Vision to Heal Blog

Demonstrating IR Value

Be the first person to recommend this.
By Charles E. Ray Jr., MD, PhD, FSIR, president of the Society of Interventional Radiology, and William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACR, chief executive officer of the American College of Radiology With a few notable exceptions, the current interventional radiology model in many health care systems is to employ a few IRs to do specific procedures on a case-by-case basis. Many IRs want to expand on that model to see in-house clinical IR practices offer robust service lines in health systems nationwide. However, many local IRs may not have the tools or resources to start conversations with health system decision makers to get such practices off the ground....
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
By C. Matthew Hawkins, MD SIR Economics Committee Member Many practice leaders across the country waited with anticipation as CMS deliberated and crafted the final rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), a key component of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. CMS issued its final rule on Oct. 14 , which modified the originally proposed language and impacted how physicians will participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). There are a variety of provisions in the rule that affect the interventional radiology community and SIR is working to keep its members...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
By Jeremy Collins, MD Quality Outcomes Division Councilor SIR Foundation O n May 9, 2016, the proposed Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (MACRA) rule was published providing details regarding how the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) anticipates scoring providers through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Starting in 2017, MIPS replaces several CMS programs including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Physician Value-based Payment Modifier (VM) and the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program for eligible professions. MIPS scores will influence...
0 comments

FAQs about MACRA

Be the first person to recommend this.
By Stephen L. Ferrara, MD, FSIR Councilor, Health Policy and Economics Are you familiar with the Quality Payment Program (QPP) created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)? Do you know how to prepare for this forthcoming Medicare reimbursement reform? SIR has compiled answers to such frequently asked questions to help you get familiar with this new payment paradigm that favors quality and value over volume. This is a dynamic document that will be periodically updated as we learn more about the program and as more solutions are developed. You can download the full, printer-friendly document here . Can’t find the...
0 comments

Service Lines 2.0

Be the first person to recommend this.
When SIR’s services lines concept launched in 2009, several eager and dedicated groups of volunteers undertook a series of potentially daunting tasks: • Develop focused plans to guide SIR in improving the clinical care of patients along disease (not procedural) lines • Help lead SIR in implementing those plans consistently across its activities within and across each clinical area • Contribute specific expertise to enhance SIR programs and the work of other divisions The first two service lines (PAD and IO) soon expanded with the 2010 addition of Venous and Neuro and the 2013 addition of Renal. By any definition, the work...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
IR has always been an innovative, collaborative, technology-driven field. In many ways, it mirrors the attributes of the Millennial generation of doctors entering the workforce. Millennials grew up with a focus on teamwork, group projects and, of course, technology. They’re collaboration and technology natives, which makes them perfect for the health care environment under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act reforms. MACRA rewards care provided in multispecialty teams of physicians with a focus on outcomes. With their ability to easily collaborate and innovate, Millennials are poised to cement IR as a critical team member. Read about...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
With approved IR Residency programs now at 44, the spring edition of IR Quarterly dives into the options for students approaching their residencies. Here are some key myths and facts future IRs and program directors need to know. For more about the options now open to future IRs, check out the story on page 16 of IRQ .
0 comments

Reputation management

Be the first person to recommend this.
Your approach to online profiles and patient ratings should be proactive, not reactive Benjamin Franklin once noted that “glass, china and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended.” In a world of anonymous online reviews, this is a growing concern for anyone providing services, including and especially doctors. Just as you’ve likely tapped online reviews to determine if contractors, hotels, restaurants and more are worthy of your time and money, patients are searching your ratings with far greater emotional investment to make sure you’re the right provider for them—even before they meet you. In addition, it’s highly likely they will tell...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
With the announcement that major health centers are investing in Google-Glass-like applications to ease electronic medical record workloads, our spring IR Quarterly article about the use of smart glasses in IR is particularly timely. The article profiles IRs who are innovating their own smart glass applications that put within reach the IR Holy Grail: line-of-sight access to chart and image scans that can be superimposed over the patient’s anatomy. Imagine: no more going into another room to check the monitor throughout the procedure, no more looking back and forth at a monitor, and no more multiple CT scans throughout a procedure (which will...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
By Katharine L. Krol, MD, FSIR Chair, SIR Payment Research and Policy (PReP) Task Force In April 2015 the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) became law, substantially changing how Medicare payments will be made to all physicians, including interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. MACRA mandated Medicare payments be based on quality and created a new Quality Payment Program with two payment paths for providers—the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued its long-awaited proposal to put...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
By J. Fritz Angle, MD, FSIR Chair, Annual Scientific Meeting Committee On behalf of the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting Committee, I warmly welcome you to beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, where you, your IR colleagues and industry supporters are in for a week of learning, sharing, and exploring the latest in IR research and innovation. As you attend our many scientific sessions from April 2–April 7, you’ll find the promise of IR abounds at SIR 2016. One pilot study shows promising results in the fight against obesity, while another ground-breaking, non-invasive procedure helps wounded warriors combat phantom limb pain. You’ll also hear about...
0 comments