The Minnesota Radiological Society has a long history of advocating on behalf of radiologists in the state of Minnesota and the 2014 legislative session has been no exception.  The MRS played a pivotal role in influencing a number of key pieces of healthcare legislation this year, including legislation regarding advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), breast density notification for women undergoing mammography, and chiropractic scope of practice.

The APRN bill may end up passing in the Minnesota House, however the final language of the bill will prohibit nurses from interpreting advanced diagnostic imaging.  Additionally, CRNAs practicing interventional pain management will not be allowed to use fluoroscopy during procedures.

MRS members were active in a coalition effort to advance legislation requiring the notification of breast density for female patients undergoing mammography. Many congressional representatives cited outreach letters from MRS members during their speeches on the floor, and the breast density language was voted in as an amendment to the HHS policy bill.

Finally, the MRS was also able to reach an agreement with chiropractors in the state that removed any reference to advanced diagnostic imaging interpretation by chiropractors in the chiropractic practice act.

Your contributions to the MRS improve our ability to successfully advocate on your behalf.  Please, consider becoming an MRS member today.

Additionally, if you are interested in hosting a congressional representative at your hospital or clinic, please contact Nate Mussell at ncmussell@locklaw.com.

 

 

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