2021

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Day 1 • Thursday, April 15, 2021

Agenda is preliminary only and subject to change.

PROGRAM TRACKS

Clinical Topics in Proton Therapy

Proton Center Operations

New and Developing Centers

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Breakfast Briefings

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Presentation and Opening Remarks from Award Winner, Yves Jongen

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Session 1A: Hot Clinical Topics in Proton Therapy

Moderator: Matt Ladra, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital

Session 1B: Considerations in Design and Construction for Proton Therapy Development
a) Integrating Proton Therapy into a Larger Healthcare Facility

Speakers: Stantec Architecture and Tsoi Kobus Design

Session 1C: Improving Operational Efficiency in a Proton Center
a) Business Intelligence Driven Operations

Matt Palmer, Legion Healthcare Partners

b) Redefining the Roles of Clinical Professionals

Cheryl Turner and Montreal Turner, Legion Healthcare Partners

12:35 PM – 1:35 PM

Lunch Break / Innovation Hall

1:35 PM – 2:50 PM

Session 2A: Messaging in a Virtual World

Session 2B: Proton Therapy Clinical Research: The Path Forged, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions

Speakers: Curt Deville, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital / Minesh Mehta, MD, Emory Proton Therapy Center / Jason Efstathiou, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital / Isabelle Choi, MD, New York Proton Center / Moderator: Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center

Session 2C: Innovative Solutions to Advance the Proton Therapy Insurance Appeal Process

Pranshu Mohindra, MD, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Samantha Hedrick, Provision CARES Proton Therapy

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

Break / Innovation Hall

3:20 PM – 4:20 PM

Session 3A: Proton Radiation Oncology Coding/Reimbursement and Insurance Coverage

Matt Palmer, Legion Healthcare / Ron DiGiaimo, RC Billing

Session 3B: Evolution of Single Room Proton Therapy Development

Jim Metz, MD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / Chris Chandler, Proton International at UAB

Session 3C: Addressing Inequitable Access to Proton Therapy

Elizabeth Nichols, Maryland Proton Treatment Center

4:20 PM – 4:25 PM

Break

4:25 PM – 5:55 PM

Session 4A: Flash Therapy Research Update

Anthony Mascia, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s – UC Health Proton Therapy Center / Jim Metz, MD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center

Session 4B: Update from National Comprehensive Cancer Network a) Guideline Based Authorization Programs to Increase Patient Access to Quality Cancer Care / NCCN process for evidence development

Session 4C: Innovative Approaches for Developing a Strong Physician Referral Network

Kimberly Simmons-Lee, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Megan Lawless, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / David Raubach, Oklahoma Proton Center / Moderator: Fern Nibauer-Cohen, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center

5:55 PM – 6:55 PM

Meet the Experts

Day 2 • Friday, April 16, 2021

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast Briefings

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Session 5A: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Speakers: Raymond B. Mailhot, MD, MPH, Florida Proton / Julianne Pollard-Larkin, PhD, MD Anderson/ Steven Holan, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health / Moderator: Brad Robbert, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Insititute

Session 5B: Financing Options for Developing Proton Centers and Expansion Projects

Session 5C: Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model – 3 Things to Do Now

Lynda Mischel, Veralon / Scott Stuecher, Veralon / Kurt Morath, Veralon

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Session 6A: Improving Patient Access to Proton Therapy Through Value-Based Initiatives

Steve Frank, MD, MD Anderson / Minesh Mehta, MD, Miami Cancer Institue at Baptist Health / Brian Baumann, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center

Session 6B: Emerging Roles of Proton Therapy

Speakers: Pranshu Mohindra, MD, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center / Brian Baumann, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center / Tom Delaney, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital / Moderator: Arpit Chhabra, MD, New York Proton Center

12:35 PM – 1:05 PM

Lunch Break / Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

1:05 PM – 2:05 PM

Presenting Sponsor / Mevion

2:05 PM – 2:10 PM

Break

2:10 PM – 3:10 PM

Keynote Speaker – Grace Eline

3:10 PM – 3:40 PM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall and Networking Lounge

3:40 PM – 5:10 PM

Session 7A: Future Advances in Proton Therapy

Speakers: Kevin Teo, PhD, Upenn / Radhe Mohan, MD Anderson / Bill Hartsell, MD, Northwestern / Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center / Moderator: Isabelle Choi, MD, New York Proton Center

Session 7B: Key Considerations When Developing a Proton Therapy Center

5:10 PM – 5:20 PM

Closing Remarks and Prize Announcements

5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

Happy Hour with Nicole Zuraitis

Day 1 • Thursday, April 15, 2021

Agenda is preliminary only and subject to change.

PROGRAM TRACKS

Clinical Topics in Proton Therapy

Proton Center Operations

New and Developing Centers

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Breakfast Briefings

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Presentation and Opening Remarks from Award Winner, Yves Jongen

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Session 1A: Hot Clinical Topics in Proton Therapy

Moderator: Matt Ladra, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital

Session 1B: Considerations in Design and Construction for Proton Therapy Development a) Integrating Proton Therapy into a Larger Healthcare Facility

Speakers: Stantec Architecture and Tsoi Kobus Design

Session 1C: Improving Operational Efficiency in a Proton Center a) Business Intelligence Driven Operations

Matt Palmer, Legion Healthcare Partners

b) Redefining the Roles of Clinical Professionals

Cheryl Turner and Montreal Turner, Legion Healthcare Partners

12:35 PM – 1:35 PM

Lunch Break / Innovation Hall 

1:35 PM – 2:50 PM

Session 2A: Messaging in a Virtual World

Session 2B: Proton Therapy Clinical Research: The Path Forged, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions

Speakers: Curt Deville, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital / Minesh Mehta, MD, Emory Proton Therapy Center / Jason Efstathiou, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital / Isabelle Choi, MD, New York Proton Center / Moderator: Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center

Session 2C: Innovative Solutions to Advance the Proton Therapy Insurance Appeal Process

Pranshu Mohindra, MD, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Samantha Hedrick, Provision CARES Proton Therapy

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

Break / Innovation Hall

3:20 PM – 4:20 PM

Session 3A: Proton Radiation Oncology Coding/Reimbursement and Insurance Coverage

Matt Palmer, Legion Healthcare / Ron DiGiaimo, RC Billing

Session 3B: Evolution of Single Room Proton Therapy Development

Jim Metz, MD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / Chris Chandler, Proton International at UAB

Session 3C: Addressing Inequitable Access to Proton Therapy

Elizabeth Nichols, Maryland Proton Treatment Center

4:20 PM – 4:25 PM

Break

4:25 PM – 5:55 PM

Session 4A: Flash Therapy Research Update

Anthony Mascia, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s – UC Health Proton Therapy Center / Jim Metz, MD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center

Session 4B: Update from National Comprehensive Cancer Network a) Guideline Based Authorization Programs to Increase Patient Access to Quality Cancer Care / NCCN Process For Evidence Development

Alyssa Schatz, NCCN / Wui-Jin Koh, MD, NCCN

Session 4C: Innovative Approaches for Developing a Strong Physician Referral Network

Kimberly Simmons-Lee, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Megan Lawless, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / David Raubach, Oklahoma Proton Center / Moderator: Fern Nibauer-Cohen, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center

5:55 PM – 6:55 PM

Meet the Experts

Day 2 • Friday, April 16, 2021

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast Briefings

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Session 5A: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Speakers: Raymond B. Mailhot, MD, MPH, Florida Proton / Julianne Pollard-Larkin, PhD, MD Anderson/ Steven Holan, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health / Moderator: Brad Robbert, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Insititute

Session 5B: Financing Options for Developing Proton Centers and Expansion Projects

Session 5C: Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model – 3 Things to Do Now

Lynda Mischel, Veralon / Scott Stuecher, Veralon / Kurt Morath, Veralon

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM – 12:35 AM

Session 6A: Improving Patient Access to Proton Therapy Through Value-Based Initiatives

Steve Frank, MD, MD Anderson / Minesh Mehta, MD, Miami Cancer Institue at Baptist Health / Brian Baumann, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center

Session 6B: The Expanding Role of Proton Therapy

Speakers: Pranshu Mohindra, MD, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center / Brian Baumann, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center / Tom Delaney, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital / Moderator: Arpit Chhabra, MD, New York Proton Center

12:35 PM – 1:05 PM

Lunch Break / Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

1:05 PM – 2:05 PM

Presenting Sponsor / Mevion

2:05 PM – 2:10 PM

Break

2:10 PM – 3:10 PM

Keynote Speaker – Grace Eline

3:10 PM – 3:40 PM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall and Networking Lounge

3:40 PM – 5:10 PM

Session 7A: Future Advances in Proton Therapy

Speakers: Kevin Teo, PhD, Upenn / Radhe Mohan, MD Anderson / Bill Hartsell, MD, Northwestern / Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center / Moderator: Isabelle Choi, MD, New York Proton Center

Session 7B: Key Considerations When Developing a Proton Therapy Center

5:10 PM – 5:20 PM

Closing Remarks and Prize Announcements

5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

Happy Hour with Nicole Zuraitis