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Advocacy Day starts tomorrow, Coding & Coverage Seminar reg open, #ASTRO20 OnDemand

November 18, 2020

Join ASTRO Advocacy Day 2020 on social media
ASTRO Advocacy Day 2020 is happening tomorrow and Friday! Even if you are not participating in the event, you can join in by engaging your representatives and senators on ASTRO’s policy priorities via social media. Visit ASTRO’s Advocacy Day 2020 Resources page for more information on the policy issues and to watch our webinars covering social media engagement and more. The social media webinar covers everything from how to set up a social account to the best ways to engage and which hashtags, like #ASTROAdvocacy, to use.

Register for ASTRO’s 2021 Virtual Coding and Coverage Seminar
The Coding and Coverage Seminar will be held virtually on January 9, 2021. Registration is open through Friday, December 11. Seminar participants will utilize the Zoom webinar platform to view presentations and interact live with our distinguished faculty on specific coding topics. All participants will also receive early access to the 2021 ASTRO Coding Resource. Check out the Coding and Coverage Seminar program web page to learn more about the seminar content and schedule of events.

Annual Meeting attendees: Less than 15 days left to visit the Exhibit Hall and view Annual Meeting content

Be sure to take advantage of one of the unique benefits of the 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting by visiting the Exhibit Hall when it’s convenient for you and watching the on-demand content. From now until November 30, registered attendees can access the science and education programs, as well as the many programs in the Innovation Hub, ranging from Industry Expert Theaters, Industry Satellite Symposia and other industry presentations. View the list of exhibitors in the Exhibitor Directory, available on the Annual Meeting website and in the Exhibit Hall. Contact vendors and view product demonstrations and state-of-the-art technology and scientific content curated just for you.

Register for the 2021 E/M Coding for Radiation Oncology webinar
On December 2, 2020, ASTRO experts will conduct a webinar on the new Evaluation and Management (E/M) office visit codes scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2021. The impact of this change will have substantial implications for radiation oncology. This webinar will explain the changes and present tools to help you get ready for 2021. Register at ASTRO Academy, and see more in What’s Happening in Washington.

Annual Meeting OnDemand product now available
With over 200 hours of educational content and the opportunity to earn 200+ hours of CME, the 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting OnDemand product is now available. Review a full scientific program that includes the Plenary and Clinical Trials as well as an educational program that highlights case-based and challenging cases sessions. Discounts are available to Members, Members-in-Training and Annual Meeting attendees.

APEx recognized by New York State Department of Health
Attention New York facilities! ASTRO’s Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®) is recognized as a qualified accrediting body by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection. This means your facility can now be accredited by the world’s premier radiation oncology society. Accreditation from APEx is important because it promotes and elevates the safety culture across your entire facility. Unique to APEx, the process begins with a comprehensive self-assessment that allows your facility time to review its compliance with APEx standards before the on-site visit. The four-year accreditation cycle also allows ample time for you to evaluate your quality and process improvements. APEx also offers a partial payment option that reduces the upfront cost, with half of the accreditation fee due at the end of the application phase and the remaining balance due before the facility visit date is finalized. Contact ASTRO staff for details, as well as for other general APEx inquiries.

Ask Congress to protect you against Medicare physician pay cuts
Radiation oncologists can work to avoid a 6% Medicare payment cut next year by asking Congress now to support a legislative solution. ASTRO joined 73 organizations in signing a letter to Reps. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), George Holding (R-NC), Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS), Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) and Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) to thank them for their leadership in introducing the Holding Providers Harmless From Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act of 2020 (H.R. 8702). The legislation would provide critical relief to physicians responding to the COVID-19 pandemic who are scheduled to receive Medicare payment cuts next year. Specifically, the bill would provide a two-year relief mechanism for providers who would see a cut in 2021. Visit astro.org/advocate to send a letter asking your representative to co-sponsor this bill.

Videos highlight #ASTRO20 presenters and advances in radiation oncology research
A new series of videos features presenters from the 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting discussing research and trends in the field. In the videos, the experts cover topics including comparisons of various treatment approaches, such as brachytherapy versus EBRT for prostate cancer and SRS versus WBRT for brain metastases; dose optimization for breast, brain and other cancers; new treatments for pediatric patients; image-guided radiation techniques and other innovations to improve patient outcomes. Watch the videos via ASCO Post Newsreels.