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Supervision Town Hall recording, PROs funding opp, Spring ASTROnews

April 10, 2024

Miss the Supervision Town Hall last Friday? Recording available
Attended by more than 200 participants, ASTRO's Supervision Town Hall covered CMS' supervision policy and provided attendees with an opportunity to share insights regarding the impact supervision has on their practice. View the recording of the Town Hall and read through the supervision FAQs (PDF) as well as the recent blog on policy engagement.
Payer guidance mixed on image guidance with SRT
Medicare Administrative Contractors issued differing policies last week on the use of image guidance with superficial radiation therapy (SRT). Palmetto is proposing to restrict image guidance, while the National Correct Coding Initiative continues allowing it. For more details, go to What's Happening in Washington.
Advocacy Day ― Your chance to influence the future of radiation oncology policy
Be the voice of radiation oncology in Washington, DC. ASTRO Advocacy Day allows you to deliver real-world insights directly to lawmakers and discuss the impact their decisions have on you and your patients. Register and reserve your housing now and join us in Washington, DC, on May 20-21!
Deadline extended – ASTRO-BCRF Trainee Travel Award
Help us spread the word to your trainees! The ASTRO-BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation) Trainee Travel Awards provide funding support to students and residents from historically underrepresented communities in medicine to encourage participation at the ASTRO Annual Meeting. These travel awards are specifically designed to foster diversity, equity and inclusion within the field of radiation oncology and ASTRO by supporting opportunities for trainees to gain career building skills and engage in education, networking and mentoring events at ASTRO 2024. Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 19.
Patient-reported outcomes funding opportunity
A consortium focused on patient-reported outcomes (PROTEUS) is pleased to collaborate with Pfizer to offer a grant funding opportunity to investigate the value of patient-reported outcome measures in individual patient care in U.S. oncology clinical practice. Grants are available for up to $100k per project; letters of intent are due April 25. For more information about this grant opportunity and PROTEUS, read the latest post on the ASTROblog.
Save the date for ASTRO 2024: September 29 – October 2 in the nation's capital!
Get ready to immerse yourself in the forefront of radiation oncology at the ASTRO Annual Meeting! The theme is “Targeting Provider Wellness for Exceptional Patient Care.” We are looking forward to an unparalleled experience with groundbreaking science, extensive educational opportunities and ample networking. Plus, the chance to explore cutting-edge products in the Exhibit Hall. Registration and housing are set to open May 16 — check back to be among the first to register at Early Bird rates!
Reminder: Survivor Circle Grant applications open to DC, VA and MD support organizations
Do you know a cancer support organization in the Virginia, Maryland or Washington, DC region? Encourage them to apply to the 2024 Survivor Circle grant. Two groups will be selected to each receive a grant of $12,500 and be recognized at ASTRO 2024 in Washington, DC.

Hot off the press: The latest issue of ASTROnews now available

Check your inbox and mailboxes to read the Spring 2024 issue of ASTROnews. This edition explores the emerging and reemerging nonmalignant indications of therapeutic radiation, including ventricular tachycardia, neurological conditions, plantar fasciitis, Dupuytren's Disease and osteoarthritis.

AMA's Physician Practice Information Survey underway – Was your practice selected?
Physicians are urged to participate in the AMA Physician Practice Information (PPI) Survey updating critical practice expense data for payment. Check with your practice management team to see if they received an email from ppisurvey@mathematica-mpr.com or a mailed packet from Mathematica. Read What's Happening in Washington for more information.
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