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CMS Authorizes NPs to Order Portable X-Ray Services

Monday, July 9, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Leila Faucette
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CMS Authorizes NPs to Order Portable X-Ray Services

The 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,, 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."

The 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.
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