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.
SIR signed an AMA letter to Congress supporting the independent dispute resolution (IDR) approach to ending surprise billing of patients. The letter, sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 24 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.
Congress addressing surprise billing issue – make your voice heard
While the majority of health care stakeholder groups support the patient protections included in H.R. 3630, “No Surprises Act,” SIR has expressed concerns about the bill because of provisions that would resolve payment disputes between physicians and insurers by setting out-of-network payments at the median amount each insurer pays for in-network care.
The willingness of the committee to vote in favor of adding an appeals process, albeit imperfect, represents progress. The physician advocacy community may have opportunities with two other House committees to make further improvements on this and other elements in the legislation, but we cannot leave anything to chance. Physicians need to be communicating with their legislators now that surprise billing needs to be fixed in a way that holds insurance companies accountable while protecting patients.
This is where you come in - Congress is now at home for its annual six-week district work period. During this time members hold town halls, listening sessions, coffee-on-the-corner events, meetings with constituents and, most importantly, they listen to the concerns of the people they represent.
Here’s how you can take action:
"I just contacted my representatives to urge them to take action on inclusion of independent dispute resolution in legislation to #endsurprisebilling. #IRad, contact your legislators in Congress today! http://bit.ly/2KIx12v"
For more information and details on how you can get involved, contact SIR Director of Government and Policy Affairs Judi Buckalew.
SIR submits letter to Congress to urge repeal of medical device tax
SIR sent a letter to House leadership urging they pass H.R. 184, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017, which would repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices enacted under the Affordable Care Act. SIR believes this tax would hurt the ability of IRs to innovate and deliver new treatments to patients in a timely manner. Implementation of the tax has been delayed several times, but without further action by Congress, the tax would go into effect Dec. 31, 2019. Read the letter.
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 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.
We believe in comprehensive, value-add relationships with industry.
Our tradition of partnership started over 40 years ago, when new devices enabled clinical pioneers to attempt the first true, minimally invasive, interventional techniques and inaugurate our current era of modern medicine.
As the newest independent specialty, interventional radiology continues to find its mission aligned with companies that seek to advance the edge of the field and ally with our society as a pillar of the global medical community.
SIR collaborates with commercial partners through multiple avenues and offerings to showcase innovations in devices, pharmaceuticals and combination technologies. Our corporate programs provide opportunities to align business with minimally-invasive practitioners, earn recognition in the community and benefit the patients we serve together. Learn more about how we partner with industry.
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.
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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.Find practice resources
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.
We partner with industry to improve outcomes
Strategic alliances can lead to a better environment for our members to practice 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.Meet CAP
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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.Donate now
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.