Facilities

  • Scope

    APEx consists of a series of standards and measures relating to the performance of a radiation oncology practice. APEx evaluates the clinical programs provided by radiation oncology practices, focusing on quality and safety of radiation oncology processes. It is expected applicants comply with all applicable local, state and federal regulatory requirements. In addition, all professional staff must adhere to the ethical and professional standards of their respective professional associations. The APEx standards identify systematic quality and safety approaches that build on the regulatory framework to add value for practitioners and health care consumers. ASTRO reviews all treatment modalities in operation at the time of the accreditation application and survey facility visit. Practices may not imply or state that equipment or facilities not reviewed by ASTRO are accredited.

  • Pricing

    The base fee for practice accreditation is $14,000. An additional $5,000 is required for each additional facility. If your practice has more than 10 facilities, please contact APEx for pricing information.

  • Radiation oncology practices based in the United States may apply for APEx accreditation. Practices may be either a single facility or multi-facility practice. Practices that operate multiple facilities under a standardized set of operating procedures and a single corporate designation may apply for multi-facility accreditation.

    For multi-facility practices, APEx will review corporate level operating procedures and will carry out facility-specific verification of compliance for each facility included in the accreditation application.

    For purposes of the program, a radiation oncology practice (ROP) is defined as a medical practice offering radiation therapy services, utilizing the services of intradisciplinary professionals under the direction of a board certified radiation oncologist. An ROP may be a multi-facility practice (e.g., a ‘main facility’ with satellites). All of the following criteria will be used to determine if a multi-facility practice can apply for all facilities to be covered by the same accreditation application: 

    • Common policies and procedures of key evidence indicators;
    • A medical director who is responsible for each facility and one individual from practice leadership who is responsible for the culture of safety;
    • All facilities located within a 50 mile radius of the main facility; and
    • The same corporate ownership of all the facilities.

    For questions regarding the eligibility of multi-facility practices, contact APEx.

    APEx accreditation is granted for a four year cycle. In order to avoid a lapse in accreditation, the radiation oncology practice must complete the reaccreditation facility visit no later than 90 days after expiration of the accreditation date. The reaccreditation process consists of application and payment, self-assessment and facility visit.
    APEx consists of a series of standards and measures relating to the performance of a radiation oncology practice. APEx evaluates the clinical programs provided by radiation oncology practices, focusing on quality and safety of radiation oncology processes. It is expected applicants comply with all applicable local, state and federal regulatory requirements. In addition, all professional staff must adhere to the ethical and professional standards of their respective professional associations. The APEx standards identify systematic quality and safety approaches that build on the regulatory framework to add value for practitioners and health care consumers. ASTRO reviews all treatment modalities in operation at the time of the accreditation application and survey facility visit. Practices may not imply or state that equipment or facilities not reviewed by ASTRO are accredited.
    The base fee for practice accreditation is $14,000. An additional $5,000 is required for each additional facility. If your practice has more than 10 facilities, please contact APEx for pricing information.