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Deadlines for #ASTRO22 credits fast approaching, IHE-RO committee nominations, ROI gRADitude

November 23, 2022

Planning underway for ASTRO 2023, Call for Abstracts opens December 1
Planning is well underway for next year’s meeting in beautiful San Diego from October 1-4, 2023! Save the dates now on your calendar! We’re excited to host you and curate meeting content around the theme of "Pay it Forward: Partnering with our Patients." And, mark your calendar for December 1, which opens the call for abstracts for ASTRO 2023.
 
Reminder: Claim your credits from ASTRO 2022
For those of you who participated in the Annual Meeting, Live SA-CME credits can be claimed through December 1, 2022. Don’t forget to fill out the session evaluations and claim your education credits. Physicists and dosimetrists have until December 1, 2022, to claim CAMPEP and MDCB credits, and June 1, 2023, is the deadline to claim CME credits.
 
Why should you attend ASTRO’s 2022 Coding and Coverage seminar?
Here are some of your top reasons for attending ASTRO’s Coding and Coverage Seminar on Saturday, December 10: Clinical coding is challenging and ever-changing; I need to avoid radiation oncology coding pitfalls; I also need to be informed of what health care policy changes are on the horizon; the seminar cost includes both a print and electronic copy of ASTRO’s 2023 Coding Resource Guide — a great value and resource; I have FOMO — fear of missing out!

Do any of these reasons resonate with you and your staff? Hear from Planning committee member Kiran Devisetty, MD, to learn more on what your practice will gain by attending. Act now! Registration closes on December 8.

ASTRO leads radonc community opposition to Medicare cuts
ASTRO led a group of 25 radiation oncology stakeholder organizations in a November 21 letter urging Congress to act before year-end to block Medicare payment cuts. The letter asked Congress to mitigate the impact of the clinical labor price update and provide relief from cuts due to Medicare physician payment conversion factor and PAYGO legislative requirements, which would total nearly 10% starting January 1, 2023. ASTRO is working closely with radiation oncology and other specialty organizations to lobby Congress against these severe cuts. Join in the advocacy by contacting your members of Congress. For more info, see What’s Happening in Washington.
 
Supervision flexibility in effect five months after end of PHE
During the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services relaxed certain Medicare policies allowing for real-time audiovisual supervision. Congress extended these flexibilities for a period of 151 days (five months) after the expiration of the PHE as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. The current end date of the PHE is January 11, 2023, making the expiration of the supervision flexibilities June 11, 2023. However, it is possible the PHE will be extended past January 11, in which case the supervision flexibilities would extend for five months after the actual expiration date. Congress is also considering telehealth legislation as part of a year-end package. For more, read ASTRO’s Guidance.
Call for Nominations: IHE-RO Planning Committee Physics Co-Chair
IHE-RO has issued a call for nominations for a physicist co-chair position for the planning committee. IHE-RO, sponsored by AAPM and ASTRO, is an initiative of health care professionals and industry representatives working together to improve the sharing of information between computer systems in health care. Please email your nominations, including self-nominations, to Jill Moton at AAPM by Friday, December 2.
Final reminder: Submit comments for guideline: Treatment of Oligometastatic NSCLC
Comments are due November 28 on the draft Treatment of Oligometastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Guideline, which focuses on the use of local (radiation, surgery, other ablative methods) and systemic therapy in the management of oligometastatic NSCLC. The key questions address identification of evidence-based clinical scenarios for using local therapy, sequencing and timing when integrating local with systemic therapies, radiation techniques critical for oligometastatic disease targeting and treatment delivery, and the role of local therapy for oligoprogression or recurrent disease. Access the draft guideline and comment submission webform at astro.org/publiccomment.
Updates from 2021 Survivor Circle Grants awardees
Read the latest blog on how two Chicago-area organizations, the Cancer Support Center and LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, multiplied their impact this past year as a result of receiving the 2021 Survivor Circle grant. Also, heads up to members: if you know any California-based cancer support organizations that might benefit from this grant, keep an eye out in January when applications open. For questions about the Survivor Circle grants, contact Beth Bukata.
Give THANKS with a donation to the ROI
Show your appreciation (or gRADitude!) to someone who has made a difference in your life by making a gift in tribute. Your gift, made in honor or memory, will recognize your honoree while making an impact on the future of radiation oncology. Every gift to the Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) will advance research and education of radiation therapy, so that patients with cancer can receive innovative treatments that will enhance quality of life and ultimately, save more lives. Learn more about this new program from ROI and make your donation!