Texas Radiation Safety Awareness Training CME Course for New Texas Rule
On January 13, 2015 the Texas Department of State Health Services released a statement saying that the implementation of the Radiation Safety Awareness Training requirement had been delayed. This notice was released just 3 months prior to the rule’s compliance deadline and nearly two years after the announcement of the regulation. Just like you, we are puzzled by this change and we have no explanation. We suggest directing all questions regarding the delayed implementation of the requirement for Radiation Safety Awareness Training in Texas to either Chuck Flynn at 512-834-6770, ext. 2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Kathryn Perkins at 512-834-6660.
What does the recent news from the Texas DSHS mean for you?
- Even though users of fluoroscopy are not currently required to meet the requirements for Texas Radiation Safety Awareness Training, the requirement for Radiation Safety Awareness Training is still a Texas state regulation. Removing the regulation from TAC 289.227 would require Texas DSHS would to go through the rulemaking process again.
- While failing to meet the requirement of this regulation will not result in a citation from the state, it could expose you and your practice to legal risk in the interim since the rule is still in place.
- You now have more time to be in compliance with all provisions of TAC 289.227
- The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) states in NCRP Report 168 that clinical training and experience is not an acceptable substitute for formal training in radiation management
- Section F.5 of the Suggested State Regulations for Control of Radiation published by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors requires that all persons operating fluoroscopic x-ray system complete training on the following topics before using fluoroscopy independently:
- Biological effects of x-ray;
- Principles of radiation protection;
- Factors affecting fluoroscopic outputs;
- Dose reduction techniques for fluoroscopic x-ray systems;
- Principles and operation of the specific fluoroscopic x-ray system(s) to be used;
- Fluoroscopic and fluorographic outputs of each mode of operation on the
- system(s) to be used clinically; and
- Applicable requirements of these regulations.
- The Joint Commission may soon implement training requirements for users of fluoroscopy
- The Advanced Training Program from FluoroSafety, which meets the requirements for Texas Radiation Safety Awareness Training, will teach you to understand the information you are required by TAC 289.227 to review as part of the Fluoroscopy Radiation Protocol Committee
- Medical licensure in Texas requires physicians to obtain 24 CME credits every year. The CME credits obtained for compliance with TAC 289.227 also count toward this requirement.
Those completing our Advanced Training Program are eligible to claim up to 8 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit ™. CME credit is provided through a joint sponsorship with MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, these credits may also serve as self assessment CME (SA-CME), as required for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) by members of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). All of our courses are designed so that you can complete them at your own pace – you can access the material at any time from any computer or device with internet access.
This course is available now for $175.00.
Please note that all sales are final. We offer discounts for purchases of multiple licenses, as well as a custom management interface for institutions and clinics. Click here for more information. If you would like more information on this new Texas fluoroscopy CME regulation, it can be found in the Texas FAQ on Radiation Protocol Committee Requirements and Radiation Safety Awareness Training.