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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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:
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.Read more
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.Read more
COVID-19 Situation Dashboard (updates on number of cases and locations)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
JHU COVID-19 Map
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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