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. This section will guide you through our advocacy efforts and the major policy issues that affect the society.
SIR Advocacy and Policy Issues
Medicare plays a substantial role in reimbursement issues facing providers today. The decisions made by Congress and implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), can have a profound effect on your practice and the health care you provide for your patients.
SIR advocates in both Congress and federal agencies to address the needs and concerns of our members. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SIR government relations team works to make sure that Medicare reimbursements and payments for IR services are protected and enhanced.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, SIR collaborates with members of Congress, CMS, and other medical and healthcare organizations to ensure SIR member voices are heard. Specifically, SIR has voiced the need, through letters to Congress, for physician inclusion in the recent stimulus packages and continued payments for Medicare services. Efforts are also being made to improve the quality and efficiency of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathway (MVP) program. SIR will continue to educate our membership, Congress, HHS and CMS on the impact COVID-19 is having on SIR members and their practices.