Continued Support of CARE in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

The AAMA works to promote health care personnel standards as a guarantee that patients receive quality care from properly trained professionals. Our ongoing support for the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy bill reflects this stance. Recently the Alliance for Quality Imaging and Radiation Therapy—an organization consisting of 22 separate medical communities, including the AAMA—penned a letter to Senators Tom Harkin and Michael B. Enzi, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

In that letter, the Alliance commended Senators Harkin and Enzi for their support of the CARE bill, and outlined the positive implications the bill has for patients, as well as the American health care system. The letter went on to detail how previous versions of the CARE bill have passed through the Senate with unanimous consent, and passed the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) without significant opposition.

With the support and work of these two senators, in addition to their colleagues in Congress, the CARE bill could provide standards of care for patients nationwide. As always, I will do my utmost to keep you informed as the bill progresses.

A copy of the Alliance’s letter can be accessed at http://www.ismrm.org/smrt/signals_online/Alliance_Senate_CARE_Intro_Support.pdf.

About Donald A. Balasa

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, executive director and legal counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, keeps his eye on what is happening in the profession.
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