Radiation oncologists came to Capitol Hill April 29-30 to urge Congress met with Congressional leaders in support of policies that safeguard cancer patients’ access to high-quality, value-based health care. The doctors during the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Advocacy Day.
In 2019, radiation oncologists emphasized several legislative priorities: (1) allow radiation oncologists to participate in an advanced alternative payment model (APM) which will serve to stabilize Medicare payments and ensure patients have access to quality cancer care; (2) remove restrictive prior authorization requirements that unnecessarily delay patient access to cancer treatments; (3) support stable funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI); and (4) protect medical access to radioactive material.
Releases and Statements
News Release: Radiation oncologists urge Congress to remove obstacles to cancer patients’ treatment options
News Release: Prior authorization obstacles unnecessarily delay patient access to cancer treatments, physician survey finds
Media Advisory: Prior Authorization Obstacles in Cancer Patient Care briefing features leaders of physician and survivor groups
Official Statement: Statement in response to HHS Secretary Azar’s comments on a radiation oncology alternative payment model
News Release: Medicaid reimbursement to treat cancer patients with radiation therapy varies widely, study shows
Official Statement: ASTRO applauds introduction of PIMA patient protection bill
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