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ASTRO 2023 Call for Abstracts opens tomorrow, Early Career community on ROhub

November 30, 2022

Get ready to submit your research for ASTRO 2023!
The Call for Abstracts opens tomorrow for ASTRO’s 65th Annual Meeting, taking place October 1-4, 2023, in San Diego! To support the Annual Meeting theme, “Pay it Forward: Partnering with Our Patients,” we invite you to submit an abstract related to community engagement in research; patient-centered technologies; supportive care models; shared decision making; and patient-centered clinical trial design. There are 21 tracks and numerous subcategories to choose from. Presenting a scientific abstract at the Annual Meeting gives you the opportunity to share important findings with your colleagues while interacting with leaders in the field. Review the abstract submission guidelines for details.
 
Coding and Coverage Seminar includes a free copy of the 2023 Coding Resource
If accurate coding and billing is a priority for 2023, don’t miss this opportunity to learn the latest coding rules for radiation oncology practices at the Virtual Coding and Coverage Seminar on Saturday, December 10. In one day, we address the many factors that affect this complex and ever-changing aspect of clinical practice. Our goal is to make clinical coding easier to understand and apply to your practice. Top reasons for attending according to 2021 attendees included hearing from experts on coding issues, increasing knowledge of radiation oncology coding and learning more about health care payment policies. All registrants receive an electronic and print version of the 2023 ASTRO Coding Resource (up to a $1,000 value). Act now as registration closes on December 8!
 
Reminder: One more day to claim Live SA-CME credits from ASTRO 2022
For those of you who participated in the in-person or live virtual Annual Meeting, Live SA-CME credits must be claimed by tomorrow, December 1. Don’t forget to fill out the session evaluations and claim your education credits. Physicists and dosimetrists also have until December 1, 2022, to claim CAMPEP and MDCB credits. The deadline to claim CME credits is June 1, 2023.
 
Invitation to join the Early Career Community on the ROhub
Earlier this year, the ASTRO Board of Directors approved the formation of an Early Career Committee to address the needs of physicians and physicists who are eight years or less post training. The 16-member committee, led by Austin Sim, MD, JD, chair, and Anna Paulsson, MD, vice-chair, is actively working to identify and develop resources to support the unique needs of this membership cohort and create a space for peer mentorship and networking. Early career members of ASTRO are invited to join the newly launched Early Career Community on the ROhub and are encouraged to use this community for collaboration and to provide feedback to the committee.
 
ASTRO’s updated Strategic Plan

Over the past year, the ASTRO Board of Directors worked to update the ASTRO Strategic Plan (last updated in 2017). The first phase in the development of the plan was working with a consultant to help define the most pressing issues facing the field of radiation oncology. This phase included seeking feedback from committee members, interviews with members-at-large and member survey responses. After multiple meetings with various working groups, the Board of Directors is pleased to present the ASTRO Strategic Plan, which includes updated mission, vision, and goals and objectives. Still in the works is the development of key performance indicators to help us measure the effectiveness of our initiatives against the tenets of the plan.

 
Apply for upcoming gliomas guideline update task force
ASTRO will soon initiate a task force to update the Radiation Therapy for WHO Grade 4 Adult-Type Diffuse Gliomas guideline (formerly Glioblastoma). To facilitate finding a diverse task force, ASTRO has implemented a new process for interested members to apply for consideration. Please forward this information if you know of any colleagues that may be interested. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
 
Patient advocacy groups urge physician pay relief
Cancer patient advocacy groups echoed ASTRO’s priorities in a November 22 letter urging Congress to intervene to stop Medicare physician payment cuts before next year. ASTRO is grateful that the Cancer Leadership Council, with groups such as Susan G. Komen, Prevent Cancer Foundation and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, highlighted cuts to oncology care among its year-end legislative priorities, which also include prior authorization reform, clinical trial diversity and cancer research funding. The letter follows on an ASTRO-led radiation oncology stakeholder letter sent November 21 to Congress. Add your voice by contacting Congress today! For more information, read What’s Happening in Washington.
 
Deadline Friday: Call for nominations - IHE-RO Planning Committee (PC) Physics Co-Chair
IHE-RO 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 forward your nominations, including self-nominations, to Jill Moton at AAPM by Friday, December 2.