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HB 137 (BR 210) - J. Stacy, R. Adkins, J. Glenn, B. Housman, S. Overly, R. Palumbo, J. Richards, D. Watkins

     AN ACT relating to the licensure of health care professionals who use radiation for imaging and therapy and making an appropriation therefor.
     Create KRS Chapter 311B, a new chapter relating to the licensure of medical imaging technologists and radiation therapists; establish legislative policy favoring regulation by a licensing board; define terms; create the Kentucky Board for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy to license and regulate advanced practice professionals, medical imaging technologists, radiographers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, and limited X-ray machine operators; set up board membership, meeting, and other procedural requirements; establish board powers and duties generally, including promulgating administrative regulations to administer and enforce the chapter, setting licensing requirements, and hiring an executive director and other board administrative staff; set minimum qualifications and powers of the executive director; require the board to recognize and enforce the standards of the national organizations for the medical imaging and radiation therapy professions; forbid practice of the regulated professions without a license from the board; exempt practitioners of the healing arts, students, and federal government employees from the chapter; list those professions requiring a license from the board; authorize the board to establish the qualifications for acquiring and maintaining licensure, with the power to identify other specialties or categories of duties consistent with KRS Chapter 311B; direct the board to promulgate administrative regulations to set licensing fees; establish a trust and agency fund from licensing and other fees for use by the board; waive fees and set special procedures for licensees serving in the United States Armed Forces; permit claiming to be a licensee, employing an imaging or radiation professional, or manipulating ionizing radiation equipment or administering radiopharmaceuticals only if the person is licensed under the chapter; require any person to alert the board when a licensee has committed certain acts or has become unfit or incompetent to practice; list reasons the board may deny, revoke, or suspend a license; describe procedures for administrative hearings for licensee discipline; define conditions for instituting civil penalties; authorize the board to set reasonable fines through the promulgation of administrative regulations; repeal KRS 211.870, 211.890, and 211.993; set procedures for initial board appointments.


     HCS - Retain original provisions of the bill except to replace the term "advanced practice professional" with the term "advanced imaging professional"; add protection to health care practitioners or providers licensed in other professions from the provisions of this bill; delete denial, revocation, or suspension of a license for defaulting on a student loan.
     HFA (1, J. Stacy) - Retain original provisions, except replace each instance of the term “advanced practice professional” with “advanced imaging professional” instead; make any licensed health care practitioner or provider who is working within the license for that person's profession, training, or services exempt from KRS Chapter 311B or any related administrative regulations; delete provision relating to defaulting on a student loan.
     SCS - Retain original provisions; amend KRS 311.840 to define an anesthesiologist assistant; amend KRS 311.862 to exempt anesthesiologist assistants who began their practice after July 15, 2002, from KRS 311.844 and 311.846; set graduation and certification requirements for the exempted anesthesiologist assistants; limit the number of anesthesiologist assistants a physician may supervise to the maximum number approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; declare that anesthesiologist assistants in training who are enrolled in an approved anesthesiologist assistant program are not committing unauthorized practice; make technical corrections.
     SCA (1/Title, J. Schickel) - Make title amendment.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)

     Jan 3-introduced in House; to Health & Welfare (H)
     Jan 17-posted in committee
     Feb 10-floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 16-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 21-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 22-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Friday, February 24, 2012
     Feb 23-taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day
     Feb 24-3rd reading, passed 85-7 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1)
     Feb 27-received in Senate
     Feb 29-to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S)
     Mar 20-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 21-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 26-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 26, 2012; 3rd reading, passed 24-12 with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 27-received in House; to Rules (H); posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; House refused to concur in Senate Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; received in Senate
     Mar 30-posted for passage for receding from Senate Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; Senate receded from Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; passed 32-3; received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 11-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 50)

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