|NEWARK – The State Board of Medical Examiners is proposing to amend its regulation concerning medical standards for screening and diagnostic medical testing offices.
Specifically, the Board is proposing amendments to delineate separate standards for direct requests for specific diagnostic tests and those for referrals for evaluation to determine the appropriate diagnostic tests, and to clarify for the regulated community, the respective obligations borne by the referring practitioner, the requesting practitioner, and the consulting practitioner.
The proposed amendments clearly set forth the respective obligations for practitioners directly requesting tests or referring patients for evaluation, practitioners performing or supervising the performance of the diagnostic tests, practitioners managing diagnostic offices, and practitioners owning diagnostic or screening offices. The Board also proposes to set forth the consulting physician’s obligations when fraud is suspected. In addition, the Board will now allow closely allied health professionals, as long as the majority interest is held by a plenary-licensed physician, to own a diagnostic or screening office.
The proposed regulations, and information on how to submit a comment by August 18, 2017, can be viewed here.
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