From coding and reimbursement to quality improvement, SIR offers a collection of resources designed to help physicians navigate challenges and opportunities in this new era of health care. SIR also provides tips and advice for real-world issues facing today's medical practices.
Health policy, economics and coding
The 2023 edition of the Interventional Radiology (IR) coding update is a valuable resource that provides information essential to coding and billing IR services correctly. The 2023 coding resource outlines the rules, guidelines, and systems in place that govern how coding should be done. In addition, this vital reference contains changes in CPT 2023 codes, procedures frequently performed with practical coding guidance in each section, common coding questions, and charge sheets to help capture chargeable services. The 2023 edition is available in an electronic format for easy navigation. SIR members can access the e-publication for free. Non-members can also access this resource at a fee. Visit the IR Business Center.
The Navigator® coding guides, created by the industry experts at Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies, are full of clinical scenarios, authoritative guidance, and expert advice to ensure your documentation and coding leads to accurate claims and less hassle due to denials. SIR members can receive 20% off the following titles:
2023 Navigator® Interventional Radiology Procedures: This manual is a comprehensive reference guide for interventional procedure coding. For each interventional procedure, the manual explains procedure technique, coding guidelines (including references), documentation requirements, bundling rules, and coverage limitations. The guide also explains Medicare reimbursement policies like the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) rules and the correct coding initiative. This is the only interventional coding guide you will need to buy!
2023 Navigator® Evaluation and Management Services for Radiology: This reference manual will help you cut through the confusion that surrounds radiology evaluation and management (E/M) services and determine when it's appropriate to report an E/M code and which code to report. If your radiology practice currently bills for E/M services, or is thinking of billing for them, this book is a must-have.
SIR Business Institute on-demand is available here.
The IR Business Center is an online marketplace that connects stakeholders to buy and sell services/products. This marketplace is a "multi-vendor space" that offers real convenience to consumers, providing users access to SIR resources and relevant suppliers’ inventory electronically. Interventional radiologists and their practice managers can access different vendors and their services/products.
Guidelines and statements
The Guidelines and Statements Division of the SIR provides a framework of evidence-based clinical practice documents to ensure patient safety and enhance the delivery of patient care.
SIR has been working for the past year as part of a Paclitaxel Coalition with other professional societies, including ACC, AHA, ACR, ESVS, SVM, SCAI, SVS, and SCVS. This multi-specialty coalition has engaged in a continued dialogue with the FDA and device manufacturers to address the concerns of our membership and the patients we serve. A Multi-Specialty Paclitaxel Coalition created these talking points as a collaborative effort to help coalition members and others informing patients about the Paclitaxel Safety Signal. Please see the final Peripheral Vascular Intervention Talking Points.
SIR has released a clinical notification on paclitaxel and its use in clinical care for patients with peripheral arterial disease. Read the full notification.
The Quality Payment Program, established through the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' new medicare reimbursement program, replacing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and a patchwork of programs focused on resources use, health information and quality with this value-based program.
Learn more about the Quality Payment Program and what MACRA means for you on our Quality improvement page.
The American College of Radiology's Imaging 3.0™ provides concrete steps to allow all radiologists to take a leadership role in shaping America's future health care system.
In a series of case studies, ACR showcases interventional radiologists as pioneers in many areas, including the diagnosis and treatment of patients using the least invasive techniques available. In this new era of Imaging 3.0, IR specialists are finding innovative ways to minimize risks and improve health outcomes for patients.
Code properly for IR
The Healthcare Provider Taxonomy Code identifies specialties for service providers in insurance claims. Appropriate use of specialty codes reduces inappropriate suspensions, improves the quality of the utilization data and, in the case of IR, allows billing for evaluation and management codes. The SIR Economics Committee urges all IRs to verify with all of your insurance carriers that you are registered as code 94—interventional radiology.
Quality and safety updates
One of SIR’s primary goals is ensuring high-quality outcomes and patient safety. New updates are available now.Read More
SIR’s Health Policy and Economics team provides information on the varied activities the society engages in to ensure proper coding of interventional radiology services. SIR is committed to assisting you, your institution and your staff in submitting accurate claims for reimbursement of services provided.Learn More
Supporting all practice models
SIR supports greater patient access to IR care and an IR’s ability to thrive in his or her chosen practice model. Members of the Private Practice Advisory Committee support the development and distribution of toolkits and resources that support members in building high quality, successful IR practices.
SIR has developed a series of toolkits to promote and advance the practice of interventional radiology and to assist members in strengthening practice or organizational performance.
Using SIR toolkits ensures that you are meeting requirements, learning best practices and delivering the best possible outcomes for patients.