Thankful Wishes: Message from ACRO President Dr. Joanne Dragun

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As we enter the holiday season, let us all take a moment to consider the many reasons for a grateful heart. We have weathered unprecedented challenges in healthcare and our practices yet we work bravely shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues focusing on the very best therapy and compassionate care for our patients. The American … Continue reading “Thankful Wishes: Message from ACRO President Dr. Joanne Dragun”

CMS to Apply MIPS Automatic Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for 2021 Performance Year

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The following message is from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to provide relief where possible to clinicians responding to the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE). We’re applying the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (EUC) policy to ALL … Continue reading “CMS to Apply MIPS Automatic Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for 2021 Performance Year”

COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination IFC-6: Presentation Slides & Video

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On November 7, CMS hosted a stakeholder call regarding the COVID-19 Omnibus Vaccine Rule (IFC-6). CMS has posted the presentation slides and a recording of the stakeholder call for your convenience. To view the slides, click here. To view the video, click here. In addition to the resources above, CMS has prepared a frequently asked … Continue reading “COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination IFC-6: Presentation Slides & Video”

COVID-19 provider relief fund phase 4 and rural payments

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The following is an update from the American Medical Association: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced a new application cycle for $25.5 billion in COVID-19 provider funding (Phase 4). The application for the funds is open now, and will close on October 26, … Continue reading “COVID-19 provider relief fund phase 4 and rural payments”

Driving Quality in the US: How CMS Evaluates its Measure Portfolio

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The following is a message from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to invite the public to attend its upcoming webinar titled Driving Quality in the US: How CMS Evaluates its Measure Portfolio. Quality measures are an important tool that CMS uses to assure quality … Continue reading “Driving Quality in the US: How CMS Evaluates its Measure Portfolio”

ACRO Leadership Meets with EviCore to Address Concerns

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Senior leaders of ACRO’s Government Relations & Economics Committee (GREC) had a recent meeting with EviCore to express concern about their coverage criteria for Breast and Prostate Hypofractionation and the process they undertake when considering policy implementation.   The meeting was in response to a communication drafted by ACRO leadership highlighting the patient safety concerns we … Continue reading “ACRO Leadership Meets with EviCore to Address Concerns”

OSHA Announces COVID-19 Safety Rule for Health Care Industry

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will issue an emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus. The standard focuses on healthcare workers most likely to have contact with someone infected with the virus. OSHA announced the new standard alongside new general industry guidance, both … Continue reading “OSHA Announces COVID-19 Safety Rule for Health Care Industry”

AMA-sponsored study on physician experiences with MIPS

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The following is a message from the American Medical Association: The results of a study conducted by Weill Cornell Medicine that was sponsored by the AMA and the Physicians Foundation have now been published. Researchers conducted 30 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with physician leaders in small and medium internal medicine and general surgery practices and large … Continue reading “AMA-sponsored study on physician experiences with MIPS”

Radiation Oncology Policy Update, May 2021

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ACRO Members: The May issue of the Radiation Oncology Policy Update is now available. Some of the topics in this issue include: ACRO joins coalition of stakeholders urging lawmakers to support provider stability President Biden releases FY 2022 budget proposals President Biden signs sequester suspension bill into law Broad coalition challenges CMS Medicare prior authorization … Continue reading “Radiation Oncology Policy Update, May 2021”


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