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Advocacy and outreach

Advocacy and outreach

SIR advocates on behalf of its members and interventional radiology before Congress, insurance carriers and other key decision-makers. The society also reaches around the world and out to partners across corporate, public and private sectors to ensure the story of interventional radiology is spread through a range of communication channels. 


Latest news

SIR joins ACR to send Congress a letter about the finalized E/M coding proposal

SIR joined the American College of Radiology (ACR) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to Congress on April 17, 2020. The letter urges Congress to waive the budget neutrality requirements stipulated in the finalized E/M code proposal slated for implementation on January 1, 2021.

SIR signs onto a letter to Congress  about "Phase Four" COVID-19 relief bill package

SIR joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to Congress on April 15, 2020. The letter strongly urges Congress to take additional steps to protect patient access to care by preserving the viability of physician practices as part of the nation’s essential health care system in any “phase four” coronavirus relief bill package.

SIR signs onto PCRC letter to CMS about MIPS Value Pathways impact on QCDRs

SIR joined the Physician Clinical Registry Coalition (PCRC) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to CMS on April 13, 2020. The letter strongly recommends that CMS delay the introduction of Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathway (MVPs), promote specialty-specific sub-group reporting in large groups, and ensure that meaningful participation in Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) is neither discouraged nor impeded by the developments of MVPs.

SIR signs onto AMA letter to CMS about MIPs Value Pathways

SIR joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to CMS on April 10, 2020. The letter urges CMS to ensure improvements in quality and efficiency to Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathway (MVP) program.

SIR signs onto letter to HHS about immediate financial assistance for physicians across the country

SIR joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to HHS on April 7, 2020. The letter coveys the incomparable time physicians are encountering due to the COVID 19 pandemic and urges HHS to provide one month of revenue to each physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner, and physician assistant enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid to account for financial losses and non-reimbursable expenses.

SIR signs onto letter to Congress about physician inclusion in Congressional stimulus legislation

SIR joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to Congress on March 25, 2020. To ensure Congress includes physicians in all COVID-19 stimulus relief packages, the letter expressed the need to recognize that physicians and practices are feeling the fiscal impact of canceled procedures, reduced patient access, and potentially unpaid telehealth consultations.

SIR submits comments to FDA for PTA and specialty catheters-premarket notifications

On March 12, 2020, SIR submitted comments to the FDA about Peripheral Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) and Specialty Catheters-Premarket Notification (510(k)) Submissions. SIR urged the FDA to consider including language in the final guidance addressing the issue of patient safety as it relates to drug-coated balloons and stents.

CMS and ONC release finalized interoperability rule

On March 9, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) released a final version of its long-awaited interoperability rule. The rule addresses health information sharing between patients and providers while imposing guidelines to keep that information private and secure.

The final rule requires CMS to publicly report clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) that may be information blocking. Knowing which providers may be information blocking can help patients choose providers who are more likely to support electronic access to their health information.

SIR signed onto a Physician Clinical Registry Coalition (PCRC) letter about this proposed rule in March 2019.  The letter expressed a need for CMS to address information blocking and improve the flow of information between hospital EHRs, LISs, imaging systems, and registries.

CMS Rule: Interoperability and Patient Access 

ONC Rule: 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program

Government affairs

Your voice in Washington, D.C.

The Society of Interventional Radiology's government relations and health policy staff members work to further the interests of society members by advocating on their behalf before Congress, regulatory and federal agencies and the White House.

SIR members play a vital role in this process. The government affairs section will guide you through our advocacy efforts and the major policy issues that affect the society.


SIRPAC

SIRPAC is the Society of Interventional Radiology Political Action Committee, a nonpartisan body dedicated to supporting political candidates who may help advance SIR’s public policy mission and legislative initiatives. SIRPAC elevates the profile of interventional radiology, SIR and society members among representatives in Congress by enabling the society to better leverage its lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.

Corporate relations

Over 40 years ago, all-new categories of devices enabled clinical pioneers to attempt the first true, minimally invasive, interventional techniques and inaugurate a tradition of partnership in improving outcomes.

SIR collaborates today with commercial partners through multiple avenues to reveal innovations in clinical devices, pharmaceuticals and combination technologies. Our corporate programs work to provide opportunities to align businesses with minimally-invasive providers, advance healthcare capabilities and benefit the patients we serve together. Learn more about how we partner with industry.

Media relations

SIR facilitates access to experts and resources to help news outlets report on minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic treatments. Find our latest media statements, our media contacts and more in the SIR newsroom.

The Society of Interventional Radiology media relations staff works with members of the news media to facilitate access to many resources and helps reporters cover issues about minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic treatments.


Our communications department staff:

  • Handles your inquiries
  • Sets up interviews with an expert
  • Serves as a source for story ideas regarding the latest advances in interventional radiology treatments.

Practice resources

From the impact of healthcare reform to patient relations, SIR provides tips and advice for real-world issues facing today's medical practices. SIR offers toolkists, standards, guidelines and other valuable resources to equip you for success in quality reimbursement and advocacy.

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Developing a global specialty

SIR’s goal is to build a global network to support IR everywhere. Building relationships, identifying  regional needs and creating regional programmatic opportunities.

 

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Partnership with industry can improve outcomes

Many businesses provide tools and services critical to the delivery of healthcare. Discover how companies can collaborate more closely with the society, engage better with the interventional radiology community and help make SIR’s mission possible.

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Advance IR through advocacy

A donation to SIRPAC allows SIR to build relationships with key members of the House and Senate and their staffs to advance IR through  legislation that promotes patient access to IR services.

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SIR International Scholars Program

Growing IR's international profile

The SIR International Scholars Program enables physicians within 10 years of completion of training, who are practicing outside North America, an opportunity to attend the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting. Offering physicians from other nations a chance to train and learn from their peers means that they can return to their countries to teach and enhance patient care. The program fosters professional networking through meeting participation, focused programming and optional observerships before or after annual meeting.

 

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