PULSE for Aug. 11, 2016 |   SVS Creating APM

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The Benefits of Belonging: Reimbursement

SVS Creating Alternative Payment Model

Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), physicians have two options regarding their future Medicare payments: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
The SVS Executive Committee has opted to begin work on creating an APM.
The two programs become effective in 2019. While the MIPS program uses infrastructure that already is exists, APMs will need to be created by medical societies and health care organization. Presently there are no APMs for vascular surgery.  
The SVS Policy and Advocacy Council will oversee the creation of APMs, with representatives from the Government Relations Committee, Coding and Reimbursement Committee, Quality and Performance Measures Committee, Clinical Practice Committee and SVS Patient Safety Organization participating in the process.
Fifteen to 20 representatives of the different groups will meet this fall in Washington, D.C. Participants will work on creating an APM, including prioritizing which of the four clinical areas will be developed first. Choices include carotid endarterectomy, endovascular aneurysm repair, arteriovenous fistulas or endovascular leg revascularization. 
The APM is expected to be completed within 12 to 18 months. 

Board Adds Community Practice Spot to Executive Committee

The SVS Executive Committee, at its July retreat, approved the appointment of the chair of the SVS Community Practice Committee (currently Dr. Richard Lynn) as an interim ex officio member of the SVS Executive Committee. As part of the same change, Dr. Lynn also has been appointed to the Nominating Committee. 

VAM 2016 Recordings Now Available

The On-Demand Library from the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting includes a wealth of useful information: 100+ audio and slide presentations of abstracts and papers, video recordings of plenaries and special sessions, lists of authors and faculty, links to information on CME credits and more. 
Access or purchase the On-Demand Library Here
Users can download the associated slide presentations, and best of all, these materials are available to refer to again and again during the one-year subscription period. 

Email the SVS Education Department at education@vascularsociety.org with any questions. 

Picture This: VAM Photos Now Online

Looking for photos of the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting? We have culled through thousands of photos and picked the best ones for our albums. Find photos by day and session now on Flickr. When you find yourself, be sure to add your name to the caption! 

You say you oughta be in pictures? Maybe you are! Check out the photos from the Vascular Annual Meeting, 2016, at the link below
Take a look at VAM pictures here

PRESERVE Co-Investigators On IVC Filters

Dr. David L. Gillespie and Dr. Matthew S. Johnson, co-principal investigators for the PRESERVE Trial (Predicting the Safety and Effectiveness of Inferior Vena Cava Filters), discuss strategies to encourage appropriate utilization of IVC filers. On tap are their opinions on how an alternate payment model would affect filter use and if evidence gaps are to blame for overuse.
Click here to read more on their thoughts on IVC filters

VEITHsymposium set for Nov. 15 to 19 

Registration is open for the annual VEITHsymposium, scheduled from Nov. 15 to 19 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.
The five-day conference provides vascular surgeons and other vascular specialists with the most current information about new developments in clinical practice and relevant research. The symposium offers more than 900 fast-paced presentations on what is new and important in the treatment of vascular disease.
This event is offered in collaboration with the Society for Vascular Surgery and is sponsored and accredited by the Cleveland Clinic. This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Learn more about the VEITHsymposium here

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Register for October Coding Course

Registration is open for the Coding and Reimbursement Workshop, to be held Oct. 21-22 in Chicago. The workshop addresses the 2016 updates, including changes to endovascular stent placement outside the lower extremity and PQRS, as well as coding for intravascular embolization and retrograde intrathoracic carotid stenting.

A separate evaluation and management coding workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 21. Cost is $100 for members, $125 for non-members and $50 for trainees. Space is limited to 50 participants. 

SVS/UCLA Board Review Course is This Month

The review course is nearly here! The "First Annual UCLA/SVS Symposium: A Comprehensive Review and Update of What's New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery" will be Aug. 27 to 29 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The in-depth review is helpful for those preparing for vascular board examinations plus offers basic didactic education for vascular residents and fellows in training.

Claim Annual Meeting Credits by Dec. 31

Credits from the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting must be claimed by Dec. 31. Access the CME site via this link. Follow the extensive directions to list sessions, provide evaluations, take exams and generate credit certificates.

Job Opportunities

Looking for a new position? Below is a sample of the jobs currently available on the SVS job board.  
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