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A Quick Thank You From Past-President Diane Hutton

April 11, 2016

Hello Missouri technologists and students,

My year of functioning as your president has ended! I cannot believe it; the time has gone so quickly. So I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what has happened in this past year.

First, I want to thank each of you for allowing me the honor of being your president. I have thoroughly enjoyed working as president of our affiliate.

I feel we have been able to improve several things during this past year. Some improvements we have made include our mentoring process, we have been able to streamline some internal processes, and our legislative efforts have been expanded. As I am sure you all know, we are going for state licensure in Missouri. For the first time, we have a House bill plus a companion bill in the Senate. Each bill has had a hearing and we are waiting for the next step; either the bills will have a vote on it and move forward or the bills will die in committee. We are keeping in touch with each bill sponsor. We have a lobbyist who is active in the capital daily. 

I think my biggest achievement and the one I am proudest of is my drive toward increasing advocacy awareness for all Missouri technologists and students. I feel we need to make sure we are teaching the next generation of technologist how to be advocates; this is just as important as proper positioning and radiation safety.

I look forward to continuing my dedication to the MoSRT and all of you. Even if we do not get our bills passed during this current legislative session, rest assured that I (we) will not stop in our push toward state licensure and quality Radiology procedures performed on Missouri patients.  They deserve nothing but the best; we desire to give nothing but the best to our patients.

Come along, bring your game face and let’s get this done. Thank you again for your continued support of the MoSRT.

Diane Hutton BA, RT(R) ARRT
Senior Board Member
LAC Chair
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org

 


Update from recent hearing: Missouri House of Representatives - Committee on Professional Licensure

March 15, 2016

I want to update the membership about the recent hearing for HB 2613. As you probably know, HB 2613 was heard in committee on March 15, 2016. 

First, what an outstanding group of professionals I have the privilege of working with. Thank you each of every one of you. Not only from my colleagues at MoSRT but ASRT and ARRT continues to be a valuable resource. Your support is priceless. 

The committee heard the bill and although I wonder if we had a quorum, we proceeded. Most of the committee members had good questions, which I felt we answered well. The same issues came forward as before:

1. Limit the profession
2. Cost of the procedures increasing
3. Access for rural healthcare
4. Some wanted specific exemptions to the bill
5. RN and LPN exemptions
6. Having a board within a board (Bill calls for oversee by the Board of Healing Arts; then having a board established after bill passed)

Had one group testify against the bill with several testified for informational purposed. The Committee was very open with some great questions, as I mentioned.

Next steps: I want to make sure each of you continues to contact your Representatives to ask for their support. Ask about the process of the bill, where it is at right now. What next steps are, etc.  Remember, we cannot only contact them once. They are very busy with many bills on their plate.

As always, make sure to check the mosrt.org website often for updates. I will be doing an extensive update at conference, so make sure you attend. Bring any questions you might have.  Which reminds me; conference is April 6-8, 2016 back in Columbia. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Thank you, 

Diane Hutton, BA, R.T.(R)
President/MoSRT Legislative Activities Chair
Gower, Missouri
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org


Announcement of Senate Bill 1114

March 4, 2016

I wanted to share with you another bit of great news! Senator Wallingford has introduced SB 1114 which is a companion bill for HB 2613. We now have bills on both sides; something we have not had before. The bill has been referred to the Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

SB 1114 Licenses persons performing radiologic imaging or administering radiation therapy and establishes the Missouri Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners

Make sure to keep track of these bills as we hopefully get closer to a hearing on these. Start contacting your legislators to ask of the progress and have the LA update you on its progress.  You can keep track of the status of our House and Senate bill by clicking HERE and searching them out respectively (HB 2613 and SB 1114).

Keep an eye on the website, I will post updates here as needed. Make sure when you contact your legislator, you do that by phone. Or if you can catch your legislator in district, make the effort to go see them to tell them of the importance of this bill getting through this session.

Anxiously waiting for action, 

Diane Hutton, BA, R.T.(R)
President/MoSRT Legislative Activities Chair
Gower, Missouri
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org


Federal Bill HR 4614

March 2, 2016

Fellow MoSRT members and technologist, ASRT has shared some fantastic news with us. Rep Olson and others have introduced a new MARCA bill. You will probably remember this is a federal bill which will allow the RA to perform procedures and will provide Medicare coverage of these services. This is a fantastic advancement for our profession. 

There is a call to action for each of us to notify our federal legislators and ask for their support of this bill. This will advance our profession and is something we all need to get behind. 

I have included some brief information below, please check out your myasrt website to gather more information and also to see some pre-formed emails that you can customize and send to your legislators. 

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introducedH.R. 4614, the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2016. This bipartisan legislation would allow for Medicare coverage of qualified radiology assistant (RA) services.

ASRT has updated the Advocacy Action Center website with the latest information about HR 4614, letters to contact your congressman and talking points about the bill.  We will be sending out an email to the membership letting them know that this tool is available later this week. You can access this information at http://cqrcengage.com/asrt/RA

Please let me know if you have any questions, thank you.


Diane Hutton, BA, R.T.(R)
President/MoSRT Legislative Activities Chair
Gower, Missouri
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org

 


Legislative Update

February 27, 2016

MoSRT members, 

I am wanting to share some wonderful progress in our march toward state licensure. On Tuesday of this past week, HB 1604 is no longer. I have been telling you for a while that ASRT, ARRT, our lobbyist Michael Grote and I have been working on rewording the bill. I am pleased to announce that HB 2613 is here! (Click HERE to see the current status of the bill).

This bill is a much fuller bill with definitions and additional information which the legislation has requested. Mike and I are actively engaged in finding a senate sponsor and have a few possibilities in line. There is still the consistent thought in Jefferson City that we have too many licenses in Missouri already. However, I continue to stress this is all about keeping Missouri patients safe while they are having medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. That needs to be our common theme.

Look for a 'call to action' soon as we continue to engage House and Senate members. I am thrilled with this next step and ask for your continued support moving forward.

 

Respectfully, 

Diane Hutton, BA, R.T.(R)
President/MoSRT Legislative Activities Chair
Gower, Missouri
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org


Conference Registration has begun!

February 3, 2016

Click CONFERENCE 2016 in the navigation bar above!


LAC Update

January 31, 2016

MoSRT Needs Your Support

Dear radiologic technologist professional,

We need your help! It’s time to take action! 

House Bill 1604 has been introduced into Missouri’s 98th General Assembly and there is no better time for the radiology community to contact their state representatives. Your state representative and state senator need to hear from you, as their constituent, asking them to enact HB 1604. We need to show our Missouri legislators that radiologic technologists care about our profession and our patients.

Please tell your legislators that educationally prepared and clinically competent medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals are experts in performing imaging and radiation therapy procedures. Make your request personal; ask them if they want someone who hasn’t received the   education or qualifications that radiologic technologists possess to perform medical procedures on themselves or their families. Radiologic technologist licensure is evidence that the person doing their imaging examination or treatments is educationally prepared and proven clinically competent to perform procedures using the lowest radiation exposure rates and provide optimal patient outcomes.                  

House Bill 1604 requires any person who holds himself or herself out as an advanced radiologic practitioner (radiologist assistant or nuclear medicine advanced associate), radiographer, radiation therapist, nuclear medicine technologist, magnetic resonance technologist or limited x-ray machine operator who performs medical imaging or radiation therapy to be licensed by the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts within the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration”.

The link to the bill is at http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1604I.PDF

If you are having difficulty and don’t know where to start, feel free to contact either Diane Hutton or Jason Lee with questions.

Diane Hutton, BA, R.T.(R)
President/MoSRT Legislative Activities Chair
Gower, Missouri
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org

Jason K. Lee, BSRT, R.R.A., RPA, R.T.(R)(CT)
MoSRT Legislative Activities Committee
Springfield, Missouri
JasonKLee_RPA@yahoo.com


LAC Update

January 28, 2016

It is with great pleasure I announce the MoSRT has hired a lobbyist to assist with legislative issues. Our march toward state licensure is so important to the profession that ARRT is fully funding the lobbyist on behalf of Missouri technologist. 

It has been my pleasure to work with ARRT and ASRT over the past several months and it is my honor to make this announcement.

Mike will be joining us on February 9, 2016 for our state advocacy day RT in JC. Please come and welcome Mike and express to him in your own words the importance of providing Missouri patients with educationally prepared and clinically competent individuals acquiring medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.

Welcome aboard Mike!!

Diane Hutton, BA RT(R) ARRT
MoSRT President
Legislative Activities Chair
MoSRT District 1 President

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New Membership Signup Form

January 28, 2016

In an effort to bring costs down and to make things more efficient behind the scenes, our Membership Chair Donita Shipman, has partnered with Findjoo - an online Membership and Event Tracking Service.  An e-mail will go out later today to all current members explaining the change and how to renew your membership when it is time.  If you are here to sign-up for a new membership, you should find the process relatively quick and painless still.  If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to contact Donita or the Webmaster and we will get back to you ASAP.


R.T. in J.C. Registration has begun!

January 6, 2016

Update 2/4/16 - RT in JC Registration has ended at this time.


A message from the MoSRT President

January 1, 2016

Hello Missouri technologists:

I wanted to update you as to what your state affiliate is doing. Hang on, here we go!

MoSRT has asked our bill sponsor to introduce our next proposed bill, which he did on December 2, 2015. Check it out (CLICK HERE), it is HB 1604. It is similar to previously introduced bills; therefore, we continue to work with our sponsor Representative Galen Higdon to refine the bill. 

It is important to get the bill introduced early prior to the actual beginning of the legislative session in order to give us time to work with our own legislators. Here is what you can do to help this legislative process: educate your legislator, contact your legislator to ask for their support of the bill, and be an advocate for our profession. It seems to me that most of what I do in Jefferson City is to educate the legislators on who we are and what we do.
 
Join us on February 9, 2016 for RT in JC, a printable copy of our Agenda can be found HERE.  It is our advocacy day; what an opportunity to talk face to face with the folks who will vote on our bill. In order to give our members more time to talk with their legislators, we have moved our advocacy day to February. We will focus on those legislators in the Professional Licensure committee, the committee our bill has been assigned to the past several years. But it will be our responsibility to talk with all legislators. You are their constituents and that word carries a lot of weight in Jefferson City. You are the ones who vote for them! Therefore, you can influence them and answer their questions. We need to stress our motivation comes from our desire to present all Missouri patients who require a Radiology procedure with safety. A safe environment, radiation safety, proper positioning by clinically competent and educationally prepared professionals. Legislative issues need not be confusing or intimidating, keep yourself informed and educate others; just as we do our patients every day. Also please do not think this ‘does not concern me’ because it does. It concerns all of us and our profession going forward. Teach students the importance of knowing what is going on in Jefferson City as well as keeping yourself informed.

Our annual conference will be April 6-8, 2016 held in Columbia Missouri. This has been a successful move, saving our members money and being in a central location. Plan on joining us there so mark your calendars now. Check out the society website at mosrt.org often as information will be posted there as plans continue to be finalized.
 

MoSRT is always looking for interested technologists and students who want to get involved. The board is doing a better job of increasing our mentorship of new officers and other interested individuals. Getting involved in your profession is beyond important, it is vital. Begin by attending a board meeting to learn what goes on, increase your involvement by attending a local district meeting, and check out your involvement opportunities with the ASRT. Learning and growing in the profession will give back to you 100 percent! I cannot tell you how much I enjoy learning from others, sharing what little I know, and how I can serve the profession. Take the opportunity to learn and share with others of like interests.

Keep an eye of the website, mosrt.org for continued updates. Please let me know how I can help to serve you by sending me an email at diane.hutton@mosrt.org. I look forward to seeing you all at conference! 

Diane Hutton, BA, RT(R) ARRT
Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologist President
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org 


December issue of Radiographer has been released!

December 3, 2015

You can find a link to download a copy of it by clicking RADIOGRAPHER on the link bar above or by clicking HERE.


R.T in J.C. Tentative Agenda has been announced!

December 2, 2015

 

Join your fellow medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals for an R.T. Day in Jefferson City! Sponsored by the Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc., the event will provide you with an opportunity to meet with your state representatives and senators to educate them about the radiologic technology profession and the need for licensure standards for Missouri’s medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.


R. T. in J.C.
February 9, 2016
Tentative Agenda


0800-0900:         Orientation, coffee and breakfast snacks.
                              MoSRT lecture: “How to talk with your legislators”.
0930-1130:            Legislative visits.
1130-1230:             Lunch on your own.
1230-1500:            Legislative visits.
1500:                     Wrap-up meeting – a recap of the day.

Note: Agenda subject to change


Look for Registration information soon!


LAC/Presidential Update

November 12, 2015

Hello fellow Radiology professionals,

I wanted to provide you with an update. What is going on at the MoSRT? Well, hang on cause here we go!

First: we have a date for our annual RT in JC day. February 9, 2016 will be our day at the capital so get it on your calendars now. Join us for a discussion of legislative issues while we join together in Jefferson City for our day of advocacy. I hope to start the day with a lecture which will help prepare everyone to speak to your legislators. Remember, we are the experts and we need to provide some education for our legislators about what we do. As the constituents, we will have the ear of our legislators. This will be your opportunity to gather together with other professionals, then move out into the capital to speak with your legislator.

Representative Galen Higdon will pre file our next proposed bill on December 1, 2015. I have been in contact with his office while the session has been out. Together with ASRT and the approval of the MoSRT board, we have presented the next bill to him. Keep in contact with the mosrt.org website for more information. When the next session begins after the first of the year, we must be ready to begin this march again. 

The MoSRT board is actively engaged in preparation for the next annual conference April 6-8, 2016 back in Columbia Missouri. Place these dates on your calendar and keep in touch with the website where information will be posted. Know of a good speaker, or are you yourself interested in speaking? Get in touch with Kristi Littleton, program chair at Kristi.littleton@mosrt.org

ASRT annual conference will be held in Las Vegas June 23-26, 2016. What a fantastic opportunity to join with fellow professionals from across the country. And who doesn’t want to go to Las Vegas, right? Missouri is usually well represented in many areas; not only our affiliate delegates are sent but there are several Missourians who represent some of our chapters as delegates as well. 

Being an advocate should be a calling for all of us. When I was trying to figure out what to do ‘when I grow up’, I felt I wanted to help people. I knew I did not want to be a nurse or a doctor but when I found out about Radiology, well, it just seemed to fit just right. I feel this is the best way for me to help people. I now feel I can continue to help people by being an advocate for the profession I love. Join me! If not you or I then who? Being an advocate for something I love is easy; however when we stand shoulder to shoulder it becomes easier. Let’s tell others what we do and why we do it as we continue the march to state licensure.

Thank you so much, as always let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at diane.hutton@mosrt.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

Diane Hutton, BA, RT(R)


LAC/Presidential Update

September 26th, 2015 

Hello fellow Radiology professionals. I wanted to give you an update on legislative issues currently going on in Missouri. There are none! Okay, as most of you know, the Missouri House and Senate are in recess. At the summer board meeting in Columbia, an invitation went out to several interested groups to participate in a legislative session. We heard back from many of those groups with input for the language of the next proposed bill.

I have been in conversation with and working closely with ASRT in the development of our next bill. We desire to have inclusive language for our aspects of the profession. Our bill sponsor, Representative Galon Higdon, will introduce the next proposed bill in December when he can prefile the bill.

I also want each of you to begin thinking of our next advocacy day, RT in JC. As you probably know, we already have in place the Radiation Safety Awareness Day, which will be observed March 27, 2016. However, when the board discussed this event, it is our desire to have another advocacy day observed earlier in the year. Our thought is once our next bill is introduced and assigned to committee, we want to be able to visit with our legislators as their constituents on behalf of the bill. Of course, there is no way to know when the bill will be assigned to committee but hopefully by having all Missouri technologist contacting their legislators will help the bill. So make sure you check out the mosrt.org website for updates to this event. Right now, we are thinking sometime in February 2016. I will be visiting Jefferson City the last week of September into early October; even though the legislators are out of session, sometimes you can catch them, so will have more information after that visit.

Remember conference is April 6-8, 2016 back in Columbia Missouri. Check out the website at mosrt.org where information will be posted. Also, see the calendar on the website for district meeting schedules. Even though you are not necessarily a member of each district, feel free to attend where you want. MoSRT offers educational sessions through our state so make sure to check out the website often.

Thank you to all our Radiologic sciences professionals. Know that MoSRT is here for you as a resource and for educational opportunities. Please email our officers with questions, each of us work to serve you.

Respectfully,

Diane Hutton, BA, RT(R)

Diane.hutton@mosrt.org


Student Internship Submission Date Announcement

August 10th, 2015

Due to the need to have our second Student Intern selected for the ASRT by December 19th, Student Intern Chair Casey Scott has asked that the final day for submissions be moved forward to November 9th, 2015.

My goal is to catch all the “references” before many of them (educators) go to Thanksgiving break or a general holiday.
— Casey Scott, Student Intern Chair

Once again, the Student Intern Application is now due by November 9th, 2015! 

You can find a link to the application by going to the STUDENT INTERN page (located in the navigation section near the top of the page).  If you have any questions about the application process you may reach Casey via email at student_internship@mosrt.org


LAC Update

August 1st, 2015

Fellow Missouri Technologists:

I wanted to provide each of you with an update on MoSRT legislative efforts. At our last board meeting in August, an invitation was sent out for all interested groups to provide feedback to assist with legislative verbiage while we continue to work on our next bill.

Our bill sponsor, Representative Galen Higdon will sponsor the bill again during the next legislative session and will pre file the bill in December.

Look for a Missouri 'call to action' as the bill begins its march through the House of Representatives; at that time we will need everyone to begin contacting their representatives for their support of the bill. 

So right now, we are working closely with ASRT on the bill language to have it ready to present to Representative Higdon, then discussions will begin at the House level to fine tune the bill for presentation.

Continue to watch the website mosrt.org for news. I will update MoSRT membership through the web site as changes occur.

Thank you all, as always please let me know if you have questions/suggestions by emailing me at  diane.hutton@mosrt.org.


LAC/Presidential update

June 10th, 2015

Good morning Missouri technologist, 

I am hoping everyone enjoyed the MoSRT annual conference this past April in Columbia. As you can probably guess, we are back to the drawing board actively working on next year’s conference. Thank you again for your continued support of your state society.

What is currently on my mind is to provide you with a legislative update. March 31, 2015 was our annual state advocacy day in Jefferson City we call RT in JC. This day happened to coincide with the day our state licensure bill, HB 109 was scheduled to be heard in the Professional Licensure committee. We had approximately 55 technologists and students attend our state advocacy day and had that many attend the hearing. It was a wonderful experience for everyone, as most of us are not able to see our state government in action. Yes, we all packed into a very small hearing room; I think the committee was very impressed to see such support of the bill.

Unfortunately, the bill did not make it out of committee this session. What does that mean for Missouri technologists? We keep working! MoSRT will invite any interested parties to come to our next MoSRT board meeting July 10-11, 2015 in Columbia Missouri. Open communication is vital to make sure we align the verbiage for the next bill to include everyone in the profession.  The common goal for all interested parties is patient safety. We have to make certain Missouri patients are receiving imaging studies from educationally prepared and clinically competent individuals. We can make sure we accomplish this when we all continue to work together.

Okay, as I gently climb down off that soapbox and climb onto another one; let me invite you to take the opportunity to volunteer. This can be at the state, local district, or our national organizations. Contact any board member should you have questions, as always feel free to contact me! There are so many ways a technologist can get involved in your profession and devote a large amount of time or a limited amount of time. Visit MoSRT website (mosrt.net) for suggestions, look for opportunities in your local districts; also check out ASRT.org to see what volunteer opportunities are there. 

MoSRT will continue to work with our bill sponsor and with ASRT, as well as other organizations, to develop our next bill language. If you should have questions about the next bill, contact me at diane.hutton@mosrt.org. Should you have questions about volunteer opportunities, contact me or any of the board members listed on your state website. 

Thank you, let’s keep this momentum moving forward, D.

Diane Hutton, BA, RT(R)

MoSRT President


June 8th, 2015

  • Removed the BLOG folder. 
  • LEGISLATIVE and WEBMASTER are once again their own pages.
  • Removed NEWS and EVENTS BLOG as it was redundant.
  • Added a Find your Legislator link for the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate on the LEGISLATIVE page.

May 14th, 2015

 


May 8th, 2015

  • 2015 Annual Conference ARCHIVE is now up.  Click HERE to view it.
  • The Webmaster has updated his blog.  You can find it HERE.

May 6th, 2015

MoSRT annual conference attendees:

It has been brought to our attention that many of you are receiving emails from ASRT stating you have submitted documentation for continuing education and that the documentation is incomplete.

ASRT is requesting the individual credit amounts awarded for each lecture title instead of just the total credit amounts attended during conference. We are working with ASRT to come to a solution. 

Please bear with us while new certificates are made. We will then forward each of you another email with the corrected documentation.

Thank you for understanding,

Diane Hutton

MoSRT President


April 30th, 2015

LAC Update

LAC chair Diane Hutton has an update for the technologists of Missouri.  Check out the LEGISLATIVE blog or simply click HERE.