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 part of the top research journal in venous and lymphatic health.
As an AVF member, you have full access to the journal.
Join AVF today for full access to the JVS-VL and other member benefits today!
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 professional interactions.
- To collaborate, cooperate and respect my professional colleagues.
- To participate in scientific knowledge and continuing medical education in the art and science of venous and lymphatic practice.
- To provide accurate information without purposeful misrepresentation concerning venous and lymphatic disease to my patients and the public.
- I make this pledge freely and upon my honor.
AVF Principles of Ethics
Members of the American Venous Forum are committed to observing and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct in their professional affairs.
The ideals and principles of the American Venous Forum should guide the conduct of those who belong. These ideals and principles are listed below and they are affirmed by the Membership Pledge of the American Venous Forum.
· Faithfully abide by the Articles of Incorporation, bylaws and policies of the organization as a full active member.
· Exercise reasonable care, good faith and due diligence in governing and managing affairs.
· Fully disclose, at the earliest opportunity, information that may result in a perceived or actual conflict of interest when engaging in endeavors such as research or presentations relating to the AVF (See Section on Conflict of Interest).
Professional Excellence – Integrity
· Maintain a professional level of courtesy, respect, and objectivity in all matters and activities in your practice and within the AVF.
· Strive to uphold those practices and assist other members of the AVF in upholding the highest standards of conduct.
Personal Gain – Self-Dealing
· Exercise the powers invested for the good of all members of the AVF organization and the venous and lymphatic medical community rather than for personal benefit.
Equal Opportunity – Diversity – Inclusivity
· Ensure the right of all members to access benefits and services without discrimination on the basis of culture, geography, political, religious, socio-economic aspects. sexual orientation, national origin, race, religion, age, political affiliation or disability, in accordance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
· Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information known to AVF members and used for the purposes of governance and management.
Collaboration and Cooperation
· Respect the diversity of opinions as expressed or acted upon by the committees and the AVF membership, and formally register dissent as appropriate.
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, has been selected to provide management services and administrative support for the AVF and the AVFF.
Founded in 2013 by industry professionals, Sue O’Sullivan and Donna Kelly, each with nearly two decades of association management experience, Veritas is completely dedicated to managing non-profit medical associations and continuing medical education meetings for academic institutions. Currently, Veritas is providing management services to 18 medical sub-specialties and 10 academic institutions. Client organizations include: radiologists, urologists, endocrinologists, robotic surgeons, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, pediatricians and now vascular surgeons. With a full time staff of 19 dedicated and highly talented professionals, Veritas has the breadth and depth of experience as well as the infrastructure to support the growing needs of the AVF.
I am personally thrilled with the selection of Veritas as our management service provider and believe the AVF and AVFF are in good hands administratively. Should you need information about AVF activities or resources to support your practice, please feel free to contact the AVF Membership Team at 847-752-5355.
In addition to selecting Veritas as our management services provider, your Board has hired John Forbes as the Interim Executive Director of the AVF. John brings a wealth of experience to the AVF having served in similar leadership roles with the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Red Cross. John has been asked to provide executive leadership of the AVF until a permanent Executive Director is selected and can be reached at email@example.com.
Finally, both the Board of the AVF and AVFF are thrilled to have the continued service of Jeffrey Mendola, Director of Mission Advancement for our foundation, the AVFF. Jeff plays a critical leadership role as our main point of contact with industry and has been instrumental in bringing much needed, mission-advancing resources to our organizations. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to thank you for all you do to help patients afflicted with vascular disease and for your membership in the AVF. I am proud and honored to serve as your president and hope to see you at our upcoming Annual Meeting in Rancho Mirage, California from February 19-22, 2019.
American Venous Forum
The 13th Annual Meeting of the Asian Venous Forum was held in Guangzhou, China on July 12-15 together with the 19th Congress of the Asian Society for Vascular Surgery (ASVS).
Dr Peter Gloviczki from the Mayo Clinic and Past President of the American Venous Forum delivered a keynote address on venous reconstructions. Peter, Editor of the 4th Edition of the “Handbook of Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, Guidelines of the American Venous Forum”, presented Professor Shenming Wang, Chair of the Congress, with a copy of the book, after his address.
Invited lectures by AVF members from around the world included Peter F. Lawrence, Monika L. Gloviczki, Manju Kalra, Sergio Gianesini, Andrew Bradbury, Evi Kalodiki, Christopher Lattimer, and Neil Khilnani.
There were animated discussions at the joint meeting of the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications and the Annales of Vascular Diseases (AVD) – the official journal of the ASVS. AVD Editor Tetsuro Miyata and JVS/JVS-Venous and Lymphatic Disorders Editors Peter Gloviczki and Peter Lawrence engaged in lively discussion with great audience participation.
The next combined meeting of the ASVS and Asian Venous Forum will be held in beautiful Bali, Indonesia, on 22 – 26 October 2019. https://asvs2019.com/
Earlier this year, the American Venous Forum and AVF Foundation adopted “Healthy Veins for Healthy Life.” One of our 4 strategic “Healthy Veins” initiatives is to Advocate for Access. Two objectives of this initiative are to:
- Promote evidence-based best practices to ensure that all patients have access to the highest quality care. This includes access for all patients, regardless of where they choose to live.
- Become point society for questions from the FDA, CMS, 3rd party payers, RUC and MEDCAC. The AVF would be an optimal clearing house for insurance and government issues.
On 7/24/18, the American Venous Forum took another step forward in support of these goals.
Under the direction of the Health Policy committee chairs, Fedor Lurie and Kathleen Ozsvath, and AVF leadership BK Lal (President-Elect), Hal Welch (Vice-President), and Elna Masuda (President), the AVF group met with the Coverage and Analysis Group (CAG) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid of the Department of Health and Human Services at the CMS headquarters in Baltimore.
Representing CMS were Tamara Syrek Jensen (Group Director, CAG), Joseph Chin (Deputy Group Director, CAG), Lori Ashby (Division Director-Division of Policy and Evidence Review), Marie Casey (Program Management Officer, CAG), Jyme Schafer (Medical Officer, CAG) and David Dolan (Analyst, CAG).
This was not our first meeting with CMS. The AVF met with CMS in April of 2016 and May of 2017. AVF representatives also participated in CMS meetings with the Wound Care Alliance in November of 2015 and January of 2016.
This meeting focused on the issue of inconsistent local coverage determination and opportunities to harmonize reimbursement policies for the treatment of patients with venous disease across the nation.
The actions taken following our CMS meeting a year ago and their results were discussed. We also talked about opportunities to collaborate in addressing remaining obstacles and new challenges for securing and maintaining patients’ access to appropriate care.
The meeting featured extremely friendly conversations, a complete reversal on the NCD issue, an openness to the idea of a disease-targeted NCD, and a willingness to work together closely in the future.
This productive meeting resulted in a plan of action that will be refined and serve as the basis for increasingly close collaboration between the American Venous Forum and the CMS.
Together with CMS, the American Venous Forum has taken another large step forward in pursuit of “Healthy Veins for Healthy Life.”