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H. B. 4220

(By Delegates Perry, Louisos and Staggers)

[Introduced January 28, 2010; referred to the

Committee on Health and Human Resources then Government Organization.]

A BILL to amend and reenact §30-23-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the practice of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That §30-23-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:


§30-23-6. Powers and duties of the board.

(a) The board has all the powers and duties set forth in this article, by rule, in article one of this chapter, and elsewhere in law.

(b) The board shall:

(1) Hold meetings, conduct hearings and administer examinations;

(2) Establish requirements for a license, apprentice license and permit;

(3) Establish procedures for submitting, approving and rejecting applications for a license, apprentice license and permit;

(4) Determine the qualifications of any applicant for a license, permit, certificate and registration;

(5) Provide standards for approved schools of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology, procedures for obtaining and maintaining approval, and procedures of revocation of approval where standards are not maintained: Provided, That the standards for approved schools meet at least the minimal requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist JRCERT, JRCNMT or standards determined programmatically equivalent by the board;

(6) Work with the West Virginia Board of Medicine to determine the scope of practice, the required education and training, and the type of regulations necessary for Radiologist Assistants: Provided, That the board of Medicine will accept both the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification test for radiologic assistants and the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants certification test for radiologic practitioner assistants as credentialing tests to qualify an individual for licensure as a radiologic assistant;

(7) Prepare, conduct, administer and grade written, oral or written and oral examinations for a license, certificate and
(8) Determine the passing grade for the examinations;

(9) Maintain records of the examinations the board or a third party administers, including the number of persons taking the examination and the pass and fail rate;

(10) Maintain an office, and hire, discharge, establish the job requirements and fix the compensation of employees and contract with persons necessary to enforce the provisions of this article;

(11) Investigate alleged violations of the provisions of this article, legislative rules, orders and final decisions of the board;

(12) Conduct disciplinary hearings of persons regulated by the board;

(13) Determine disciplinary action and issue orders;

(14) Institute appropriate legal action for the enforcement of the provisions of this article;

(15) Maintain an accurate registry of names and addresses of all persons regulated by the board;

(16) Keep accurate and complete records of its proceedings, and certify the same as may be necessary and appropriate;

(17) Establish, by legislative rule, the continuing education requirements for licensees, permittees, certificate holders and registrants; and

(18) Propose rules in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the
provisions of this article.
(c) The board may:

(1) Contract with third parties to administer the examinations required under the provisions of this article;

(2) Define, by legislative rule, the fees charged under the provisions of this article;

(3) Issue, renew, deny, suspend, revoke or reinstate a license, permit, certificate and registration;

(4) Sue and be sued in its official name as an agency of this state;

(5) Confer with the Attorney General or his or her assistant in connection with legal matters and questions; and

(6) Take all other actions necessary and proper to effectuate the purposes of this article.

The purpose of this bill is to require the board of Medicine to treat a person qualified as a radiologic practitioner assistant as a radiologist assistant.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added
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