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Ed Ostrowski

Notice of Potential Scam Operation

By Member News

ISSRT Member,

We are writing to you because of an incident involving a potential email scam utilizing
unauthorized emails and affecting members. Although we are unaware of anything serious other
than an isolated incident, we are providing notice to you and others who could be potentially
affected in the future. There are tools you can use to protect yourself against possible scams,
identity theft or fraud.

What Happened?
We were informed that one of our board members recently received an email from
“president4783@gmail.com” and purportedly from “Cathie Kukec”. The email requested
immediate funds to be wired to “Citibank” in “Waukegan, IL”. Cathie Kukec is a former
president and is currently the Board of Directors Chairwoman. However, the email was not from
her.

To date, the investigation indicates that the email was a scam meant to convince a
member to wire money. Because you are a current or new member whose email may be
available, we are notifying you about this incident so that you will be in a better position to
protect yourself.

Incidentally, we have also been made aware of random emails requesting members send
gift cards. We are not aware of, nor have we been notified of any data breach, and we believe
the above incidents to be isolated. However, you should be aware that ISSRT will never send
you an email asking you to wire money or send gift cards. What Are We Doing?
The matter has been reported and investigated by the police. The organization has also
conducted its own investigation. We believe our members are best protected by disclosure of
this information.

What You Can Do?
To protect yourself from the possibility of a scam, identity theft or fraud, we recommend
you immediately contact ISSRT if you receive any communication requesting money or gift
cards. Report any activity or inquiry you find suspicious to ISSRT.

For More Information
If there is anything else that we can do to assist you, please contact the Executive
Secretary, Tim Cuff, or email him at issrt.execassist@gmail.com.

Thank you.

ISSRT Board

Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2021

By In the Media, Member News

Dear Colleague:

The Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2021 was introduced on June 1 by Representative Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania as H.R. 3657. This bill proposes a law that amends Medicare policy, allowing radiology practices and facilities to receive complete reimbursement for diagnostic imaging procedures performed by RAs, regardless of the setting in which the procedure is performed.

In late 2018, Medicare amended its payment policy to adjust the radiologist supervision levels for radiologist assistants. The ASRT, ARRT, ACR and SRPE are now advocating for the adoption of new statutory language in Medicare to ensure that regardless of the setting in which the radiology service is performed; hospital, critical access hospital, ambulatory surgical center or any other facility setting, that services provided by a radiologist assistant receive complete Medicare reimbursement. By not separating radiologist assistant reimbursement policies into different payment categories by service location, the adoption of MARCA would enable radiologists to devote more focused time to reviewing and interpreting complex medical images or urgent cases, thus increasing patients’ access to care. RAs will be able to work more efficiently, and Medicare patients will receive care from qualified RAs regardless of the facility in which their procedure takes place.

RAs have completed advanced education and clinical competencies and can expertly and safely perform radiologic assessments and certain procedures that traditionally were performed only by radiologists. Without complete Medicare reimbursement for RAs services made to the radiology practices employing RAs, the profession is in peril. As a direct result of Medicare’s current policy, RAs are losing their jobs and are unable to practice to the full extent of their capabilities. Medicare patients are not receiving the full benefit of care provided by a qualified and experienced radiology professional.

All radiologic technologists can help by going to the ASRT’s Advocacy Action Center to learn more about the MARCA bill and send a message to your congressional representative. R.T.s can also monitor activity on the bills and follow up with federal lawmakers regularly.

Sincerely,

Mike Odgren, B.S., R.P.A., R.R.A., R.T.(R)(CT)
President

ARRT’s Board of Trustees Proposed Changes and Survey

By Member News

Your Chance to Comment

ARRT’s Board of Trustees has recommended changes to some of our governing documents. In addition, this year we are restructuring the documents. Our goal is to make it easier to find information pertinent to certification and registration by decreasing duplicated information. Currently similar information appears in more than one governing document.

Because the documents apply to all Registered Technologists (R.T.s), it’s important for you to review the changes and let us know what you think.

First, review the proposed changes and rationale. Then, complete this surveyNOTE: the survey doesn’t include explanations for the changes.

Comments are due by 11:59 p.m. Central time on May 3, 2021. Thanks for your time and input!

LLC is currently looking for a Rad Tech to perform chest X-Rays at multiple locations in Illinois and Missouri

By Uncategorized

Georgia Medical Staffing, LLC is currently looking for a Rad Tech to perform chest X-Rays at multiple locations in Illinois and Missouri.. Below are some details.. If you are interested please let me know and we can discuss this position further!

Dates and locations:

Illinois –

  • March 15th – St. Louis, IL
  • March 16th – Alton, IL
  • March 29th – Mount Vernon, IL

Missouri –

  • March 17th – St. Louis, MO
  • March 18th – St. Louis, MO
  • March 19th – Ballwin, MO
  • March 22nd – Union, MO
  • March 23rd – House Springs, MO
  • March 24th – Mineral Point, MO
  • March 25th – Park Hills, MO

Hours – 7am – 4pm

Performing chest X-Rays, mileage reimbursed at the IRS rate of .56/mile, lodging provided if needed and Pay – $35/Hour

 

Thank you,

 

Matt Sickler

Healthcare Recruiter

Georgia Medical Staffing, LLC

Direct: 770-637-2972

Cell:678-863-9004

Fax: 706-608-4745

Matt@georgiamedicalstaffing.com

Urgent Action Needed: Request Enactment of H.R. 8702

By ASRT Legislative Actions

Dear ASRT Member:

ASRT reaches out to lawmakers when measures are introduced that may affect the economic success of radiologic technologists and radiation therapists. Now is one of those times.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is putting into effect new Medicare reimbursement rates in 2021 that carry significant cuts for radiology services and radiation therapy services. This change could result in an overall 11 percent decrease in payment levels for radiology, as well as decreases by specialty, including, a nine percent cut for interventional radiology; an eight percent cut for nuclear medicine; a six prevent cut for radiation oncology; and a six percent cut for radiation therapy. These reimbursement cuts are catastrophic figures for the medical imaging and radiation therapy professions.

These cuts, coupled with the fact that COVID-19 has had extremely adverse effects on the medical imaging and radiation therapy community, will wreak havoc. Reports state that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a 20 percent decline in the market for medical imaging equipment. Even worse news is on the horizon for the medical imaging and radiation therapy technical professional community if the final rule, with the aforementioned cuts included, takes effect in 2021. According to one study, more than 50 percent of radiology practices plan to terminate or furlough existing employees if the rule’s cuts go into effect without any relief, while 82 percent said they expect the cuts will result in decreased imaging access for patients. And much like every other industry facing COVID-19, there is no telling if, or when, these jobs will come back. Patient access and care would further be hindered as medical imaging centers could close or reduce hours, while many would restrict services to Medicare beneficiaries treated in an outpatient setting.

While the Federal Government continues to search for a comprehensive response to COVID-19, Congress can immediately alleviate these Medicare reimbursement cuts by enacting H.R. 8702. If Congress fails to act, radiology, radiation therapy and medical imaging communities will be impacted in a severe and real way. That is why H.R. 8702 is so important to ASRT, and its members. By creating a two-year “hold harmless” payment that essentially would keep the reimbursement rates for Medicare services at the 2020 amount, H.R. 8702 allows the medical imaging and radiation therapy community to review the losses that COVID-19 has caused, and regroup after the full extent of the pandemic is analyzed.

ASRT asks that all radiologic technologists and radiation therapists contact your federal representatives using the ASRT Advocacy Action Center as soon as possible to voice support for this important legislation that will help radiologic technologists and radiation therapists continue to care for our country’s most vulnerable patients.

Sincerely,

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists

NRTW 2020 Crossword Puzzle Day!

By NRTW

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

ISSRT Members only:  We will be posting a radiology-related crossword puzzle online under the Events tab.  Participants will be able to submit their answers to the crossword clues directly into the form.  We will randomly select 3 entries and provide each participant with a $25 Visa gift card.  To win a prize, the answers must be accurate!  The deadline to post is Friday, November 13 at 6:00 pm.

NRTW 2020 Continuing Education Day!

By NRTW

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11

ISSRT Members only:  Members must be logged into website to register score.  We will be offering one free CE credit. The topic for the presentation is Patient Shielding in 2020 and the presenter is Scott Jones, PhD, DABR.  Following the presentation, the participant will need to complete an 8-question test.  The test will be available via a link on the website.  Participants must pass the test within 3 attempts and with 75% accuracy to receive the CE credit.  Certificates will be emailed to the successful participants.  The CE opportunity will be available until Friday, November 13 at 6:00 pm.