Radiation Oncology Policy Update

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The April edition of the Radiation Oncology Policy Update is now available in the members-only section of the ACRO website. Be sure to log in to view this and other resources available to ACRO members only.

CMS Announces Unprecedented Flexibility in Response to COVID-19

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Today, CMS is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: Increase Hospital Capacity; Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce; Put Patients Over Paperwork; and Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare. You can find a copy of the full press release here:  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/trump-administration-makes-sweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19

CMS announcement on COVID-19 related quality reporting relief

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Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced unprecedented relief for the clinicians, providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs including the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment Program and on the front lines of America’s fight against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This action, and earlier CMS actions in … Continue reading “CMS announcement on COVID-19 related quality reporting relief”

AMA releases special coding advice related to COVID-19

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New guidance from the AMA provides special coding advice during the COVID-19 public health emergency. One resource outlines coding scenarios designed to help health care professionals apply best coding practices. Be sure to check the AMA COVID-19 resource center to stay up to date and for additional resources.

Dr. Christina Ritter to speak at ACRO 2020 Annual Meeting

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Christina Ritter, PhD, MPA, will deliver the keynote address at the Radiation Oncology Summit – ACRO 2020 Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale.  Dr. Ritter is the Director of the Patient Care Models Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation/CMS.  Her talk will kick off the conference on Thursday morning, February 27, 2020. The conference will … Continue reading “Dr. Christina Ritter to speak at ACRO 2020 Annual Meeting”

Dr. Sucha O. Asbell will be Gold Medal honoree & Luther Brady Lecturer 2020

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The ACRO Board is proud to welcome: Sucha O. Asbell, MD, FACRO, as the Gold Medal honoree and the Luther Brady Lecturer for 2020. Please be sure to attend the Radiation Oncology Summit – ACRO 2020 Annual Meeting Feb. 26-29, 2020 to help celebrate Dr. Asbell’s career achievements and significant contributions to ACRO! Details about … Continue reading “Dr. Sucha O. Asbell will be Gold Medal honoree & Luther Brady Lecturer 2020”

Radiation Therapy Freeze Extended  – update 11-1-19

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On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule.  In the rule, CMS states the following: Following the publication of the CY 2015 PFS final rule, the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (Pub. L. 114-115, December 28, 2015) was enacted, which included … Continue reading “Radiation Therapy Freeze Extended  – update 11-1-19”

Radiation Therapy APM Released – July 10, 2019

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On July 10, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program; Specialty Care Models to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures.”  Within that draft regulation, CMS proposes a new alternative payment model (APM) for radiation oncology providers.  We are grateful that CMS has listened to several … Continue reading “Radiation Therapy APM Released – July 10, 2019”


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