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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

SIR signs onto a letter to Congress supporting H.R. 8702: Holding Providers Harmless from Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act of 2020

SIR joined the American College of Radiology (ACR) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to Congress on Nov. 11, 2020. The letter thanks Representatives Bera, Bucshon, Boyle, Finkenauer, Holding, Marshall, Roe, and Ruiz for their leadership in introducing H.R. 8702, a bill to halt pending Medicare payment cuts resulting from the planned evaluation and management (E/M) code changes slated for implementation on January 1, 2021.


SIR signs onto a letter to CMS asking it to implement CPT Code 99072 to cover PPE

SIR joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to CMS on Nov. 10, 2020. The letter urges CMS to immediately implement and pay for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 99072 to compensate practices for the additional supplies and new staff activities required to provide safe patient care during the public health emergency.


SIR signs onto a letter to Congress about H.R. 8505: Waiving Budget Neutrality

SIR joined the American College of Radiology (ACR) and other medical specialty societies to send a letter to Congress on Oct. 9, 2020. The letter thanks Congressmen Michael Burgess, MD, and Bobby Rush for their leadership in introducing H.R. 8505, a bill to prevent pending Medicare payment cuts by waiving the budget neutrality requirements stipulated in Section 1848(c)(2) of the Social Security Act for the finalized evaluation and management (E/M) code proposal slated for implementation on Jan. 1, 2021.


SIR submits comments to FDA about Polidocanol products

SIR submitted a comment letter to the FDA on Sept. 29, 2020. SIR's letter supports the FDA in its re-evaluation efforts and offers information on two venous pathologies with needs that are unmet by the commercially available agents.


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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

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Judi Buckalew
Director, Government and Policy Affairs

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Jeremy Haines
Manager, Health Policy, PAC and Grassroots Advocacy 

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