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 and apply that knowledge to their practice. Participants will learn from experienced legislative experts and Members of Congress about issues including advance alternative payment models, Medicare physician payments, cancer research, best practices for meeting and working with legislative staff and new health care policies on the horizon.
This two-day meeting features a day of guest speakers and Hill meeting training to educate and hone the advocacy skills of attendees followed by a day of meetings on Capitol Hill. It is recommended that attendees arrive either Sunday night or Monday morning and depart in the late afternoon on Tuesday.
Monday, May 22, 2023
9:00 a.m. – Registration opens
Midday – Lunch and welcome address from ASTRO Board of Directors Chair Geraldine Jacobson, MD, MBA, MPH, FASTO
Early Afternoon – Special guest discussions with senior Hill staff, a representative from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), and others.
Mid Afternoon – Federal Issues Briefing with ASTRO staff and Hill consultants.
Later Afternoon – State group meetings to prepare for Tuesday’s Hill meetings.
6:30 p.m. – ASTRO PAC Donor Appreciation Dinner
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Statement of Need
It is imperative that radiation oncology professionals stay current on changing federal regulations, federal funding for oncology research and the role Congress plays in access to care for cancer patients. This meeting will bring in subject matter experts on these topics. Attendees will learn how federal agencies affect changes in Medicare payments, the future of the radiation oncology alternative payment model, and how those changes affect their ability to deliver care to patients. Attendees will learn and apply best practices in advocating their federally elected officials on issues that are important to the profession, and for the patients that receive treatment.
Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to do the following:
- Articulate ASTRO’s legislative priorities to federal lawmakers.
- Outline current and potential legislation related to the practice of radiation oncology, Medicare physician reimbursements, insurance reform, source security and cancer research.
- Effectively summarize the federal issues and specific legislation that has an effect on the practice of radiation oncology.
- Utilize social media to follow up with lawmakers on issues related to 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.
This meeting is designed to meet the interests of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, physicists, nurses, radiation therapists and radiation dosimetrists.
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