(PRWEB) December 03, 2013
The Radiosurgery Society® (the RSS), a non-profit organization of medical professionals dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and radiosurgery (SRS), announced that the first report from the RSSearch™ Patient Registry, a multi-institutional, observational registry established to standardize data collection from patients with SRS/SBRT, was published in Radiation Oncology 2013, 8:275 (25 November 2013), accessed at http://www.ro-journal.com/content/8/1/275/abstract.
The study titled “The RSSearch Registry: patterns of care and outcomes research on patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy” describes the design, patient demographics, lesion characteristics and SRS/SBRT treatment patterns of the first 11,457 patients enrolled in RSSearch from 39 participating U.S. centers. The report also describes patient-related outcomes of two common treatment sites – brain metastases and liver metastases.
“This report will be the largest dataset of SRS/SBRT-treated patients in a published registry. RSSearch is an ongoing project and we expect the database to continue growing as more centers and patients are treated with SRS/SBRT,” said corresponding author of the study Anand Mahadevan, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
The RSSearch Patient Registry, formerly known as ReCKord™ Registry, was initially conceptualized and designed in 2005 by a Clinical Advisory Board comprised of radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, medical oncologists and medical physicists to provide a method to collect standardized data on the use of SRS/SBRT treatment practices and outcomes to help determine the most effective clinical use of SRS/SBRT. The RSSearch database collects information including patient demographics, payer information, treatment practices and outcome information.
“RSSearch represents SRS/SBRT treatment practices in the real-world setting, providing a useful resource for expanding knowledge of SRS/SBRT treatment practices and outcomes," said co-author of the study Clinton Medbery III, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology, St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City.
The RSSearch Registry is managed by the RSS and the RSSearch Clinical Advisory Committee, made up of professionals involved in the management and care of patients treated with SRS/SBRT.
“Reporting quality measures is becoming a necessary part of patient care. It is important to remind everyone that in 2015, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will require physicians to participate in a qualified clinical data registry or CMS' Physician Quality Reporting System to report quality measures for Medicare Part B participants and those who do not participate will be penalized. This current study lists Medicare as the primary payor for 54% of patients enrolled in RSSearch™, suggesting that the new CMS regulations could potentially impact a significant number of physician centers treating patients with SRS/SBRT,” stated Kristine Gagliardi, Executive Director of the Radiosurgery Society.
Participation in RSSearch is voluntary and all centers treating patients with SRS/SBRT clinically are encouraged to participate. For more information on RSSearch or to learn how to become a participating center, visit http://www.therss.org or contact Nalani Brown at nbrown(at)therss(dot)org.
About The Radiosurgery Society®
The Radiosurgery Society (the RSS) – is an independent, multi-disciplinary non-profit organization of surgeons, radiation oncologists, physicists and allied professionals, who are dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of radiosurgery. Originally formed in 2002 and deemed a non-profit (501c6) in 2008, the Radiosurgery Society today represents more than 500 members who perform stereotactic body radiotherapy and radiosurgery in hospitals and freestanding centers throughout the world. Those interested in learning more about the Radiosurgery Society can visit http://www.therss.org.