SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 62
(By Senators Stollings, Laird, Foster, Kirkendoll, Miller, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Tucker, Wills, Yost and Boley)
[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the implementation of licensure requirements for sonographers and defining the scope of practice for diagnostic medical sonography.
Whereas, Operators of medical ultrasound equipment who perform ultrasounds for the purpose of capturing images for submission to a physician for interpretation, called sonographers, are an important part of the medical diagnostic process; and
Whereas, Ultrasound screening units currently do not require an order from a licensed practitioners; and
Whereas, By requiring sonographers to be credentialed, the public could be assured that their examinations would be performed by individuals who are didactically trained and clinically experienced; and
Whereas, Requiring these practitioners to be licensed may allow for a more accurate and proper diagnosis from a physician; and
Whereas, Individuals performing ultrasounds prior to the implementation could be allowed to work under an Apprentice license and be given an additional two years to obtain credentials in that modality; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the implementation of licensure requirements for sonographers and defining the scope of practice for diagnostic medical sonography; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.