Interim data from NHLBI examining 3 international trials suggesting decreased morbidity and mortality for COVID-19 patients with therapeutic anticoagulation for patients not in the ICU. Please share this important summary. IT CAN SAVE LIVES.
Dear AVF Members,
We are delighted to share with you updated LCDs for the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) First Coast and Novitas. These LCDs which are scheduled to take effect on 12/27/20, are felt to be very reasonable and appropriate concerning the care of our patients with venous disease. Through the prolonged efforts of the AVF Health Policy Committee, in conjunction with the SVS and the AVLS Health Policy Committee, we have LCDs that finally are appropriate for patients, providers, and payers. In the future, hopefully these will either translate to a National Coverage Determination (NCD), or similar LCDs with the other MACs. Thanks to all the current and past members of the AVF HPC, and our friends at SVS and AVLS for this achievement.
Harold J. Welch, MD – President, AVF
Mark D. Iafrati, MD – Chair, AVF Health Policy Committee
The AVF Health Policy Committee, in collaboration with the SVS and AVLS have been busy advocating for our patients and our members. This week, we submitted comment letters to CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to address several significant regulatory issues. The first addresses a long-standing non-coverage decision regarding catheter based mechanical embolectomy for Pulmonary Embolism. The second addresses a proposed severe further reduction in the reimbursement for radiofrequency ablations over the next two years, based on an erroneous assumption about the prices we pay for RFA catheters. By raising our collective voices on these important issues, we hope push our agenda of educating the regulators and ensuring access to these vital services for our Medicare and Medicaid patients. Please take a moment to review these letters and feel free to add your voice with direct communication to your legislators in support of these important issues.
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Before social distancing became part of our new vocabulary, the current and past Presidents of the American Venous Forum gathered on March 3rd in Amelia Island to kick off the AVF’s 32nd Annual Meeting. The President’s Dinner, traditionally held the night before the Annual Meeting, welcomed 18 AVF Presidents from Dr. Robert Kistner (1996) to Dr. Brajesh Lal (2019). Following a welcome from outgoing President Lal, each past leader of the American Venous Forum shared their heartfelt thoughts and recollections. It was truly a special evening with these pioneers of venous care.
It is my deep honor to serve you as the 33rd President of the American Venous Forum. I have been attending the AVF Annual Meeting since 1991, and truly believe the AVF is the exemplary vascular society in the world. Our mission is to promote venous and lymphatic health, and our past leaders have shown us the path to accomplish this. I am particularly grateful for our immediate Past President, Dr. Brajesh Lal, MD, whose insight and wisdom has moved us to even greater accomplishments, and to Elna Masuda, MD, Past President, and current American Venous Forum Foundation President who has re-invigorated the AVF with her thoughtful guidance, both of whom I will work closely with.
The American Venous Forum is as successful as its members can make it. The many volunteer committee members and Chairs are the driving force behind the AVF, and I thank all of them for contributing their time, ideas, and energies to the benefit of the AVF. I invite all members to get involved and further the goals of the AVF to improve venous and lymphatic health for all patients and to educate providers and the public to make life better for patients throughout the world.
In April, 2019, the AVF had a strategic planning retreat where we identified key objectives to move the AVF forward. I am pleased to say we have already made great progress with our Strategic Plan, but there remains more to be done. Implementing the plan that your AVF leadership has developed will be one of the primary goals of the coming year.
I would like to add we have an excellent Administrative staff that is willing and able to assist you with any matters you may have with the AVF.
Finally, I invite you to reach out to me directly if you have questions or concerns, utilizing the “Ask the President” link at the top of our Home Page. I will be happy to discuss with you any Forum issues. And, I hope to see you at VENOUS2021 in San Antonio, Texas, next February 24-27.
Harold J. Welch, MD
Dr. Hal Welch discusses the future of the American Venous Forum
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