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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the Occupations and Professions Code related to Radiologic
11 Technologist and Radiology Practical Technicians 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47 58-54-305, (Renumbered from 58-54-6, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah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51 58-54-401, (Renumbered from 58-54-7, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah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) "Indirect supervision" means the supervising radiologist:
70 (a) has given either written or verbal instructions to the person being supervised;
71 (b) is present in the facility in which the person being supervised is providing services;
73 (c) is available to provide immediate face-to-face communications with the person
74 being supervised.
76 substance, radiology equipment, or any other source, in amounts beyond normal background
77 levels, for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes on humans.
78 (4) "Practice of radiologist assistant" means the performance of non-invasive and
79 invasive radiological procedures:
80 (a) delegated to a radiologist assistant by a radiologist; and
81 (b) performed under the indirect supervision of a radiologist.
83 chapter to engage in the practice of [
84 supervision of a radiologist or radiology practitioner including the administration of parenteral
85 contrast media, [
86 procedures provided the administrations are under the direct supervision of a qualified
87 physician and the technologist is currently certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
88 and appropriate patient care procedures.
90 Radiology, the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology, the British Royal College of
91 Radiology, or the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons.
92 (7) "Radiologist assistant" means a person licensed under this chapter to engage in the
93 practice of a radiologist assistant.
95 ionizing or nonionizing radiation or detects that radiation for the purpose or intended purpose
97 (a) diagnosing disease or other medical conditions in humans; or
98 (b) treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing disease in humans.
100 engage in a practice of radiologic technology performing limited diagnostic radiology
102 (a) as defined and permitted by rule in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
103 Administrative Rulemaking Act; and
104 (b) under the supervision of a radiologist or radiology practitioner.
106 as a physician and surgeon, osteopathic physician, podiatric physician, chiropractic physician,
107 dentist, dental hygienist, or a physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse specialist
108 practicing under the supervision of an approved supervising physician and in accordance with
109 an approved protocol and utilization plan.
111 and 58-54-501 .
122 58-54-501 and as may be further defined by administrative rule [
140 Section 3. Section 58-54-201 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-3 is
141 renumbered and amended to read:
144 (1) There is created a [
145 of seven members as follows:
146 (a) [
147 (b) one licensed radiology practical technician;
148 (c) one licensed radiologist assistant;
151 (2) The board shall be appointed in accordance with Section 58-1-201 .
152 (3) The duties and responsibilities of the board shall be in accordance with Sections
153 58-1-202 and 58-1-203 .
154 (4) In accordance with Subsection 58-1-203 (1)(f), there is established an advisory peer
155 committee to the board consisting of eight members broadly representative of the state and
157 (a) one licensed physician and surgeon who is not a radiologist and who uses radiology
158 equipment in a rural office-based practice, appointed from among recommendations of the
159 Physicians Licensing Board;
160 (b) one licensed physician and surgeon who is not a radiologist and who uses radiology
161 equipment in an urban office-based practice, appointed from among recommendations of the
162 Physicians Licensing Board;
163 (c) one licensed physician and surgeon who is a radiologist practicing in radiology,
164 appointed from among recommendations of the Physicians Licensing Board;
165 (d) one licensed osteopathic physician, appointed from among recommendations of the
166 Osteopathic Physicians Licensing Board;
167 (e) one licensed chiropractic physician, appointed from among recommendations of the
168 Chiropractors Licensing Board;
169 (f) one licensed podiatric physician, appointed from among recommendations of the
170 Podiatric Physician Board;
171 (g) one representative of the state agency with primary responsibility for regulation of
172 sources of radiation, recommended by that agency; and
173 (h) one representative of a general acute hospital, as defined in Section 26-21-2 , that is
174 located in a rural area of the state.
175 (5) (a) Except as required by Subsection (5)(b), members of the advisory peer
176 committee shall be appointed to four-year terms by the director in collaboration with the board
177 from among the recommendations.
178 (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (5)(a), the director shall, at the
179 time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
180 committee members are staggered so that approximately half of the committee is appointed
181 every two years.
182 (c) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
183 appointed for the unexpired term.
184 (6) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but
185 may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
186 (a) Section 63A-3-106 ;
187 (b) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
188 (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
189 63A-3-107 .
190 (7) The duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority of the advisory peer committee
192 (a) to advise the board with respect to the board's fulfillment of its duties, functions,
193 and responsibilities under Sections 58-1-202 and 58-1-203 ; and
194 (b) to advise the division with respect to the examination the division is to adopt by
195 rule, by which a radiology practical technician may qualify for licensure under Section
197 Section 4. Section 58-54-301 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-4 is
198 renumbered and amended to read:
201 (1) An individual may not engage in the practice of radiologic technology or the
202 practice of a radiologist assistant unless licensed or exempted from licensure under this
204 (2) The division shall issue to persons qualified under this chapter a license in the
205 classification of [
207 (3) (a) A license shall be issued without regard to any area of practice specialty as a
209 (b) A license for a radiology practical technician may be issued certifying the practical
210 technician for a specialty type or limited practice.
211 Section 5. Section 58-54-302 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-5 is
212 renumbered and amended to read:
214 (1) Each applicant for licensure as a [
215 assistant, or radiology practical technician shall:
216 (a) submit an application in a form prescribed by the division in collaboration with the
218 (b) pay a fee as determined by the department pursuant to Section 63J-1-504 ; and
219 (c) be of good moral character.
220 (2) Each applicant for licensure as a [
221 addition to the requirements of Subsection (1):
222 (a) be a graduate of an accredited educational program in [
223 technology or certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or any
224 equivalent educational program approved by the division in collaboration with the board; and
225 (b) have passed an examination approved by the division in collaboration with the
227 (3) Each applicant for licensure as a radiology practical technician shall, in addition to
228 the requirements of Subsection (1), have passed a basic examination and one or more specialty
229 examinations that are competency based, using a task analysis of the scope of practice of
230 radiology practical technicians in the state. The basic examination and the specialty
231 examination shall be approved by the division in collaboration with the board and the licensing
232 board of the profession within which the radiology practical technician will be practicing.
233 (4) The division shall provide for administration of the radiology practical technician
234 examination not less than monthly at offices designated by the division and located:
235 (a) in Salt Lake City; and
236 (b) within each local health department jurisdictional area.
237 (5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(b), each applicant for licensure as a
238 radiologist assistant shall:
239 (i) meet the requirements of Subsections (1) and (2);
240 (ii) have a Bachelor of Science degree; and
241 (iii) be certified as:
242 (A) a radiologist assistant by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists; or
243 (B) a radiology practitioner assistant by the Certification Board of Radiology
244 Practitioner Assistants.
245 (b) An individual who meets the requirements of Subsections (5)(a)(i) and (iii), but not
246 Subsection (5)(a)(ii), may be licensed as a radiology assistant under this chapter until January
247 1, 2013, at which time, the individual must have completed the Bachelor of Science degree in
248 order to retain the license of radiology assistant.
249 Section 6. Section 58-54-303 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-8 is
250 renumbered and amended to read:
252 The practice of radiologic technology by a [
253 under this chapter shall be under the general supervision of a radiologist or radiology
254 practitioner and may be performed only upon the order of a radiologist or radiology practitioner
255 acting within the scope of [
256 experience within the scope of practice of a radiology practitioner.
257 Section 7. Section 58-54-304 is enacted to read:
258 58-54-304. Scope of practice for radiologist assistant.
259 (1) The scope of practice for a radiologist assistant includes:
260 (a) determination of whether a patient has been appropriately prepared for the
261 radiologic procedure;
262 (b) assessment and evaluation of the physiologic responsiveness of a patient
263 undergoing a radiologic procedure;
264 (c) assessment and evaluation of possible contraindications to a procedure;
265 (d) obtaining informed consent from the patient as specified by a delegation of services
266 agreement between the radiologic assistant and the supervising radiologist in accordance with
267 Subsection (2);
268 (e) evaluation of image quality and communication of initial image observations only
269 to the supervising radiologist;
270 (f) administration of contrast media or other medications prescribed by the supervising
271 radiologist; and
272 (g) performance of radiologic procedures under the indirect supervision of a
274 (2) The radiologist assistant and supervising radiologist shall enter into a Delegation of
275 Services Agreement identifying radiologic procedures to be performed by the radiologist
276 assistant. The Delegation of Services Agreement shall:
277 (a) be kept at the place of practice at which the radiologist assistant is performing
278 delegated services; and
279 (b) be consistent with radiologist assistant practice guidelines developed by recognized
280 radiology organizations.
281 (3) The radiologist assistant shall not interpret images, provide diagnosis, or prescribe
282 medications or therapies.
283 Section 8. Section 58-54-305 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-6 is
284 renumbered and amended to read:
286 (1) [
287 shall be issued in accordance with a two-year renewal cycle established by rule. A renewal
288 period may be extended or shortened by as much as one year to maintain established renewal
289 cycles or to change an established renewal cycle.
290 (2) At the time of renewal, licensees shall show satisfactory evidence of each of the
291 following renewal requirements:
292 (a) [
293 defined by administrative rule, before renewal of a [
295 (b) 10 hours of approved professional education during a two-year period, as defined
296 by administrative rule, before renewal of a radiology practical technician license[
297 (c) 50 hours of approved professional education during a two-year period, as defined
298 by administrative rule, before renewal of a radiologist assistant license.
299 (3) Each license automatically expires on the expiration date shown on the license
300 unless renewed by the licensee in accordance with Section 58-1-308 .
301 (4) A license granted under Subsection 58-54-302 (5)(b) expires on January 1, 2013.
302 Section 9. Section 58-54-306 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-4.3 is
303 renumbered and amended to read:
305 A person may engage in the practice of [
306 licensed under this chapter if:
307 (1) (a) the person is filling a new or existing position as an employee performing the
308 duties of a radiology practical technician when a licensed radiology practical technician is not
309 available to begin in the new position or continue filling the existing position;
310 (b) the total period in which the position is filled by the unlicensed person is not more
311 than 90 days;
312 (c) the unlicensed person at all times performs services as a radiology practical
313 technician under the direct on-premises supervision of a radiology practitioner; and
314 (d) the employee position filled by an unlicensed person under this section is an
315 existing position and was filled by a person licensed under this chapter immediately prior to
316 employment of the unlicensed person;
317 (2) the person:
318 (a) performs services in a dental facility under the supervision of a dentist licensed to
319 practice in this state; and
320 (b) has completed a radiology course approved by the Dentists and Dental Hygienists
321 Board created under Section 58-69-201 ; or
322 (3) the person:
323 (a) performs services in a medical facility under the supervision of a podiatric
324 physician licensed to practice in this state; and
325 (b) has completed a radiology course approved by the Podiatric Physician Board
326 created under Section 58-5a-201 .
327 Section 10. Section 58-54-401 , which is renumbered from Section 58-54-7 is
328 renumbered and amended to read:
332 Grounds for refusal to issue a license to an applicant, for refusal to renew the license of
333 a licensee, to revoke, suspend, restrict, or place on probation the license of a licensee, to issue a
334 public or private reprimand to a licensee, and to issue cease and desist orders shall be in
335 accordance with Section 58-1-401 .
336 Section 11. Section 58-54-501 is enacted to read:
338 58-54-501. Unlawful and unprofessional conduct.
339 (1) "Unlawful conduct" includes:
340 (a) using any of the following titles if not licensed as a radiology technologist under
341 this chapter:
342 (i) radiology practical technician;
343 (ii) radiologic technologist;
344 (iii) medical radiographer;
345 (iv) radiation therapist; or
346 (v) nuclear medicine technologist;
347 (b) using the title "radiology practical technician" if not licensed as a radiology
348 practical technician under this chapter; and
349 (c) using the title "radiologist assistant" if not licensed as a radiologist assistant under
350 this chapter.
351 (2) "Unprofessional conduct" includes:
352 (a) any act or omission by a person licensed under this chapter that is contrary to the
353 instructions of the radiologist or radiology practitioner responsible for supervising the licensee
354 and which does or reasonably could pose a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of a patient or
355 any other person;
356 (b) operating any radiology equipment that is known to be unsafe or not in compliance
357 with all applicable state requirements regulating radiology equipment;
358 (c) permitting any person to operate any radiology equipment who is not permitted to
359 do so under provisions of law or who is incompetent to operate radiology equipment for any
361 (d) revealing to any unauthorized person any information considered confidential or
362 privileged regarding any patient;
363 (e) the use of any controlled substance as defined by the statutes of this state except to
364 the extent the controlled substance is lawfully prescribed to the licensee and used in accordance
365 with the instructions of the prescribing practitioner; and
366 (f) willfully and intentionally or negligently making any false statement or entry on any
367 patient record or upon any record used to facilitate payment for radiology services.
368 Section 12. Effective date.
369 If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
370 upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
371 Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
372 the date of veto override.
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