Pulse for March 16, 2017 | New Benefits; Supervised Exercise Therapy
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The Benefits of Belonging

New Member Benefits Package Launched

The Society for Vascular Surgery has launched its own member affinity program, offering members best-in-class products and services coupled with special member discounts.
“These plans are a significant expansion of our member benefits, designed specifically to simplify your lives and protect your practices and businesses,” said SVS President Dr. Ronald Fairman, MD. “We’re pleased to offer them and hope you take advantage of them.”  
The member portfolio includes a suite of insurance, financial and private practice-related products to help members in their day-to-day lives, 
Approximately half of the menu of benefits will be of special interest to the community / private practitioner. In fact, members of the Community Practice Committee helped suggest some of the options.
For more information call 855-533-1776 or email mark@nationalaffinity.net.
Visit the Member Affinity Program website here

Shop Today - & Help the SVS Foundation 

Today only, Amazon is celebrating its No. 1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index by donating 10 times the typical rate for eligible purchases at smile.amazon.com.

The donation will be 5 percent on eligible purchases made between 12 a.m. Pacific Time and 11:39 p.m. Pacific Time. Purchases that begin at the link below benefit the SVS Foundation. 
Start your Amazon shopping here

Submit Late-Breaking Abstracts for VAM

Don't forget! Submit abstracts until March 22 for a late-breaking plenary session at this year's VAM, May 31 to June 3. Plenaries and exhibits are June 1 to 3.  

Preference will be given to prospective, multi-institutional trials and investigational device exemption studies.
Learn more, submit late-breaking abstracts here by 3 p.m. CDT

More VAM: Registration, Housing Now Open
Purchase On-Demand Library While Registering

Registration and housing for VAM are now open. Register today!

And don't forget you can take VAM home with you! You can pre-purchase all VAM PowerPoint slides, audio and a limited selection of assorted videotaped sessions in the On-Demand Library.
This valuable resource of almost 400 individual presentations will be available shortly following the meeting’s conclusion, with access continued for up to one year. 
Cost is just $99. For those who have already registered and now want to add the On-Demand Library, simply return to the registration page and add the library separately.
Register for VAM 2017 here
Make housing reservations here

CMS Seeks Comments on PAD Exercise 

Last October, SVS and colleagues from seven other associations submitted public comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Supervised Exercise Therapy for PAD patients. The joint effort supports a proposal to grant coverage for supervised exercise therapy for symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD). SVS practice guidelines for atherosclerotic occlusive disease of the lower extremities recommends such exercise.
CMS recently issued a Proposed Decision Memo for the Supervised Exercise Therapy. SVS continues to work with the other societies to submit public comments on the recent proposed coverage decision, as well as encourages members to submit comments on this important coverage, which could potentially help the 8 to 12 million Americans affected by PAD. 

Comments are due by April 1. 
Read more and comment here

Please Help With Amputation Survey

The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at School of Allied Health Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine is researching the multidisciplinary approach to lower limb amputation care, aimed at further understanding the multidisciplinary care system in regards to the surgeon and prosthetist interaction. 
As part of the study, the intent is to highlight the need for increased communication between the different healthcare fields in order to create opportunities to improve the state of amputee patient care.  
We encourage you to participate in this important study.  
Click here for information and survey link

Introducing: Inter-Society News & Updates

The Pulse is introducing a new section! Inter-Society News and Updates will highlight the SVS' collaborative approach to vascular health care, informing SVS members of news and events from other societies involved in the treatment of vascular disease. 

1. SVS Members Help Create ACC App

The American College of Cardiology has published clinical algorithms for periprocedural management of anticoagulation, plus an app that puts the guidance into practice. The app supports clinicians across specialties in safely managing anticoagulation around an invasive procedure for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients.

SVS members Drs. Cynthia Shortell, David Stone and Benjamin Brooke contributed a list of common procedures in our specialty and their associated bleed risk to the manuscript online. The list also has been incorporated into the mobile app.

The BridgeAnticoag app calculates patient and procedural risk to provide individualized advice that balances bleed and stroke risk. Physicians can use the app to assess whether and how to interrupt, bridge or restart anticoagulation. 
In addition, the ACC has published the “2017 ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway for Periprocedural Management of Anticoagulation in Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation."
“We hope that the mobile app, along with specialty-specific guidance, will help clinicians apply the latest science to more safely and confidently treat their anticoagulated patients periprocedurally,” said Veronica P. Wilson of the ACC. 
View information on and obtain a link to the app here
View manuscript here

2. Learn Practice Management Tips at IVC

The 2017 International Vein Congress, April 20 to 22 in Miami Beach, Fla., will feature a variety of lectures dedicated to venous practice management and insurance issues. Jorge de la Torre, MD, will begin the session by talking about how brand-building can make your practice stand out, strategies involved and why brand is critical in our day and age. 
Course co-director Lowell Kabnick, MD, will examine the current state of venous reimbursement, share recent news from the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and look at the future of reimbursement for venous interventions.
Also in the session, course director Jose Almeida, MD, will debate with Alan Dietzik, MD, over whether C2 disease should be a covered insurance benefit. 
Learn more about IVC here

3. Spread the Word on Upcoming SVN Convention

The Society for Vascular Nursing's 35th Annual Convention is April 4 to 7 in Nashville, Tenn. There's something for everyone, from the basic to the expert practitioner. SVS members, please spread the word to the vascular nurses and techs in your lives. 

Links | Deadlines of Interest

Register for VRIC: Register today for the May 3 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference, in Minneapolis. VRIC, emphasizing vascular biology, is held the day before the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Scientific Sessions. Both meetings will be at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. 

SVS Foundation Award Deadlines

 Award                                                                                    Deadline        
Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)  June 12
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) June 12

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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