SNMMI Comments on VA Proposal to Allow Nurses to Perform Imaging Studies

July 22, 2016

On Friday, July 22, 2016, SNMMI submitted comments opposing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) proposed rule to grant advanced practice registered nurses the authority to, among other things, perform imaging services. Section 17.415(d)(1)(i), specifically, would allow certified nurse practitioners to “order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies.”

The VA’s Under Secretary for Health, Dr. David J. Shulkin, stated that the “purpose of this proposed regulation is to ensure VA has authority to address staffing shortages in the future.” By granting full practice authority to nurses the agency's objective is to improve veteran’s access to health care services while maximizing the use the VA’s resources.

In our comments, SNMMI applauds the VA’s efforts to provide a higher level of care for our veterans. However, we state that while these nurses have adequate education and training to perform other medical services, this education does not qualify them to perform, order, and/or interpret nuclear medicine studies.

Read SNMMI’s full comments, here.

Read the VA’s news release on this issue, here.