Legislation Update: Massachusetts Ionizing Radiation Policy for PAs Dec 2013


The Board of Registration of Physician Assistants (Board), in collaboration with the Board of Registration in Medicine (Medicine Board) and the Radiation Control Program (RCP), has amended its regulations to allow physician assistants who are authorized by RCP to operate fluoroscopic x-ray systems to perform fluoroscopic procedures. The revised regulations allow physician assistants to perform fluoroscopic procedures as delegated by their supervising physicians only after completion of rigorous didactic and supervised clinical training. Physician Assistants are also required to pass an examination provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). These measures will ensure that practicing physician assistants understand how to safely perform fluoroscopic procedures. The Board’s amended regulations were effective on April 12, 2013 and are found in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) at 263 CMR 5.04(3)(b)(2) and 263 CMR 5.08. In addition, please see the RCP regulations at 105 CMR 120.405(K) and Medicine Board regulations at 243 CMR 2.08.

All Physician Assistants engaged in fluoroscopic practice must read and understand the Board’s regulations. Physician Assistants who wish to engage in fluoroscopic practice must contact the RCP directly to obtain the required authorization to do so.
The RCP’s website is noted below.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

Board of Registration of Physician Assistants:www.mass.gov/dph/boards/pa
Board of Registration in Medicine:www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/borim
Radiation Control Program:www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/environmental-health/exposure-topics/radiation/ (Click on the link for “Current Agency Projects and Issues” once on the Radiation Control Program webpage”)

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