ASTRO Chair Dr. Brian Kavanagh was invited to testify on ASTRO’s work to develop an alternative payment model for radiation oncology at a November 8 House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing. Titled, “MACRA and Alternative Payment Models: Developing Options for Value-based Care” the hearing provided Dr. Kavanagh a high-profile opportunity to urge federal policymakers to work with ASTRO to incentivize high-value radiation oncology care while stabilizing payments to radiation oncology centers.
MACRA encourages providers to move away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement by creating incentives to participate in new care delivery models that increase quality and reduce cost. The committee heard from witnesses about Medicare payment reforms that could be considered Advanced APMs in the future, including the Radiation Oncology APM (RO-APM). For more information, read this summary of Dr. Kavanagh’s testimony or the full testimony.