The American College of Radiation Oncology 14th Annual Meeting: A Smashing Success for All!

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The 14th ACRO Annual Meeting was held at the Disney BoardWalk Resort at Walt Disney World, February 26th through the 29th. The tutorial disk has just been released to all those who attended. Approximately ten percent of the United States Radiation Oncologists registered for the meeting. Vendor space was sold out with a waiting list. … Continue reading “The American College of Radiation Oncology 14th Annual Meeting: A Smashing Success for All!”

ACRO and the American Medical Association

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The American College of Radiation Oncology is recognized by the American Medical Association as a specialty society. As such, ACRO sponsors delegates to the AMA to participate in organized medicine and to make our voice as radiation oncologists heard. We also cooperate with the American College of Radiology who also has radiation oncology delegates along … Continue reading “ACRO and the American Medical Association”

Radiation Oncology and the Prescription Drug Program-What does it mean to us?

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In late June, the House and Senate each passed bills offering 40 million elderly Americans prescription drug benefits. Over the next several weeks, Congress must meld the two bills into a single plan to send to President Bush. SMALLER MARGINS FOR MEDICAL ONCOLOGY DRUGS MAY MEAN THAT HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATORS AND MEDICAL ONOCLOGSTS SEEK TO DIVERT … Continue reading “Radiation Oncology and the Prescription Drug Program-What does it mean to us?”

IMRT Reimbursement to be reduced by 50%!

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The proposed rule on Ambulatory Payment Classifications came out last week. Please recall that these payment rates that are determined by CMS from information supplied by hospitals for their costs of each category of service. Of course, your local hospital is a bastion of efficiency in tabulating the costs of providing medical care! Code 77418, … Continue reading “IMRT Reimbursement to be reduced by 50%!”

From Proforma to Practice: the ACRO Annual Meeting Focus is on Emerging Technologies

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The ACRO annual Meeting focus is on emerging technology and how to evaluate and bring these to clinical practice. The meeting will be held Thursday February 27th through March 2nd, 2003 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix Arizona. The sessions are varied and applicable to the community physician. Topics include: Evaluation of … Continue reading “From Proforma to Practice: the ACRO Annual Meeting Focus is on Emerging Technologies”

What is Being Done to Rectify the Scheduled Medicare Payment Reductions to Physicians?

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Your delegates to the AMA have been asked on numerous occasions to clarify what the AMA is doing to rectify the Medicare payment reductions that totaled 5.4% for 2002. First, some background information: There is a flawed formula that determines the physician payment that ties Medicare physician payment to the gross domestic product INSTEAD of … Continue reading “What is Being Done to Rectify the Scheduled Medicare Payment Reductions to Physicians?”