2020 Advocacy Day


Program Content/Format

Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for radiation oncologists to learn about important policy issues facing the field as well as the overall health care system. Participants will learn from experienced legislative experts and members of Congress about issues including advance alternative payment models, Medicare physician payments, access to care, cancer research, best practices for meeting and working with legislative staff and new health care policies on the horizon. To prepare for Advocacy Day, attendees have the option of participating in three webinars that cover use of social media for advocacy, policy discussions on ASTRO’s legislative priorities and “Advocacy 101” for first time attendees. The first day of programming will include an interactive breakout session, panel discussions with policy influencers and presentations by leaders in health care. The second day of programming is wholly interactive with attendees meeting with their U.S. Representatives and Senators and members of their health care policy team to discuss ASTRO’s legislative priorities. The lunchtime break will include policy updates by a member of Congress on the current state of health care.

Statement of Need

It is imperative that radiation oncology professionals stay current on changing federal regulations that affect stable Medicare payments, access to care for cancer patients and federal funding for oncology research. This meeting will bring in subject matter experts on these topics. Attendees need and will to learn how to navigate changes in Medicare payments including the proposed Radiation Oncology Model that will be implemented in 2020 and how to discuss issues related to access to care and prior authorization with their legislative officials. Attendees will learn and apply best practices in advocating their federally elected officials on issues that are important to the profession, and the patients that receive treatment.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain current and future Medicare payment reform initiatives related to the practice of radiation oncology e.g., RO-Model.
  2. Outline current and potential legislation related to the practice of radiation oncology, Medicare physician reimbursements, prior authorization reform, source security and cancer research.
  3. Effectively summarize the federal issues and specific legislation that has an effect on the practice of radiation oncology.

Elements of Competence

This educational forum has been designed to narrow the competency gaps of interpersonal skills and communication, professionalism, quality improvement, commitment to lifelong learning, cognitive expertise, and teams and teamwork. These are six of the 19 core competencies embraced by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Target Audience

This meeting is designed to meet the interests of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, physicists, nurses, radiation therapists and radiation dosimetrists.