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Learn about the Legacy Circle

Find out how the SIR Foundation’s new Legacy Circle donors are helping to sustain our work today and in the future.

SIR Foundation Gala tickets available

Tickets and tables are selling quickly for this year’s Gala on Sunday, April 3, at Vancouver’s renowned Commodore Ballroom. Travel back in time to the glamorous Roaring ‘20s when flappers danced the night away, the Charleston and Tango were the steps of the day and the age of discovery seemed boundless. Be with us as we salute Gordon McLennan, MD, FSIR, our 2016 Frederick S. Keller, MD Philanthropist of the Year and lend your support to a future full of possibility. Purchase your tickets today at sirfoundation.org/gala or contact mlockwood@sirweb.org. sirfoundation.org/gala or contact Michelle Lockwood.

Deadline: Feb. 1 for Student and Resident Research Grants

Reminder: February 1 is the deadline to apply for the SIR Foundation’s Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant and for the Radiology Resident Research Grant. For more information contact Audrey Ford.

Become a PQRS or QCD Registry in 2016

Entities interested in becoming a Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) qualified registry or a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for 2016 must submit a self-nomination to CMS prior to the 5:00 p.m. (ET) Jan. 31, 2016. Self-nominations must be submitted electronically using a self-nomination form on JIRA.

The 2016 Self-nomination User Guide is now available in the Criteria Toolkit

The 2016 PQRS: Qualified Registry Criteria Toolkit posted on the Registry Reporting page provides basic step-by-step instructions on how to access the JIRA System, create and populate a JIRA Self-nomination Form, submit self-nomination for 2016 PQRS and manage and update information. For additional information on becoming a QCDR, please see the 2016 PQRS: QCDR Criteria Toolkit   on the QCDR Reporting page.

Omnibus bill introduced: Increases research opportunities

The House of Representatives most recently introduced an Omnibus bill which included several key health care provisions. The 2,009 page document provided language which would eliminate taxes on high-cost employer sponsored insurance plans, otherwise known as the “Cadillac tax.” The provision calls for a two-year delay of the excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage meaning the tax would first be effective in 2020 rather than 2018 as scheduled. It conforms the Cadillac tax to the general rule for excise taxes, by making the tax deductible as a business expense. It also provides for a study on the suitability of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) standard benefit option under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) as the proper benchmark for the threshold measurement of the Cadillac tax.

Also included in the bill was a provision which would delay the implementation of the tax on medical devices, first introduced in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Members have long argued that the 2.3 percent device tax leads to decreased revenues and stifles innovation, which has been a rallying point for this bipartisan effort. The bill would delay the implementation of the tax through 2017.

The bill also contains a provision which would reduce the reduction to the professional component for the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) from 25 to 5 percent.  Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the new rate would apply to physicians  who perform more than one procedure from the same patient, during a single session, on the same day. This marks the first time since its introduction in 2012 that the multiple procedure payment rate has been reduced.

Lastly, the spending bill includes a provision which would increase NIH funding by $2 billion, bringing the total amount of funding available to the NIH to $32 billion in the upcoming fiscal year. The increase in funding represents the largest increase to the NIH in over a decade, essentially increasing the opportunity for research funding across the board.

Quality measures update

Six of the thirteen measures SIR submitted for CMS review for the 2016 PQRS program passed on to NQF for recommendation, public comment
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Start the year out right

As SIR Foundation looks ahead to 2016, we wanted to note some 2015 achievements donors have helped make possible -- achievements like funding a growing grants and awards program, two research consensus panels, four student internships and the much anticipated national quality registry for IR. Help us do even more to advance IR in 2016 by giving to the annual fund. Donate today or contact Michelle Lockwood, development manager, (703) 460-5598.

IR Quality Toolkit

SIR has developed an IR Quality Toolkit to guide the interventional radiologist’s efforts in the implementation of quality improvement systems designed to maintain a high degree of quality and patient safety. [read more]

Did you donate? Tell a friend…spread the word

SIR Foundation has passionately encouraged innovation for more than 20 years. As we seek to expand the impact of the foundation’s annual fund, we ask your help reaching new donors and raising awareness and through your continued generous support. For ideas on how to help spread the word, please contact Michelle Lockwood, development manager, at mlockwood@sirweb.org or (703) 460-5598.

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program, in partnership with SIR Foundation, encourages medical students to apply for a year-long fellowship to conduct full-time, preclinical research in interventional radiology at an academic or nonprofit institution in the U.S. This collaboration between SIR Foundation and HHMI is designed to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists in interventional radiology.
For the 2016-2017 program year, Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend; a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance and some education-related expenses and a $5,500 research allowance for research-related enrichment activities and some research costs. The Competition System is open and the application deadline is Jan. 11, 2016. Learn more and apply.

SIR Foundation Chair’s Report: News from across the Foundation

The Foundation’s work is never done, not as more young investigators, students and patients turn to IR to answer today’s and tomorrow’s medical problems. We provide the footing for the innovative treatments delivered through image-guided techniques. This special edition of the Summer Chairs Update includes an extensive insert with Pioneer Circle acknowledgements and an announcement about a new named fund. Learn more …

Remembering George Fueredi, M.D., FSIR

SIR notes passing of long-time member, health policy/economics advocate George A. Fueredi, M.D., FSIR. As a tribute to Dr. Fueredi, a fund in his name has been established by friends and SIR colleagues that will allow donations to be made to SIR Foundation in recognition of his many outstanding contributions. Read the obituary, SIR’s letter of condolence.


On behalf of its steering committee, Principal Investigator Suresh Vedantham is pleased to announce that the NIH-sponsored Acute Venous Thrombosis: Thrombus Removal with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis (ATTRACT) Study has completed accrual of its originally planned cohort of 692 patients. ATTRACT, which enrolled patients in 56 hospitals, will determine if the use of pharmacomechanical catheter-directed thrombolysis in patients with acute proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevents the post-thrombotic syndrome and improves quality of life.

Learn more about the history of the ATTRACT trial.

SIR Foundation Pioneer Circle continues to grow

The Pioneer Circle has raised more than $160,000 for IR research and education. Will you help us continue this progress by becoming a Pioneer Circle member?

A Special Thanks to Generous SIR Foundation Discovery Campaign Donors

While the Discovery Campaign concluded in 2013, we continue to be grateful to the hundreds of SIR members and industry captains who included us in their giving. Together they contributed more than $6 million to support transformational growth in several key areas of our mission. Learn more about the donors and how their donations have made an impact.

SIR Encourages Participation in TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project

SIR encourages members to learn more about the TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project from the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), in collaboration with the FDA, Gore and Medtronic. This is a new quality improvement project to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of TEVAR devices used to treat descending aortic dissection. Learn more...

SIR Foundation Funds HHMI Award

SIR Foundation Congratulates Erik Velez on being named the recipient of the 2014-2015 HHMI-SIR Foundation Medical Research Fellow! A current medical student at the University of California, Erik will spend the next year in the lab of Dr. Muneeb Ahmed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School studying secondary local and systemic effects of image-guided microwave thermal ablation on tissue and tumor biology. Click here to learn more about Erik’s upcoming research.