Tag: CMS

No time like the present: The moral imperative for advocacy in...

“I’m so sorry but we have to cancel your surgery”—10 words any warm-blooded surgeon dreads uttering. This time around, it was not for the...

SVS advocacy in action: Protecting and advancing the interests of vascular...

Deep in to the second half of the year, there is no rest for the weary regarding Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) advocacy initiatives....

SVS meets AMA membership requirement, retains House of Delegates seat 

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has exceeded the necessary compliance threshold required to retain its seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House...

SVS addresses pair of critical payment-related proposed rules

In July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released two critical payment-related proposed rules for CY2023—the highly anticipated Medicare Physician Fee Schedule...

Patient-reported outcomes in vascular surgery are here to stay

In 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is again emphasizing the importance of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) through legislation regarding the Quality...

SVS looks to maintain AMA House of Delegates representation

To maintain its seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates—and, importantly, be able to provide information that impacts physician reimbursement—a 20%...

Expanded Medicare coverage for TCAR in standard surgical risk patients...

Silk Road Medical today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), through collaboration with the Society of Vascular Surgery's Patient Safety...

SVS’ AMA membership push aimed at safeguarding vascular surgery voice on...

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is urging members to join the American Medical Association (AMA) in a bid to maintain a critical voice...

Priorities and objectives will guide 2022 SVS programs

Whether it’s branding, advocacy or determining research initiatives, the process of setting Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) priorities and objectives begins with SVS members....

We need voices as well as opinions

I have a message for my colleagues on behalf of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Political Action Committee (PAC), quoting the famous lines from...

Philips announces large-scale study outcomes on use of IVUS in peripheral...

Royal Philips has announced the results of a new large-scale real-world analysis of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data on the health...

SVS: Impact of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule remains threat...

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule released Nov. 2 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doubles down on the...

Learn best-, worst-case and likely scenarios of upcoming planned cuts to...

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will hold a Town Hall Nov. 10 to help members understand the upcoming planned federal cuts that would...

SVS task force continues fight to stop cuts

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Medicare Cuts Task Force is continuing its work to stop the proposed cuts in physician reimbursement from going...

Physicians draw attention to Medicare cuts as PAD Awareness Month kicks...

A coalition of physicians and other interested parties focused on peripheral arterial disease (PAD) has called on Congress and the Centers for Medicare and...

SVS billing and coding workshop to take place Dec. 5 and...

While a surgeon’s expertise is key to patient outcomes, coding and documenting the procedures are key to the surgeon’s payment and reimbursement. And, when...

Research letter highlights low adoption of supervised exercise therapy for PAD

A research letter published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes highlights a “very low” utilization of supervised exercise therapy (SET) in symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients...

Medicare: Surgical Care Coalition urges Congress to halt proposed cuts to...

The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2022 (CY2022) released Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) fails to...

Why donate to the SVS PAC?

A few years ago, in his presidential address to the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS), Mark Mattos, MD, spoke eloquently about the need to...

Medicare E&M coding changes and EHR physician burnout

A recent article published in Vascular Specialist summarized data regarding the undeniable relationship between electronic health records (EHRs) and burnout amongst physicians. There is...

‘Disproportionate decrease’: Vascular surgeons see buying power fall, study finds

Inflation-adjusted Medicare reimbursement rates for the 20 most common vascular surgical procedures decreased by more than 20% in the last decade, a new analysis...

ACC.21: SAFE-PAD finds no increased risk of death with drug-coated devices

Researchers have found no statistically significant difference in mortality between patients treated with drug-coated devices and non-drug-coated devices in the SAFE-PAD study. Eric Secemsky,...

Intermittent claudication and exercise therapy: A poor SET-up

Many of you may have already heard about the controversial Comparative Billing Reports (CBRs) that have been received by some of our vascular surgery...

Key MACRA changes highlighted

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is in its fifth calendar year, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues...

Channeling SVS messaging across diffuse mediums

In order to recognize the diverse ways members interact and consume information, a new Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Communications Committee, replete with three...

OBL: In praise of the office-based interventional lab

Vascular surgery has undergone dramatic changes over the last 30 years. What was once a traditional open surgical discipline has now become a hybrid...

Democrats take control with Biden presidency, majorities in both chambers

Democratic victories for Georgia’s two Senate seats in the runoff election Jan. 5 have solidified the Democrats’ control of the federal government for the...

Congress delays steep Medicare payment cuts

Both the House of Representatives and Senate have approved legislation to delay steep cuts to Medicare that were set to take effect Jan. 1,...

CMS creates new codes for IVL performed below the knee

Shockwave Medical has announced that as part of the calendar year 2021 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule, the Centers for...

SVS details opposition, support to CMS proposed rules

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has submitted comment letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on two proposed rules that...

Quality Payment Program: The proposed updates slated for 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on surgery and medicine continues, prompting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to propose changes in year five...

SVS president ponders challenges in year ahead

New SVS president Ronald L. Dalman, MD, has several initiatives he’d like to see move forward during the year of his presidency. These include...

Medicare reimbursement fails to adequately cover cost of care after open...

For most patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI), Medicare reimbursement for lower extremity bypass surgery does not adequately account for case complexity in the...

Join the fight: The useful job of lobbying members of Congress

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members can help in the fight against announced reimbursement reductions included in the calendar year 2021 Medicare Physician Fee...

Action plan: How to help halt sharp cuts to Medicare

They are the sort of cuts the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) says will have a massive impact on vascular surgery practices for years...

Take action to stop projected Medicare surgery cuts

The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2021 was released Aug. 3 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), revealing vascular...

SVS joins Surgical Care Coalition in fight against Medicare cuts

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has joined the Surgical Care Coalition as part of a show of solidarity against pending Centers for Medicare...

Advocating for our members

COVID-19 has altered almost all of our lives to a degree previously unimaginable. Millions of Americans continue to lose their jobs, hundreds of thousands...

Shockwave Medical announces new CMS codes for intravascular lithotripsy

Shockwave Medical has announced new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) codes for intravascular lithotripsy (IVL), a procedure performed in peripheral arteries in...

Preparing for arrival of CMS Quality Payment Program year 4

It’s here: 2020 is year four of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act...

Embracing new definition of healthcare as digital age confronts holdouts

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our healthcare system like nothing before. We have confronted other diseases like influenza, tuberculosis,...

CMS outlines recommendations for re-starting non-emergent procedures

On 18 March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended “limiting non-essential care and expanding surge capacity into ambulatory surgical centers and...

SVS remains nimble in face of spreading pandemic, pivots to member...

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) started 2020 with plans intensifying for the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) in May, the Vascular Annual Meeting...

CMS announces temporary waivers that include expansion of telehealth coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a series of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules designed to help the U.S....

National emergency loosens restrictions on use of telemedicine, says VESS secretary

Performance of telemedicine has been made easier and more accessible after regulations and limitations on its use were waived in the wake of the...

CMS publishes 2020 round of coding changes for vascular surgeons

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided some light reading with the publication of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Hospital Outpatient...