July 29, 2016

Thousands Respond to Call to Action Against VA Proposal

More than 5,500 radiologists responded to a July 11 Radiology Action Network (RAN) Call to Action to express opposition to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed rule that, if finalized, would permit advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) practicing in the VA to exercise "full practice authority" to perform a variety of services that are generally considered to be the practice of medicine.

Specifically, and of particular concern to the American College of Radiology (ACR), Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNPs) would be allowed to order, perform, supervise and interpret complex imaging studies, such as MR and CT, independent of physician oversight, regardless of individual state law.

The VA reported receiving over 162,400 comments both in support and opposition to the rule before the July 25 comment deadline.

We commend our ACR advocates for acting quickly to response to the Call for Action. We are especially encouraged by the growing use of RAN’s Advocacy App, which served as an effective conduit for one-third of the responses to the call.

We urge all ACR members and members in training to download the app (RAN App) to generate even stronger responses to future RAN appeals.