Way to go JP! You are so right.

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From: Joseph Hughes <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Fri, May 21, 2010 9:11 am
Subject: Re: recertification

Hello Lisa, et al:
I have not read all of the e-mails in this thread, so I'm sorry if someone 
lready explained this. 
Each of the credentialing bodies in U/S - ARDMS, CCI, ARRT - are accredited by a 
articular body to prove that their tests and credentials are valid and reflect 
he body of work currently performed in the field. The ARDMS and ARRT are 
ccredited via the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for all of 
heir exams, with a few exceptions on ARRT exams. A few years ago, the ARDMS 
ecided that they wanted to have an international presence and pursued 
ccreditation through the International Standards Organization-American National 
tandards Institute (ISO-ANSI). About two years ago, CCI did the same. This has 
een public knowledge for quite some time.
A few years ago, the ARDMS put out a questionnaire about re-certification and 
athered representatives from all of the ultrasound organizations, including 
VU. They gathered the groups to discuss HOW, not IF, recertification was to be 
arried out. They could have done many things, including retaking the exams and 
harging for them, however, they developed this delivery method.
Essentially, ARDMS like many medical profession credentialing bodies, are 
equired, under the rules of THEIR accreditation, to assure that those with 
heir credential are recertified. You can look up the numerous professions that 
equire recertification. CME does not assure that someone absorbed material, or 
ven attended a seminar for that matter. Having been involved on the SVU-CME 
ommittee and attended numerous CME policy meetings, there are numerous methods 
o get CME but it is difficult to police the process for accuracy of information 
resented or to assure that CME was obtained for the intended reason- education. 
ut that's a different subject.
Licensure was mentioned in the thread too. Licensure in NM and OR, the first two 
tates to require it, require the tech to have a credential and pay an annual 
ew. BTW, who mentioned it's just another way for for someone to make money?
I have read so many threads on Flownet about how we should be recognized as 
rofessional, and no one gives us respect, and we should be able read studies 
urselves, and Blah Blah Blah. An organization who is arguably recognized as THE 
ltrasound credentialing body, is required to recertify its constituents, puts 
ogether a fairly innocuous plan that won't go into effect for quite awhile, and 
e complain.
But that's OK because that's what the Flownet is for - a forum to exchange 
deas, good or bad, right or wrong. 
---- Original message ----
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 10:08:45 -0700
From: UVM Flownet <[log in to unmask]> (on behalf of Lisa Mekenas 
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Subject: Re: recertification  
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   And who is THEIR cerifying agency? What
   international agency are we talking. In Europe the
   MD's do most ultrasounds. I am very interested in

   other agencies whose standards of compliance are
   being imposed. Where on the ARDMS web site is this

   I like to follow this "trickle flow" , after all I'm
   just a vascular tech in the ARDMS.

   I might add, that we have no real powers of
   diagnosis, as in the MD,ect.


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