Pulse for Aug. 25, 2016 | Members Invited to Submit VAM Session Proposals, TOS Reporting Standards Published
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Proposals Sought for VAM 2017

New Process Introduced; Deadline is Sept. 16

SVS is seeking proposals for invited sessions from all members for the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, set for May 31 to June 3 (plenaries and exhibits are June 1 to 3) in San Diego, Calif. 

Previously, the process was open only to SVS committees; planners opened the process to all members this year, with any and all ideas for sessions to be reviewed for further development.
There are four program types for invited-session proposals:
• Postgraduate: a three-hour educational session organized around a broad theme
• Breakfast: a 90-minute educational session organized around a single and narrow concept
• Concurrent: a 90-minute educational session organized around a niche topic, attracting a specific audience
• Workshop: an interactive, small group session focused on a specific skill or knowledge

Initial submissions are due Sept. 16. 
Learn more about VAM call for proposals here [doc]
Contact Angela Churilla, education program manager, at achurilla@vascularsociety.org or 312-334-2310.

Benefits of Belonging

New TOS Standards, Practice Resourses Available for Members

SVS members now have access to the first-ever reporting standards for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, just published Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the September issue (online) at the Journal of Vascular Surgery. The document seeks to normalize the terminology, nomenclature and definitions of TOS to ensure everyone is describing the same entities and to establish consistent reporting standards regarding all three forms of TOS: neurogenic, venous and arterial. Drs. Karl Illig and Audra Duncan led the TOS Reporting Standards Writing Group, which worked for three years to create the standards. The group hopes that with unified data collection, practice guidelines can follow in five to 10 years. 
Read TOS reporting standards here
The SVS Coding Guide, now available with the Society for Vascular Ultrasound Coding Advisor Software, helps members manage their practices. 

The guide and software together means members have expert coding guidance for all peripheral vascular surgery and interventional codes, as well as expert explanation on component and bundled coding. All databases are included as are additional features, such as bidirectional ICD-9:ICD10 translator, procedure modifiers and a claims "scrubber," to ensure submitted claims are complaint with all of the common rules, regulations and determinations that impact coverage. 
When ordering the guide, please use code SVSCA to gain access to the SVS Coding Guide in the system.
Order coding advisor software here

Links of Interest | Deadlines

JVS Publications Seeking Editors

The Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications is seeking a number of editors for its publications. See the application information at the link below to learn more. 
Click here for "Request for Applications" information [doc]

Claim Annual Meeting Credits by Dec. 31

With plans well underway for the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, some people may be unaware they still have not claimed their credits for the 2016 session!

Don't leave education credits on the table. Credits from VAM 2016 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.
Access the CME site here

Register for October Coding Course

SVS members can also get coding help at the annual SVS workshop on this important topic. Register now 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. 

Job Opportunities

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