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2020 IPPS proposed rule issued, ROI grants get personal, ASTRO Academy course discounts

May 8, 2019

2020 IPPS includes proposals impacting radiation oncology
On Tuesday, April 24, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule. The rule contains several issues of interest to the field of radiation oncology, including proposed New Technology Add-On Payments (NTAP) for three technologies involving radiation therapy; proposed changes to the criterion and payment for evaluating NTAPs that will also be applied to Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) transitional pass-through payments for devices; and proposed modifications to the Medicare wage index. Comments in response to the rule are due on June 24. The final rule will be implemented on October 1, 2019 (FY 2020). For more details, read ASTRO’s summary of the issues impacting radiation oncology.

The ROI gets personal

ROI Research Committee Chair Gita Suneja, MD, MS, reveals the winners of the ROI’s new grants that aim to individualize radiotherapy by improving patient experiences and outcomes. Meet the four research teams to learn more about their projects.

May ASTRO Academy course discount
May is Skin and Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and ASTRO members can receive a 10% discount on the courses below. Learn more about these two important disease sites with Radiotherapy for Locally Advanced and High-Risk Skin Cancer and A Multi-institutional Prospective Observational Study of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Patients with Multiple Brain Metastases (JLGK0901 Study Update). Use coupon code 2019MaySavings today, as this offer will expire on May 31!

May 15 deadline to review Open Payments data
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Open Payments Program tracks payments and other transfers of value that physicians and teaching hospitals receive from drug and device manufacturers, as well as physician ownership in those manufacturers or in group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Physicians have until May 15, 2019, to review data submitted about them by drug and device manufacturers and GPOs before it is made public on June 30, 2019. To review information, physicians must first register in the CMS Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system to verify their identity and then register in the Open Payments System. ASTRO encourages physicians to review any information reported about them prior to publication.

New: Two journal SA-CME articles available
Journal SA-CME is now available for a PRO Journal article “Pain response rates after conventional radiation therapy for bone metastases in prospective non-randomized studies: A systematic review” and an IJROBP Journal article “NCTN Assessment on Current Applications of Radiomics in Oncology.” These activities are available to members for $25.  View all online Journal SA-CME.

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University network receives APEx® accreditation
Congratulations to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University at Emory University Hospital, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Hospital Midtown and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, all located in Atlanta, for recently receiving APEx accreditation. To be fully accredited, a facility must meet a majority of the APEx standards in a satisfactory manner, and the accreditation status is valid for four years. View a list of accredited facilities. Contact ASTRO APEx staff for additional information on the APEx program for your facility.

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