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On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems final rule (CMS-1753-F). This announcement includes the finalized modifications to the Radiation Oncology (RO) Model.
The RO Model is set to begin January 1, 2022, and end December 31, 2026. The proposed rule includes the summarized modifications below:
For additional information on the RO Model and CMS' final rules, visit the RO Model website or read more on thefinal rule. For questions on the model or for participants needing their model ID, contact RadiationTherapy@cms.hhs.gov.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to delay the Radiation Oncology (RO) Model to July 1, 2021. The delay is included in the 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) Final Rule (CMS-1736-FC) as an interim final rule with a comment period.
Due to the delay, the following changes have been made to the RO Model:
An updated version of the RO Model FAQs to reflect these changes is available.
RO Model Billing Webinar Update
This webinar has also been postponed to Jan. 13, 2021. Call in information for this webinar can be found here.
For any questions not answered in this update, you can reach out via email to CMS at: email@example.com. Additional information about the RO Model, including all changes, can be found on its website.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released resources and reminders to help those participating in the Radiation Oncology (RO) Model. These resources include help with accessing and navigating the Radiation Oncology Administrative Portal (ROAP).
Upcoming Changes to the ROAP:
If you haven't already done so, CMS encourages you to register for ROAP as soon as possible. To register for ROAP, you will need your Model ID, Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) for physician group practices and freestanding radiation therapy centers or CMS Certification Number (CCN) for Hospital Outpatient Departments, first name, last name, and email address of the designated primary contact in the appropriate fields.
If you do not know your Model ID, please contact the CMS Helpdesk (1.888.734.6433, option 5). Hospital Outpatient Departments should email or call with their CMS Certification Number (CCN), so it can provide the correct Model ID; physician group practices and freestanding radiation therapy centers should call the Helpdesk with their practice’s Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to retrieve the correct Model ID.
ROAP Office Hours
RO participants can call into standing office hours that have been set up for troubleshooting ROAP login issues. Office hour dates and times include:
More dates are to be determined after Dec. 3, 2020. To join an office hour, join the Zoom meeting by following the link or by entering the Meeting ID (160 189 1276) and password (881584) on Zoom.
For additional information about the RO Model, please visit its website. Or read the ROAP User Manual and ROAP FAQs.
ACCC has collaborated with American Cancer Society Action Network (ASC CAN) and 13 other stakeholder organizations in a March 16, 2020, collaborative letter responding to ClinicalTrials.gov's request for information to guide their modernization process. Among the recommendations:
Read the Letter
ACCC joined in a February 18, 2020, coalition letter to congressional leadership urging that Congress include the bipartisan Clinical Treatment Act (H.R. 913) in the Healthcare Extenders Package that is likely to pass this spring.
Passage of the Clinical Treatment Act would guarantee that routine care costs of clinical trial participation would be covered for Medicaid beneficiaries with a life-threatening condition. Currently, Medicaid is not federally required to cover these clinical trial associated costs.
Because these costs only encompass non-experimental costs of treating patients (e.g., doctor's visits and lab work) on clinical trials, the Clinical Treatment Act would not significantly affect overall cost to Medicaid programs.
Read the Letter
On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the calendar year (CY) 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule with comment period (CMS-1678-FC), which includes updates to the 2018 rates and quality provisions, and other policy changes. The final rule contains significant provisions that reduce payments to hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Read the rule.
On November 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule. Read the final PFS rule.
Legal experts present a one-hour (ACCC members-only) discussion about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) final 2018 OPPS and PFS rules. The agency's proposals under the OPPS will bring significant changes to 2018 payments for 340B hospitals and new outpatient facilities. ACCC members can access the recorded webinar, presentation slides, and rule summaries for in-depth analysis of the final rule. [Login Required] Webinar originally presented on November 29, 2017.