The ISCD is very active in supporting our mission related to Skeletal Health Assessment. Our focus is primarily at the state level and is meant to ensure access to quality patient testing by a broader recognition of the ISCD certification programs.
Capture the Fracture’s bill was introduced on May 25 as “H.R.3517 – To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to, and utilization of, bone mass measurement benefits under part B of the Medicare program by establishing a minimum payment amount under such part for bone mass measurement.”
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the HR 3517 the Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2021 with Reps. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Lori Trahan (MA-03), Michael Burgess M.D. (TX-26), and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S. 1943 with Sen. Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Marshall (R-KS), Sen. Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Capito (R-WV), Sen. King (I-ME), Sen. Cassidy (R-LA), Sen. Sinema (D-AZ), Sen. Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Rosen (D-NV) to improve access to osteoporosis screening.
Fractures caused by osteoporosis are among the most significant challenges threatening the independence and quality of life for older Americans.
For more information, visit: https://www.fracturepreventioncoalition.org/
THE INFORMATION OUTLINED ON THIS PAGE IS AN OVERVIEW OF STATE LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY PROPOSALS INCLUDED IN MULTISTATE REPORTS as of JUNE 11, 2021.
The ISCD Public Policy Team supports our mission related to Skeletal Health Assessment. Our focus is primarily at the state level and is meant to ensure access to quality patient testing by a broader recognition of the ISCD certification programs.
As of June 11, 2021, 39 state legislatures adjourned their 2021 Legislative Sessions. However, 11 states remain actively in session and three states (with an expected two additional states) have declared Special Sessions. Of the remaining active states, many state legislatures are in first half of their legislative sessions and we expect to see many more proposals between now and December 31, 2021.
Additionally, all 50 states continue to promulgate regulations that may be of concern or interest to the ISCD.
COVID-19 brought many challenges to the operations of individual state governments and we expect to see a continuation of modified legislative sessions with Zoom and hybrid meetings through at least Labor Day. All states managed to conduct their legislative business and 6 months into the year we have now seen an unprecedented 137 new laws proposed in 33 states and 51 new proposed regulations covering 24 states that are of interest to the ISCD. We review all proposals and intervene by filing testimony and activating our members as necessary.
Of the 137 proposed laws, 68 concern qualifications for radiologic technologists; 25 (1 address radiologic equipment standards, and 44 focus on osteoporosis or bone health issues. Of the 51 proposed regulations, about 32 regulations are/were relevant to the ISCD mission.
As we have mentioned in the past, eleven states do not regulate or require certification of radiologic technologists, including those performing bone density testing. This year, three of those states —Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri— considered new laws that would regulate radiologic technologists for the first time. In Georgia and Missouri, ISCD certification was explicitly recognized in the proposed legislation. While the language in the proposed bills in Alabama was broad enough to potentially allow recognition of ISCD-certified technologists, we worked with ISCD members in that state to request that the bill be amended so that there is no question that ISCD-certified technologists are specifically recognized.
While the bills did not pass in any of these states, the sponsors have indicated that they will come back to propose regulation again in 2022.
Tennessee has extended their Board of Medical Imaging through June 30, 2025 to continue their work. The bill was signed by the Governor and gives us the opportunity to have the Board recognize ISCD certification.
Each month we will update this report. Throughout the year, many more proposed bills and regulations will be introduced that affect the field of bone densitometry; we will keep you informed as we continue to monitor and work on these important legislative and regulatory proposals.