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Radiologist Assistants are experienced, registered radiologic technologists that have completed additional formal education, training, and certification requirements to become an advanced practice professional, also referred to as a mid-level provider. Commonly known as a Radiologist Assistant (RA) or Radiology Practitioner Assistant (RPA), our profession works diligently under the direct supervision of the radiologist to meet the ever-increasing demands on radiology departments. With our RT background and the core of the RA role we can provide optimal patient care, maintain radiation safety standards, and increase departmental efficiency.

Together, we wanted to collaborate and provide a safe place to speak openly. Coming from similar backgrounds with a foundation built on our experience as radiology technologists, we can provide a team-unified effort to assist each other. The more we can help each other the better we can provide for the future for our profession. We look forward to sharing the benefits and growth with those who work alongside us.

While many states currently recognize the profession, the RA role is not recognized by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a billable profession for outlined procedures. To achieve this, the RA needs immediate and continued support in passing national legislation with the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act (MARCA). Unlike other Non-Physician Radiology Providers, the RA profession has no intent or desire to perform independently. Implementing MARCA would allow CMS to recognize the RA role, thus allowing only the radiologist to have the ability to bill for the services provided by an RA. A unified effort to maintain our radiologist-led team will ensure the success of our profession.

We look forward to collaboRAting with you!

ANYONE can support the RA by supporting MARCA today. Click on the link below and write your representatives today!