Please Join Us for the ACRO 2021 Annual Meeting!
As the spaces in which we connect and learn shift, ACRO is thrilled to announce our 2021 Radiation Oncology Summit – a virtual, multi-day, national convening.
The Radiation Oncology Summit: ACRO 2021 is the meeting for your profession, where you can learn the latest research in the field while networking with its brightest minds. Some of this year’s highlights include:
- 14 SAMs included in registration fee;
- Plenary sessions devoted to disease sites with live Q&A;
- Other noted sessions: Luther Brady Lecture on racial justice and diversity & inclusion, Proton Therapy, E-Contouring, and Business & Economics;
- We are bringing back the well-regarded SEAL Track for Administrators; and
- Resident and New Practitioner programming.
This year you can save money and stay safe by joining us from the comfort of your own home or office! And be sure to renew your membership prior to registering to get the lowest registration fee. We hope to see you there…virtually!
Radiation Oncology Policy Update, January 2021
ACRO Members: The January issue of the Radiation Oncology Policy Update is now available online.
Some of the topics in this issue include:
- Congress Passes Year-End Relief and Government Funding Legislative Package
- CMS Issues Final Ambulatory Surgical Center Rule
- MedPac Holds Meetings On Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments
Just log in to your member account from the Advocacy tab to view the full Update.
Your ACRO Government Relations and Economic Committee (GREC) has been hard at work on your behalf. We are pleased to share that Congress passed H.R.133, the legislative vehicle for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Key wins for ACRO include:
- A six-month delay in the radiation oncology APM to January 1, 2022.
- A 2/3 mitigation of the cut to the Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor in 2021 as a result of the 3.75% increase in the Physician Fee Schedule and a three-year delay in the new G2211 add-on code (more information is provided below).
ACRO’s mission is to support Radiation Oncology professionals by providing opportunities for career development and practice improvement to enhance patient care. In 2020, ACRO launched a new strategic plan that focused on:
- Representing our specialty in Washington D.C.
- Education & networking tailored to our specialty.
- Growing ACRO membership.
- Building a robust accreditation program.
Radiation Oncology Model Updates
- On December 3, 2020, CMMI released the most recent bulletin to Radiation Oncology (RO) Model Participants. For additional information, click here.
- The next call-in has been postponed until January 13, 2021 and the call-in information for the webinar can be found here.
- An updated version of the RO-APM FAQs is available here.
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The ACRO Board and staff want to thank you – our members – as you take care of patients during this public health emergency. We know that these are challenging times for many of our cancer patients as well as for you. We’ve assembled a few links to information we find useful for our practices:
Personal Protective Equipment Shortages:
You may already be experiencing PPE shortages. Some areas have burned through PPE at unsustainable rates. The CDC has a burn rate calculator and other advice on how to best utilize available resources.
Coding and Billing:
Given the importance of keeping lower risk cancer patients out of your clinic (and other risk hotbeds), routine follow up cancer care may best be undertaken as telehealth visits. Regulations have been lifted during the pandemic supporting billing for both telephone and video-based office visits to replace the office-based services in your normal patterns of surveillance. Billing and coding information is changing rapidly, but here are some resources: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Right has temporarily relaxed HIPAA rules for physicians and other health care providers using telehealth in response to COVID-19.
America’s Health Insurance Plans: List of individual insurance carriers’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak (includes some telehealth guidance)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is implementing policy exceptions and extensions for physicians, hospitals, and facilities participating in quality reporting programs, including MIPS and ACOs.
How is your radiation oncology practice changing with COVID-19? From Italian experience a few weeks ahead of the USA we have some advice:
ACRO Membership Renewals
ACRO membership renewals are now active. To renew your membership, simply log into the
members only section of ACRO’s website and click “renew membership” under the manage
account options. For personal assistance, please email email@example.com.