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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

IR Medicare payments cuts to IR in PFS final rule reduced from 6% to 1%

The final rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2020 was announced on Nov. 3 and is available to view here.

Thanks in part to the efforts of SIR's advocacy team and members, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) retained proposed increases to E&M codes for office visits and consults and delayed implementation of the proposed changes to evaluation and management (E&M) codes affecting global period for surgical procedures, including IR procedures. The total expected cut in IR reimbursement under Medicare in FY 2020 is reduced from 6% to 1%.

Thank you to SIR members who responded to SIR's call for action and contacted their legislators. Your voice made a difference. Thank you to our volunteers to the AMA's RUC and CPT Panels, whose tireless work assures that interventional radiology practice is appropriately valued and reimbursed.

SIR signs onto PCRC letter regarding pre-submission audit requirements

SIR signed onto the Physician Clinical Registry Coalition’s (PCRC) letter sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Oct. 24 to express concerns about a CMS requirement for pre-submission audits by Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) and Qualified Registries (QRs) of the Improvement Activities (IA) and Promoting Interoperability (PI) categories of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

SIR was especially concerned that this new requirement was announced during a vendor call, and societies were not separately notified of the change. The PCRC comment letter urges CMS to issue a separate notice of its retraction of the broader PY 2019 audit requirements and to be more transparent in the future about announcing substantive program changes.

SIR submits to FDA Medical Device Advisory Committee

SIR joined a number of other medical specialty societies and submitted a comment letter to the FDA on Oct. 21 to help inform the advisory committee’s deliberations regarding industrial ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization of medical devices and its role in maintaining public health. 

SIR signs on to AMA surprise billing letter

SIR signed an AMA letter to Congress supporting the independent dispute resolution (IDR) approach to ending surprise billing of patients. The letter, sent to House and Senate leadership on Oct. 17 in support of the “No Surprises Act,” noted this concept has been successfully implemented in several states and is proven to protect patients while offering physicians a fair resolution when disputes arise with insurers. SIR is also working with AMA to respond to the Senate version of the bill.

SIR submits comments to CMS on FY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

On July 29, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, issued the FY 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. 

The request provided an opportunity to express SIR’s strong opposition to a CMS proposal to reduce Medicare payments for interventional radiologists by 6%.  

SIR comments to CMS sent on Sept. 27, 2019.

SIR signs on to prior authorization letter to CMS 

SIR has joined other medical specialty societies and signed on to a letter to CMS Administrator expressing concern over using sole source solution to address prior authorization issue. A copy of the letter is attached.

SIR signs on to AMA surprise billing letter

SIR signed an AMA letter to Congress supporting the independent dispute resolution (IDR) approach to ending surprise billing of patients. The letter, sent to House and Senate leadership on Oct. 17 in support of the “No Surprises Act,” noted this concept has been successfully implemented in several states and is proven to protect patients while offering physicians a fair resolution when disputes arise with insurers. SIR is also working with AMA to respond to the Senate version of the bill.

 

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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