General News

In memoriam: SIR reports that Dr. Herbert Abrams, a founding fellow of SIR, has passed away. Dr. Abrams made many contributions to the specialty, particularly in the area of angiography, including the text, “Abrams’ Angiography and Interventional Radiology.” Learn more about Dr. Abrams' life.
SIR 2016: Improving patient care through innovation, research and technology; Registration open for Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting, April 2–7 in Vancouver, British Columbia, read the press release
SIR 2016: IR Venture Forum returns; brings together new ideas with investors, inspires collaboration
January JVIR explores oncology; includes SIR research agenda for image-guided biopsy in the era of personalized medicine, outpatient renal ablation and more
Learn more about prostate artery embolization (PAE); nonsurgical treatment for enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) currently in clinical trials
Interventional radiologist becomes first radiologist ever to receive NIH Director’s Early Independence Award; learn more about Dr. Terence Gade
Patient enrollment begins for PRESERVE, a large study of retrievable IVC filters; first sites, patients enrolled
IAC Research Award Program issues 2016 call for proposals; see submission instructions/application process, submit letter of intent by March 1, 2016
Six of the thirteen measures SIR submitted for CMS review for the 2016 PQRS program passed on to NQF for recommendation, public comment [Learn more …]
Doxorubicin powder shortage update: FDA reports no progress yet; Personal Importation Policy may offer interim solution, SIR members, Learn more
New announcement: Interview dates for 2017 appointment year; Radiology–Interventional Fellowship Match
SIR's Career HQ, online career center for interventional radiologists and related health care professionals, has new look; responsive design

Member News

Jan. 31 deadline for self-nomination to become a 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) qualified registry or a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) [… learn more]
2016 Interventional Radiology Coding Update now available; full review of new codes includes intracranial endovascular interventions, genitourinary procedures
Congress passes omnibus bill; SIR Executive Council contributes to SIRPAC and SIRPAC meets with Rep. Bilirakis [Learn more …]
Announcement of 2016 SIR Executive Council Slate of Candidates and SIR Foundation Board Appointees; voting members have 60 days to review/reserve approval of slate or petition for nomination and placement of alternatives
FDA Alert: Lubricious coating may separate from medical devices
SIR Position Statement on Exclusive Contracts and Carve-outs for Interventional Radiology Services revised and approved by SIR Operations Committee; find it here
Update/revision: SIR Position Statement on Off-Label Use
January Guidewire, Vision Now Posted
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