Pulse for Dec. 1, 2016 | QPP, MIPS Explained
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Benefits of Belonging

Learn about Medicare Changes at December Webinars 

Changes to Medicare reimbursement are coming. To help members prepare for the new Quality Payment Program (known as QPP), the SVS Patient Safety Organization will present an informational webinar on two different days in December. The webinar will focus on one of the physician payment options, MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System and other components of the Quality Payment Program. 
The presentations will be at 6 p.m. Central Standard Time Tuesday, Dec. 13 and at 12 p.m. CST Thursday, Dec. 15.
Register for the Dec. 13 (6-7 p.m. CST) webinar here
Register for the Dec. 15 (12-1 p.m. CST) webinar here
The webinar will highlight: 
• A step-by-step process for vascular surgeons and their colleagues to prepare for MIPs
• How physicians can Go at their Own Pace for 2017 reporting
• Choosing how to participate in the Quality Payment Program based on practice size, specialty, location or patient population
• How to avoid a 4 percent penalty and to increase opportunities for bonus payments
• Information from physicians from academic medical centers and large health systems on the questions you should ask
• How the VQI can help physicians meet MIPS requirements
Learn about the presenters, program here

Informational Webinar on VA Issues Dec. 8

Register through Dec. 6 for Free Session

SVS and the Veterans Administration Vascular Surgeons Committee will host an informational webinar at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, Dec. 8, designed to address current issues affecting the VA surgeon community. All SVS members may participate. 
Topics for the 45-minute webinar include:
  • Improving Quality of Work Life by Enhancing Connections with Primary Care
  • Improving Quality of Work Life by Connecting Vascular Surgeons
  • Improving Ability to do Vascular Research in the VA System
  • Improving VA Work Environment 
Register at the link below to receive the link to the webinar. 
Learn more about the program here
Register for webinar here

Shopping Can Benefit SVS Foundation

With holiday shopping in full swing, remember that shopping on the Amazon website can result in donations to the SVS Foundation. 
It starts with a smile -- the Amazon Smile program, that is. By starting your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com, you pay the same cost, but .5 percent of your eligible purchases will be donated to the SVS Foundation. 

Start at the link above, sign into your account and, on your first visit, select the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation as your charitable organization. That's all there is to it!
Start your shopping at smile.amazon.com

VAM Abstract Submission Site Now Open

SVS members may now submit abstracts to the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, set for May 31 to June 3 in San Diego. Plenaries and exhibits are open from June 1 to 3. Registration and housing will open in early March, 2017.

Abstracts must be submitted by Jan. 25, 2017.
Read abstract guidelines and information
Learn more about VAM 2017

Apply for Health Policy Scholarship by Feb. 1

June Program is at Brandeis University

The American College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery are offering an $8,000 scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management, June 4 to 10, 2017, at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.  

Applications must be received by Feb. 1, 2017.
See complete details here
A committee composed of ACS and SVS members will select the awardee. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by early April 2017. Contact Kate Early, ACS scholarships administrator, at 312-202-5281, or kearly@facs.org with any questions.   

In the December JVS

The December issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery is now available online. Included in the publication is a note from the editors, Drs. Peter Gloviczki and Peter Lawrence, titled, "A Joyful and Glorious Journey." In addition to highlighting their experience since taking over as editors in July, they also acknowledge reviewers, associate and assistant editors and the editorial board, plus list continuing, retiring and new board members, distinguished reviewers and reviewers. 

Links of Interest | Deadlines

Renew your SVS membership (due Dec. 31) online here. For more information or to retrieve your vascular.org log-in credentials, call 312-334-2313 or email membership@vascularsociety.org.  

Submit abstracts for the 2017 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference through Jan. 18, 2017. VRIC will be held May 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. 

Read the Vascular Quality Initiative Detailed Annual Report here.

Read "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants," the SVS Foundation Annual Report, honoring innovators and pioneers in vascular surgery. And don't forget to give a helping hand to the giants of tomorrow, by contributing to the SVS Foundation annual campaign.

SVS Foundation Award Deadlines

Award    Deadline
VRIC Trainee Travel Scholarship    Jan. 18, 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
Resident Research Prize    Jan. 25, 2017
Student Research Fellowship    Feb. 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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