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Welcome to APEx

APEx in the COVID-19 Global Health Emergency

Thank you for your interest in ASTRO’s Accreditation Program for Excellence®. We know you are making unprecedented contributions during this time and offer our deepfelt appreciation. ASTRO continues to monitor developments related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as the safety of our members and the patients you serve is of utmost importance.

During this time, ASTRO staff are focusing on the value APEx brings to practices now and in the days ahead. We are accepting applications for practice accreditation and standing by to assist any practice in the process of becoming accredited or re-accredited. Our site visits are postponed and will resume only when it is safe. In the meantime, we are offering extensions to those practices whose accreditation expires during the pandemic. Our staff are here to answer any questions you may have.

Stay safe, and know that we are with you now and in the days ahead. With certitude, we will get through this together.

“APEx is far more comprehensive, rigorous and radiation therapy-specific than any other accreditation program out there.” – Suneel Nagda, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Welcome to APEx, the practice accreditation program from the world’s premier radiation oncology society. ASTRO created this unique program to support quality improvement in radiation therapy practices. Facilities that obtain practice accreditation demonstrate the systems, personnel, policies and procedures needed to meet APEx standards for high quality patient care.

 

Why APEx Accreditation?

  • APEx is designed to promote that appropriate systems, consistent processes and documented policies are in place at your facility.
  • It focuses on the entire radiation oncology team, with an emphasis on understanding each team member's role in the patient care process.
  • The APEx process begins with a comprehensive self-assessment, allowing your practice to review compliance with evidence-based indicators and adjust as needed before the facility visit. 
  • The four-year accreditation cycle allows time for quality and process improvement and to evaluate the impact on your facility's safety processes and patient care.

What are the benefits to becoming an accredited facility?

  • It meets 15 improvement activities in Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
  • The APEx PQI template satisfies the American Board of Radiology’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 requirements. 
  • It satisfies the radiation therapy component for the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). 
  • It provides patients and caregivers with additional evidence of the standards of safety and care at your facility.

For specific questions on the program, please email APEx Support.

 

Facilities The ASTRO Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx) is an independent radiation oncology practice accreditation program that builds upon and integrates ASTRO's quality improvement initiatives.
Standards The APEx standards of performance are derived from evidence-based guidelines and consensus statements on practice for radiation oncology.
Updates As the APEx program promotes quality improvement and patient safety, ASTRO continuously assesses the program for any necessary changes and updates.