RTA commends CMS for revising RT payment cuts
Article Thumbnail ImageNovember 5, 2012 -- The Radiation Therapy Alliance (RTA) commended the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for mitigating "drastic cuts" in reimbursement for radiation oncology in its 2013 Physician Fee Schedule.

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The reimbursement cuts to radiation oncology in 2013 will equal approximately $140 million compared to 2012 rates, according to RTA estimates. In its statement, RTA said it remained concerned about the financial impact of the payment cuts on community-based radiation therapy facilities, especially because there have been additional cumulative payment reductions in recent years.

Last week, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) also issued a statement commending CMS for listening to the concerns of radiation oncology therapy providers and reducing its originally proposed payment reductions.

RTA represents 225 community-based cancer care facilities that provide radiation oncology treatments to approximately 80,000 cancer patients each year.