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.
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