PULSE for March 17, 2016: VQI Annual Meeting, Benefits of Belonging

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SVS: The Benefits of Belonging

A Voice in Washington, D.C.

The past several years has seen enormous change in medicine: the Affordable Care Act, a replacement for the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, for how physicians are reimbursed for Medicare. Electronic Health Records. MACRA. APS. MIPS.
It’s difficult to keep track of changing legislation and how proposals and changes will affect a member’s livelihood and / or practice.
Fortunately, members of the Society for Vascular Surgery have eyes – and a voice – in Washington, D.C. The SVS Washington office, working with the Government Relations Committee monitors these issues and oversees SVS lobbying efforts to ensure the interests of the vascular surgery specialty are represented in critical legislative and regulatory decisions. 
Read more about SVS advocacy

Interested in Serving on an SVS Committee?

Apply by April 1

If you are interested in serving on an SVS committee, please complete a short application by Friday, April 1. Appointments will be announced in late May.
New this year: only applicants completing the separate conflict of interest disclosure at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2Y7QGJ9 will be considered for appointment to a committee. Relationships with industry do not disqualify one from committee service, but relationships must be disclosed.
The Appointments Committee, comprised of the president, president-elect and vice president, strives for well-balanced committees with representatives from all practice types, regions and ages. Regrettably, not all applicants are appointed to committees as there are always many more applicants than open positions. 
Complete application here
Complete required Conflict of Interest Form here
Do you have the luck of the Irish? As announced in the March 16 VAMail, SVS will pay the registration fee to the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting to one lucky person who registers by March 31. 

It's a bit like winning a pot of gold -- and you don't need to have a drop of Irish blood to win!
Register now for VAM
Reserve your hotel room

What's Happening at 1st VQI Annual Meeting

The Vascular Quality Initiative will hold its first Annual Meeting at the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting. “VQI@VAM” will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 8.
  • Morning sessions, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., focus generally on topics of particular interest to data managers, including one on abstracting a complex case, as quality case abstraction is essential to the VQI data collection process.
  • The lunch session, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., will feature an update on VQI activities and a keynote address from Dr. Michael Englesbe, associate director of the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, who will discuss the opportunities and challenges of using registry data for quality improvement.
  • Afternoon sessions will feature case studies of successful VQI quality improvement projects presented by VQI centers, along with practical training on the quality improvement techniques used. These sessions will highlight content of interest to SVS members, other vascular surgeons, clinicians, data managers and VQI personnel.
Learn more abut VQI sessions, register

Other SVS News: VRIC, Officer Nominations

  • The Vascular Research Initiatives Conference, a one-day session focusing on translational research, will be held May 4 in Nashville. Learn more and register today
  • SVS members are invited to nominate individuals for the SVS offices being voted on at the June business meeting at this nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 31. 

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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