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SIR to CMS - Protect access to patient care, reverse devastating Medicare Physician Fee Schedule cuts

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | September 10, 2021 Rad Oncology

“We must protect patients’ access to that crucial care and prevent private practices from closing down, especially in underserved areas,” said Johnson.

SIR is joining with other healthcare organizations, such as the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, the CardioVascular Coalition and other medical specialty societies, to combat these cuts and plead with CMS and Congress to:

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Reverse the cuts.
Suspend sequestration.
Maintain for 2022 the COVID-19 related increase to the conversion factor to ensure that what is reimbursed better reflects the real cost of healthcare in a pandemic world.
Avoid implementing clinical labor pricing revisions at this time. If they must implement it, phase the new rates in over 4 years to minimize the effects on private practices.
Adopt RUC reimbursement recommendations for specialty and practice expense codes.


About the Society of Interventional Radiology
The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 8,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, students, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. SIR’s members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels—from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians.

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