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The Benefits of Belonging: Advocacy

A Voice in Washington on Reimbursement

Comments from the Society for Vascular Surgery are among hundreds from physician organizations and other stakeholders urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay implementation of the proposed rule that will affect Medicare reimbursement payment models for physicians.  
The current proposed rule impacts small practices negatively, is too complex and lacks opportunity for specialists to participate in Alternative Payment Models, according to the organizations responding to a CMS request for comments. 
The nearly 1,000-page rule replaces the former Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which Congress eliminated in 2015, and creates regulations for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,  which changes how physicians will be reimbursed.  
SVS’ Washington office has been active in trying to shape the new rule, including meeting with lawmakers, analyzing the effects of various rule components and urging that physicians be allowed to help structure the details of the models.   
Read the comments SVS submitted, as well as a story from Vascular Specialist about comments from a number of medical groups and associations.  
Read SVS-submitted comments here

Apply by Aug. 8 for Brand-New Award

Research Career Development Travel Awards

The SVS Foundation has announced a new award opportunity, the Research Career Development Travel Awards, designed to support early-career vascular surgeons with an interest in basic science, translational or clinical research. 

Applications for these awards are due Aug. 8.
In addition to $1,500 in financial support to attend an established research career development course, awardees also will be assigned an SVS research mentor to provide guidance and discuss academic career advancement, including other available resources and opportunities. 
Learn about the new award program here

From the Giants: Advice to Surgeons

  • "Recognize that you have an exciting future ahead. The opportunity to innovate and contribute has never been better. And mentors are important." -- Norman Rich, M.D., President, AAVS, 1990 
  • “Learn How to Operate!” – Anthony Imparato, M.D., President, 1985
  • "Do what excites you. Is this fun? Do what interests you." -- Larry H. Hollier, M.D., Distinguished Fellow
  • "You must do vascular surgery if you like pipes. Remember that the heart is only a pump. The pipes are the important part of the circuit, and it is the pipes that do everything important. As vascular surgeons, you get to work on these pipes. And the tool box is huge!" -- Alexander W. Clowes, Distinguished Fellow
  • "You have to be a good surgeon. Get trained! You must be an excellent surgeon, both technically and emotionally.” -- Julie A. Fleischlag, M.D., President, 2014 

The above  statements were culled from SVS leaders and innovators, interviewed over the course of several years by members of the SVS History Project Work Group. 
Each session ended with the question, “What advice would you like to give to young vascular surgeons?” Group members compiled some of the best individual answers into an article published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery and into a video recording now posted on the SVS website. 
 Authors said three common themes emerged: diligence, passion and having a balanced life. 
Click photo above or here for advice from vascular surgery giants

Deadlines/Links of Interest


Slide Set on Diabetic Foot Guidelines

To encourage adoption of the recent diabetic foot guideline, SVS has created a new educatonal slide set for members to use in their presentations. 

Register for SVS/UCLA Board Review Course

Registration is open for the "First Annual UCLA/SVS Symposium: A Comprehensive Review and Update of What's New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery." The course will be Aug. 27 to 29 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., and will offer an in-depth review of our specialty for those preparing to take the vascular board examinations as well as providing the basic didactic education for the vascular residents and fellows in training.

Register for October Coding Course

Registration is open for the Coding and Reimbursement Workshop, to be held Oct. 21-22, 2016, at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel 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.

The course also will focus on reporting standards for interventional and open surgical procedures, plus includes information about the global surgical package and how it impacts billing and reimbursement, along with the application of modifiers for streamlined reimbursement. 
Learn more and register here

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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