SB729 (2020) Detail

Relative to the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.


SB 729-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2838

10/05

 

SENATE BILL 729-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Rep. P. Schmidt, Straf. 19; Rep. Grote, Rock. 24

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill adds cardiac electrophysiology specialist and cardiovascular invasive specialist to the licenses administered by the medical imaging and radiation therapy board.  The bill also adds a requirement for a criminal history records check for medical imaging and radiation therapy license applicants, and modifies procedures for the board.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2838

10/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Paragraphs; Definitions Added; Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy.  Amend RSA 328-J:1 by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraphs:

I-a.  “Cardiac electrophysiology specialist” means the individual who assists a physician with diagnosing and treating the electrical activities of the heart, including procedures involving invasive (intracardiac) catheter recording of spontaneous activity as well as of cardiac responses to programmed electrical stimulation (PES).

I-b.  “Cardiovascular invasive specialist” means the individual who assists a physician with cardiac catheterization procedures which can determine if a blockage exists in the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle and can help diagnose and treat other problems.

2  Board; Quorum.  Amend RSA 32-J:6 to read as follows:

328-J:6  Organization and Meetings.  The board shall hold meetings at least 2 times per year.  Other meetings of the board shall be held at such times and upon such notice as the rules of the board provide.  [Four members shall constitute] A quorum of the board shall be described in RSA 21:15.

3  New Sections; Criminal History Records; Disciplinary History.  Amend RSA 328-J by inserting after section 7 the following new sections:

328-J:7-a  Criminal History Record Checks.

I.  The board of medical imaging and radiation therapy shall require one of the following types of criminal background checks from applicants for initial licensure, reinstatement of licensure, or conditional licensure:

(a)  An original criminal offender record report, in all names the applicant has been known by, issued by each state where the applicant has resided or been licensed within the past 6 years; or

(b)  A criminal history record release form, as provided by the New Hampshire division of state police which authorizes the release of his or her criminal history record, if any, to the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

(1)  The applicant shall submit with the release form a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency or an authorized employee of the department of safety.  In the event that the first set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, a second set of fingerprints shall be necessary in order to complete the criminal history records check.  If, after 2 attempts, a set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy may, in lieu of the criminal history records check, accept police clearances described in subparagraph (a).

(2)  The board of medical imaging and radiation therapy shall submit the criminal history records release form and fingerprint form to the division of state police which shall conduct a criminal history records check through its records and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Upon completion of the records check, the division of state police shall release copies of the criminal history records to the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

II.  The board of medical imaging and radiation therapy shall review the criminal record information prior to making a decision on licensure and shall maintain the confidentiality of all criminal history records received pursuant to this section.

III.  The applicant shall bear the cost of all criminal history record checks.

IV.  The board shall consider military security clearance for an individual actively serving in any component of the Department of Defense in lieu of criminal background checks.

328-J:7-b  Records of Licensees and Disciplinary History.

I.  The board shall maintain an electronic record of living or deceased persons who have ever been licensed to practice.  The list shall show the last known place of employment, the last known place of residence, the number of the license, the most recent date of issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of the license, and the date the license lapsed if applicable.  No information shall be put on a list to be transferred to another entity for commercial use without the permission of the person to whom the information applies.

II.  The board shall maintain a list of persons against whom the board has taken any disciplinary action.  This list shall include the name of the person, the reason for the disciplinary action, the date of the disciplinary action, and the nature of the disciplinary action.

4  New Paragraphs; Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy; Licenses Added.  Amend RSA 328-J:11 by inserting after paragraph VII the following new paragraphs:

VIII.  Cardiac electrophysiology specialist licensure.  To qualify for a license as a cardiac electrophysiology specialist, an applicant shall meet the following requirements:

(a)  Be at least 18 years of age;

(b)  Have obtained a high school diploma or have passed an approved equivalency test;

(c)  Successfully complete a course of study in cardiac electrophysiology approved by the board; and

(d)  Possess current certification in cardiac electrophysiology from Cardiovascular Credentialing International or a certifying organization approved by the board.

IX.  Cardiovascular invasive specialist license.  To qualify for a license as a cardiovascular invasive specialist, an applicant shall meet the following requirements:

(a)  Be at least 18 years of age;

(b)  Have obtained a high school diploma or have passed an approved equivalency test;

(c)  Successfully complete a course of study in cardiovascular invasive procedures approved by the board; and

(d)  Possess current certification in cardiovascular invasive procedures from Cardiovascular Credentialing International or a certifying organization approved by the board.

X.  Computed tomography license.  To qualify for a license in computed tomography, an applicant shall meet the following requirements:

(a)  Be at least 18 years of age;

(b)  Have obtained a high school diploma or have passed an approved equivalency test;

(c)  Successfully complete a course of study in computed tomography approved by the board; and

(d)  Possess current certification and registration in tomography from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or a certification organization approved by the board.

5  Applications; Criminal History Records Release.  Amend RSA 328-J:13, I to read as follows:

I.  Applications for licensure or for a temporary license shall be on forms prescribed and furnished by the board, shall contain statements made under oath, showing the applicant's education and a detailed summary of the applicant's technical work.  Applications shall include submission of a complete set of fingerprints and a criminal history record release form pursuant to RSA 328-J:7-a.  The board shall establish fees for application and any examination required under this chapter.  If the board denies the issuance of a license or a temporary permit to any applicant, any initial fee deposited shall be retained as an application fee.

6  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

20-2838

Revised 1/28/20

 

SB 729-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

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$0

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$0

   Revenue

$0

Indeterminable

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$0

Indeterminable

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Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Criminal Records Check Fund (RSA 106-B:7,II)

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill creates 2 new licensure categories, cardiac electrophysiology specialist and cardiovascular invasive specialist, under the umbrella of the Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy.  The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) states the individuals who would be licensed under these categories are already licensed under a different category within the Board's jurisdiction, so there would be no net change to the number of total licensed individuals and no net change to revenues or expenditures.  The bill also provides all licensees with the option to select a criminal history background check from the Department of Safety, Division of State Police.  Currently, applicants must provide an original criminal offender record report from each state where the applicant has resided or been licensed in the last 6 years pursuant to administrative rule Mirt 302.04.  The cost for both types of criminal background checks are born by the applicant, so there is no cost to the OPLC.

 

The Department of Safety cannot estimate the number of individuals who would apply to obtain a criminal history records check, therefore the possible impact on revenues or expenditures is indeterminable.  The Criminal Records Unit is implementing an online portal for criminal history records checks within the next 12 to 18 months, which would greatly limit the fiscal impact of such requirements on the Criminal Records Unit.

 

It is assumed the fiscal impact of this bill will not occur until FY 2021.

 

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Office of Professional Licensure and Certification and Department of Safety

 

Links

SB729 at GenCourtMobile
SB729 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2020 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

SB729 Revision: 8062 Date: Jan. 29, 2020, 7:58 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 2
Jan. 29, 2020 Hearing: 01/29/2020, Room 101, LOB, 10:00 am; SC 4