SIR and its members are dedicated to improving public health through pioneering advances in minimally invasive, image-guided therapies, to include procedures for Y-90, lower extremity revascularization and mechanochemical endovenous ablation (MOCA).
Comment letters advocating for coverage
SIR often submits comment letters to federal agencies, CMS and insurance carriers that specifically address interventional radiology treatments.
View these SIR comment letters:
Treatment with Yttrium-90 Microspheres
PAD patients with critical limb ischemia
Coverage and reimbursement for mechano-chemical venous ablation
SIR works with members to draft “Comment Letters” to educate insurers about interventional radiology and the disease states that can be treated using interventional radiology in order to advocate for the needs of patients.
Recent letters to insurance companies will be available here.
Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
MIPS, APM and MACRA Coding
SIR is engaged with CMS as they develop codes for provider participation under the Merit Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS) and advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) Follow MACRA coding issues.
Coverage letters templates
SIR has found that sometimes carriers deny reimbursement to the physician or the patient for specific interventional radiology treatments. The society has developed several examples of common coverage request letters. Learn more and download templates.
Interventional radiology procedures can be complex, the Society of Interventional Radiology gratefully acknowledge the time and expertise that our physician and clinical associate members volunteer.
Medicare established a national definition of a global surgical package to ensure that Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) make payments for the same services consistently across all jurisdictions. SIR has prepared references to assist physicians and administrators with common global periods for codes frequently reported by interventional radiologists.Learn more