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Advocacy

Advocacy

advo_intropicLearn about ASTRO’s advocacy efforts and how your involvement is a critical component of protecting and promoting radiation oncology and the interests of cancer patients. ASTRO advocates before Congress, the White House and other federal agencies to:

  • Preserve access to care through stabile Medicare payments
  • Ensure a fair radiation oncology alternative payment model
  • Increase investments in radiation oncology research
  • Advance health equity measures to eliminate disparities in patient care
  • Prevent coverage disruptions for cancer patients

Key Issues

Increasing Investments in Cancer Research Funding for radiation oncology research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Cancer Institute (NCI) are a central to advancing cancer care.
Access to Care Protecting patients from coverage disruptions and ensuring physicians can utilize their preferred treatment plan helps ensure better patient outcomes.
RO Model ASTRO continues to work toward a Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model that functions as a viable and meaningful values-based payment opportunity for radiation oncology.
Medicare Payments Congress must provide payment stability for radiation oncologists and all physicians who treat Medicare patients.
Source Security A culture of safety and quality is woven into the fabric of radiation oncology, with checks and balances at every level to ensure that the safest and most effective care is delivered to patients.
Disparities in Health Care Eliminating inequities in access to comprehensive health care is critical to improving patient outcomes.
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