April 24, 2024

ACR Provides Update on Dangerous Scope Expansion Bills

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) continually monitors and acts on threatening state non-physician practitioners scope of practice expansion legislation. The College compiled an update of scope legislation and the results so far in state legislative sessions.

House Bill (HB) 1295 would have: specified which titles and abbreviations healthcare practitioners could use in advertising, communications and personal identification; and prohibited healthcare practitioners from using deceptive or misleading terms or false representations in their advertisements. HB 1295 failed.

HB 418 would have permitted the Idaho State Board of Medicine to establish a three-year renewable limited license under which assistant physicians could practice medicine under conditions set and approved by the board. An assistant physician is an MD or DO who has not yet matched into a residency program. HB 418 failed.

HB 1059 would have removed the requirement that an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) have a practice agreement with a collaborating physician. This bill would also have removed the provision that requires an APRN to operate under a collaborative practice agreement or the privileges granted by a hospital governing board. In Indiana, a collaborative agreement is defined as “how the APRN and MD will work together, share practice responsibilities, and how coverage will be provided in the during any absence of the collaborating physician.” HB 1059 failed.

Senate Bill (SB) 2079 would have allowed an APRN with 6,240 practice hours to practice without a collaborative/consultative relationship with a physician. SB 2079 failed.

SB 458 would have granted APRNs the ability to practice without a physician’s supervision and would have allowed them to prescribe Schedules III through V controlled substances. SB 458 was vetoed by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

South Dakota
HB 1013 enjoins the state of South Dakota into the APRN compact. This compact allows APRNs who meet its eligibility requirements to practice in other compact states. HB 1013 was signed into law by Gov. Kristi Noem.

HB 572 would enjoin the state of Vermont into the physician assistant (PA) licensure compact. This compact allows PAs who meet its eligibility requirements to practice in other compact states. HB 572 was assigned to the House Committee on Health Care.

HB 324 would enjoin the Commonwealth of Virginia into the PA licensure compact. HB 324 was signed into law by Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

SB 145 would have given APRNs full practice authority. SB 145 was vetoed by Gov. Tony Evers.

ACR partners with Fiscal Note, a legislation and regulation tracking service, to provide continuous, comprehensive updates on radiology and healthcare-related legislation. To stay current on state legislative developments relevant to radiology, view the ACR policy map.

For more information about state legislative activities, or if you’d like to have access to Fiscal Note, contact Eugenia Brandt, ACR Senior Government Affairs Director, or Dillon Harp, ACR Senior Government Relations Specialist.