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Oregon Laws for Military Veterans
Relating to State Licensure by the Board of Medical Imaging
 
Authority Limited to Oregon: These state laws do not have authority in other states or with national credentialing registries.
 

MILITARY TRAINING WAIVER

License applicants who received their medical imaging training in the military services may be eligible for a license even if they do not have a Board-recognized national registry credential. House Bill 4063 (enacted in 2012) requires the Board of Medical Imaging to waive the credential requirement for an applicant who can provide documentation of military training or experience that the Board determines to be substantially equivalent to what the national credentialing registries require. Contact the Board office at 971-673-0215 for further information.


EXPEDITED APPLICATION PROCESSING FOR MILITARY SPOUSE/PARTNER

Under House Bill 2037, enacted into law in 2013, if the spouse or domestic partner of an active member of the U.S. Armed Forces moves to Oregon due to an official active military transfer, the Board of Medical Imaging will expedite the person’s application, if the spouse/partner: 1. Can show that s/he was is authorized to practice in another state, and 2. Has worked or taught medical imaging in the other state for at least one year during the previous three year period, and 3. Is able to demonstrate competency to the Board. Contact the Board office at 971-673-0215 for further information.


REQUIREMENT TO PAY LICENSE FEES WAIVED DURING MILITARY DUTY

License or permit holders serving active military service will not be penalized by the Board of Medical Imaging for failure to complete license or permit renewal requirements while in active service. Upon written application to the Board within 60 days of verified honorable discharge, the license or permit holder will be restored to former status, with any time spent on verified active military duty credited against the fee amount, and with no late fees applied. Contact the Board office at 971-673-0215 for further information. (Oregon Revised Statutes 408.450) 


Revised 8/14​

Social Security Number Requirement, Authority and Disclosure Statement

As part of your application for an “Initial”, “Renewed”, or “Reinstated” professional license issued by the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI), you are required to provide your Social Security Number to the Board. This is mandatory. The authority for this requirement is Oregon Laws 1997, Chapter 746, Section 117 (ORS 25.785) and 42 USC & 666(a)(13)*. Failure to provide your Social Security Number will be a basis for the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging to refuse to issue, renew, or reinstate the license or permit.


Although a number other than your Social Security Number appears on the face of the license or permit, your Social Security Number will remain on file with the OBMI. If warranted, the record of your Social Security Number may be used for Child Support Enforcement, Federal and State Tax Administration, and the reporting of final disciplinary actions against your Medical Imaging License to the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB).

Any other use or disclosure of your Social Security Number will require your written authorization.


*25.785 Issuing entities to require Social Security number.

(1) Any state agency, board or commission that is authorized to issue an occupational, professional, recreational or driver license, certificate, permit or registration subject to suspension under ORS 25.750 to 25.783 shall require that an individual’s Social Security number be recorded on an application for, or form for renewal of, a license, certificate, permit or registration and to the maximum extent feasible shall include the Social Security number in automated databases containing information about the individual. (2) A state agency, board or commission described in subsection (1) of this section may accept a written statement from an individual who has not been issued a Social Security number by the United States Social Security Administration to fulfill the requirement in subsection (1) of this section. (3) An individual may not submit to a state agency, board or commission a written statement described in subsection (2) of this section knowing the statement to be false. [1997 c.746 §117; 1999 c.80 §93; 2003 c.610 §1; 2005 c.22 §17]


What is the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI)?

The Oregon Board of Medical Imaging
has the authority to issue licenses and permits to medical imaging technologists and radiation therapists. With a mission to promote, preserve and protect the public health, safety and welfare of Oregonians who are undergoing medical imaging studies and radiation therapy performed by agency licensees the Board is dedicated to providing excellent service an​d support to the public, stakeholders, license and permit holders.

The Board is an ARRT designated Continuing Education (CE) approving body that evaluates more than two dozen applications each year for Oregon-based CE courses

The Board oversees continuing education requirements and the schools in Oregon that teach Limited X-ray Machine Operator (LXMO) courses.

Radiation safety is a primary concern for the Board of Medical Imaging. The OBMI has non-voting advisory members from Radiation Protection Services (RPS) and works closely with RPS to ensure the safety of patients undergoing medical imaging in Oregon

The Board has authority to promote legislation and adopt administrative rules and Board policies. Through the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), the board has authority to discipline license or permit violations.

The Board approves a biennial budget for the Board’s Administrative office.


What are the demographics of the Board and h
ow are Board members selected?

The 12 Board members are comprised of four physicians, five licensees (one from each imaging modality) and three public members. All Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.
The Board members spend considerable time deliberating issues including policy, rule and procedure, reading materials pertaining to complicated technical investigatory cases and attending Board meetings.


How often does the Board meet?

The Board has an appointed Committee that meets quarterly to discuss all matters of Board business and then makes recommendations to the full Board that result from discussions during the Committee meeting. The full Board also meets quarterly approximately 2 weeks after the Committee meeting. Special Board meetings may be called when necessary.​


Can the public attend the meetings?

Yes! The public is encouraged and welcome to attend the public sessions of any Board meeting. The agenda are published on
the OBMI website along with the meeting dates and other pertinent information such as rulemaking or public hearings regarding proposed rules.


What subjects are discussed at the Board meetings?

The Board discusses
a myriad of matters concerning the regulation of licensees and permittees in Oregon. Topics include: disciplinary issues (licensee and permittee violations of Oregon Administrative Rules and Oregon Revised Statutes), policy, rules, proposed rule amendments, legislation that relates to medical imaging, waiver requests and public commentary.


How can I find out what was discussed at the meetings?

Public session summaries are typically approved by the Board in the public session
during the following Quarterly board meeting. The approved summaries can be found on our website.


What is the role of OBMI
Staff?

The OBMI staff run the day to day business of the Board. The
staff wear many hats and the following is a short list of what they do: The Investigator/Board Advisor investigates and compiles evidence and testimony for cases that arise from complaints and technical violations that are brought to the Board, advises the Board and Staff regarding medical imaging, reviews CE offerings and educates staff and the public regarding license and permit issues; the Administrative Specialist manages the over 6,100 licenses and permits, answers a multitude of questions from license and permit holders, educates and advises the public regarding medical imaging issues, manages the accounts receivable and payable and assists other staff; the Compliance Specialist manages the website and related issues regarding IT, maintains records, manages the background checks, manages the LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) and assists other staff; the Executive Director oversees the agency, is the liaison between the Board and other State agencies including the Governor’s office, Legislature and Department of Justice, prepares materials for the meetings, drafts rules and policy and assists licensees and permittees with issues.


What are my license or permit fees paying for?

A
State agency is similar to a business in the private sector. There are costs to maintain that business in order to provide the services for the customers. In the case of the Board, the Licensees and Permittees are the customers. The Board serves the public of Oregon by regulating the Licensees and Permittees and ensures that the Board’s mission is upheld. The fees from licenses and permits issued by the Board support the agency’s costs for the services the agency provides to its license and permit holders, stakeholders and public. The following are agency costs for which fees provide revenue: Investigations of disciplinary cases,  Licensure issuance, Continuing Education approval and monitoring, Legal support, Human Resources support, Legislative actions, compliance with State and Federal mandates, Administrative support and compensation for Board members.


What does the OBMI do for me?

The Board provides licensees and permittees with information and support concerning renewal, obtaining initial licensure and adhering to the Oregon Administrative Rules and Oregon Revised Statutes. The Staff along with the technical expertise from the Board members, provide the licensees and permittees with a wealth of knowledge of the medical imaging profession and support for staying in compliance with industry standards and regulations. The Board maintains Category A Continuing Education offerings making Oregon one of eight states that offer approved CE required for medical imaging credentials. This enables the licensees to obtain required CE for National Credentials here in Oregon. The Board approves schools that allow the opportunity for the required education for obtaining a Limited X-Ray Machine Operator and Bone Densitometry Permit. The CE requirements for Permit holders is also approved by the Board. The Board approves and submits applications made by licensees and permittees  for required National exams in order to practice in the field of medical imaging.


What is my responsibly as a License or Permit Holder?

As a License or Permit holder from the OBMI, it is your duty and responsibility to understand and adhere to the Oregon Administrative Rules and Oregon Revised Statutes regarding the practice of medical imaging in Oregon.

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YOU HAVE A DUTY TO REPORT LICENSE VIOLATIONS

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LICENSE OR PERMIT HOLDERS’ DUTY TO REPORT ANY SUSPECTED VIOLATIONS

Oregon law (ORS 688.605) specifies that, as a licensee or permit holder, you have a duty to report any suspected violation of OBMI statutes or rules to the Board, unless otherwise prohibited by law.


YOU MUST REPORT CONVICTIONS OR ARRESTS WITHIN TEN DAYS

Unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law, Oregon state law (ORS 676.150) specifies that a licensee or permit holder who is convicted of any criminal offense, or even arrested for a felony offense, must report the criminal conviction or felony arrest to the OBMI within ten days of the conviction or arrest. The statute specifies that failure to report may be cause for disciplinary action by the Board.


DUTY TO REPORT VIOLATIONS BY OTHER OBMI LICENSEES

Unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law, Oregon state law (ORS 676.150; 688.605) specifies that a licensee (or limited permit holder) who has reasonable cause to believe that another licensee or permit holder has engaged in prohibited or unprofessional conduct is required to report the conduct to the Board within ten working days. The statute specifies that failure to report may be cause for disciplinary action by the Board.


DUTY TO REPORT VIOLATIONS TO OTHER LICENSING BOARDS

Unless otherwise directed or restricted by state or federal law, an OBMI licensee who has reasonable cause to believe that a licensee of another health licensing board has engaged in prohibited or unprofessional conduct shall report the conduct to the board responsible for the licensee who is believed to have engaged in the conduct. The reporting licensee shall report the conduct without undue delay, but in no event later than 10 working days after the reporting licensee learns of the conduct. (ORS 676.150)


EMPLOYERS’ DUTY TO REPORT LICENSE VIOLATIONS

Unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law, any employer of a licensee or permit holder must report any suspected violation of OBMI statutes or rules to the OBMI. Likewise, any organization representing licensees or permit holders must report any suspected violations of OBMI’s statutes or rules. (ORS 688.605)


BOARD INVESTIGATIONS ARE CONFIDENTIAL

Any information obtained as part of a complaint or as part of a complaint investigation is confidential. This includes the identity of the person who files the complaint. (ORS 688.605[2])


REPORTING OF COMPLAINT NOT SUBJECT TO CIVIL ACTION

Any person who reports or provides information to the Board and who does so in good faith is not subject to an action for civil damages as a result of reporting or providing information. (ORS 688.605[3])

QUESTIONS:
Contact the OBMI at 971-673-0216 or at obmi.info@state.or.us.


Take Me To The Consumer Complaint Instructions and Form.​

 

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