Bill Summary for H 742 (2013-2014)

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Apr 11 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 742 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Intro. by Murry, Insko.

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Enacts new Article 43, Radiologic Technologists and Radiation Therapists, to GS Chapter 90 to establish standards of education, examination, and licensure for persons operating equipment used for radiologic imaging and radiation therapy procedures. Defines terms applicable to Article 43. Prohibits, on or after October 1, 2014, any person from administering, offering to administer, or otherwise indicating that the person is licensed to administer radiologic imaging or radiation therapy procedures unless the person is licensed under Article 43. Exempts eight listed parties from Article 43. Creates an 11-member Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners (Board), with appointments and terms, as indicated. Directs the Board to establish licensure standards for a radiographer, radiation therapist, nuclear medicine technologist, cardiovascular invasive specialist, magnetic resonance technologist, and limited X-ray machine operator. Permits a person licensed under Article 43 to perform specified actions using radioactive substances or equipment emitting radiation and lists three limitations specifically related to the performance of computed tomography. Sets forth additional details related to Board meetings and administration. Enumerates 12 powers and duties of the Board.
Lists requirements for licensure for all applicants, and lists requirements specific to applicants for licensure in an area of radiologic imaging or radiation therapy and requirements specific to applicants for licensure as limited X-ray operators. Directs the Board to establish criteria, standards, and an approval mechanism for educational programs in radiologic imaging and radiation therapy. Requires that applicants pass a Board-approved examination, and directs the Board to accept persons currently registered by other boards, as specified. States that certain X-ray machine operators will take an exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Details additional provisions for license issuance, temporary licenses, license renewal, and requires licensees to display licenses or a verified copy in each place of regular employment. Authorizes medical facilities and educational institutions to offer programs approved by the Board in applicable subject areas, provided certain guidelines are met.
Authorizes the Board to grant a license to a person licensed, certified, or registered to perform or administer radiologic imaging or radiation therapy procedures in another jurisdiction with substantially equivalent standards of competency. Directs the Board to set fees, as specified, and to pay all expenditures out of funds from the fees. Allows the Board to discipline applicants or licensees, after a hearing, under nine specified circumstances. Makes each violation of Article 43 a Class 1 misdemeanor. Authorizes the Board to apply to any appropriate court to enjoin violations of Article 43. Authorizes the Board to assess, after considering four factors, a civil penalty up to $1,000 for a violation of Article 43 or adopted rules, with proceeds remitted to the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund.
Specifies that, for a period not to exceed two years after this act becomes effective upon payment of the proper fee, an individual providing documentation of employment for two of the preceding three years as a radiographer, radiation therapist, nuclear medicine technologist, magnetic resonance technologist, cardiovascular invasive specialist, or limited X-ray machine operator may be issued a license by the Board, without having to pass an examination. Requires the Board to adopt rules to provide a method for recognizing individuals whose training and experience are determined to be equivalent to that of a graduate of an accredited educational program in the area of specialty. Provides that any rules adopted by the Board expire seven years after the act becomes effective.