Medicare is planning to cut radiation oncology cancer treatment services by $300 million, starting January 1, 2022. The radiation oncology community is calling on President Joe Biden to stop the draconian cuts that will harm cancer patient care. The cuts proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model (RO Model) will be devastating to cancer patients and radiation oncology teams, endanger patient access to life-saving treatment and threaten the viability of clinics still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Payment rates for some radiation treatments for breast and prostate cancer will drop by about 13%, for example, and by more than 22% for advanced lung cancer treatment.
The following resources provide more information.
Medicare Payment Cuts Issue Brief
ASTRO's MPFS and RO Model Comments Executive Summary
RO Model Comment Letter
MPFS Comment Letter
RO Model Clinical Data Elements Comment Letter
Press Statement on the Comment Letters
RO Model Campaign Ads