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SB-480 Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/14/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  January 14, 2020
Amended  IN  Senate  January 09, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 480


Introduced by Senator Archuleta

February 21, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 2072 of, and to add Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 3800) to Division 2 of, of the Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 480, as amended, Archuleta. Radiologist assistants. Assistant Advisory Committee.
Existing law, the Medical Practice Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons by the Medical Board of California. The act authorizes a medical assistant, as defined, to perform specified treatment activities under designated conditions, and requires the board to adopt and administer regulations that establish standards for technical supportive services that medical assistant is authorized to perform. Existing law, the Radiologic Technology Act, provides for the certification and regulation of radiologic technologists by the State Department of Public Health.

This bill would establish the Radiologist Assistant Practice Act, to be administered by the Radiologist Assistant Committee of the Medical Board of California, which would be established by the bill. The bill would establish the duties of the committee, including considering the qualifications of individuals who apply for licensure under the act and granting licenses, and would specify duties of the Medical Board of California, including establishing reasonable fees for licensure and license renewal, to be deposited in the Radiologist Assistant Fund, which would be established by the bill. The bill would require money in the fund to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature to implement and administer the provisions of the act. The bill would establish requirements for licensure as a radiologist assistant, including completion of an approved education program and passing an examination. The bill would prescribe requirements for supervision of a radiologist assistant by a radiologist, would prohibit a radiologist assistant from performing specified acts, and would make a violation of the act’s provisions a misdemeanor, and, under specified circumstances, subject to a specified civil penalty. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

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This bill, until January 1, 2023, would require the board to establish the Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee for the purpose of identifying the appropriate training, qualifications, and scope of practice for individuals providing assistance to radiologists. The bill would require the advisory committee to research and recommend potential statutory changes to grant expanded practice authority to certified radiologic technologists or medical assistants working under the supervision of a radiologists, radiologist, as specified, and would require the advisory committee to submit a report of the research and recommendations of the advisory committee to the board, the Governor, and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2022. The bill would require the Medical Board of California and the Department of Public Health to adopt regulations to implement these recommendations.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YESNO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 2072 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

2072.
 (a) The board shall establish the Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee for the purpose of identifying the appropriate training, qualifications, and scope of practice for individuals providing assistance to radiologists.
(b) For purposes of this section, “radiologist” means a physician and surgeon licensed by the board who is certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology.
(c) The Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall be composed of the following:
(1) Two members of the board who shall be appointed by the board.
(2) One member of the Department of Public Health Radiologic Technology Certification Committee who shall be appointed by the Director of Public Health.
(3) One representative from the California Department of Veterans Affairs with direct experience assisting veterans in utilizing military training and experience for civilian job and career opportunities who shall be appointed by the Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
(4) Two radiologists, at least one of whom is representative of the hospital practice of radiology, who shall be appointed by the Governor.
(5) Two radiologic technologists who have been certified pursuant to Section 114870 of the Health and Safety Code for at least five years who shall be appointed by the Governor.
(6) Two representatives of a radiologic technology training program or radiologist assistant training program who shall be appointed by the Governor.
(7) One member who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(8) One member who shall be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(d) The Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall research and recommend potential statutory changes to grant expanded practice authority to certified radiologic technologists or medical assistants working under the supervision of a radiologist by doing all of the following:
(1) Analyzing the effectiveness of the practice of medical assistants authorized pursuant to this chapter and the practice of radiologist assistants authorized pursuant to Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 3800). assistants.
(2) Determining the appropriateness of specialty medical assistant licensure.
(3) Determining necessary revisions, if any, to regulations adopted pursuant to Sections Section 2071 and 3817 to promote workforce development in the field and ensure patient access to services.
(4) Evaluating, if appropriate, the regulatory recognition of radiologist assistants in other states.
(5) Evaluating where equivalencies in military training and experience exist and where the transfer of skills gained through military service may be utilized in determining the requirements for work in radiographic technology, including as a radiologist assistant, and in the medical assistant field.
(e) Members of the Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall serve without compensation.
(f) (1) The Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall submit a report that includes the research and recommendations specified in subdivision (d) to the board, the Governor, and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2022. Any reports submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) The Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity, but the board and Department of Public Health shall adopt regulations to implement relevant recommendations and information contained in the report required by paragraph (1).
(g) This section shall be repealed on January 1, 2023.