In Support of the Care Bill: The Needs for Federally Mandated Minimum Education Standards in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
It is erroneously assumed that qualified professionals are performing diagnostic medical ultrasound procedures in medical facilities throughout the United States. To address this issue, the CARE bill has been proposed to the federal legislature. The bill’s primary intent is to mandate that medical facilities being reimbursed by the federal government for such diagnostic procedures comply with a minimum educational and training standard. Enactment of this legislation will create the need to provide the mandated education and training to a currently unknown number of individuals in a manner that is acceptable to standards compliance, as well as the employer and employee. A nationwide survey to identify demographics and educational backgrounds of this group as well as their employer’s perceptions related to necessary employee training/retraining is recommended.