|Announcing the #ASTRO21 Social Champions
Time to get social at this year’s Annual Meeting, in person and virtually! The Communications Committee and ASTRO staff are happy to announce this year’s volunteer Social Champions: Amishi Bajaj, MD; James Bates, MD; Laura Dover, MD, MSPH, (QuadShotNews); Rebecca Howell, PhD; Uzoma Iheagwara, MD, PhD; Sophia Kamran, MD; Chika Madu, MD; Hina Saeed, MD; Gabriel Vidal, MD; Henning Willers, MD; and Ted Yanagihara, MD, PhD. These social-savvy doctors will share their #ASTRO21 experiences and highlight what they have learned at sessions, some from the live meeting in Chicago and others from Digital XP. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and keep an eye on @ASTRO_org and our official hashtag #ASTRO21 for updates on all things Annual Meeting.
Bylaws changes to be presented at annual Business Meeting
The ASTRO bylaws were last updated in fall 2019. Since then, there have been two substantive changes that require a modification to the current bylaws: adding a new Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (HEDI) Council to ASTRO and including criteria for ASTRO elected positions on the Board within the bylaws. As per a review by the current Bylaws Committee, the bylaws have been modified to allow for these changes and other technical corrections to reflect updated practices, as approved by the Board. The revised bylaws can be viewed on ASTRO’s website. The changes will be explained during the annual Business Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, October 26, at 12:00 p.m. Central time. Members will vote to approve the changes by official ballot in November 2021.
Congress is lining up to fight radiation oncology cuts; more advocacy needed
ASTRO’s grassroots advocates already have helped convince 28 members of Congress to sign House and Senate letters urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to stop $300 million in Medicare cuts to radiation oncology. ASTRO is encouraging its members to participate in a final grassroots push to secure additional signatures on the Higgins-Fitzpatrick and Stabenow-Burr letters. In addition, a new sign-on letter led by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Congressional Native American Caucus is circulating in the House and focusing on the negative impact these payment cuts will have on underserved populations. By signing on to these letters, legislators are echoing ASTRO’s calls for changes to the physician fee schedule and the RO Model and boosting chances for improvements. Your advocacy is critical to getting more members of Congress signed on. Visit astro.org/advocate today to send messages to your federal representatives urging them to support cancer patients and providers.
Attention early-career researchers: Register for tomorrow’s ASTRO ROCKS web session
Early-career researchers are encouraged to register for the next ASTRO ROCKS web session, Transitioning from Mentored to Independent Research, tomorrow, October 14, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time. Experienced investigators will share how they have successfully transitioned from mentored to independent research, not only from the grant writing perspective, but also on how they managed different roles and expectations that came from such a transition. Register now for this free web session and direct questions to email@example.com.
Registration now open for the 2022 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium
Make plans now to join your clinical peers for the most important head and neck cancers symposium of the year February 24-26, 2022, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Arizona. You won’t want to miss the most current information available on multidisciplinary therapies, the latest clinical research, new treatment strategies, supportive care, scientific breakthroughs and toxicity mitigation. The program features dynamic sessions focused on the major disease sites, with numerous opportunities to interact with expert faculty and your colleagues. Reserve your space to attend by registering today!
Share your ROBM form appeal letters
ASTRO recently expanded its website to house form appeal letters that radiation oncology practices have successfully used to appeal denials issued by radiation oncology benefit managers (ROBMs). Practices across the radiation oncology community can share letters with other radiation oncologists to help save practices time and administrative burden. To learn more, visit our website, and to share your form letters, please email Jessica Adams, ASTRO’s senior health policy analyst.
PRO Reviewer Apprenticeship program application now open
The Practical Radiation Oncology Reviewer Apprenticeship program provides an opportunity for early-career radiation oncologists to develop their peer review skills. Apprentices will be asked to complete five manuscript reviews for the journal within a two-year period and will receive feedback on their reviews from the PRO editorial team. Apply through December 1, 2021. For more information, please see the full program overview.
The University of Michigan network earns APEx re-accreditation
Congratulations to the University of Michigan network for earning re-accreditation at their University of Michigan Radiation Oncology – University Campus (Ann Arbor) location. In addition, the University of Michigan earned new accreditation at their University of Michigan Radiation Oncology – Brighton Center for Specialty Care (Brighton) location. To be fully re-accredited by ASTRO, a facility must continue to meet a majority of APEx standards in a satisfactory manner. View a list of accredited facilities and contact ASTRO staff to learn about the new options available for accreditation and why APEx is The Right Choice™ to accredit your radiation oncology practice.