Loralie D. Ma, MD, PhD, FACR, Chair of the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) State Government Relations Committee, contributed this post.

Radiologist physicians are uniquely educated, trained and qualified to practice radiology, including imaging supervision and interpretation.

As such, the ACR opposes imaging supervision or interpretation by any non-physician providers – and works to ensure that these professionals only provide care as part of a radiologist-led team.

To protect patient access to safe, high-quality care, the ACR tracks and acts on hundreds of bills nationwide, including those regarding physician-extender scope of practice (SOP).

The ACR has long worked with state chapters to advocate at legislative, regulatory and administrative levels for clear, sensible definition of scope for allied health professionals.

We would love for you to learn more about these efforts by visiting the newly-updated, interactive ACR Scope of Practice microsite.

There you can:

  • Track SOP bill(s) under consideration in your state or others.
  • Find out how to support ACR and ACR chapter efforts regarding such bills.
  • Read about ACR efforts, and those with other societies, against physician extender SOP expansion.

We are all in this together. Let’s work to protect patient access to safe, high-quality, radiologist-led medical imaging care.

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