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Prior Authorization Obstacles in Cancer Patient Care briefing features leaders of physician and survivor groups

ARLINGTON, Va., April 17, 2019

Experts from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) will discuss restrictive prior authorization practices and the unnecessary burden they cause for cancer patients during an online press briefing on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Speakers include:
  • Paul Harari, MD, FASTRO, Chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors and head of the human oncology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vivek Kavadi, MD, Vice Chair of ASTRO’s Payer Relations Subcommittee and a radiation oncologist at Texas Oncology
  • Bruce A. Scott, MD, American Medical Association Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates and member of the AMA Board of Trustees
  • Shelley Fuld Nasso, CEO of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

The briefing will also feature the first report from a new ASTRO survey of nearly 700 radiation oncologists that details how restrictive prior authorization practices negatively impact patient outcomes, take physicians away from caring for their patients and create a disproportionate burden for patients treated at community-based practices.

To register for the briefing, visit http://bit.ly/ASTROPriorAuthBriefing or email ASTRO’s media relations team press@astro.org.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is the world’s largest radiation oncology society, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. The Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics, Practical Radiation Oncology and Advances in Radiation Oncology; developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers; and created the nonprofit foundation Radiation Oncology Institute. To learn more about ASTRO, visit our website, sign up to receive our news and follow us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.