COVID-19 Toolkit

COVID-19 Toolkit

COVID-19 Toolkit

COVID-19 Resources | Clinical Notifications | COVID-19 webinar | Telehealth coding and billing | Recommendations

Given the importance of protecting healthcare workers during the pandemic, the SIR is releasing information and guidance for Interventional Radiologists to plan for the management of COVID-19 patients. This is a rapidly changing situation, and information will be updated as new information is released.


Recently, SIR presented a webinar with a panel from Singapore clarifying what advanced preparation in IR for a pandemic looks like. As many practices in the United States have limited time to implement changes, we have suggested a 10-point plan to aid in the preparation of caring for COVID-19 patients. 

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Case classifications

SIR is asking all IRs to cancel all IR procedures except for those that are urgent or emergent. However, determination of such acuity is based on many factors. While each institution should decide what can be postponed on a case-by-case basis, we offer a sample classification table.

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SIR staff and volunteers have been collecting your questions and curating the conversations taking place on the SIR Connect Open Forum for easier reference here within this digest of FAQs. This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Is your IR service ready for COVID-19?

As SIR members adjust their practices to manage the reality of COVID-19 in their communities, IRs from abroad and current health care policies can offer important insights about how best to prepare. View the recording for this special webinar during which faculty from Singapore shared their experience in preparing IR service for COVID-19 and learn more about the new SIR COVID-19 Toolkit for Interventional Radiologists.


Telehealth Coding and Billing


CMS has announced that a range of healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers, will be able to offer telehealth to Medicare beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will be able to receive telehealth services in any healthcare facility, including a physician's office, hospital, nursing home, or rural health clinic, as well as from their homes. Clinicians can bill immediately for dates of service starting March 6, 2020. Telehealth services are paid under the Physician Fee Schedule at the same amount as in-person services. Medicare coinsurance and deductible still apply for these services. Additionally, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs.

Telehealth Billing Announcement

This corrects a prior message that appeared in our March 31, 2020 Special Edition.

Building on prior action to expand reimbursement for telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries, CMS will now allow for more than 80 additional services to be furnished via telehealth. When billing professional claims for all telehealth services with dates of services on or after March 1, 2020, and for the duration of the Public Health Emergency (PHE), bill with:

  • Place of Service (POS) equal to what it would have been had the service been furnished in-person. Modifier 95, indicating that the service rendered was actually performed via telehealth.
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CMS General Telemedicine Update

Under President Trump’s leadership to respond to the need to limit the spread of community COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.

For more general telemedicine updates from CMS, please click below.

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COVID-19 Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief Frequently Asked Questions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to aid Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

To review frequently asked provider questions with supporting answers, please click below.

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World Health Organization (WHO)

Rolling updates on COVID-19

COVID-19 Situation Dashboard (updates on number of cases and locations)

Rational use of PPE for COVID-19

Q&A on infection prevention and control for health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed 2019-nCoV


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Visual alert—Generic

Print/Poster Resources for COVID-19

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings

Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Exposures: Geographic Risk and Contacts of Laboratory-confirmed Cases

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission

What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

SARS-CoV-2 disinfectant list


Additional reccomendations


New York Times COVID-19 Map

SIR COVID-19 Webinar (March 19, 2020)

Radiology: Department Preparedness




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Laura Findeiss, MD, Immediate Past President, SIR

Torrance Andrews, MD, FSIR

Aaron Brandis, MD

Andrew Caplin, MD

Janice Newsome, MD, FSIR

Rajesh Shah, MD

Sidhartha Tavri, MD

Christine Kim, MD

Shamar Young, MD

Derrick Tran, MD

Rex Pillai, MD