The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has exceeded the necessary compliance threshold required to retain its seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, the Society has announced.
Members were informed that the SVS had received an official notification from the AMA confirming it had met the requirement at the beginning of the Labor Day weekend.
Had the SVS not met the requisite membership threshold, said Megan Marcinko, the Society’s advocacy director, “the SVS would have been stripped of its seat within the House of Delegates, and perhaps more significantly, our position as a member of the RVS [Relative Value Scale] Update Committee [RUC].”
The AMA stipulates that in order to maintain a seat in its House of Delegates, a 20% share of SVS members would also be required to hold AMA membership.
“Representation at the RUC is critical as it serves as the main advisory body to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] on relative values for new and revised Current Procedural Technology [CPT] codes,” Marcinko said.
“Actively engaging with the AMA also provides various benefits beyond the House of Delegates and CPT/RUC activities, including participation in coalition activities, promoting the interests of vascular surgery, and ensuring collaboration across the House of Medicine.”