Governmental Affairs Committee Update
Chair: Kevin McCarthy, BA, CNIM
As we prepare for what will be a busy year as forty-five states begin their legislative sessions in January with the remaining states following before April, GAC committee members are honing their skills as legislation monitors. These dedicated volunteers watch for bills that impact our profession at the state level. We have multiple committee members who serve in this capacity to help ensure we are aware of bills that are introduced across the country that could potentially change the practice of our profession and determine who may provide neurodiagnostic services. In addition to monitoring all 50 state legislatures, the committee also is tasked with monitoring legislative and regulatory developments at the federal level. These legislation monitors are the eyes and ears of ASET in the public policy arena.
In the meantime, ASET’s public policy staff is working with state chapters and licensure committees on strategies and resources so that the efforts toward licensure will be as coordinated and efficient as possible. State chapters or licensure committees who are interested in scheduling ASET’s presentation on licensure and advocacy, please contact Jennifer Montgomery, Governmental and Grassroots Advocacy Manager, at (816) 944-3249 (direct) or email email@example.com.
Staff Liaison: Jennifer K. Montgomery, BA
Committee Members: Scott Blodgett, MBA, R. EEG T., RPSGT, RST; Tina Denison, R. EEG. T.; Gina DiCarlo, CNIM, BS, AS; Roberta Esfandiarfard, R. EEG T.; Jeannette Garcia, R. EEG T.; Kathryn Hansen, BS, R. EEG T., CPC; Marie Hamid, AS, R. EEG T.; Mark Helderman, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM; Karen Hordienko, AS, R. EEG T.; Kevin McCarthy, BA, CNIM ; Keith Morgan, MBA, R. EEG T.; Kristina Port, MPA, R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, CNIM; Tarilla Redick, R. EEG T.; Kristin Roberts, AS, R. EEG/EP T.; Joe Soto, R. EP T. & CNIM; Lee Traweek, CEO.
- DON’T ASSUME elected officials know about your industry – assume they know nothing about what you do. It is up to you to educate them.
- LET ASET KNOW if an elected official is your friend OR neighbor OR relative OR co-worker, so we can help strategize the best approach to the policy initiative.
- REMEMBER, a successful advocacy campaign is a long-haul proposition. It is not designed for instant gratification.
Standards & Practices Committee
Chair: Erik Padilla, MBA, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM
The Standards & Practices Committee (S&P) welcomes new member, Trista Myers, R. EEG T. Trista is the President of Mid-Atlantic NDT chapter of ASET (MANDS) and was nominated by past ASET President, Cheryl Plummer: “I thought of Trista because she has done such an amazing job with MANDS. She is so organized and so proactive. She would be a great addition to this group… She runs an amazing meeting each year.” Welcome Trista!
The S&P continues its work reviewing and updating the ASET job descriptions, national competencies, and 30-, 60-, and 90-day evaluation checklists. The S&P submitted MEG 30-, 60-, & 90-day evaluation checklists competencies to the BOT for review and approval during the quarterly monitoring webinar held in November. They were approved.
The S&P are working on many projects:
- Developed a position statement regarding the use of wireless EEG devices, a BOT directive, and recommended that input and support be sought by ACNS. The BOT approved and the draft will be submitted to ACNS for review and consideration.
- Developing a new job description for an Information Specialist whose role is specific to the Neurodiagnostic Department.
- Designing an LTM/cEEG Technologist Report Template that includes the requirements by the AMA for EEG Technologist Documentation for monitoring.
- Job descriptions and competencies for autonomics are going through the final round of review and editing.
- Organizing a workgroup to design competencies focused on Ambulatory EEG and remote EEG monitoring.
And finally, we also are seeking a new member to join the S&P Committee. These projects are keeping us quite busy!
As always, we seek your feedback and look forward to meeting the needs of our membership. Please feel free to contact Erik Padilla and/or staff liaison, Anna Bonner, for inquiries and suggestions because we want to hear from you!
Committee Members: Susan Agostini, R. EEG/EP T., CLTM, FASET; Petra Davidson, BS, R. EEG/EP T., CLTM, FASET; Rebecca Khozein, MBA, DOM, MS, R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, R.NCS.T.; Trei King, BA, R. EEG T., CNIM; Pat Lordeon, R. EEG T., FASET; Trista Myers, R. EEG T.; Cheryl Plummer, BS, R. EEG T., CLTM, FASET; Kasie Sargent, R. EEG T., CNIM, Marion Zakrzewski, R. EEG T., R. NCS. T., RPSGT
Staff Liaison: Anna Bonner, BA, R. EEG T., RPSGT, ASET Director of Publications
Global Initiatives Task Force
Chair: Trei King, BA, R. EEG T., CNIM
It’s been an exciting year so far for the newly formed GITF. Our current project is to develop goals that will help us accomplish our mission statement: “To collaborate and support Neurodiagnostics globally.”
We are identifying these goals by reaching out to some of the organizations involved in global outreach projects. We also hope this will create some opportunities for ASET members to become involved and participate in global outreach. 2020 looks to be a great year, and we thank you for your support because without our membership we would not be able to do this.
Task Force Members: Teguo Daniel Djoyum, BS, R. EEG T., CNIM; Emily Kale, BS, R. EP T., CNIM;
Magdalena Warzecha, R. EEG/EP T.; Cindy Swick, BS, R. EEG T., CLTM; Connie Kubiak, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM, FASET; Mary Betinis, R. EEG T.; Adam Kornegay, MBA, LPN, R. EP T., CNIM, FASET; Elizabeth Mullikin, MA, MPA, MNM, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, FACHE, FASET; Pat Trudeau, R. EEG T., CLTM, FASET
Staff Liaison: Brian Sullivan, BS, MS, Membership Director