Advocacy and outreach

Advocacy and outreach

Advocacy

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, the major policy issues that affect the society and how you can get involved.

Priority issues

Physician reimbursement

The decisions Congress makes and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implements, can have a profound effect on your practice and the health care you provide for your patients. SIR government affairs team advocates in Congress and the federal agencies to make sure that physician reimbursement for IR services are protected and enhanced. It is important for legislators and regulators to hear the voices of SIR members. SIR collaborates with members of Congress, CMS, and other medical and health care organizations to advocate for physician reimbursement issues. Among the robust collection of reimbursement issues SIR advocates on: the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, insurance carrier advocacy, evaluation and management (E/M) coding and implementation of RUC recommendations beneficial to IR. For more information on physician reimbursement, please visit the SIR’s policy and economics page.


COVID-19 advocacy

The decisions made by Congress and the administration’s COVID-19 Taskforce directly influence the current and future practice of IRs nationwide. SIR is actively advocating in Congress and the federal agencies to address the needs and concerns of our members related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SIR government relations team is working to ensure IRs have access to PPE, workforce financial assistance, expanded telehealth with related payments and liability protections for those serving as frontline physicians. SIR has joined other medical specialty societies to communicate directly with CMS, the Department of Health and Human Services and Congress to advocate for financial and clinical support for IRs nationwide.



Latest actions

March 2021 SIR Washington Report

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SIR signs onto AMA letter to CMS about addressing issues in the 2022 Quality Payment Program proposed rule

SIR joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to CMS on Mar. 5, 2021. The letter urges CMS to address reinventing MIPS to ensure the design, prioritization, and scoring of MVPs fulfill their aims and MVPs are voluntary in the 2022 Quality Payment Program proposed rule.


SIR signs onto ACR letter to thank and urge Congress to consider additional policy options in the year to alleviate Medicare payment cuts

SIR joined the American College of Radiology (ACR) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to Congress on Feb. 22, 2021. The letter thanks members of the 116th Congress for including language in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to alleviate the devastating Medicare payment cuts. The letter also urges Congress to consider additional policy options in the year ahead to address shortcomings in future Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rules.


SIR signs onto AMA letter to Congress about extending Medicare sequester moratorium

SIR joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to Congress on Feb. 12, 2021. The letter urges Congress to pass H.R. 315, which would extend the congressionally enacted moratorium on Medicare sequester cuts through the duration of the public health emergency.


SIR joined the Cardiovascular Coalition to urge President Biden to prioritize amputation prevention

SIR joined the Cardiovascular Coalition in completing a joint call to action between Jan. 21 and Feb. 2. The call to action urged U.S Representatives to join a letter to President Biden asking him to prioritize amputation prevention.  Thank you to all that participated. The Voices for IR’s call to action resulted in 68 U.S. Representatives receiving 79 messages.


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Upcoming events

Voices for IR: Lessons Learned from Advocates: Apr. 21


ACR Annual Meeting: May 15-19


AMA House of Delegates: June 11-16

Voices for IR is SIR's new grassroots advocacy program designed to amplify our communications on issues affecting interventional radiologists nationwide. Voices for IR allows member volunteers to serve as an extension of SIR's advocacy team to help achieve our legislative and regulatory goals

Add your voice to IR's cause

Judi Buckalew
Director, Government and Policy Affairs

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Jeremy Haines
Manager, Health Policy, PAC and Grassroots Advocacy 

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