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UVMFLOWNET October 2012

Subject:

Re: Still Techs?? - be careful what you wish for ...

From:

"Franklin W. West" <[log in to unmask]>

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UVM Flownet <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:12:53 -0700

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Under the category of "be careful what you wish for and even more careful of
what you accept as a valid expert cite" ... OR ..."Do you really want an 8%
decrease in income?" {in the end, you will see that the practice expense for
Vascular Technologists is 8% greater than DMSs, not the reverse}

Bill is unequivocally correct - This issue was discussed at length by RVTs
at a number of SNIVT/SVT/SVU meetings.  Those who fail to study history are
doomed to repeat it ... 

Terry is equally correct that the US DOL median income for DMS is $64,380
per year.  The cite is 
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm

Quick Facts: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

2010 Median Pay                                              $64,380 per
year - $30.95 per hour 
Entry-Level Education                                       Associate's
degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation      None
On-the-job Training                                          None
Number of Jobs, 2010                                      53,700
Job Outlook, 2010-20                                       44% (Much faster
than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20                         23,400

Terry is, however, very INCORRECT in his comment regarding the median income
for "RVT" - this is simply NOT a survey that is performed by the DOL.  The
quote Terry cites is from:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/cardiovascular-technologists-and-technicia
ns.htm 

Quick Facts: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular
Technologists 
 2010 Median Pay                                             $49,410 per
year - $23.75 per hour  
Entry-Level Education                                      Associate's
degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation     None 
On-the-job Training                                          None 
Number of Jobs, 2010                                       49,400 
Job Outlook, 2010-20                                        29% (Much faster
than average) 
Employment Change, 2010-20                        14,500

As such, this supposedly appropriate category is in reality an incredibly
inaccurate merging of a variety of positions including invasive and
noninvasive cardiac and peripheral vascular technicians and technologists
(theoretically no less than eight distinct positions).  Some of these
positions are almost exclusively found in hospital settings while others
vary widely in terms of setting ... and while I've met some folks that have
multiple credentials and perform, e.g., "babies, bellies, etc.", I cannot
say I have ever met anyone that works in a setting performing invasive
cardiac and vascular procedures as well as noninvasive cardiac and
noninvasive peripheral vascular studies as a technician and technologist.

The DOL data is considered so invalid and unreliable that HCFA (now CMS)
encouraged involved medical specialties to fund an independent survey of
Registered Vascular Technologists (this was further supported by HCFA when
it was noted that more than 50% of the Medicare Carriers at the time
required non-physician certification and/or laboratory accreditation for
vascular procedures).

To make a very long story short, a result with a much greater real world
impact in measuring income can be found in the Resource Based Relative Value
Scale "Direct Practice Expense Inputs" for the Medicare Physician Fee
Schedule, which includes the following 

$0.50 per minute ($62,400 per year) for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 
$0.54 per minute ($67,382 per year) for Vascular Technologists 

Clearly I have a bias given I am really not interested in a significant
reduction in personal income ... or, for that matter, a scope of practice
that limits my ability to provide appropriate patient care.  As such, I will
remain a Registered Vascular Technologist and Registered Vascular Specialist
... and if I am not given a choice, I will opt to simply use these devices
under a state license (i.e., RN) that already provides the option ... But
that's just me ... 

/fww

PS:  Along with Terry's request, if you're not interested in an eight
percent decrease in income, please raise this issue with Dale and Kevin ...
PPS:  A personal opinion - those two surgeons on the ARDMS EC may have known
something ... this is not an ACR vs SVS issue, although Terry's comments
might infer that ... or even one of distaste for a word ... this has real
world implications that can harm those that practice vascular technology ...

-----Original Message-----
From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bill Johnson
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 6:31 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Still Techs??

Bill Johnson, Port Townsend, WA
I know the word "tech" is much maligned, or at least not credited.
And the issue of "technician" vs "technologist" never caught traction, in
spite of years of discussion on the SNIVT/SVT/SVU Boards.  I admit I am
proud to be a lowly "tech" and the service I have provided our patients.
But, regardless, I agree with Terry.  While the issue of compensation is
important, I think the issue of recognition is also important.
So, Terry, what do you propose we do?  I would sign your petition, but then
no one might take notice since I am only a "Registered Vascular
Technologist."  Catch 22?

On 10/7/12, Jim Mosley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Just so everyone is informed, what would you recommend as the best way to
pursue this through the ARDMS?
>
> Excellent idea, by the way. I'm all for advancing our profession.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 7, 2012, at 1:54 PM, Terry DuBose <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:
>
>> Several years (after the meeting in New Orleans) ago the SVT, now SVU 
>> petitioned the ARDMS to change the vascular credential from RVT to 
>> RDVS so it would be in line with echocardiographer and get rid of the 
>> "T" word.
>> However, there were two vascular surgeons on the ARDMS Executive 
>> Committee that killed the petition.
>>
>> Those guys are gone from the ARDMS and it seems time for the vascular
>> community to raise this issue again.   If you look at the pay for RDMS
>> and
>> RVT in the USA Dept. of Labor's OCCUPATION OUTLOOK HANDBOOK (OOH) you 
>> will see that DMS are listed with a median pay of $64,380 per year, 
>> while the RVT
>> median pay of $49,410 per year.   I believe the primary cause of this
>> discrepancy is the designation of "vascular technologists."
>> http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm
>> http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/cardiovascular-technologists-and-te
>> chnicians.htm
>>
>> If you agree, please raise this issue with the new ARDMS Executive 
>> Committee Chair, Kevin Evans, and the ARDMS CEO, Dale Cyr.
>>
>> Good luck, Terry
>>
>> [log in to unmask]
>> Terry J. DuBose, MS, RDMS
>> Associate Professor Emeritus
>> Diagnostic Medical Sonography
>> University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences [log in to unmask]
>> 512-826-8833
>> ***************

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