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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.

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