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REGS : 10.32.10 Licensure of Radiation Therapists, Radiographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Radiologist Assistants (BOARD OF PHYSICIANS)

PROPOSAL
Maryland Register
Issue Date:  December 12, 2014
Volume 41 • Issue 25 • Pages 1517—1518
 
Title 10
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
Subtitle 32 BOARD OF PHYSICIANS
10.32.10 Licensure of Radiation Therapists, Radiographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Radiologist Assistants
Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§14-306, 14-5B-01, 14-5B-03, Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
[14-374-P]
                The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Regulation .09 under COMAR 10.32.10 Licensure of Radiation Therapists, Radiographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Radiologist Assistants.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to authorize radiographers who meet prescribed qualifications and certifications to add to their scope of practice the authority that includes the insertion of a peripherally inserted central catheter while working in a cardiac-catheterization laboratory.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
The proposed action has no economic impact.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to dhmh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through January 12, 2015. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
.09 Scope of Practice—Radiography.
A.—B. (text unchanged)
C. The scope of practice of radiography includes the insertion and removal of peripherally inserted central catheters with or without fluoroscopic guidance if the:
(1) Radiographer is:
(a) Registered by the ARRT in advanced qualifications in cardiac-interventional radiography, vascular-interventional radiography, or cardiovascular-interventional radiography;
(b) Working in a cardiac catheterization laboratory or interventional radiographic laboratory while cardiac catheterization or interventional procedures are ongoing; and
(c) Under the onsite supervision of the supervising physician;
(2) Supervising physician in the cardiac catheterization or interventional laboratory is responsible for the acts of the radiographer with respect to insertion or removal of peripherally inserted central catheters; and
(3) Facility where the procedure is performed:
(a) Has protocols available for review by the Board;
(b) Documents the training provided to the radiographer; and
(c) Evaluates the radiographer on a regular basis for competency, documents the results of these tests, and makes the results available for inspection by the Board.
JOSHUA M. SHARFSTEIN, M.D.
Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene
 
 

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