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Press Kit: Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model (RO-Model)

On July 10, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed an advanced alternative payment model (RO-Model) for radiation oncology. ASTRO's official response and related materials are available below, and physician experts are available for interviews on request.


Press Materials

Official Statements

Background and Related Information

  • Video: Understanding the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model, Anne Hubbard with Imaging Technology News, 9/20/19
  • Editorial: Radiation Oncology APM: Why us? Why now?, by Dr. Brian Kavanagh, 7/11/19
  • Op-Ed: Why Radiation Oncology Needs an APM, by Anne Hubbard for OncLive, 11/3/17
  • Previous statement: Response to HHS Secretary Azar’s comments on a radiation oncology alternative payment model, 11/8/18
  • Infographic: Radiation oncologists are ready to participate in an advanced alternative payment model
  • Blog post: RO-APM: What we know, what we don’t and what it all means, 2/14/19
  • Blog post: MIPS scores have radiation oncology asking, that's it?, 8/8/18
  • Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model (RO-APM) proposed by ASTRO, 4/27/17

External: Resources from CMS

  • Overview: Radiation Oncology Model, 7/10/19
  • Fact Sheet: Proposed Radiation Oncology (RO) Model, 7/10/19
  • Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; Specialty Care Models to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures, 7/10/19
  • Report to Congress: Episodic Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Therapy Services, 11/17

Contacts and Social Media

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