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#ASTRO20 Exhibit Hall & early access, new CPT code for PHE, 2021 Health Policy Fellowship

September 16, 2020

#ASTRO20 includes interactive and engaging Exhibit Hall

The 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting will feature more than 100 companies in the Exhibit Hall, displaying the latest products and services on the dynamic platform. Attendees will be able to visit exhibitors and chat with booth representatives one-on-one or as a group, view product information, download marketing materials to their virtual briefcase and attend product demonstrations. New this year, we have dedicated an entire day, Friday, October 23, as Exhibit Hall Only Day. The scientific and educational sessions begin on Saturday, October 24. All meeting content, including access to the Exhibit Hall, will be available through Monday, November 30. Register by October 1 to take advantage of the advance registration rates.

Share your story; new Storytelling sessions at #ASTRO20
New for this year, we will be featuring several Storytelling sessions during the Annual Meeting, where ASTRO members and experts will share their personal experiences. We invite members to share their stories on ROhub in the Open Forum or Annual Meeting community on designated threads by Jenna Kahn, MD. Stories can be about why you chose to be a radiation oncologist, COVID-19 challenges, telehealth and how it has changed your practice, disparities you’ve experienced, positive community outreach from your institution or inspirational stories about practicing as a radiation oncologist. Stories, whether good, bad or memorable, are all worth telling. Write your story in ROhub today.

Annual Meeting Career Fair offers virtual connections
The ASTRO Annual Meeting will provide excellent opportunities for networking and conducting job interviews. To help connect employers and job seekers in this new virtual environment, we launched the ASTRO Annual Meeting Career Fair early, in the beginning of September. Employers attending the Annual Meeting can post jobs at a special discounted price. These postings will be flagged for job seekers to easily identify them. Job seekers attending the Annual Meeting can apply for open positions on the Career Center and flag their resumes, letting employers know they will be available for interviews during the Annual Meeting. Employers can connect with job seekers during the meeting by using the chat function on the meeting platform or messaging them directly from the ROhub Annual Meeting community.

Need help with APEx or RO-ILS?
ASTRO staff is offering virtual office hours in October to answer questions and help practices get started with APEx - Accreditation Program for Excellence® and RO-ILS: Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System®. Whether you just want to learn more about the program or need specific support with implementation, we are here to help. Meetings are by appointment on a first come, first served basis, so sign up for an APEx or RO-ILS meeting today! For questions, please contact apexsupport@astro.org or roils@astro.org.

AMA introduces new CPT code to account for additional supplies and staff time during PHE
On September 8, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced the introduction of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 99072 to account for additional supplies and clinical staff time required to mitigate the transmission of respiratory infectious disease during a public health emergency (PHE). The new code includes costs associated with face masks and cleaning supplies, in addition to the clinical staff time required to safely perform services while clinicians provide care during a PHE. The code is only for use in a non-facility place of service setting. For more information, see What’s Happening in Washington.

Ask your representative to sign a letter against Medicare physician pay cuts
Reps. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.) are leading a letter directed to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma urging action to stop the proposed cuts in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The letter asks Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma to work with stakeholders to establish fair and equitable payment solutions that prevent Medicare payments cuts from a change to evaluation and management (E/M) codes. The change would result in a 6% payment decrease for radiation oncology services. Visit astro.org/advocate now to tell your representative to sign on to this letter before it closes. 

2021 ASTRO Health Policy Fellowship now accepting applications
ASTRO is now accepting applications for the 2021 Health Policy Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to support ASTRO members interested in becoming ASTRO health policy leaders. ASTRO is seeking board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists with at least five years of practice experience to apply. Please review the fellowship fact sheet for more information and how to apply. Check out What’s Happening in Washington for more information.

Submit abstracts for the 2021 GU Cancers Symposium
The GU Cancers Symposium will take place virtually February 11-13, 2021. Submit your abstract by the October 13 deadline and share your research with international members of the genitourinary cancer care community at this multidisciplinary event. This meeting is co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASTRO and the Society of Urologic Oncology.