Pulse for April 13, 2017 | Back IPAB Repeal, Coding Issues, VRIC
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The Benefits of Belonging: Advocacy

Support Repeal of IPAB; Avoid Cuts in Medicare Payments

With possible Medicare cuts on the line, SVS members are urged again to email their members of Congress to ask them to support repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB was created by the Affordable Care Act. 

It's estimated that the IPAB process will likely be triggered this year, ultimately resulting in $1.5 billion in Medicare cuts in 2019, with steeper cuts predicted for 2022 and 2024.
These cuts initially will disproportionately fall on just 63 percent of providers, including vascular surgeons.
The SVS urges members to take action by emailing their representative and two senators, asking them to co-sponsor any of the following bills that repeal IPAB. The bills are: H.R. 849/S. 260, Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe, MD and Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD and Sen. John Cornyn and S. 251, Protecting Medicare from Executive Action sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden. A sample letter is available for your use at the link below.
See, use sample letter here

Register Today for VRIC

Register today for the May 3 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference. 
The one-day meeting emphasizes emerging vascular science and is considered a key event for meeting and reconnecting with vascular research collaborators. 
The VRIC translational panel will discuss "Matrix Revolution: Vascular Repair and Regeneration," in a session co-sponsored with the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology. Four abstract sessions will focus on vascular endothelium and thrombosis, aortic and arterial pathology, stem cells and tissue engineering, and peripheral arterial disease.  
See the complete VRIC program here

Data Collection Initiative of Vital Importance

The SVS Coding Committee has released a letter on the importance of participating in a data collection initiative being led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS is collecting data about the number of patient encourters during the global period to assure that global procedure codes are correctly valued. 

The initiative -- to report code 99024 on claims data forms for Medicare patients on certain surgical procedures -- is "of the utmost importance and non-participation in this mandatory data collection process will almost surely lead to reductions in reimbursement for physician services," says the letter, signed by Committee Chair Dr. Matthew Sideman and member Dr. Francesco Aiello. 

This initiative is for only practitioners in nine states (Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, and Rhode Island) with practice groups of 10 or more. 
Read the full letter here

Purchase On-Demand Library While Registering for VAM

Don't forget you can pre-purchase all VAM PowerPoint slides, audio and a limited selection of assorted videotaped sessions in the On-Demand Library, and lock in the $99 price. The cost will increase after VAM ends. 
This valuable resource will be available shortly following the meeting’s conclusion, with access continued for up to one year. 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

Inter-Society News & Updates

April is Limb Loss Awareness Month

Share this inforgraphic, courtesy of the nonprofit Amputee Coalition, with your patients, or post in your office as part of Limb Loss Awareness Month, taking place now.

Approximately 2.1 million people in the U.S. are amputees and, of them, more than half have lost a limb to vascular disease. To raise awareness of these patients, the nonprofit Amputee Coalition is working to educate the public on limb loss, its prevention and treatment.
Click here for infographic

ABS Newsletter Available

Read the latest newsletter from the American Board of Surgery. Included in the newsletter is information from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which announced last month the final revisions to Section VI of its Common Program Requirements, which addresses resident work hours. The revisions take effect July 1 and are endorsed by the ABS. 

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

New ABS Executive Director Sought

The American Board of Surgery is seeking a new executive director. Applications are due May 1. The ABS expects to complete the search by the end of 2017. Learn more at this link

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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