acr 2020 annual meeting

ACR Annual Meeting

ACR 2019: May 18–22, 2019
ACR 2020: May 16-20, 2020
Washington, DC

Radiation Oncology Schedule

Session 1
2019 US Government Economic Policy Updates for Radiation Oncology

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has strongly suggested that radiation oncologists will soon be placed in a mandatory APM (Alternative Payment Model). The anticipated implementation date is early 2020, and participation is likely to be mandatory.  This session will include what we know about the APM so far and how we are gearing up for it and this will be essential knowledge for every practicing radiation oncologist.

Learning Objective:

  • Describe the fundamental changes in reimbursement for radiation oncologists
  • Understand the necessary changes in work flows for many practices
  • For each participant to be aware, learn about and know the potential timelines for the RO APM


(eastern time)


1:00 – 1:05pm

Welcome & Introduction
Moderators: Arthur Hung, MD / William Small Jr, MD, ACRO, FASTRO, FACR

1:05 – 1:45pm

Presentation 1: Radiation Oncology - Alternative Payment Model: What do we know so far?
Speaker: Najeeb Mohideen, MD, FASTRO, FACR

1:45 – 2:30pm

Presentation 2: How are we gearing up for the RO-APM & What’s new with MIPS?
Speaker: Anne Hubbard, MBA, ASTRO Health Policy Director

2:30 – 3:00pm

Panel / Q&A Discussion with Audience Participation: Session Speakers
Facilitator: Arthur Hung, MD and William Small Jr.

3:00 – 3:15pm  Break

Session 2
Economics - Coding and Billing Practices in Radiation Oncology

The session is designed to examine the challenges of proper coding and billing practices for Radiation Oncology. Whether it’s institutional scale or the continuing adoption of newer technologies, our specialty must interpret and adapt to the existing rules and guidelines that do not encompass our current work environment. Compounding our difficulty with maintaining compliance, we have impending major shifts in our field with widespread adoption of hypofractionation and the proposed Alternative Payment Models.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the challenges facing our specialty with adopting new technology and ensuring adequate resources to be able to continue to.
  • Identify areas of improvement for their own practices by comparing and contrasting those at larger institutions that have had to confront issues of scale.
  • Understand the best practices for many providers in regards to their billing and coding requirements.
  • Understanding the operational dynamics and financials with potential APM models


(eastern time)


3:15 – 3:40pm                     Presentation 1: Logistics and challenges of maintaining supervision requirements for 5 campuses in Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Speaker: Steven J. Frank, MD, Professor & Deputy Head of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
3:40 – 4:05pm Presentation 2: Valuing new technologies and their implications
Speaker: Amar Rewari, M.D. MBA, Associates in Radiation Medicine
4:05 – 4:30pm Presentation 3: Billing: The Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations
Speaker: Jordan Johnson, MSHA, BSRT, Director of compliance Churchill Consulting division of CruxQS Panel
4:30 – 4:45pm Panel / Q&A Discussion with Audience Participation: Session Speakers
Facilitator: Arthur Hung, MD and William Small Jr.
4:45 – 5:00pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm Adjournment


(eastern time)


10 – 11am                                                    

CARROS Caucus and Business Meeting 

Hear the latest from CARROS leaders and provide your feedback on issues affecting the profession. This session provides an opportunity to network with colleagues and will include recognition of New Fellows and presentation of the ACR ROPA Surveyor Award.