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. This section will guide you through our advocacy efforts and the major policy issues that affect the society.
SIR Advocacy and Policy Issues
As the country’s largest payor, Medicare plays a substantial role in reimbursement issues facing providers today. The decisions made through Congress and regulated through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), can have a profound effect upon your practice and the health care you provide for your patients.
SIR advocates before Congress and various regulatory and federal agencies to address the needs and concerns of our members. While the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was still in play, the SIR advocacy team lobbied to optimize Medicare reimbursement for IR services and ensured that payment for those services were not needlessly cut.
Now as MACRA and the Quality Payment Program have taken over, SIR lobbyists work with members of Congress and CMS to ensure that SIR member needs are adequately addressed. Specifically, SIR has analyzed the current law and regulations and designed an implementation plan to maximize our member’s participation in the program. SIR will continue to educate our membership and assist them in complying and navigating the QPP laws as they progress.