New Senate bill would help radiologists submit Medicare claims when RAs provide key services

New legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate would allow radiologists to submit Medicare claims for imaging services performed by radiologist assistants (RAs) in hospitals and non-imaging services performed in the hospital or an office setting.

The bill, SB 1544, was introduced by Sen. John Boozman on May 20. It is a companion to HR 1970, also known as the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act (MARCA), which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle on March 28.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has issued public support for the new RA legislation, noting that other key industry groups support its passage as well.

“The American Society of Radiologic Technologists supports the bill, along with more than 100 national state and local organizations and companies, including the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American College of Radiology and the Society for Radiology Physician Extenders,” according to a prepared statement from the ASRT.