervising radiologist is available to provide
70 immediate communication with the supervised person and is aware of the procedure before it is
72 (3) "Indirect supervision" means the supervising radiologist:
73 (a) has given either written or verbal instructions to the person being supervised;
74 (b) is present in the facility in which the person being supervised is providing services;
76 (c) is available to provide immediate face-to-face communications with the person
77 being supervised.
79 substance, radiology equipment, or any other source, in amounts beyond normal background
80 levels, for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes on humans.
81 (5) "Practice of radiologist assistant" means the performance of non-invasive and
82 minimally invasive radiological procedures:
83 (a) delegated to a radiologist assistant by a radiologist; and
84 (b) performed under the indirect supervision of a radiologist.
86 chapter to engage in the practice of [
87 supervision of a radiologist or radiology practitioner including the administration of parenteral
88 contrast media, [
89 procedures provided the administrations are under the direct supervision of a qualified
90 physician and the technologist is currently certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
91 and appropriate patient care procedures.
93 Radiology, the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology, the British Royal College of
94 Radiology, or the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons.
95 (8) "Radiologist assistant" means a person licensed under this chapter to engage in the
96 practice of a radiologist assistant.
98 ionizing or nonionizing radiation or detects that radiation for the purpose or intended purpose
100 (a) diagnosing disease or other medical conditions in humans; or
101 (b) treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing disease in humans.
103 to engage in a practice of radiologic technology performing limited diagnostic radiology
105 (a) as defined and permitted by rule in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
106 Administrative Rulemaking Act; and
107 (b) under the supervision of a radiologist or radiology practitioner.
109 as a physician and surgeon, osteopathic physician, podiatric physician, chiropractic physician,
110 dentist, dental hygienist, or a physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse specialist
111 practicing under the supervision of an approved supervising physician and in accordance with
112 an approved protocol and utilization plan.
114 and 58-54-501 .
125 58-54-501 and as may be further defined by administrative rule [
143 Section 3. Section 58-54-201 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-3 is
144 renumbered and amended to read:
147 (1) There is created a [
148 of [
149 (a) [
150 (b) one licensed radiology practical technician;
151 (c) one licensed radiologist assistant;
153 (e) one physician licensed under this title who is not a radiologist, and who uses
154 radiologic services in the physician's practice; and
156 (2) The board shall be appointed in accordance with Section 58-1-201 .
157 (3) The duties and responsibilities of the board shall be in accordance with Sections
158 58-1-202 and 58-1-203 .
159 (4) In accordance with Subsection 58-1-203 (1)(f), there is established an advisory peer
160 committee to the board consisting of eight members broadly representative of the state and
162 (a) one licensed physician and surgeon who is not a radiologist and who uses radiology
163 equipment in a rural office-based practice, appointed from among recommendations of the
164 Physicians Licensing Board;
165 (b) one licensed physician and surgeon who is not a radiologist and who uses radiology
166 equipment in an urban office-based practice, appointed from among recommendations of the
167 Physicians Licensing Board;
168 (c) one licensed physician and surgeon who is a radiologist practicing in radiology,
169 appointed from among recommendations of the Physicians Licensing Board;
170 (d) one licensed osteopathic physician, appointed from among recommendations of the
171 Osteopathic Physicians Licensing Board;
172 (e) one licensed chiropractic physician, appointed from among recommendations of the
173 Chiropractors Licensing Board;
174 (f) one licensed podiatric physician, appointed from among recommendations of the
175 Podiatric Physician Board;
176 (g) one representative of the state agency with primary responsibility for regulation of
177 sources of radiation, recommended by that agency; and
178 (h) one representative of a general acute hospital, as defined in Section 26-21-2 , that is
179 located in a rural area of the state.
180 (5) (a) Except as required by Subsection (5)(b), members of the advisory peer
181 committee shall be appointed to four-year terms by the director in collaboration with the board
182 from among the recommendations.
183 (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (5)(a), the director shall, at the
184 time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
185 committee members are staggered so that approximately half of the committee is appointed
186 every two years.
187 (c) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
188 appointed for the unexpired term.
189 (6) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but
190 may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
191 (a) Section 63A-3-106 ;
192 (b) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
193 (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
194 63A-3-107 .
195 (7) The duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority of the advisory peer committee
197 (a) to advise the board with respect to the board's fulfillment of its duties, functions,
198 and responsibilities under Sections 58-1-202 and 58-1-203 ; and
199 (b) to advise the division with respect to the examination the division is to adopt by
200 rule, by which a radiology practical technician may qualify for licensure under Section
202 Section 4. Section 58-54-301 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-4 is
203 renumbered and amended to read:
206 (1) An individual may not engage in the practice of radiologic technology or the
207 practice of a radiologist assistant unless licensed or exempted from licensure under this
209 (2) The division shall issue to persons qualified under this chapter a license in the
210 classification of [
212 (3) (a) A license shall be issued without regard to any area of practice specialty as a
214 (b) A license for a radiology practical technician may be issued certifying the practical
215 technician for a specialty type or limited practice.
216 Section 5. Section 58-54-302 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-5 is
217 renumbered and amended to read:
219 (1) Each applicant for licensure as a [
220 assistant, or radiology practical technician shall:
221 (a) submit an application in a form prescribed by the division in collaboration with the
223 (b) pay a fee as determined by the department pursuant to Section 63J-1-504 ; and
224 (c) be of good moral character.
225 (2) Each applicant for licensure as a [
226 addition to the requirements of Subsection (1):
227 (a) be a graduate of an accredited educational program in [
228 technology or certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or any
229 equivalent educational program approved by the division in collaboration with the board; and
230 (b) have passed an examination approved by the division in collaboration with the
232 (3) Each applicant for licensure as a radiology practical technician shall, in addition to
233 the requirements of Subsection (1), have passed a basic examination and one or more specialty
234 examinations that are competency based, using a task analysis of the scope of practice of
235 radiology practical technicians in the state. The basic examination and the specialty
236 examination shall be approved by the division in collaboration with the board and the licensing
237 board of the profession within which the radiology practical technician will be practicing.
238 (4) The division shall provide for administration of the radiology practical technician
239 examination not less than monthly at offices designated by the division and located:
240 (a) in Salt Lake City; and
241 (b) within each local health department jurisdictional area.
242 (5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(b), each applicant for licensure as a
243 radiologist assistant shall:
244 (i) meet the requirements of Subsections (1) and (2);
245 (ii) have a Bachelor of Science degree; and
246 (iii) be certified as:
247 (A) a radiologist assistant by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists; or
248 (B) a radiology practitioner assistant by the Certification Board of Radiology
249 Practitioner Assistants.
250 (b) An individual who meets the requirements of Subsections (5)(a)(i) and (iii), but not
251 Subsection (5)(a)(ii), may be licensed as a radiology assistant under this chapter until May 31,
252 2013, at which time, the individual must have completed the Bachelor of Science degree in
253 order to retain the license of radiology assistant.
254 Section 6. Section 58-54-303 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-8 is
255 renumbered and amended to read:
257 The practice of radiologic technology by a [
258 under this chapter shall be under the general supervision of a radiologist or radiology
259 practitioner and may be performed only upon the order of a radiologist or radiology practitioner
260 acting within the scope of [
261 experience within the scope of practice of a radiology practitioner.
262 Section 7. Section 58-54-304 is enacted to read:
263 58-54-304. Scope of practice for radiologist assistant.
264 (1) The scope of practice for a radiologist assistant includes:
265 (a) determination of whether a patient has been appropriately prepared for the
266 radiologic procedure;
267 (b) assessment and evaluation of the physiologic responsiveness of a patient
268 undergoing a radiologic procedure;
269 (c) assessment and evaluation of possible contraindications to a procedure;
270 (d) obtaining informed consent from the patient as specified by a Delegation of
271 Services Agreement between the radiologic assistant and the supervising radiologist in
272 accordance with Subsection (2);
273 (e) evaluation of image quality and communication of initial image observations only
274 to the supervising radiologist;
275 (f) administration of contrast media or other medications prescribed by the supervising
276 radiologist; and
277 (g) performance of radiologic procedures under the indirect supervision of a
279 (2) The radiologist assistant and supervising radiologist shall enter into a Delegation of
280 Services Agreement identifying radiologic procedures to be performed by the radiologist
281 assistant and establishing a regular review process by the supervising radiologist for all work
282 performed by and records kept by the radiologist assistant. The Delegation of Services
283 Agreement shall:
284 (a) be kept at the place of practice at which the radiologist assistant is performing
285 delegated services; and
286 (b) be consistent with radiologist assistant practice guidelines developed by the
287 American College of Radiology, as supplemented by recognized radiology organizations such
288 as the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Registry of Radiologic
290 (3) The radiologist assistant shall not interpret images, provide diagnosis, or prescribe
291 medications or therapies.
292 Section 8. Section 58-54-305 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-6 is
293 renumbered and amended to read:
295 (1) [
296 shall be issued in accordance with a two-year renewal cycle established by rule. A renewal
297 period may be extended or shortened by as much as one year to maintain established renewal
298 cycles or to change an established renewal cycle.
299 (2) At the time of renewal, licensees shall show satisfactory evidence of each of the
300 following renewal requirements:
301 (a) [
302 defined by administrative rule, before renewal of a [
304 (b) 10 hours of approved professional education during a two-year period, as defined
305 by administrative rule, before renewal of a radiology practical technician license[
306 (c) 50 hours of approved professional education during a two-year period, as defined
307 by administrative rule, before renewal of a radiologist assistant license.
308 (3) Each license automatically expires on the expiration date shown on the license
309 unless renewed by the licensee in accordance with Section 58-1-308 .
310 Section 9. Section 58-54-306 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-4.3 is
311 renumbered and amended to read:
313 A person may engage in the practice of [
314 licensed under this chapter if:
315 (1) (a) the person is filling a new or existing position as an employee performing the
316 duties of a radiology practical technician when a licensed radiology practical technician is not
317 available to begin in the new position or continue filling the existing position;
318 (b) the total period in which the position is filled by the unlicensed person is not more
319 than 90 days;
320 (c) the unlicensed person at all times performs services as a radiology practical
321 technician under the direct on-premises supervision of a radiology practitioner; and
322 (d) the employee position filled by an unlicensed person under this section is an
323 existing position and was filled by a person licensed under this chapter immediately prior to
324 employment of the unlicensed person;
325 (2) the person:
326 (a) performs services in a dental facility under the supervision of a dentist licensed to
327 practice in this state; and
328 (b) has completed a radiology course approved by the Dentists and Dental Hygienists
329 Board created under Section 58-69-201 ; or
330 (3) the person:
331 (a) performs services in a medical facility under the supervision of a podiatric
332 physician licensed to practice in this state; and
333 (b) has completed a radiology course approved by the Podiatric Physician Board
334 created under Section 58-5a-201 .
335 Section 10. Section 58-54-401 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-7 is
336 renumbered and amended to read:
340 Grounds for refusal to issue a license to an applicant, for refusal to renew the license of
341 a licensee, to revoke, suspend, restrict, or place on probation the license of a licensee, to issue a
342 public or private reprimand to a licensee, and to issue cease and desist orders shall be in
343 accordance with Section 58-1-401 .
344 Section 11. Section 58-54-501 is enacted to read:
346 58-54-501. Unlawful and unprofessional conduct.
347 (1) "Unlawful conduct" includes:
348 (a) using any of the following titles if not licensed as a radiology technologist under
349 this chapter:
350 (i) radiology practical technician;
351 (ii) radiologic technologist;
352 (iii) medical radiographer;
353 (iv) radiation therapist; or
354 (v) nuclear medicine technologist;
355 (b) using the title "radiology practical technician" if not licensed as a radiology
356 practical technician under this chapter; and
357 (c) using the title "radiologist assistant" if not licensed as a radiologist assistant under
358 this chapter.
359 (2) "Unprofessional conduct" includes:
360 (a) any act or omission by a person licensed under this chapter that is contrary to the
361 instructions of the radiologist or radiology practitioner responsible for supervising the licensee
362 and which does or reasonably could pose a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of a patient or
363 any other person;
364 (b) operating any radiology equipment that is known to be unsafe or not in compliance
365 with all applicable state requirements regulating radiology equipment;
366 (c) permitting any person to operate any radiology equipment who is not permitted to
367 do so under provisions of law or who is incompetent to operate radiology equipment for any
369 (d) revealing to any unauthorized person any information considered confidential or
370 privileged regarding any patient;
371 (e) the use of any controlled substance as defined by the statutes of this state except to
372 the extent the controlled substance is lawfully prescribed to the licensee and used in accordance
373 with the instructions of the prescribing practitioner; and
374 (f) willfully and intentionally or negligently making any false statement or entry on any
375 patient record or upon any record used to facilitate payment for radiology services.
376 Section 12. Effective date.
377 If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
378 upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
379 Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
380 the date of veto override.
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