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The SDMS provides opportunities to earn and offer continuing medical education (CME). We also have educational resources for the sonography community.
The SDMS offers resources for the sonography industry.
The SDMS supports credentialing for sonographers and provides representation on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the sonography profession.
Formed in 2009, the SDMS Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization affiliated with the SDMS. The SDMS Foundation fosters professional learning and excellence by working to improve the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
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The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The SDMS, with over 27,000 members, is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.
Currently, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon are the only states with approved legislation mandating the licensure of sonographers.
On May 5, 2016 Governor Maggie Hassan signed Senate Bill 330 making New Hampshire the 4th U.S. state to enact sonographer licensure. The new law becomes effective on July 1, 2016.
The law creates a 7-member Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy. The New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification is the agency responsible for the licensure of sonographers (and other medical imaging professionals). The agency's Division of Health Professions (https://www.nh.gov/jtboard/) will work with the Governor's office on the appointment of the 7-Member Board, which will include one sonographer. The new Board and the agency will be working to develop administrative rules to implement the new law.
The law states that to qualify for a license as a sonographer, an applicant will need to 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 sonography approved by the board; and
(d) Possess current certification and registration in sonography from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Credentialing International, or a certification organization approved by the board.
Rules/Regulations: None at this time
On March 19, 2015, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed a licensure bill (SB 2236) into law that sets licensing standards and expands the responsibilities of the state’s sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, radiographers, and radiologist assistants.
This new law makes North Dakota the third state in the United States to require licensure of sonographers. New Mexico and Oregon also have similar licensing requirements. The law also enables sonographers to take verbal orders from physicians and other healthcare practitioners and enter them into the patient’s electronic health record.
A nine-member State Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Medical Examiners will oversee licensure requirements, grant licenses, and handle disciplinary actions.
Title: Licensure Requirements Medical Imaging and Radiation
Author: Sylvia (R)
Coauthor: McGuire C (R)
Location: House Executive Departments and Administration Committee
Summary: Repeals RSA 328-J, the regulation of medical imaging and radiation therapy under the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy. View Bill Text
Status: View Current Status - search for "HB184" (without quotes)
SDMS STAFF ANALYSIS: The bill would repeal the entire medical imaging and radiation therapy licensing statute (approved in 2016).
SDMS STAFF RECOMMENDATION(S): STRONGLY OPPOSE. Encourage sonographers in New Hampshire to contact their state Representative and members of the NH General Court’s House Executive Departments and Administrations Committee
Title: Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
Author: Scully (R)
Location: House Executive Departments and Administration Committee
Summary: Relates to an exemption from licensure by the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy. View Bill Text
Status: View Current Status - search for "HB334" (without quotes)
SDMS STAFF ANALYSIS: This bill attempts to provide an exemption to nurses and midwives via a change in the definition of sonography. HB 334 proposes an exemption to Chapter 328-J. The appropriate place for an additional exemption is not in the definition of sonography, but rather in the Exemptions section (328-J25), so that all exemptions are found in one place (not buried in a definition).
In addition to nurses and midwives, there may be other licensed health professions that will use sonography (within their scope of practice) in a limited, non-diagnostic role for assessment of the patient’s immediate medical condition (e.g., paramedic checking for breech position or blood in the abdomen) or for needle guidance. Adding a broader exemption would avoid having to seek additional legislative exemptions in the future.
To provide guidance on the differences between diagnostic and limited, non-diagnostic use of sonography, the proposed language below provides a non-exhaustive list of the sonography uses covered by the exemption.
SDMS STAFF RECOMMENDATION(S): SUPPORT WITH SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE ONLY (see below). Encourage sonographers in New Hampshire to contact their state Representative and members of the NH General Court’s House Executive Departments and Administrations Committee.
1 Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy; Definition; Sonographer. Amend RSA 328-J:25 to add a new paragraph as follows:
(VII) A person performing a sonography procedure within their scope of practice that is used to assess specific and limited information about a patient’s immediate medical condition, is limited to a focused imaging target and does not generate a recorded diagnostic medical image. A focused imaging target includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Assessment of fetal presentation or heartbeat;
(b) Assessment of fluid in a body cavity;
(c) Assessment of foreign body position or location;
(d) Fetal monitoring during active labor; or
(e) Identification of an anatomical landmark or blood vessel for vascular access or administration of anesthesia.
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.
Title: Regulation of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
Author: Lee J (R)
Location: Senate Human Services Committee
Summary: Relates to the regulation of medical imaging and radiation therapy; declares an emergency. View Bill Text
Status: View Current Status
SDMS STAFF ANALYSIS: Senate Bill 2198 was introduced as a “clean-up” bill. The changes are in response to requests to change some of the language in the statute as well as address concerns about maintaining medical imaging and radiation therapy coverage in Critical Access Hospitals. The proposed language authorizes the licensing board to use “case-by-case” exceptions for medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel who were employed in Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) prior to January 1, 2017.
The bill’s language is a compromise and rather than providing broad exemptions, establishes case-by-case determinations by the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners and it allows the Board to issue a conditional license and establish other criteria (e.g., mandatory continuing medical education) for maintenance of the conditional license.
The North Dakota Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board is seeking letters of support for SB 2198.
SDMS STAFF RECOMMENDATION(S): SUPPORT. Sonographers in North Dakota are encouraged to contact their state Senator and members of the ND Legislative Assembly Senate Human Resources Committee to support SB 2198.
Title: Licensure Grandfathering Provision
Author: Nelson J (R)
Coauthor: Weisz (R), Robinson (D), Boe (D), Rust (R), Bekkedahl (R), Westlind (R)
Location: House Human Services Committee
Summary: Relates to a licensure grandfathering provision; relates to the regulation and licensure of medical imaging and radiation therapy practitioners. View Bill Text
Status: View Current Status
SDMS STAFF ANALYSIS: The bill requires issuance of a “grandfathered license” to anyone providing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures prior to the North Dakota licensure statute becoming effective on January 1, 2016. This would establish two classes of licensees – those with certification and those without. Presumably the supporters of this bill chose this approach rather than attempting a repeal of the licensure statute because they still need the benefit of a license to be able to enter physician orders into a patient’s electronic health record (which was the original impetus for seeking licensure). In addition, the bill restricts the Board’s ability to establish additional requirements by rule – licensees applying for renewal would only have to comply with the text of the statute rather than any rules adopted by the Board (e.g., certification and continuing education requirements). The bill also strikes references to scopes of practice for the various medical imaging and radiation therapy modalities (i.e., removes the requirement that the licensee function only within the licensed modality). In addition to many other inconsistencies and errors, the bill incorrectly proposes replacing the definition of “certification organizations” with “registration organizations.” For a more in-depth analysis, read this letter.
SDMS STAFF RECOMMENDATION(S): STRONGLY OPPOSE. Sonographers in North Dakota are encouraged to contact their state Representative and members of the ND Legislative Assembly House Human Resources Committee and express opposition to this bill.
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