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2/24/16 – ACRO 2016 Luther Brady Lecture to be presented by Dr. Bahman Emami

This year's annual meeting (March 17-19 in Orlando, FL) will have the Dr. Luther Brady Lecture presented by Bahman Emami, MD of Loyola University, Maywood, IL. This lecture will take place from 2-3 PM Friday and is titled, "The Emami Paper: A Quarter Century Later" and touches on recent updates to one of the foundational papers in the history of the practice of radiation oncology. ACRO is excited to present this lecture for all of our members and attendees. Make sure you register so that you don't miss this lecture, which will be a vital part of this year's Annual Meeting and to ensure your success as a radiation oncologist in 2016! Click here for the full schedule. READ MORE

2/17/16 – ACRO 2016: Reserve your hotel room by February 23rd!

ACRO has selected Buena Vista Palace Hotel at Orlando, FL, for the 2016 meeting. The deadline to book a room is February 23rd, so make your reservations as soon as possible!

The hotel is on the Disney World campus with all its attractions, and is only a short walk to Downtown Disney for shops, restaurants and after-hours entertainment.

Three days featuring a series of in-depth plenary sessions, addressing current controversies, on Breast, CNS, GU, GI, Head & Neck, and Lung cancers and the economics of practice.

The ACRO room rate is just $175 plus applicable taxes, for single or double occupancy. Book your hotel room directly with the hotel by using ACRO's online booking site or call +1-407-827-2727 and make sure to mention ACRO. Rooms are only guaranteed through February 23rd, so make sure to reserve your room by then to make sure you don’t miss this crucial meeting for your practice. READ MORE

2/10/16 – Pre-Conference Seminar on Billing and Coding at ACRO 2016

This year's ACRO annual meeting (March 17-19 in Orlando, FL) will present a pre-conference seminar on Wednesday, March 16, on the latest updates in billing and coding. Make sure your practice has all the information it needs to be fully reimbursed by CMS in 2016! This seminar, "Updates and Dilemma in Radiation Oncology Coding for 2016," will be by Revenue Cycle, Inc. The presenters are: Sally Eggleston, MBA, BSRT (T), Kelli VanDenBerg, RT, (R)(T), and Teri Bedrad, BA, RT, (R)(T), CPC. This event is CME eligible to help fulfill your continuing education requirements. Arrive the morning before the main conference begins to make sure you don't miss this vital addition to ACRO 2016! READ MORE

2/3/16 – ACRO 2016: General Plenary Session V: Business and Economics of Practice

This year's annual meeting (March 17-19 in Orlando, FL) has a plenary session on Friday on the business and economics of practice. Learn everything you need to know to prepare your practice for 2016! Click here to download the Full ACRO Meeting Brochure with a detailed schedule and our list of speakers. Our topics are covered by some of the top specialists in the field, including the ACRO Government Relations & Economics Committee Update by Sheila Rege, MD, FACRO of Northwest Cancer Clinic and Jason McKitrick, MBA of Liberty Partners Group, the Dr. David Krause Washington Update by Andrew Woods, Esq. of Liberty Partners Group, Practical Application of Coding Updates and Documentation of Your Practice by Sally Eggleston, MBA, BSRT (T) of Revenue Cycle, Inc., the ACRO Accreditation Update by Jaroslaw Hepel, MD, FACRO of Brown University, and an ABR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Update by Lisa Kachnic, MD of the American Board of Radiology. READ MORE

1/28/16 – ACRO 2016: General Plenary Session IV: Breast Cancer (SAM Credit Available!)

Friday's plenary session at this year's annual meeting (March 17-19 in Orlando, FL) will feature breast cancer. This session also has the third of 3 Self-Assessment Modules to help you fulfill your MOC requirements with the ABR! Topics to be covered include: Should all Breast Cancer Patients with N-1 Disease Receive Regional Nodal Irradiation? with Pros by Lawrence Marks, MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC and Cons by Julia White, MD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; and Role of Radiotherapy for Oligometastic Breast Cancer: Palliation or Ablation? by Jose Bazan, MD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Click here to download the Full ACRO Meeting Brochure with a detailed schedule and our list of speakers. READ MORE

1/20/16 – ACRO 2016 - General Plenary Session III: Lung Cancer (SAM Credit Available!)

This year's annual meeting (March 17-19 in Orlando, FL) has a plenary session on Thursday on lung cancer. This session also has the second of 3 Self-Assessment Modules to help you fulfill your MOC requirements with the ABR!

Our topics are covered by some of the top physicians in the field, including a debate on Early Stage Lung Cancer: SBRT vs Surgery by Larry Kestin, MD, 21st Century Oncology, Farmington Hills, MI for SBRT and Andrea Wolf, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY for Surgery, Postoperative Radiotherapy (PORT) for N1/N2 NSC Lung Cancer by Brian Lally, MD, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, and an Update on Radiation for Small Cell Lung Cancer by Kenneth Rosenzweig, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. Click here to register online and save 20% if you register by January 31! READ MORE

1/13/16 – ACRO 2016 - General Plenary Session II: Central Nervous System Cancers (SAM credit available!)

This year's annual meeting on Thursday, March 17 has a plenary session on central nervous system cancers. This session also has the 1st of 3 Self-Assessment Modules at the Annual Meeting. Be sure not to miss this to fulfill your MOC requirements with the ABR!

Our topics are covered by some of the top physicians in the field, including: Lawrence Kleinberg, MD of Johns Hopkins University, Chetan Bettegowda, MD, PhD of Johns Hopkins University, and Stephanie Weiss, MD of Fox Chase Cancer Center. Click here to register online and save 20% if you register by January 31! READ MORE

1/6/16 – ACRO 2016 — Fulfill your CME and SAM requirements with the ABR in sunny Orlando!

ACRO's Annual Meeting offers a host of sessions on the most up to date standards of care in the field of radiation oncology. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics including breast, CNS, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, head and neck, and lung cancers as well as the business and economics of practice. These sessions have been approved for 21.5 CME credits and 3 SAM credits to help fulfill the ABR MOC requirements. With a small and intimate meeting among colleagues and with such a wide range of topics, you cannot afford to miss this year's meeting in sunny Orlando, FL. We hope to see you there in March! READ MORE

1/4/16 – ACRO Resident Essay Award/Travel Grant Competition

Dear Fellow Radiation Oncology Residents,

The Resident Committee of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) is offering several $500 scholarships to residents to be used towards attending the ACRO annual meeting, which will take place March 17-19, 2016 in Orlando, FL. To award the scholarships, we are holding an essay contest and would like to invite you to apply. Please address at least one of the following topics:

1. What improvements do you wish to see in Radiation Oncology? How do you feel this could be addressed by professional organizations like ACRO?

2. Given the recent ongoing changes in healthcare, how do you see this affecting the future of Radiation Oncology practices?

3. What resident-specific issues can ACRO help address? How can Radiation Oncology residency training be improved?

4. Describe a Radiation Oncology-specific ethical challenge that you have faced during residency, how it was resolved, how you learned from it and what could be done in the future to deal with similar situations.

Submissions should be approximately 1-2 pages in length, and can be emailed to jleckie@acro.org along with a copy of your CV. Anyone may apply, though we especially encourage submissions from residents who have never been to the ACRO annual meeting. The submission deadline is January 31, 2016, and essay award winners will be notified soon thereafter. Winners will also receive a waived meeting registration fee.

More information about the annual meeting can be found here, including a list of speakers and sessions. This is a small, intimate meeting that provides an excellent opportunity for education, networking, and career development. Highlights of the 2016 meeting include the annual 5k race supporting Radiating Hope, mock interviews (Job Link) for senior residents, dedicated faculty talks and insight specifically geared to resident interests, and a resident-only abstract session with feedback from faculty. Whether you submit an essay or not, we hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

The ACRO Resident Committee
Parul Barry, University of Louisville
Garrett Green, UCSD
Erin Gillespie, UCSD
Jonathan Lischalk, Georgetown University
Yazan Aboudeh, Moffitt Cancer Center
Jonathan Leeman, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

12/18/15 – ACRO Alert: Congress passed S. 2425, the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act of 2015

We are pleased to announce a significant legislative achievement for the radiation therapy sector!

Today, the Congress passed S. 2425, the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act of 2015. This legislation provides critical payment stability to freestanding radiation therapy centers by freezing Medicare payment rates for the sector in 2017 and 2018 as it transitions to a new, episodic alternative payment model in 2019. The legislation also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit to Congress a report on the development of an episodic alternative payment model for payment under the Medicare program within 18 months.

ACRO has been working for the last several years on payment stability and reform in the radiation therapy sector. We believe S. 2425 is a significant step towards the achievement of lasting payment stability for our members and the patients they serve.

ACRO also would like to thank the following Members of Congress for their efforts in passing this important legislation for cancer patients:

  • Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
  • Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Senator Dan Coats (R-IN)
  • Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Representative Tom Price (R-GA)
  • Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
  • Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX)
  • Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA)
  • Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
  • Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  • Representative James Clyburn (D-SC)
  • Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
  • Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA)

We also recognize the excellent advocacy of Andrew Woods, Esq., ACRO's Legislative Counsel, and Jason McKitrick, staff for the Government Relations & Economics Committee.

12/10/15 – ACRO 2016 Call For Abstracts: Deadline extended to Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST!

Due to requests from some of our loyal members, the Scientific Program Committee has extended the deadline to Wednesday December 16 at 11:59 PM EST. The site will be closed immediately after that deadline and no more abstracts will be accepted for review. Confirmation of acceptance/rejection will be sent no later than January 15, at least two months before the conference.

Submit your original research for presentation at THE radiation oncology conference that focuses on the professional and personal growth of each attendee!

12/9/15 – ACRO Resident Educational Grant Winners:

The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Resident Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the Educational Grants. The winners this year are Erin Gillespie and Narek Shaverdian. We had a total of 21 applications this year, and we would like to thank all of our applicants for applying. ACRO will provide two $1,000 grants for these two radiation oncology residents. Of that $1,000, $500 will be given immediately to fund the project, and $500 will be given either for continued research or for travel to present at the ACRO 2016 Annual Meeting (strongly encouraged).

Recipients must either present at the ACRO Annual Meeting March 17-19, 2016 in Orlando, FL, or submit an interim report to the Resident Committee by that date. The final report must be submitted by September 16, 2016.

If you were not awarded the Educational Grant this year, the ACRO Resident Committee urges you to apply for the next available grant or scholarship.

12/7/15 – December Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
12/3/15 – ACRO 2016: Call for Abstracts. Deadline in less than one week!

ACRO invites you to submit an abstract for an oral/poster presentation at ACRO's 2016 Annual Meeting. This conference will be an important scientific experience and will allow you to enjoy Orlando, Florida's attractions and beauty in mid-March. The hotel is on the Disney World campus with all its attractions, and is only a short walk to Downtown Disney for shops, restaurants and after-hours entertainment. To view the agenda, click here.

Please visit the website for submission guidelines. The online submission site is open, and you can submit your abstracts at your convenience. The deadline for receipt of all abstracts is December 7, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Questions about abstract submissions and technical issues should be directed to ACRO Staff at info@acro.org. READ MORE

11/18/15 – Register for ACRO's 2016 Kukuna-o-ka-la Radiation Oncology Conference in Hawaii!

ACRO will be holding its 2016 Hawaii Meeting January 26-29, 2016, at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at Maui, Hawaii. Come enjoy a slice of paradise as you obtain credits to stay up to date on the latest advances in the field of radiation oncology. Registration before the Early-Bird deadline, December 1, is an economical $495 for members, a bargain compared to meetings from other organizations. Room rates range from $245-$320 a night and 2 children age 17 and younger are free when sharing the room with parents, so you can bring your family somewhere nice for the winter as well.

Faculty includes: Drs. James Currier and Marcus Randall of the University of Kentucky as Co-directors, Ron DiGiaimo of Revenue Cycle, as well as Drs. Karyn Goodman of the University of Colorado, Carol Marquez of Stanford University, James Martenson of Mayo Clinic, Ronald McGarry of the University of Kentucky, Yoshiya Yamada of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Michael Zelefsky of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

To book reservations, you can call 808.921.4646 between 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday, Hawaii Standard Time. Register now! (More Information ...)

11/11/15 – Dr. Luther Brady Lecture at ACRO 2016: The keynote lecture presented at the ACRO annual meeting, named for and to recognize one of ACRO's founders, is a highlight of every conference. A distinguished list of colleagues have graced the podium to present a talk in the name of Dr. Brady. And 2016 will be equally stimulating when Dr. Bahman Emami will present "The Emami Paper: A Quarter Century Later." One of the most quoted papers in radiation oncology "Tolerance of normal tissue to therapeutic irradiation" was published in 1991 in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics with Dr. Emami as lead author along with eight colleagues. The 2016 Dr. Luther Brady Lecture will be given at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.
11/10/15 – November Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
11/4/15 – ACRO 2016's Program has something for everyone!

Three days (March 17-19) in Orlando, featuring a series of in-depth plenary sessions, addressing current controversies on Breast, CNS, GI, GU, Head & Neck, Lung cancers and the economics of practice. Presenters already committed include: Drs. Bazan, Ben-Josef, Bettagowda, Chen, Christodouleas, Efstathiou, Hamstra, Herman, Kestin, Kleinberg, Kuske, Lally, Marks, Rosenzweig, Schmidt, Sharma, Weiss, White, Wolf, and Ron DiGiaimo.

The program also includes a Resident Symposium and Workshop and a plenary session dealing with the latest government issues and what is being done to protect your specialty. This year's Dr. Luther Brady Lecture will be presented by Bahman Emami, M.D., of Loyola University. There's something for everyone in a relaxed and friendly environment, a welcome departure from most radiation oncology meetings! Make sure to visit ACRO.org as more information becomes available! READ MORE

10/22/15 – Book your hotel room at ACRO 2016 now!

ACRO has selected Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, FL, March 17-19. This four-star hotel is on the Disney World campus with all its attractions, and is only a short walk to Downtown Disney for shops, restaurants and after-hours entertainment; a great hotel in a great location. Convenient taxi and bus service to and from the Orlando International Airport is available.

We have been able to negotiate a fantastic room rate of $175 plus applicable taxes, for single or double occupancy. Click here to book your hotel room directly with the hotel or call 1-407-827-2727 and mention "ACRO."

10/14/15 – ACRO 2016 is designed to position your practice for success in 2016

ACRO's 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando, Florida, March 17-19. With the theme "Exploring the Standard of Care in Radiation Oncology," the conference will provide an ideal environment to position your practice for success in 2016. It will address the everyday clinical and practical issues that impact a radiation oncologist's patients, practice and bottom line.

The meeting's academic faculty is a collection of top clinicians and well-known experts in their fields. The meeting's unique single-session program format allows for extensive presentations and complete question and answer periods. There will be plenary sessions on breast, lung, central nervous system, head and neck, genitourinary and gastrointestinal cancers as well as one on the business and economics of practice. This year's Dr. Luther Brady Lecture will be presented by Dr. Bahaman Emami of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

This is the "no hassle" radiation oncology annual meeting and there will be plenty of entertainment for you and the family in Disney World. With a location and program like this, you can't afford to miss this meeting!

Learn More.

10/7/15 – October Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
10/7/15 – ACRO welcomes the new Medical Director of ACRO Accreditation

The ACRO Board of Chancellors, through its Executive Committee, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jaroslaw Hepel, MD, FACRO, as the new Medical Director of ACRO Accreditation. This position has been held for the past 4 years by Michael Kuettel, MD, Ph.D., MBA, FACRO, who stepped down effective Oct. 1, 2015, due to the assumption of other professional duties.

Dr. Hepel has been involved with chart reviews since the establishment of the online chart review system in 2011, and is the Disease Site Team Leader for Breast Cancers. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology, and holds academic appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Among several hospital appointments, he is Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Hepel is a member of the ACRO Standards Committee and is Chair of the Scientific Planning Committee of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS).

Dr. James Welsh, ACRO President, commented "The ACRO Board is delighted that Dr. Hepel has assumed this critical leadership position in the College. Dr. Kuettel has provided an outstanding service to the College during his term as Medical Director, and we thank him for his untiring efforts in creating a cost-effective, time-efficient, and high quality accreditation program for all radiation oncology practices across the nation".

9/29/15 – ACRO 2016: Call for Abstracts. Now open for submission!

ACRO invites you to submit an abstract for an oral/poster presentation at ACRO's 2016 Annual Meeting. This conference will be an important scientific experience and will allow you to enjoy Orlando, Florida's attractions and beauty in mid-March. The hotel is on the Disney World campus with all its attractions, and is only a short walk to Downtown Disney for shops, restaurants and after-hours entertainment.

The online submission site is now open, and you can submit your abstracts at your convenience. The deadline for receipt of all abstracts is December 7, 2015. Questions about abstract submissions and technical issues should be directed to ACRO Staff at info@acro.org.

Click here to submit an abstract.

9/23/15 – ACRO CY 2016 PFS Proposed Rule Comment

On Sept. 8, ACRO sent a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. It highlighted the effect on payment differentials for Hospitals and Freestanding Centers, cuts to the treatment of breast and prostate cancers, the need for a new payment system and more. Read More ...

9/11/15 – September Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
9/9/15 – ACRO 2016: Call for Abstracts

ACRO invites you to submit an abstract for an oral/poster presentation at ACRO's 2016 Annual Meeting. This conference will be an important scientific experience and will allow you to enjoy Orlando, Florida's attractions and beauty in mid-March. The hotel is on the Disney World campus with all its attractions, and is only a short walk to Downtown Disney for shops, restaurants and after-hours entertainment.

The deadline for receipt of all abstracts is December 7, 2015. Please visit this website for submission guidelines. The online submission site will be open by October 1, 2015. Questions about abstract submissions and technical issues should be directed to ACRO Staff at info@acro.org.

9/3/15 – ACRO Facebook Page Launched

In order to increase awareness of ACRO and the benefits it provides to the practice of radiation oncology, a Facebook Page has been created to keep members, radiation oncologists and interested parties updated on the latest news from the College and radiation oncology as a whole.

Moving forward, ACRO will place all news regarding the ACRO annual meeting, accreditation updates, weekly updates, developments in Federal advocacy, et cetera on this Facebook Page as well as through traditional methods.

In order to ensure you stay connected with the latest news, and to foster further communication in the field, please visit the page and "like" it to get everything you need to know regarding ACRO and related topics. We encourage you to get your colleagues involved in this open service as well.

9/2/15 – Apply For the ACRO New Practitioner Committee. Serve the Specialty and your Career

The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) New Practitioner Committee was created to formalize input from the most recent inductees of radiation oncology to the Membership Committee of the College. ACRO strives to ensure the highest quality of care for radiation therapy patients and promote success in the everyday practice of radiation oncology through education, responsible socio-economic advocacy, and integration of science and technology into clinical practice.

ACRO New Practitioner Application Form

Please consider joining us as we improve the educational and practice environment for the newest generation of radiation oncologists.

Applicants must presently be New Practitioner members of ACRO. Selected individuals would serve a two-year term as members of this ACRO committee by participating in conference calls and programs designed for radiation oncologists in the first three years of practice.

8/26/15 – ACRO 2016 to be held in Orlando, Florida, in March

ACRO 2016 will be held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando, Florida, March 17-19, 2016. The hotel is on the Disney World campus with all its attractions, and is only a short walk to Downtown Disney for shops, restaurants and after-hours entertainment.

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. The theme of this meeting is "Exploring the Standards of Care in Radiation Practices." A Call for Abstracts will be released in early September, with an early November deadline.

More information about ACRO 2016 will be distributed as it becomes available.

8/20/15 – ACRO Resident Seed Grant Winners

The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Resident Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the Seed Grants for the Annual Meeting in 2016. The winners this year are Anthony Wong and Natalie Lockney. We had a total of 26 applications this year, and we would like to thank all of our applicants for applying. ACRO will provide two $1,000 grants for these two radiation oncology residents. Of that $1,000, $500 will be used to fund the research project, and $500 will be used for travel to the ACRO 2016 Annual Meeting.

Awardees must provide a 1 page interim report of their project by September 15, 2015 and be ready to submit an abstract to the Annual Meeting by November 1, 2015.

If you were not awarded the Seed Grant this year, the ACRO Resident Committee urges you to apply again next year.

8/19/15 – 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.

8/19/15 – ACRO Alert: Proposed CMS Cuts to Radiation Practices Must be Stopped

We need your help NOW to engage with your Members of Congress to stop deep Medicare cuts to radiation therapy.

In its 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed yet another round of cuts to our specialty, resulting in a 3% cut to radiation oncology and a 6% cut to freestanding radiation therapy centers. These cuts disproportionately impact African Americans and women, due to the fact that payments for a course of care for prostate and breast cancer will be reduced by 25% and 19%, respectively. Moreover, this same care will be reimbursed 36% less and 32% less, respectively, in the freestanding setting than care delivered in the hospital setting.

ACRO and others in the cancer community are working aggressively to oppose these proposed cuts. Fortunately, a bipartisan Senate sign-on letter and a separate bipartisan House sign-on letter to CMS opposing these cuts are being circulated on Capitol Hill.

We ask all of you to please contact your Members of Congress today to express your opposition to the 2016 PFS Proposed Rule and ask your elected officials to add their names to these respective letters. ACRO is working in collaboration with the Radiation Therapy Alliance (RTA) to make it easier than ever to reach out to your elected officials with a phone call and a letter on these issues by CLICKING HERE.

Your action as a constituent is critical to a positive result in the 2016 PFS Final Rule.

Thank you!

James Welsh, MD, FACRO
President

8/17/15 – ACRO Alert: Call for Applications: ACRO Accreditation Chart Reviewers

ACRO Accreditation has openings for Medical Chart Reviewers. Currently, there is an immediate need for gynecological and neurological disease site specialists, but applications from specialists in all eight disease sites are welcome.

ACRO Accreditation's chart reviews are headed by the Medical Director and 8 Disease Site Team Leaders. Currently, the 8 disease sites are: Breast, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Gynecological, Head & Neck, Lung, Lymphoma & Sarcoma, and Neurological cancers. Full details of the program can be found in the ACRO Accreditation Manual (July 2015) here.

Experience and Skills Required:

  • ABR Certification
  • Actively practicing radiation oncology
  • A current member of ACRO
  • More than 5 years of practice experience
  • Maintaining annual board certification

Compensation:

The position offers a modest payment of $75 per chart, which is calculated and sent at the end of each month as a gesture of appreciation for undertaking this important position as a service to ACRO, its members, and the public.

Application/Nomination Process:

To apply or nominate a colleague for this position, please send a Letter of Interest along with a full CV to Rene Atkinson, the Disease Site Review Administrator at ratkinson@paimgmt.com. The Medical Director and relevant Disease Site Team Leader will review the prospective chart reviewer's qualifications and conduct a test review to verify competency and understanding of the chart review process.

8/12/15 – 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 has been available on the website since July 1, and is the framework for our new set of standards by which we review practices during the accreditation process.

8/12/15 – August Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
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.
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.

4/30/15 – ACRO 2015: Pre-conference registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 1

There are only a few days left to meet the discounted registration cutoff for ACRO's 2015 annual meeting, "Controversies. Collaboration, and Personalized Care in Radiation Oncology" with a faculty of nationally known experts debating the latest treatments for CNS, H&N, GI/GU, GYN and breast cancers May 14-16. The Dr. Luther Brady Lecture will be given by Dr. Anthony Zietman, and the Radiosurgery Society will be collaborating in two sessions. This is the one meeting to attend in 2015 to get answers to the question you have, and you will return to your clinic more confident in how proceed with the first patient you see that day. If you cannot attend in person, check out the live streaming option where you can just attend the sessions that appeal to you and also earn CME credits. ACRO members are FREE, and the nonmember fee is $99.

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

4/22/15 – Unable to attend ACRO 2015 in DC? Then register for online streaming!

Unable to attend ACRO 2015 this year in Washington, D.C.? Then why not log in to attend all the plenary sessions live streamed over the Internet? ACRO is experimenting with "virtual" attendance this year for those who are unable to attend the conference physically. We do not want you to miss the key discussions that will bring the latest clinical approaches to a wide range of cancer sites: CNS, H&N, GI/GU, GYN and breast. You will not want to miss the Dr. Luther Brady Lecture given by Dr. Anthony Zietman, on Friday (2-3 p.m.), or the session that follows on the Economics of Practice, featuring Dr. Allen Lichter, Executive Director of ASCO (3-5:30 p.m.). This is free to members! You will have 24/7 access to the site on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to attend only what you want, when you can. Also, each day will be replayed in the evening so you can check in from home. You will also be able to earn CME credits for the live (nonreplay) viewing. Nonmember colleagues can also attend for $99, so pass the word along. This is the best deal in CME for radiation oncology this year.

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

4/15/15 – ACRO 2015: Early bird registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. today — only a few hours left to save $100!

ACRO's 2015 annual meeting, May 14-16, will highlight "Controversies. Collaboration, and Personalized Care in Radiation Oncology" in a friendly and relaxed environment, with a faculty of nationally known experts debating the latest treatments 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. This is the one meeting to attend in 2015 to get answers to the question you have, and you will return to your clinic more confident in how proceed with the first patient you see that day. There are only a few hours left to meet the early bird registration cutoff — and save $100. If you cannot attend in person, check out the live streaming option where you can just attend the sessions that appeal to you and also earn CME credits. ACRO members are FREE, and the nonmember fee is $99.

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

To submit abstracts, click here.

4/3/15 – April Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
3/31/15 – RSS to present at ACRO 2015 in May: Abstract and Early-Bird Registration Deadlines extended to April 15th

The Radiosurgery Society will be co-hosting two sessions at ACRO 2015 in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, May 14. To allow our colleagues from RSS the opportunity to present posters and also benefit from the early bird registration fee, the deadline for BOTH poster abstracts and early bird registration has been extended to mid-night on April 15 (Tax Day).

So if you missed the deadline for a poster presentation, you now have another opportunity to submit an abstract. Also, this will give you two extra weeks to meet the early bird registration cutoff and save $100.

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

To submit abstracts, click here.

3/6/15 – March Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
3/6/15 – February Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
2/21/15 – 2-21-15 Registration Open for ACRO 2015: Controversies, Collaboration and Personalized Care in Radiation Oncology ACRO 2015- May 14-16, 2015, Washington, D.C. | With ACRO's return to Washington, D.C., and a shift to spring dates, ACRO 2015 will continue to feature the intimate, single plenary structure that enables the development of multiple themes that cut through each day of education. Themes that unify disease sites with new techniques and technologies, linking didactic clinical/practice updates with interactive debates to address the controversies we face in clinic every day. ACRO 2015 has been approved for 22.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM

Click here for additional information.

Click here to jump right to registration.

2/5/15 – The Business of Radiation Oncology Webinar Series presented by ACRO, Revenue Cycle Inc. and UCSD . This live webinar series is designed to teach the essential business foundation of running an effective and appropriately documented radiation oncology practice to Radiation Oncologists in their first three years of residency and junior/ senior residents.

Click here for more information.

1/9/15 – Add: 1/9/2015- ACRO 2015 Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended to Jan 26: The Deadline to submit an Abstract for presentation at the 2015 ACRO Annual Meeting has been extended to Monday, January 26 at 11:59pm EST. Click here to submit an abstract today.
1/9/15 – January Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
12/11/14 – December Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
11/13/14 – ACRO Members Only Webinar: 2015 Final Rule Summary - HOPPS and MPFS, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 1:00pm EST, 12:00 pm CST. It is vital to your practice that you are aware of the Final Rules. Each year there are many changes that are specific to radiation oncology and when January 1st arrives your facility needs to be ready. Revenue Cycle Inc. will help you understand and interpret the final rules as it applies to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. This webinar will cover all of the final rules that apply to radiation oncology and will assist you in the New Year. Click here to login to the members only section to register (Under Member Programs).
11/13/14 – 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Update for Radiation Oncology On August 28, 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) released 2015 CPT code changes, including certain changes relevant to radiation oncology. Some of those new 2015 CPT code changes and values will take effect in 2015 and are described in Section I, "New Radiation Therapy CPT Codes and Values Established for CY 2015."

Read the entire article and see the new fee schedule.

11/10/14 – November Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
10/15/14 – October Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
10/4/14 – ACRO Policy Statement: Use of the term ‘Medically Unnecessary’ by insurance companies. ‘Medical necessity’ is a legalistic term suggesting that a certain treatment is reasonable and appropriate based on evidence-based standards. It is often used by payers to determine coverage of services. This term should not be used in a way that indicates to patients that interventions not deemed appropriate for coverage are actually unnecessary in the literal sense. More specifically, payers should avoid patient communication stating that denied coverage is due to an intervention being "medically unnecessary" in language that does not clearly indicate that this designation is a technical one for the purposes of administrating their benefits rather than commentary on the skills or malpractice of the physician supervising their care.

Adopted by the ACRO Board of Chancellors, October 4, 2014

9/7/14 – September Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
8/22/14 – Upcoming ACRO Resident Webinar: We will be discussing the logistics of evaluating job contracts, billing, partnership tracks and also answering any questions you may have about the job hiring process.

"Life After Residency: What You Need to Know"

Speaker: Paul J Schilling, M.D., FACRO
Community Cancer Center of North Florida, Gainesville, Florida

This free webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 8PM EST. To RSVP please reply to jzhung@tuftsmedicalcenter.org to register, as space is limited.

8/15/14 – August Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
7/24/14 – ACRO Alert: ACRO Global Radiation Oncology Workforce (GROW) - Deadline Extended to August 12! Apply today! Click here to learn more about this scholarship.
7/8/14 – July Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
6/23/14 – ACRO Alert: 2014 ACRO Radiation Oncology Coding and Reimbursement Guide has been Published. Members, Login now to get the just published guide.
6/13/14 – AMA letter to CMS- May 15: Click here to learn more.
6/4/14 – June Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
5/8/14 – May Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
4/24/14 – Apply For the ACRO Resident Committee Serve the Specialty and your Career: The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Resident Committee was created to formalize input from the Residents & Fellows section of the College to ACRO's Board of Chancellors. ACRO strives to ensure the highest quality of care for radiation therapy patients and promote success in the everyday practice of radiation oncology through education, responsible socio-economic advocacy, and integration of science and technology into clinical practice.

Please consider joining us as we improve the educational and practice environment for radiation oncology residents. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified within one month of the application deadline.

Click Here to Download the Application.

Participation on the Committee will require a commitment of two years. Eligible applicants must be in their PGY-2 or PGY-3 year at the time of the application deadline. Members will participate in several conference calls during the year, and should arrange to participate in the ACRO annual meeting. In addition to teleconferences and annual meeting attendance, Committee Members will be expected to work on their own projects to help improve the resident experience within the College.

4/4/14 – April Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
3/5/14 – March Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
2/12/14 – Radiating Hope: Sign up now for the Radiating Hope 5k at ACRO 2014! Learn more about this run for an amazing cause.
2/5/14 – February Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
1/30/14 – ACRO 2014: ACRO 2014, Feb. 27- Mar. 1, Hyatt Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL. ADVANCE DEADLINE EXTENDED until February 5, 11:59pm EST (Save up to $100 off registration). Click here to register.
1/8/14 – January Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
12/13/13 – December Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
11/10/13 – November Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.

10/24/13 – Want to learn more about the fundamentals necessary to understand and succeed in the business of Radiation Oncology? ACRO, Revenue Cycle Inc. and UCSD are proud to present a Webinar Series on The Business of Radiation Oncology. This live webinar series is designed to teach the essential business foundation of running an effective and appropriately documented radiation oncology practice to Radiation Oncologists in their first three years of residency and junior/ senior residents. Click here to find out more.

10/4/2013 – The Deadline to Submit an Abstract for the 2014 ACRO Annual Meeting has been extended to December 2, 2013!: The Online Abstract Submission Module is now open to accept abstracts, the deadline to submit is now December 2, 2013. Click here to access the submission module.

10/3/13 – October Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
9/13/13 – UCSF Virtual Symposium on Radiation Safety in Computed Tomography: The Symposium on Radiation Safety and Computed Tomography, which went live May 8th-10th, 2013, provides a wealth of information for everyone who has followed the topic of radiation safety in CT. The curriculum is offered to physicians, technologists, medical physicists, nurses, medical students, researchers, radiology administrators, and individuals who want to understand the issues regarding CT radiation dose and strategies to improve the safety and utilization of CT. The courses are offered to a broad national and international audience, and will be available online for viewing for one full year. Click here to register for the Virtual Symposium.
9/9/13 – September Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
8/19/13 – Call for Abstracts Submission Module Open: Abstracts for the 24th Annual Meeting of the American College of Radiation Oncology are now being accepted online. Click here to access the submission module.
8/6/13 – August Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
7/8/13 – July Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
6/4/13 – June Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
5/31/13 – ACRO Webinar: When payments are denied what steps must you take? How do CMS denial procedures differ from commercial payors? Please join Ron DiGiamo as he navigates you through the appeal process.

This free webinar will be held Wednesday, June 12th at 2pm CST. Login to the Members Only section to register today!
5/5/13 – May Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
4/3/13 – April Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
3/2/13 – March Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
2/4/13 – February Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
1/23/13 – ACRO Resident Committee January Webinar:> All current residents in radiation oncology are invited to an interactive webinar entitled "Healthcare Economics and Radiation Oncology: An Insider's Perspective." Shelia Rege MD, Chair, ACRO Economics Committee, will be discussing how governmental reforms and economic pressures will affect radiation oncology. If you have questions about how healthcare reform will affect your career, please join us to learn more.

The free webinar will be held Wednesday January 30th at 5pm EST. Click here for registration information.
1/21/13 – Join the Radiating Hope 5K in San Antonio at ACRO13: Register today Cancer kills more people in Africa than AIDS/HIV, Malaria, and Tuberculosis combined! Radiating Hope is a non-profit whose mission is to provide and update Radiation Equipment in developing countries. Radiating Hope will host a 5K at ACRO, to raise money for the source for Senegal's HDR machine. Last year we were able to raise $10,000 at our ACRO 5k, and we are hoping to double that this year! Please register today, whether you plan on being a runner, walker or just sleeping. . . Click here to register for this event at ACRO 2013!
1/16/13 – ACRO Global Radiation Oncology Workforce travel grant takes a team of radiation doctors to Africa: This last December, 2012 Radiating Hope led a team of eight radiation oncologists (including Dr Mundt, Dr. Einck,and others), 1 gynecologist, 3 physicists, a nurse and various other volunteers to the shores of West Africa with a common goal: to update the radiation center in Senegal. Click here to read more.
1/4/13 – January Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
12/4/12 – December Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
11/19/12 – Upcoming ACRO Webinar: November 27, 2012 at 5PM Eastern, ACRO invites you to participate in 2013 Final Rule Summary - Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) webinar. It is vital to your practice that you are aware of the final rules. Each year there are many changes that are specific to radiation oncology and when January 1st arrives your facility needs to be ready. Revenue Cycle Inc will help you understand and interpret the final rules as it applies to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. This webinar will cover all of the final rules that apply to radiation oncology and will assist you in the New Year.

To sign up for this webinar, please Login to the members only section of acro.org, and click on the registration link under upcoming webinars.

11/14/12 – ACRO Call For Fellows Application: Are you interested in joining the prestigious group of radiation oncologists known as Fellows of the American College of Radiation Oncology? If you wish to apply for Fellowship, the College will require two (2) letters of recommendation, one (1) from a current ACRO member, and one (1) from another physician in your local community. Please send these letters, completed application form, Copy of your Board Certification Certificate and your current CV to the ACRO office by December 19, 2012. Your application and CV can be mailed, faxed to 301-656-0989 or e-mailed to pjoseph@paimgmt.com.

Click here to download the application.

11/13/12 – ACRO Alert: Deadline to submit abstract to ACRO 2013 is Sunday, November 18, 11:59pm- Accepted abstracts will be published in The Proceedings of ACRO 2013, which will appear online on this website after the meeting.

Oral Presentation Sessions: There will be two oral presentation sessions drawn from submitted abstracts. The first will be composed of the five highest rated abstracts submitted, regardless of author. The second will consist of five outstanding abstracts submitted by residents and fellows. Accepted abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be offered a poster presentation.

Poster Walk: New this year, the top eight abstracts NOT selected for oral presentation submitted by residents or fellows, will be selected for a formal poster walk/discussion session on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Click here to submit an abstract.

11/12/12 – ACRO Alert: What Does the Increase in Hospital-Physician Practice Mean for Radiation Oncology? Hospital acquisition of physician practices is at an all time high: Nearly 40% of primary care physicians working in hospitals as employees. 25% of specialists are employed by hospitals. Click here to read more.
11/8/12 – November Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
11/5/12 – ACRO Alert: 2013 Final Rule released, reduced cuts for Radiation Oncology: The 2013 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule has been released, and based upon an initial review, radiation oncology and radiation therapy centers have received an overall cut of 7% and 9%, respectively (as compared to a 15% cut to radiation oncology and a 19% cut to radiation therapy centers in the Proposed Rule). Click here to read more:
10/24/12 – Virtual Prostate Summit: The Virtual Prostate Summit Partners with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to bring together the leading experts in prostate cancer - live & online - to discuss the latest research and new developments. Click here for more details.
10/18/12 – ACRO Bulletin: The fall ACRO bulletin has been uploaded. View the document here.
10/3/12 – October Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
9/6/12 – September Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
9/4/12 – ACRO Alert: Call to Action: Help Stop Devastating Cuts to Reimbursement Rates! As you know, on July 6, 2012, CMS released its Proposed Rule for the CY 2013 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), which includes a devastating 15 percent cut to radiation oncology and 19 percent cut to radiation therapy centers set to begin on January 1, 2013.

ACRO is working aggressively to oppose these proposed cuts, both individually and in concert with our allies in the broader cancer care community. As you know, a highly effective way for policymakers to learn more about the effects of a proposed policy is by hearing from physicians and staff on the frontlines of care. We are writing to ask you to contact your Members of Congress to express your opposition to the CY 2013 PFS proposed rule through phone calls, email communication, or meeting requests. In addition, letters to the editor and opinion editorials in local newspapers would help spread the word. It is important to ensure that radiation oncologists nationwide are able to continue providing lifesaving cancer care to patients, and we must make our voices heard on this critical issue.

How can you help?

1. Please let us know if you would be interested in and willing to sign a letter to the editor or opinion-editorial for submission to a local newspaper. Please provide us with:

  a. Full name/title
  b. Number of patients you care for each year
  c. How many years you have been in practice
  d. Contact information

We will help draft/customize the letter, as we know how busy you are. Please reach out to Leigh Ann Bradley (lbradley@schmidtpa.com or 817-229-6418).

2. Please also visit www.radiationtherapyalliance.com and encourage your staff to do so as well. Here you can contact your Member of Congress. The website provides you with phone numbers for your Member of Congress, talking points for your phone calls, and a letter-writing portal with easy edit capabilities.

Please contact your Member of Congress Before September 13, 2012 before the letter deadline closes.

8/6/12 – August Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
7/31/12 – ACRO 2013 Call For Abstracts: Abstracts for the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American College of Radiation Oncology are now being accepted online. Accepted abstracts will be published in The Proceedings of ACRO 2013, which will appear online here on this website. Oral Presentation Sessions: There will be two oral presentation sessions drawn from submitted abstracts. The first will be composed of the 5 highest rated abstracts submitted, regardless of author. The second will consist of 5 outstanding abstracts submitted by resident and fellows. Accepted abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be offered a poster presentation. Poster Walk: New this year, the top 8 abstracts NOT selected for oral presentation submitted by residents or fellows will be selected for a formal poster walk/discussion session on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Click here for access to the online submission system.

Senegal Clinic.7/24/12 – ACRO Alert: ACRO/RadiatingHope Mission to Senegal: This December ACRO's President-Elect, Dr. AJ Mundt, along with five residents, several radiation oncologists and a physicist will travel to the East African country of Senegal to participate in a mission!

Senegal Clinic ACRO has funded three scholarships to enable this important radiation oncology mission, called the Global Radiation Oncology Workforce (GROW). Volunteers and scholarship recipients will be working with the non-profit organization RadiatingHope.org, whose mission is to advance cancer care in developing countries Click here for more information

7/12/12 – Preliminary Impact Analysis of CY 2013 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Analysis: On July 6, 2012, CMS released the Proposed Rule for the CY 2013 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Public comment will be accepted until September 4, 2012 and the final rule will be released by November 1, 2012. Click here for more information, and to register for a special members only webinar on the changes.
7/5/12 – July Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
6/5/12 – June Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
5/9/12 – 2012 Billing and Coding Guide: The 2012 Billing and Coding guide is available in the members only section. Please login to view this important information.
5/3/12 – May Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
5/2/12 – New Webinar Available: The ACRO Resident Committee has introduced a new webinar from Robert Miller, MD titled "Private Practice and Radiation Oncology: How to Join, Build, and Succeed".
4/26/12 – View 2012 ACRO Annual Meeting: View recent presentations from Drs. Khan and Wallner in the Resident Resrouces section.
4/3/12 – April Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
3/6/12 – March Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
2/10/12 – ACRO Bulletin: The winter ACRO bulletin has been uploaded. View the document here.
2/8/12 – February Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
1/18/12 – ACRO 2012: Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to Speak at a Special 1-Hour Political Plenary Session. Senator Ben Cardin, a long-time advocate of health care professionals, patients and quality of care initiatives will be the keynote speaker at the ACRO Politics Hour on Thurs., Feb. 23. Senator Cardin will Join Andrew Woods, ACRO's Legislative Counsel, to provide practicing physicians with in-depth commentary on the state of politics in Washington, DC and a unique opportunity to communicate with a senior US lawmaker.

Don't miss out on this ACRO-only opportunity! Click above to register today.

1/3/12 – January Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
12/20/11 – ACRO Residents Webinar Healthcare Reform and Radiation Oncology: An Insider's Perspective All current residents, fellows, and attending radiation oncologist are invited to attend this free webinar, which will take place on Wednesday, January 11th at 5:00pm EST. Click here to register.
12/6/11 – ACRO 2012 Final Rule Posted: The Annual Final Rule Billing and Coding Webinar has been posted in the members only section. Click here to login today.
12/8/11 – ACRO Bulletin: The fall ACRO bulletin has been uploaded. View the document here.
12/3/11 – December Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
11/29/11 – ACRO Alert: Comprehensive CY 2012 Physician Fee Schedule Reviews Revenue Cycle, Inc., the official Billing/Coding Consultant for the American College of Radiation Oncology, has released two comprehensive summaries of the 2012 Final Rule. To review these summaries in detail, please click here.
11/7/11 – ACRO Alert: Preliminary Impact Analysis of CY 2012 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: On November 1, 2011 CMS released the Final Rule for the CY 2012 Physician Fee Schedule. (PFS). Important changes occurred between the Proposed and Final Rule that resulted in a net decrease of 2% in radiation oncology payments. These changes relate to AMA RUC recommendations on several important radiation oncology codes, including 77418.

ACRO will, in collaboration with the Radiation Oncology community, comment on the final rules, as they remain "Interim" Final and may be commented on. This is done to maintain appropriate reimbursement rates to allow our members to continue to provide excellent patient care. In the past this comment period has alerted CMS to issues including utilization rates which may have had unintended consequences to the sustainable practice of radiation oncology. Click here for more information, including The third year of the four-year transition to the utilization of new Physician Practice Information Survey (PPIS) data and Rebasing of the Medicare Economic Index (MEI).

11/4/11 – November Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
10/23/11 – Economics Resources Available for Download The ACRO Economics Committee has prepared and published the following documents as a membership benefit. To access these documents, click on the links below.
10/6/11 – October Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
9/29/11 – Attending the ASTRO Annual Meeting on Oct. 2-6 in Miami Beach? Visit the American College of Radiation Oncology's outreach booth (No. 908) in the ASTRO Exhibition.

ACRO staff and board members will be manning the booth to answer questions and discuss:

  • The new online Practice Accreditation Program
  • Membership, and why it's so important for your business and patients
  • National insurance guidelines, the upcoming ACRO 2012 Annual Meeting

You will also have the opportunity to acquaint yourself with RadiatingHope, an up-and-coming global charity making radiation oncology treatment more accessible in the developing world.

Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to network with colleagues, catch up with board members and chat with ACRO staff in a relaxed setting. Nonmembers are welcome to join in as well. See you there! Questions? E-mail ajerdonek@acro.org

9/2/11 – September Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
8/30/11 – ACRO Bulletin The summer ACRO bulletin has been uploaded. View the document here or the view bulletin archives here.
8/13/11 – August Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
7/12/11 – ACRO Alert: Upcoming ACRO Webinar 2012 Proposed Rules for ACRO Members Friday, July 29 1-2pm EDST Join Ron DiGiaimo as he discusses the Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule changes as issued by the federal register for 2012. He will condense the 1500+pages of the federal register document specific to radiation oncology, saving you both time and money. Registration is free for members: Click here to login to the members only section and register.
7/12/11 – ACRO Alert: 2012 Proposed Fee Schedule Resources: Provided by Revenue Cycle Inc. Click on the Blue text to open .pdfs

7/12/11 – July Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
7/8/11 – ACRO Alert: On July 1, 2011, CMS released the Proposed Rule for the CY 2012 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). In the Proposed Rule, CMS indicates that the primary impacts to specialties are due to: (1) the third year of the four-year transition to the utilization of new Physician Practice Information Survey (PPIS) data; and (2) rebasing of the Medicare Economic Index (MEI) Click here to read more.
6/21/11 – ACRO Alert: One-Year Follow-up After the Discontinuation of Consultation Codes; How Have Physicians Adjusted? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) discontinued consultation codes (99241-99245 and 99251-99255) as of January 2010. This discontinuation resulted in a substantial revenue reduction for most specialist physicians. To partly compensate for the reduction on revenue, CMS did, however, increase relative value units for evaluation and management of office visits (99201 to 99215). Click here to read more.
6/7/11 – June Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
5/24/11 – ACRO Bulletin The spring ACRO bulletin has been uploaded. View the document here.
5/24/11 – ACRO Alert: ACRO 2011 Meeting Rewind Interested in reviewing a host of content related to ACRO's 2011 Annual Meeting in Coronado, CA? Click here for more information including pictures, podcasts, presentations and the Spring 2011 edition of the bulletin.
5/17/11 – ACRO Alert: New York Times Author Walt Bogdanich Speaks on NPR About Medical Radiation Errors. On May 16, Walt Bogdanich, the New York Times reporter who spoke at ACRO's recent annual meeting in San Diego via video feed from New York about medical radiation errors, continued to discuss the subject on the National Public Radio (NPR) show, "Fresh Air," with host Terry Gross. Click here for the full article.
5/6/11 – May Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
4/25/11 – 2011 Billing and Coding Guide: The 2011 Billing and Coding guide is available in the members only section. Please login to view this important information.
4/25/11 – ACRO Annual Meeting Wrap-Up: Members, be sure to login to the members only section and review the postings from the 2011 Annual Meeting. This update includes presentations, podcasts and pictures from the meeting in San Diego.
4/5/11 – April Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
3/4/11 – March Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
2/18/11 – Billing and Coding Update for ACRO Members Please join Ron DiGiaimo as he discusses coding issues, solutions, and updates for 2011. Ron will cover relevant billing issues by disease site, plus common codes utilized in progressive radiation oncology practices, documentation recommendations, and what you need to know regarding the latest efforts to ensure compliance with CMS regulations. There will be ample time allowed at the end for questions and answers.

Title: Billing and Coding Update for ACRO Members
Date: Friday, March 4, 2011
Time: 1-2:30pm Eastern
Register today

2/8/11 – February Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
2/3/11 – ACRO Bulletin The winter ACRO bulletin has been uploaded. View the document here.
1/7/11 – January Legislative Update: Get the latest legislative updates from Capitol Hill, click here.
12/30/10 – ACRO Alert: Emergency Update to the CY 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Yesterday evening, CMS issued an emergency update to the CY 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) database in the form of this transmittal. Through this transmittal, CMS accepted the arguments of the radiation oncology community, including ACRO, that the work RVUs for 77427 should be 3.37. Click here for more.
12/10/10 – ACRO Alert: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended: The deadline to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation at the 2011 ACRO Annual Meeting has been extended until 5pm est, Fri., Dec. 17, 2010. Click here to access the Abstract Submission Module.
12/8/10 – ACRO Alert: Summary of the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 Please review the legislative language, summary and CBO score for the one-year SGR fix below. We understand that this legislation is being hot-lined in the Senate for consideration today, Wednesday, December 8, and, if it passes by unanimous consent, would be taken up by the House of Representatives. The legislation provides a zero percent update in physician reimbursement levels for calendar year 2011 and also includes several one-year extensions of other expiring Medicare provisions. The legislation is offset primarily through (1) cuts to the exchange subsidies contained in the health reform bill and (2) the use of Medicare Improvement Fund monies. Physician payment offsets are not included in the legislation. We will keep you posted on the status of the legislation. Click here to review the legislative language.
12/6/10 – ACRO Bulletin The fall ACRO bulletin has been uploaded. View the document here.
12/6/10 – Washington Update Addition See the latest legislative update in our Washington Update section.
11/22/10 – ACRO Alert: SGR Update - November 2010: On Thursday, Nov. 18 the Senate passed by unanimous consent the one-month patch to the SGR for the month of December. The legislation could be considered by the House (which has adjourned for the Thanksgiving break) on November 29 or 30. The legislation extends the existing 2.2% increase in reimbursement levels (passed in June) for December 2010. Click here for more analysis on SGR updates for 2011 including potential cuts to radiation oncology.
11/22/10 – ACRO Members Only Webinar Dec. 3, 1pm EST: Presented by: Ron DiGiaimo, Revenue Cycle Inc. 2011 Final Rules and Physician fee Schedule: The final rules, as they apply to the Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule, are extremely important information for your practice. This Webinar will ensure you that you are aware and understand the final rules as they apply to radiation oncology in your facility. Registration is free for ACRO members. Click here to register today.
11/9/10 – ACRO Alert: ACRO 2011 Registration, Fellowship and Travel Awards: Registration for ACRO's 2011 Annual Meeting is now available, click here to access the meeting page.

FACRO Applications Applications for ACRO Fellowship are now being accepted from all eligible active members (basic eligibility requirements is 10 years of active membership since board certification) . Click here to learn more and download an application.

Wong Abstract Award All ACRO Resident Members who submit an abstract for the 2011 ACRO Annual Meeting are automatically eligible to win a Wong Abstract Award.The Wong Abstract Award was designed to support attendance at ACRO's Annual Meeting by Resident Members who have submitted abstracts of exemplary research for presentation (either poster or oral). There will be a total of three awards given.

11/4/10 – ACRO ALERT: MPFS CY 2011 Final Rule Released: CMS released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) CY 2011 final rule on November 2, 2010. As we are all aware, the conversion factor used to calculate reimbursement under the MPFS has been in limbo for much of CY 2010 and unfortunately, the uncertainty has not ended. In CY 2010 CMS finalized their intention to reduce the conversion factor by 21.3%, this reduction was delayed multiple times in 2010 and physicians were actually given a 2.2% update beginning June 1, and ending November 30, 2010. In the final rules, CMS announced that effective December 1, 2010 the new conversion factor would be $28.3868 and that beginning January 1, 2011 it would decrease even further to $25.5217. The will mean a greater than 30% cut to physician payment in less than a 2 month period unless Congress addresses the issue soon. Click here for more information on specific codes.
10/27/10 – Visit ACRO inside ASTRO's 2010 Exhibition! Attending the ASTRO Meeting from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in San Diego? Visit ACRO's new and improved membership booth at Space No. 3132 in the ASTRO Exhibition. The new booth will feature comfortable seating, free computer/Internet access for members and membership/meeting information. It will also feature the relaunch of ACRO's upgraded Accreditation Program, a registration discount for ACRO's 2011 Meeting, and special surprises in the afternoons. The ACRO booth will be an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues, catch up with board members, and chat with ACRO staff in a relaxed setting. Nonmembers are welcome to join in as well. See you there!
10/13/10 – The Summer 2010 ACRO Bulletin has been posted on the website.
9/23/10 – ACRO Alert: Medicare Payment Reform Leads AMA's Agenda: Medicare Payment Reform issues dominated the discussion, as frustration about the lack of a permanent replacement for the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula intensified. In a recent AMA survey of 9,000 physicians, 20% of physicians restrict the number of Medicare patients that they see and 33% of primary care physicians restrict the number of Medicare patients that they see. Read more.
8/31/10 – ACRO has recently submitted comments to the CMS regarding the Proposed CY 2011 Physician Fee Schedule: Many thanks to Dr. Paul Wallner and the Economics Committee for their diligent work. Please review ACRO's Official Comments can be reviewed by clicking on the following link. ACRO CY 2011 PFS Proposed Rule Comment Letter
7/16/10 – The Spring 2010 ACRO Bulletin has been posted on the website.
6/3/2010 – ACRO Alert CMS Asks Physicians to Hold Claims Yet Again. The Continuing Extension Act of 2010, enacted on April 15, 2010, provided another temporary patch to maintain physician payment levels until the end of May. While the House and Senate leaders are working to fix the problematic sustainable growth formula, the Senate left town for the week-long Memorial Day Congressional recess without enacting a fix to this years-long problem. The House did pass a 19 month fix before its holiday recess. Read the entire ACRO Alert.
6/1/10 – Read about the proposed decision memo issued by CMS on PET for initial treatment of solid tumors and myeloma in the Billing & Coding section of the Economic/Legislative/Regulatory Affairs section of the website.
5/18/10 – ACRO's Popular Practice Management Guide is being redesigned as an online, members-only benefit. ACRO needs to move our remaining 2008 and 2009 Stock. Quantities are limited so please order your copies as soon as possible. Click here to order now!
4/19/10 – ACRO Alert: Yet Another Temporary Reprieve from the Looming Payment Reduction. Late last week, President Obama signed HR 4851, the Continuing Extension Act of 2010. Once again, Congress has enacted merely a temporary patch to maintain physician payments at the March 31st level until the end of May. The law is retroactive to April 1, 2010. Click here for more.
3/10/10 – ACRO ALERT: Once Again, Fee Schedule Politics. Last week, Congress failed to extend the current Medicare physician payment rates. In a standoff similar to last month's stalemate in which a single Senator, using arcane Senate procedural rules brought a halt to the entire process, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) objected to the bill. He noted that the bill should not be considered emergency spending exempt from budgetary offsets. Congress has adjourned for its spring recess and will not reconsider this issue any time before mid-April. Therefore, because of Congressional inaction, the 21% fee schedule reduction is currently scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2010. Click here for more information.
3/2/10 – ACRO Alert: Congress Pushes SGR deadline to April 1. Late on March 2, the Senate finally passed legislation extending the current Medicare physician payment rates, but only through the end of the month. The House had previously passed similar legislation. As a result, the 21% payment cut that was to occur March 1 has now been postponed until April 1. Discussions are underway to find a longer term solution to the flawed sustainable growth factor calculations.
3/2/10 – ACRO Alert: Congressional Non-Action on SGR - on Thursday, February 25, 2010 the US House of Representatives passed legislation extending the current Medicare physician payment rates for 30 days. The Senate failed to pass the same legislation and adjourned for the weekend. This means that a 21% physician payment cut became effective on Monday, March 1. Click here to learn more.
2/10/10 – The Winter 2010 ACRO Bulletin has been posted on the website.
1/28/10 – ACRO Alert Code 77338 replaces 77334 Multiple Custom Multileaf Device Charges for Medicare IMRT Patients. Effective January 1, 2010, Code 77338 replaces device charge 77334 used for each multileaf pattern for Medicare patients receiving IMRT. This code is used one time per IMRT plan (77301) and replaces multiple charges for multileaf patterns. Private insurers may not yet have followed suit. Unfortunately, the reimbursement for this code is below what would be reimbursed under the prior system. Click here to read the entire ACRO alert.
1/11/10 – ACRO Alert: Payments for Consultations Eliminated as of January 1, Decline in Reimbursement to Result. CMS has eliminated inpatient and outpatient consultation code reimbursement for medical specialists, including radiation oncologists (codes 99241-99245 and 99251-99255). Instead, radiation oncologists can bill a new patient visit for Medicare patients. The reduction in reimbursement for us is substantial. Click here to learn more.
12/23/09 – President Signs into Law H.R. 3326, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010: Includes a 0% Medicare Physician Update through February 28, 2010 On December 19, the President signed into law H.R. 3326, the "Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010," Click here for the press release, which includes a zero percent Medicare physician update through February 28, 2010. This action staves off a 21% pay cut for physicians scheduled for January 1, 2010. Congress will continue to work in the new year on a physician fee schedule fix to extend beyond the new February 28 deadline. In anticipation of the two-month freeze of Medicare payments to physicians, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also instructed its contractors to hold claims for the first 10 business days of January for 2010 dates of service. Click here to learn more.
12/7/09 – The Fall 2009 ACRO Bulletin has been posted on the website.
12/3/09 – In mid-November, CMS announced the results of the 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). Read more in the ACRO Economic/Legislative/Regulatory Affairs portal.
12/3/09 – Fellowship Application Deadline December 14: Fellows of the American College of Radiation Oncology are active members who are able to display meritorious service to the College or the field of radiation oncology, actively attend annual meetings (2 in the past 5 years) and express a significant interest in the continued development of the College. Current members with 10 or more years of consecutive active membership are encouraged to apply. Click here for an application. Click here to view fellowship criteria.
12/2/09 – Medicare Eliminates Payment for Consultation Codes: Effective January 1, 2010, Medicare will no longer pay for services billed using consultation CPT® codes, except for telehealth services. This change was made in a budget neutral manner, such that Medicare increased the payments for new patient visits. Click here to learn more.
11/30/09 – ACRO has just posted important information from RCI regarding Medicare ("Description of 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule" and "Description of 2010 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Payment System Final Rule"). View this information along with the latest economic and legislative affairs here.
11/5/09 – 2010 Final Rule for the MPFS: Click here to review an outline of the procedure codes commonly utilized in the radiation oncology setting with the RVUs from the 2010 Final Rule. The payments have been calculated showing the 2010 payment with the reduction in the conversion factor as finalized in the 2010 Final Rule and also with the legislative increase of a 0.5% higher conversion factor than the 2009 conversion factor, i.e., $36.066, in order to show all of the possibilities.
11/2/09 – CMS Releases New Fee Cut Structure: According to an October 30 press release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on January 1, 2010 CMS will institute a 1% cut to radiation oncology payments. The following three years, 2011-2013, will see cuts as well, totaling a 5% decrease from the current rates on January 1, 2014. This is in stark contrast to the original CMS plan of the much larger 19% cut for radiation oncologists. ACRO will review the entire Federal Rule and submit comments as necessary.
9/25/09 – ACRO Needs Your Help to Continue the Fight to Overturn the Flawed Policies in the CY 2010 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule. Click here to learn more.
8/26/09 – The Summer 2009 ACRO Bulletin has been posted on the website.
8/26/09 – Only a few days remain if you want to help ACRO address the impact of the 2010 Proposed Medicare Physician's Fee Schedule.

Regulations Would Dramatically Affect Radiation Oncology. The last two ACRO Alerts have addressed aspects of the proposed cuts in the Medicare fee schedule for radiation oncology services. There are a few days remaining if you wish to help in this effort. Read below and feel free to use the pre-written draft letters to make your voice heard. Click here to take action.

8/12/09 – Request for Action! The 2010 proposed medicare physician fee schedule is out and it has dramatic impacts for radiation oncology. See how ACRO can help get your voice heard on this topic in the latest ACRO Alert. Submit comment letters to CMS by August 31.
8/5/09 – New Gating Code Released. The American Medical Association recently released early information on code 0197T, a CPT® category III code, to describe 4-dimensional tracking. Read more in the latest ACRO Alert.
7/9/09 – ACRO Government Day. Wednesday, June 10

On Wednesday, June 10, several ACRO representatives flew to Washington D.C. to discuss healthcare reform with the U.S. Congress. These physicians met with several Members of Congress and their staff who sit on the relevant authorizing committees of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives and the Senate. ACRO representatives also met with committee staff for the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. More ...

7/2/09 – Be sure to read all about the great success at the 2009 American College of Radiation Oncology annual conference in the latest ACRO Alert by Paul J. Schilling, MD, FACRO.
6/4/09 – The Spring 2009 ACRO Bulletin has been posted on the website.
5/28/09 – View a video of Dr. Dwight Heron's talk given at ACRO's 2009 Annual Conference In Las Vegas Nevada. The presentation is entitled "SBRT for Head and Neck Malignancies".

3/25/09 – Congratulations to Shilpen Patel, MD for his AMA Foundation honor as an outstanding leader in medicine. Learn More.
3/24/09 – Be sure to check out the Economic/Legislative/Regulatory Affairs section for updates. Recent updates include "Summary of Upcoming Changes for 2009"; "Medically Unlikely Edits"; and "Introduction to RVUs and How Medicare Reimbursement is Calculated".
3/3/09 – AMA Decision on Radiation Oncology - your help is needed NOW. Read more about this issue in the latest ACRO Alert by Michael Kuettel, MD, PhD.
3/17/09 – Medically unlikely edits do not mean impossible reimbursement Read more about this issue in the latest ACRO Alert by Paul J. Schilling, MD, FACRO.
1/30/09 – The Winter 2009 ACRO Bulletin has been posted on the website.
12/16/08 – The Fall 2008 ACRO Bulletin has been posted on the website.
12/04/08 – Read the latest postings in our "What's Going on in D.C." section. Updates to PQRI and Recent News/Hot Topics are available here.
11/13/08 – We are very please to inform you that, on your behalf, ACRO has made major progress on the issue of "self referral" at the recent AMA House of Delegates meeting in Orlando, Florida. Read more about this in the latest ACRO Alert.
11/3/08 – The 2008 Practice Management Guide has been published and can still be ordered online. Read more about how to order this guide.
10/24/08 – We need your help! ACRO, two other radiation oncology specialty societies, AMA and more than 70 other organizations are conducting a comprehensive multi-specialty survey of America's physician practices. The results will be used to positively influence national decision makers. Read more about this survey in the latest ACRO Alert from the ACRO Economics Committee.

 
 
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