Call to Action: Oppose VA Proposal to Allow Nurses to Perform Imaging Studies

July 18, 2016

On May 25, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a proposed rule to grant advanced practice registered nurses (APRN's) the authority to, among other things, perform advanced imaging services. SNMMI is strongly opposed to the implementation of this section and urges you to submit comments on this matter.

The purpose of the proposed rule is to increase veterans’ access to qualified health care professionals and services. Section 17.415(d)(1)(i), specifically, would allow certified nurse practitioners to “order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies.”

It is imperative to help the VA understand the complexities of this significant issue. We ask you, as a nuclear medicine professional, to submit comments stating your opposition to Section 17.415(d)(1)(i).

We applaud the VA’s efforts to provide a higher level of care for veterans, but we do not believe APRN's are qualified to “perform” "order" and/or “interpret laboratory and imaging studies." An APRN's education and training does not compare to that received by nuclear medicine professionals to practice nuclear medicine.

If you have a comment you would like to share, please send it to hpra@snmmi.org.

Included here are some talking points to use in your comments, however, SNMMI encourages you to personalize your submissions to the VA. When submitting comments, please indicate that you are responding to “RIN 2900-AP44-Advanced Practice Registered Nurses."

Please direct any questions to SNMMI’s Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs department at hpra@snmmi.org.