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7/15/15 – ACRO Accreditation now just $8,000 per principal practice!

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. Included in the changes are lowered fees for each principal practice, which is now at the low-cost of $8,000 for each principal practice and $3,000 for each additional practice that applies for the three-year accreditation.

Additionally, ACRO Accreditation is the only accrediting body for radiation oncology practices that is ISO 9001 certified to ensure quality improvement and assistance. ACRO also recently went through an external audit on HIPAA regulations to not only ensure compliance, but find any potential areas where we could improve our security procedures.

7/13/15 – July Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
7/8/15 – ACRO Alert: Free Members Only Webinar 2016 Proposed Rule Summary for ACRO Members

This Revenue Cycle Inc. webinar is designed to inform you of the Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule issued by the federal register for 2016. We will condense the federal register document specific to radiation oncology, saving you both time and money. This webinar will cover all radiation oncology aspects of the proposed rule.

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:30PM CST

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

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

7/8/15 – ACRO 2016 to be held in Orlando, Florida, in March

ACRO has chosen Orlando, Florida, for next year's Annual Meeting, Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19. Orlando is a perfect location for our meeting to allow attendees to take some much needed time to escape winter and enjoy the many local attractions or spend some time in the sun. We always have a good attendance when meeting there.

Dr. Julia White, of The Ohio State University, and Dr. Lawrence Kleinberg, of Johns Hopkins University, have been appointed Scientific Program Committee Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, and Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, ACRO's Vice President, will be the General Chair for the 2016 Annual Meeting. More information about ACRO 2016 will be distributed as it becomes available.

7/6/15 – ACRO is seeking a new Medical Director of ACRO Accreditation

The ACRO Board of Chancellors, through its Executive Committee, announces the opening of the position of Medical Director of ACRO Accreditation. This position has been held for the past 4 years by Michael Kuettel, MD, PhD, MBA, FACRO, who is stepping down effective October 1, 2015, due to the assumption of other professional duties.

The ACRO Standards Committee oversees the work of ACRO Accreditation at its annual meeting, and the Medical Director reports to the ACRO Executive Committee on a monthly basis. The Medical Director is supported by a Director of Physics, a Director of Administration, and staff at the ACRO headquarters. In addition, there are 8 Disease Site Team Leaders, approximately 25 physician case reviewers, 20 physicist site surveyors, and 15 administrative site surveyors active in the program. Full details of the program can be found in the ACRO Accreditation Manual (July 2015) here.

Experience and Skills Required:

  • Current knowledge of the workings of ACRO Accreditation
  • Experience as an active medical case reviewer
  • Ability to manage a virtual program of approximately 60 colleagues
  • Broad knowledge of NCCN clinical guidelines/current standards of care in radiation oncology
  • Available for weekly conference calls of the ACRO Accreditation Management Committee

Compensation:

The position offers a modest annual stipend as a gesture of appreciation for undertaking this important position as a service to ACRO and its members, and the public. Approximately 4 hours a week (on average) will be needed to manage the program. Occasional travel may be needed to present talks about ACRO Accreditation at meetings and to report to the Board of Chancellors. For an applicant employed by a hospital or academic institution, support by the applicant's supervisor for assumption of these duties will be needed.

Application/Nomination Process:

To apply, or nominate a colleague, for this position, please send a Letter of Interest along with a full CV no later than July 20, 2015, to Norman Wallis, PhD, ACRO Executive Director, at nwallis@acro.org. The Executive Committee will arrange for a conference call interview of the finalists and expects to announce its final selection by August 15, 2015. The Director-elect will work closely with Dr. Kuettel during the balance of August and all of September and be ready to assume responsibility for the program on October 1. Dr. Kuettel will be available for consultation as needed after that date.

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.
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