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First Take on Radiation Oncology APM Mixed

Key clinical point: CMS has proposed an alternative payment model for radiation oncologists.

Major finding: Although the model is a 5-year test, participation will be mandatory for those practices randomly chosen.

Study details: CMS proposes to make episode-based prospective payments to cover a 90-day episode for 17 cancer types. Participants will be measured on quality metrics. CMS is looking to see if the model improves, quality, lowers costs and if it leads to shorter courses of treatment

Disclosures: CMS as the issuer of the proposed rule makes no disclosures.

Citation:

CMS-issued notice of proposed rule making