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Are you interest in finding out more about the APEx Program? ASTRO staff offer one-on-one sessions to answer questions and help practices get started with APEx. Appointments are free and are available to everyone. Sign up here.

Geraldine Jacobson

"We selected APEx because we viewed their accreditation structure as a vehicle to improve our practice quality.  Meeting the APEx Standards has been a valuable process for every aspect of our workflow and improved our quality and coordination of care." 
—Geraldine Jacobson, MD, MPH, MBA
APEx - Accreditation Program for Excellence® was developed by radiation oncology professionals from the world’s premier radiation oncology society to recognize facilities that deliver safe, high-quality care to their patients. Radiation oncology practices that earn accreditation through APEx demonstrate the systems, personnel, policies and procedures needed to meet APEx Standards. Learn why APEx is The Right Choice™.

Why APEx Accreditation?

  • The choice of a three- or four-year APEx accreditation cycle allows flexibility for radiation oncology practices, with time to make quality and process improvements and evaluate APEx accreditation's impact on safety processes and patient care.
  • APEx focuses on the entire radiation oncology team, with an emphasis on understanding each team member's role in the patient care process.
  • APEx provides the framework for radiation oncology practices to build or strengthen their quality management system, through appropriate systems, consistent processes and documented policies.
  • APEx allows flexibility in how the Standards are implemented, ensuring that the practice transformation is right for your facility.
  • The APEx process begins with a comprehensive Self-Assessment, allowing practices an opportunity to review compliance with evidence-based indicators and adjust as needed before the facility visit. 

What are the benefits of being an accredited facility?

  • The flexibility of the APEx program, including three- or four-year cycles and payment options, means that it fits a practice’s needs.  
  • Provides patients and caregivers with additional evidence of your facility's focus on safety and care.
  • Satisfies the American Board of Radiology’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 requirements with the APEx PQI Template.
  • Fulfills the radiation therapy component for the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). 
  • Meets 15 improvement activities in MIPS.

For questions about APEx, please email APEx Support or request an information session.

At the 2021 ASTRO Annual Meeting, Drs. Jean Wright (Johns Hopkins), Colleen Lawton (Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin) and Christin Knowlton (Yale) shared their experiences going through ASTRO’s APEx – Accreditation Program for Excellence while explaining the unique qualities and benefits of the program for radiation oncology practices.