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7/2/15 – The ACRO Accreditation Manual has been updated

ACRO has offered a program that peer-reviews radiation oncology practices throughout the United States since 1995, to ensure quality of care for patients and for practices to assure current and potential patients that they offer the highest standard of care in their market.

In order to maintain ACRO Accreditation's position as the most cost-effective, time-efficient and thorough accreditation process, ACRO reviews and edits its guiding document, the ACRO Accreditation Manual, once a year based on changes in the environment, recommendations from ACRO leadership, and feedback from the practices that choose ACRO Accreditation.

The new ACRO Accreditation Manual is now available on the website, and is the framework for our new set of standards by which we review practices during the accreditation process.

If you are interested, you can visit ACRO.org for more information on the accreditation process.

6/24/15 – ACRO 2015 live streaming a success

All six plenary sessions at ACRO 2015, held last month in Arlington, Virginia, were broadcast over the Internet in real time, and those who attended virtually were high in their praise for the quality of the broadcasts and the convenience this afforded. This experiment suggests that future ACRO Annual Meetings should be offered in both formats: onsite and online. Unlike most national radiation oncology meetings, ACRO's annual meeting is recognized as an intimate and uncluttered clinical conference encompassing a broad spectrum of educational offerings in a comfortable learning environment, featuring presentations from the best and brightest minds in cancer treatment. However, for those who are unable to attend physically, the online option is clearly something that will be appreciated by ACRO members. Post-production work is underway, and the talks from all six plenary sessions will be loaded into the Members-Only section of the ACRO website very soon. So even if you were unable to attend the conference (either onsite or online), you will have access to the plenary session talks to review at your leisure. An announcement will be sent to all members as soon as the talks are posted on the website.

6/18/15 – ACRO membership value - almost $2,000/year Membership Committee determines

At the meeting of the ACRO Membership Committee in May during the 2015 Annual Meeting, an exercise to estimate the return on investment (ROI) of ACRO membership was the main agenda item. The committee, with staff facilitation, identified the various "benefits" of ACRO membership (tangible and intangible), and when the list was complete the committee assigned a dollar value to each "benefit" based on a consensus decision of the group. The committee was surprised to realize that they had, collectively, estimated that the benefits of ACRO membership amounted to $1,950 on an annual basis. Topping the list of benefits by value were the lobbying and government relations activities carried out by ACRO and the 112-page Annual Coding & Reimbursement Guide. The guide is prepared annually by the ACRO Government Relations & Economics Committee with the assistance of Revenue Cycle Inc. It is available in the members-only section of the ACRO website. As Regular Membership in ACRO is currently only $395 a year, clearly ACRO members are receiving an incredible ROI on this annual business expense. If you are not an ACRO member, you are invited to join the College and begin receiving this great ROI. READ MORE

6/12/15 – ACRO online services scheduled maintenance

ACRO’s membership database will be taken offline for routine, essential maintenance on Tuesday, June 23, 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time. No online services (meeting registration, dues payments, profile updates, member directory, etc.) will be available during this time. All online services will return to normal after 12:30 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

6/10/15 – New ACRO fellows installed

The American College of Radiation Oncology is proud to announce that six of its members were awarded Fellowship May 15 at the 2015 Annual Meeting held in Crystal City, Virginia. ACRO Fellowship is awarded to members who meet rigorous criteria of meritorious service to the College and the field of radiation oncology. The new fellows are: Drs. Michael Dobelbower, Jaroslaw Hepel, Heath Mackley, William Regine, Hemangini Shah and Catheryn Yashar.

6/9/15 – Free Members Only Webinar

Retention of Government Over-payments - a New Area of Fraud Enforcement and False Claims Act Liability

Join attorney Gregg Waddill for this informative webinar as he discusses the major challenges of compliance with the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act (FERA) and the Affordable Care Act and the financial consequences of non-compliance. FERA's 2009 amendment to the False Claims Act defines a new area of fraud enforcement. FERA subjects providers to substantial potential liability for retention of over-payments, known as reverse false claims. In addition, with changes to the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, Medicare and Medicaid providers are exposed to even greater liability with the requirements to repay an over-payment within 60 days of the date it was identified.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:30 pm CST (RESCHEDULED FROM ORIGINAL DATE OF JUNE 3, 2015)

ACRO members are encouraged to participate in this insightful and complimentary webinar.

Click here to register for this free members only benefit today!

6/4/15 – New officers and chancellors for ACRO

ACRO is pleased to announce the installation of new officers and the addition of two new chancellors at the ACRO Annual Meeting held May 14-16, in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Arno Mundt, having completed two years as ACRO's president, was installed as chairman, Dr. James Welsh was installed as president, and Dr. Eduardo Fernandez was installed as vice president. In addition, Dr. Joanne Dragun and Dr. Charles Thomas, II, took their seats as new chancellors.

6/3/15 – June Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
5/27/15 – Ever considered having your practice accredited by ACRO?

As part of its mission ACRO strives to ensure the highest quality care for radiation therapy patients and promote success in the practice of radiation oncology. In 1995, ACRO developed a practice accreditation program as a voluntary process in which your peers identify standards indicative of a quality practice, and a practice audit is conducted to assure that these standards are met. The ACRO accreditation program has undergone periodic revisions to reflect clinical and scientific advances within the field. The most recent in-depth review carried out in 2010 resulted in major changes to the process by introducing online case submissions with online review by disease site specific team members and a quicker turnaround time for the full accreditation process, while still including onsite visits by physics and administrative surveyors. ACRO Accreditation is the only US accrediting body that is ISO 9001 certified and to have undergone an external audit to assure HIPAA/HITECH compliance. Accreditation by ACRO is both time and cost efficient and will distinguish your practice in the eyes of your patients and medical colleagues. If you are interested in more information click here or contact James Leckie, the ACRO Accreditation Coordinator, at jleckie@acro.org or 301-718-6513. For a list of currently accredited practices click here.

5/20/15 – ACRO 2015 was a huge success! Make sure to attend next year's meeting!

The 25th ACRO Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C., last week was a huge success! The 275 attendees reported that the presentations and debates were on the cutting edge of radiation oncology, yet practical enough to return to their practices ready to implement much of what they learned. ACRO's goal is to present a detailed and intimate annual meeting that allows for in-depth discussions on the latest in radiation oncology, and that is exactly what it was. As one happy participant said as she was leaving the conference, "This was the best rad onc conference I have ever attended." This was also the first year when members, and nonmembers, were able to take part virtually as all plenary sessions were "live streamed" in HD via the Internet, and for which CME credits were available. We hope that even more ACRO members will make use of this next year if they cannot attend the meeting live.

5/13/15 – Can't come to ACRO 2015? Let ACRO 2015 come to you!

The ACRO Annual Meeting is tomorrow - and all plenary sessions will be "live streamed" via the Internet. With the theme "Controversies. Collaboration, and Personalized Care in Radiation Oncology," a faculty of nationally known experts will debate the latest radiation therapy for CNS, H&N, GI/GU, GYN and breast cancers. The Dr. Luther Brady Lecture will be given by Dr. Anthony Zietman, and the Radiosurgery Society will be collaborating in two sessions.

You can "attend" all of this, or only those sessions you can schedule, in the comfort of your home or office. CME credits will also be awarded for the time you spend online. This is FREE for ACRO members and only $99 for nonmembers. For more information, click here. To register, click here.

For more information, click here. To register, click here.

5/7/15 – May Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
5/6/15 – Can’t come to ACRO 2015? Let ACRO 2015 come to you!

The ACRO Annual Meeting is only one week away - and all plenary sessions will be ‘live streamed’ via the Internet. With the theme "Controversies. Collaboration, and Personalized Care in Radiation Oncology", a faculty of nationally known experts will debate the latest radiation therapy for CNS, H&N, GI/GU, GYN and breast cancers. The Dr. Luther Brady Lecture will be given by Dr. Anthony Zietman, and the Radiosurgery Society will be collaborating in two sessions. You can ‘attend’ all of this, or only those sessions you can schedule, in the comfort of your home or office. CME credits will also be awarded for the time you spend online. This is FREE for ACRO members and only $99 for nonmembers.

For more information, click here. To register, click here.

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