Pulse for Feb. 2, 2017 | Workaround for CMS software error
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Notice of CMS Software Error; Workaround

SVS has learned from the National Correct Coding Initiative of some errors that could affect members.

Beginning Jan. 1, physicians who perform both moderate sedation and a procedure need to report the new moderate sedation (MS) codes (99151-99153) in addition to the procedure code. However, CMS has sent out a notification that the new Moderate Sedation CPT codes were incorrectly applied in their billing software so you cannot bypass edits with National Correct Coding Initiative-associated modifiers (eg, -59 – “distinct or independent service performed on the same day”). 
The vascular surgery codes affected by this error include the new codes related to the dialysis circuit (36901-36909) and codes describing transluminal balloon angioplasty (37246-37249). 
CMS states that officials will correct these errors in the April 1 version of the software. CMS suggests physicians who perform both MS and the above-listed procedures consider delaying submission of claims until the software is updated on that date. Alternatively, if you submit a claim and the MS code is denied, the denial may be appealed on or after April 1.
Read the letter from NCCI here [pdf]

Speaking of Coding ... Our Software Can Help

Frustrated by reimbursement denials, due to a simple error in code order? The SVU-SVS Coding Advisor Software can help. 
The software is bundled with the SVS Coding Guide for a complete package of expert coding guidance for all peripheral vascular surgery and interventional codes, as well as explanations and notes on component and bundled coding. 
The scrubber is a particularly valuable feature; doctors or office staff can run a claim through the scrubber to see what will be denied before submitting the claim. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of rearranging the code order. Sometimes a code is missing. The scrubber identifies these issues so they can be fixed prior to submission. 
The result of using the guide and software? The reimbursement to which a surgeon is entitled. One example: A $3 mistake in ultrasound reimbursements. If the office typically performs eight to 10 ultrasounds a day, missing out on $3 in reimbursement each time, that office could be losing up to $600 a month (20 works days). And that’s just one missing code for one procedure.
Learn more about the Coding Advisor Software and Coding Guide at the link. Be sure to enter the code SVCSA to receive the special SVS member price. 
Learn more about Coding Guide, Software, here

Beyond Shadow of a Doubt, VAM Coming 

Planning for Annual Meeting Continues

Today is Groundhog Day. Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or are we in for six more weeks of winter? 

Whatever the answer, six weeks from now, we at SVS will have lots more VAM news for you. 
Registration and housing reservations will be open (that occurs in early March) and the final program will be taking shape. Members also will be receiving their weekly VAMail, keeping members apprised of all things VAM. 

The 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting will be May 31 – June 3, with a full day of educational programming and courses on May 31, and plenaries and exhibits starting on June 1.

And don't forget to use #VAM17 to see what the Twitterverse is saying! 
Learn more about VAM 2017

Why Join SVS? Tell Applicants the Benefits

Answer short survey on advice to applicants 

The March 1 membership application deadline is approaching quickly. Members: do you work with or know non-members? Please encourage them to apply. We're asking you why you joined, the benefits you enjoy and what advice you have for potential members. We will uses your responses to help recruit potential members to the Society. Please fill out the short, anonymous survey at the link below.

Those who apply by March 1 will be considered for membership at the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, May 31-June 3. 
Please complete short survey
Visit here for membership details

SVN Annual Conference is April 4-7

Please help spread the word -- and encourage your vascular nursing and technologist colleagues to attend the Society for Vascular Nursing's 35th Annual Convention. The education is sure to benefit the entire office.
The convention will be held April 4 to 7 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. President-Elect Dr. R. Clement Darling, III, will kick off the meeting with a keynote address, “Vascular Surgery: A Historical Review.” 
This convention truly offers something for everyone, from basic to expert practitioner. Please forward the details of this convention to anyone and everyone who may be interested in attending.

It will include unique educational experiences, with sessions that will allow attendees to connect with colleagues, learn the most current research, see the latest devices and get ideas that will help throughout their careers. 
Learn more about the SVN Annual Conference here
Download schedule and session details here

February Issue of JVS Available Now

Members should recently have received their February issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. One featured article focuses on midterm results from a physician-sponsored clinical trial evaluating physician-modified endovascular grafts for the treatment of juxtarenal aortic aneurysms. Read it today! 
Visit the JVS Website to read the article here

Apply for Scholarships, Grants

Women's Leadership Training Grant: March 1
Applications are open for the 2017 Women's Leadership Training Grant, designed to develop strong women leaders in vascular surgery who will demonstrate the outstanding accomplishments and personal qualities of surgeons recognized by SVS for lifetime achievements.

Three awards of $5,000 each are geared to levels of experience: 0-five years out of training; six to 10 years out and more than than 10 years out of training.

Travel Scholarship Deadline Extended to Feb. 6
The deadline to apply for SVS Travel Scholarships to help defray costs of attending the Vascular Annual Meeting has been extended to Monday, Feb. 6.

SVS' Highest Honors: March 1
Nominate SVS members for the Society's three highest honors: the SVS Lifetime Achievement Award, the SVS Medal for Innovation in Vascular Surgery and the SVS Distinguished Fellow designation.

Wylie Scholar Award: March 1
The SVS Foundation/Vascular Cures Wylie Scholar Award is a three-year, $150,000 grant awarded to a promising vascular surgeon-scientists in North America conducting innovative academic research in an early stage of his or her career.
Click here for Women's Leadership Training Grant details
Click here for Traveling Scholarship details

SVS Foundation Award Deadlines

 Award                                                                                    Deadline        
Resident Research Award  Feb. 6, 2017
Student Research Fellowship  Feb. 6, 2017
Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)  Feb. 12, 2017
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)  Feb. 12, 2017
Clinical Research Seed Grant  March 1, 2017
E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship  March 1, 2017
SVS Foundation/Vascular Cures Wylie Scholar Award  March 1, 2017

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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