AVF efforts to work with insurers to update their venous coverage policies to reflect current nomenclature and to reflect clinical practice guidelines which have been developed by the AVF/SVS continue to gain ground! The latest can be seen in the Anthem Blue Cross CA policy on:
Subject: Treatment of Varicose Veins (Lower Extremities)
Document #: SURG.00037 Publish Date: 12/29/2021
Status: Revised Last Review Date: 11/11/2021
With no particular fanfare they begin their description of medical necessity as including:
- Truncal vein incompetence (that is, reflux with retrograde flow of 0.5 second duration or greater in the GSV, AAGSV, or SSV) based on vein anatomy is confirmed by Doppler or duplex ultrasound evaluation and report; and
- Prior policies had required “junctional incompetence.”
Effective January 1, 2022, the American Venous Forum and the American Venous Forum Foundation have merged into a single entity.
Voting members of the AVF overwhelmingly approved the merger. Of the 603 eligible AVF voters, 133 (22%) cast their votes by electronic ballot with 124 (93.2%) voting for the merger, 6 (4.5%) voting against the merger, and 3 (2.3%) abstaining. Per AVF Bylaws, a two-thirds vote is required to complete a merger.
We are excited to complete the merger and begin the new year as the new American Venous Forum, a 501(c)3 organization which will have the benefits of being both a professional medical society and a charitable organization.
Upcoming Events 2023
AVF 35TH ANNUAL MEETING
February 22-25, 2023
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX