CMS Authorizes NPs to Order Portable X-Ray Services
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed to
revise current Medicare regulations to clearly authorize nurse
practitioners to order portable x-ray services, responding to concernes
raised by ACNP and other NP organizations.
In the annual update of policies related to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CMS-1590-P, http://www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1),
CMS stated, "We propose to revise our current regulations, which limit
ordering of portable x-ray services to only a MD or DO, to allow other
physicians and nonphysician practitioners acting within the scope of
their Medicare benefit and State law to order portable x-ray services."
The agency continued, "This proposed change would allow a MD or DO, as
well as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, physician
assistant, certified nurse-midwife, doctor of optometry, doctor of
dental surgery and doctor of dental medicine, doctor of podiatric
medicine, clinical psychologist, and clinical social worker to order
portable x-ray services within their State scope of practice and the
scope of their Medicare benefit."
proposed rule will be published in the July 30 Federal Register with a
60-day period for public comments that closes September 4. A final rule
is likely to be released by November 1, with the new regulations going
into effect January 1, 2013.
This news thanks to:
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