The CDC is reporting on 6 cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis, out of over 6 million doses, all in young women. CDC is recommending a pause in use of the J+J vaccine and urging providers to be alert to the possibility of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis in patients recently vaccinated. Please read the full […]
In late December, the American Medical Association released our COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging Guide to the Federation and other key stakeholders. We recently made a few updates and adjustments to this guide, including publishing this resource on our website and translating this information into Spanish, to make it more broadly available to those who may benefit […]
The American Venous Forum (AVF) has joined other organizations to support the AMA’s letter to congressional leadership advocating that Congress pass legislation to extend the current moratorium on the two percent Medicare payment sequester beyond the March 31 expiration date. Specifically, the letter strongly urges Congress to pass H.R. 315, the “Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act”—bipartisan […]
In September of 2019, the Society for Vascular Surgery charged the members of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce with envisioning a more diverse and inclusive SVS and vascular surgery workforce. In December of 2020, their report (first link below) as well as the SVS Executive Board’s response and action plan to implement change […]
NEW EXCITING RCT Data for Decreasing Morbidity and Mortality for COVID-19 with Therapeutic Anticoagulation
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 […]
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 […]
As you likely know, CMS has proposed a 7% cut in the Medicare payment rates scheduled to take effect January 1st, 2021. Multiple vascular societies are encouraging their members to contact their US Representative and US Senators to prevent these cuts, and the AVF is proud to be engaged in this effort. Please read the […]
The Journal of International Medical Research recently published “The 100 most-cited articles on chronic venous disease: a bibliometric analysis.” The authors used bibliometric analysis to understand characteristics and trends in the research on chronic venous disease (CVD). They searched the Thomson Reuters Web of Science citation indexing database to identify the 100 most-cited manuscripts on […]
The American Venous Forum is committed to increasing education and awareness of venous disease among healthcare professionals and promoting evidence-based best practices to ensure patients have access to the highest quality care. Creating and updating consensus clinical practice guidelines is essential to this mission. The AVF has recently added new clinical practice guidelines to our […]
Advocacy Alert – CMS Preauthorizations for Vein Ablation Procedures in a Hospital Outpatient Setting
Dear AVF Members, On July 1, CMS will be instituting a prior authorization requirement that was announced last year. Most vein procedures that are performed in a hospital outpatient setting will be affected by this change. On May 28th, 2020, CMS had an Open Forum on their new program, and Dr. Mark Iafrati, Chair of […]
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 […]
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 […]
The 2020 appropriate use criteria for chronic lower extremity venous disease of the American Venous Forum, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, and the Society of Interventional Radiology Presented at the Thirty-first Annual Meeting of the American Venous Forum, Rancho Mirage, Calif, February 19-22, 2019.
March 5th (Thursday) 7:00pm This year’s Gala is taking on a new look. Drs. Elna Masuda and Joann Lohr invite you to join them for “AVF’s Got Talent” at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020. DINNER – Your evening begins with a cold beverage followed by regionally inspired food stations. AWARDS – Following dinner, […]
Nasim Hedayati, MD The American Venous Forum Fall Fellow, Resident and Early Career course took place on December 6th and 7th at University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The faculty included Drs. Haraldur Bjarnason, John Carson, Steve Elias, Nasim Hedayati, Mark Meissner, and Peter Lawrence. The course had 42 registrants, with fellows, residents […]
Dear AVF Members, It is with great pleasure that I share with you the exciting development that the American Venous Forum and the NIH-funded Chronic Venous Thrombosis: Relief with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Therapy (C-TRACT) trial have entered into a path-breaking partnership. In one of the first such ventures ever, the AVF will partner with an NIH-funded […]
Earlier this month, Dr. Elna Masuda was invited to be the keynote speaker at Yale Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Dr. Masuda, past President of the American Venous Forum and current President of the AVF Foundation, provided an “enthralling venous keynote talk” on the appropriateness of venous procedures. She also discussed ongoing initiatives by the American […]
Spring Fellows, Resident, and Early Career Course was a huge success! The key to the success of the course is having the right mix of faculty. This spring there was a great group: Makis Avgerinos (Pittsburgh), John Carson (Maine), Shelia Coogan (San Antonio), Nick Sikalas (Stony Brook) and Kathleen Ozsvath (Albany) and Steve Elias as […]
Thank you to all our Council and Committee Chairs at the AVF for their leadership, commitment and dedication to the mission of the AVF. ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL – William Marston, MDAnnual Program Committee – Patrick Muck, MDHealth Policy Committee – Daniel Monahan, MDMembership Committee – Cassius Chaar, MDNewsletter Committee – Steven Elias, MDDistinguished Fellows Committee – […]
Dr. Elna MasudaAVFF PresidentChief of Department of Vascular Surgery Straub Medical Center, Honolulu, HI Thank you Dr. Elna Masuda for your term as President of the AVF and welcome to Dr. Masuda to your Presidency of the American Venous Forum Foundation (AVFF). Dr. Masuda, located in the beautiful islands of Hawaii, has a passion for […]
AVF and the chief editor Dr. Steve Elias are proud to announce the launch of Vein Specialist, a monthly newsletter to share the latest news, technology, clinical studies, and society news. Dr. Steve EliasChief Editor Vein Specialist, AVF Director of the Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ
Dr. Mark Iafrati is a vascular surgeon in Boston, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including MelroseWakefield Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Chief, Vascular Surgery; Director, Vascular Center; Director, Center […]
The AVF-JOBST Research Grant will be funded and administered by the AVF Foundation. The Grant will provide $90,000 over two years chosen through a competitive and confidential peer-reviewed selection process.
Exciting new news at the AVF! The AVF is proud to tell you the JVS-VL is ranked 47th in surgery which places it in the top 25% of ranked journals! This is a reflection on the quality research being performed by our members. Continue to submit your articles to JVS-VL for publication to be a […]
Membership Pledge of the American Venous Forum: As a condition of membership in the American Venous Forum, I pledge: To practice evidence based venous and lymphatic medicine and/or surgery with integrity, courtesy, and compassion. To provide appropriate care in the best interest of my patients To treat all without bias. To maintain confidentiality in my patient and […]
Dear Members of the AVF, I am pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2018, the Board of Directors of the AVF has put in place a new administration to provide much needed administrative support for our members and organization. After a highly competitive search process, Veritas Meeting Solutions (Veritas), a Chicago-based association management company, […]
Dr. Peter Gloviczki delivered a keynote address and multiple other AVF members delivered invited lectures at the joint 13th Annual Meeting of the Asian Venous Forum and 19th Congress of the Asian Society for Vascular Surgery (ASVS).
One of our “Healthy Veins” initiatives is to Advocate for Access. This includes ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality venous & lymphatic care – wherever they live. Representatives of the American Venous Forum and the CMS Coverage and Analysis Group met to discuss inconsistent LCD’s and opportunities to harmonize reimbursement policies…