CMS Unveils Proposed Radiation Oncology Model of Care

Anthony Hagen and Rachel Narozniak
Published: Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019
Until now, radiation oncology (RO) has remained largely untouched by the valuebased initiatives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The federal agency aims to change that with a proposed RO Model of care that would promote site-neutral payment and take away incentives for volume-based billing. Radiotherapy (RT) providers and suppliers in randomly selected areas would be required to participate in the episode-based payment plan, which would apply to the treatment of 17 types of cancer.1,2

ASTRO stated that “with modifications, the model has the potential to incentivize higher-quality, more convenient radiation treatments for patients.”


  1. Proposed Radiation Oncology (RO) Model. newsroom/fact-sheets/proposed- radiation-oncology-ro-model. Published July 10, 2019. Accessed July 11, 2019.
  2. CMMI radiation oncology alternative payment model “RO Model” proposed rule summary [press release]. Arlington, Virginia: American Society for Radiation Oncology; July 11, 2019. What-is-Happening-in-Washington/ 2019/CMMI-Radiation-Oncology- Alternative-Payment-Model. Accessed July 12, 2019.

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