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May 16, 2024

Radiation Oncology Case Rate (ROCR) Value-Based Program Act Introduced

The bipartisan Radiation Oncology Case Rate (ROCR) Value-Based Program Act of 2024 was recently introduced in Congress. Bill sponsors include Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), John Joyce (R-PA), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and Paul Tonko (D-NY).

If signed into law, the bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue rulemaking establishing a ROCR program in Medicare for radiation oncology practices across the country. The ROCR program would create a site neutral, episode-based payment for 15 common cancer types.

The ROCR program aims to provide much needed stability in reimbursement for radiation therapy services, reduce disparities by increasing access to services close to home, improve quality, lower costs, and leverage state of the art technology to improve care and outcomes.

Radiation oncology has experienced significant payment reductions over the past two decades. The US Oncology Network supports the ROCR program to protect patient access to care in the freestanding setting.

To read the bill text, CLICK HERE.
To read a section by section of the bill, CLICK HERE.
To read the sponsors’ press release, CLICK HERE.