June 03, 2016

ACR Opposes VA Nurses Practicing Radiology

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would authorize Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to practice medicine independent of physician supervision.

Specifically, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP) would have full practice authority to provide the following services:

  • Comprehensive histories
  • Physical examinations and other health assessment and screening activities
  • Diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and chronic illnesses and diseases
  • Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies

If finalized, the regulations would grant “full practice authority” or “independent practice” to APRNs practicing at Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics, irrespective of state law.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is extremely concerned that VA’s proposal, if enacted, could seriously compromise the care of our nation’s military veterans. The ACR plans to submit comments in response to the proposed rulemaking and is undertaking a multifaceted advocacy strategy to ensure the proposed rules do not become law.