Trainees step up to learn coding, reimbursement

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The Society for Vascular Surgery’s (SVS) efforts in coding and reimbursement work have taken another step forward, with four new doctors now in training to learn the ins and outs of the entire process. 

The SVS has a long tradition of advocacy training under leaders such as David Han, MD, Sunita Srivastava, MD, and Matthew Sideman, MD, plus Robert Zwolak, MD, in creating procedural codes, descriptions of work and relative value (RVU) recommendations. These leaders help guide appropriate reimbursement of vascular surgeons’ work and practice expenses.

The SVS actively trains future leaders in the physician payment system or Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) to advocate for present and future coding and reimbursement. Two panels within the American Medical Association (AMA), the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) and the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) panels, are critical to ensure the SVS has a voice in shaping CPT, RVUs and Medicare reimbursement. 

The advisory work and AMA process representation workload is divided among CPT and RUC teams, each with an advisor, alternate advisors and trainees. The SVS is pleased to announce four new trainees. Joining the CPT team in representation are Jonathan Thompson and Xiaoyi Teng, and for the RUC team are Mark Iafrati and Justin Hurie. The SVS coding and reimbursement team look forward to training the new leaders. 

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