Advocacy Day 2024

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Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for radiation oncologists to learn about important policy issues facing the field as well as the overall health care system and apply that knowledge to their practice. Participants will learn from experienced legislative experts and Members of Congress about issues including ASTRO’s Radiation Oncology Case Rate (ROCR) payment proposal and Medicare physician payments, cancer research investment, the need for prior authorization reforms, best practices for meeting and working with legislative staff and new health care policies on the horizon.

Program Format

This two-day meeting features a day of guest speakers and Hill meeting training to educate and hone the advocacy skills of attendees followed by a day of meetings on Capitol Hill. It is recommended that attendees arrive either Sunday night or Monday morning and depart Tuesday evening.


Monday, May 20, 2024

  • 9:00 a.m. – Registration opens

  • Midday – Lunch and welcome 

  • Early Afternoon –  A Radiation Oncology Case Rate (ROCR) learning session; and a discussion with key Hill staff

  • Mid Afternoon – Federal Issues Briefing with ASTRO staff and Hill consultants; and an expert panel on the impact of the 2024 election

  • Later Afternoon – The Chairman’s forum; and group strategy sessions

  • 6:30 p.m. – ASTRO PAC Donor Appreciation Dinner

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

  • 7:00 a.m. – Breakfast and Q&A with ASTRO staff and leadership

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Hill office visits (specific meeting times vary by attendee)

Statement of Need

It is imperative that radiation oncology professionals stay current on changing federal regulations, federal funding for oncology research and the role Congress plays in access to care for cancer patients. This meeting will bring in subject matter experts on these topics. Attendees will learn how federal agencies affect changes in Medicare payments, the future of the radiation oncology alternative payment model, and how those changes affect their ability to deliver care to patients. Attendees will learn and apply best practices in advocating their federally elected officials on issues that are important to the profession, and for the patients that receive treatment.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate ASTRO’s legislative priorities to federal lawmakers.
  2. Outline current and potential legislation related to the practice of radiation oncology, Medicare physician reimbursements, insurance reform, source security and cancer research.
  3. Effectively summarize the federal issues and specific legislation that has an effect on the practice of radiation oncology.
  4. Utilize social media to follow up with lawmakers on issues related to radiation oncology.

Elements of Competence

This educational forum has been designed to narrow the competency gaps of interpersonal skills and communication, professionalism, quality improvement, commitment to lifelong learning, cognitive expertise, and teams and teamwork. These are six of the 19 core competencies embraced by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Target Audience

This meeting is designed to meet the interests of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, physicists, nurses, radiation therapists and radiation dosimetrists.

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