Imaging and radiation therapy alliance pushes legislation

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The Alliance for Quality Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, a group of 20 health organizations, has called upon its 750,000 members to join a campaign in early November, to petition lawmakers to pass the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in medical imaging and radiation therapy (CARE) bill before the year’s end.

The CARE bill would require the people performing the technical components of medical imaging and radiation therapy to meet federal education and certification standards. The passage of the CARE bill would save the federal government more than $90 million in medical costs during the first year alone, according to the Alliance.

Currently, 124 U.S. representatives and 22 senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

The virtual campaign, which coincides with National Radiologic Technology Week, Nov. 4-10, will have participants phone, email, fax or visit their federal lawmakers to gain support for the CARE bill.