SVS Pulse 
November 28, 2012
In this Issue 
Pre-Purchase Coding Guide 2013
VQI Reaches Milestone
Submit an Abstract for the 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting
Vote for Nominating Committee Member
Educational Materials for your Patients
Healthcare Policy Scholarship
SVS® Foundation Award Deadlines
Seeking Coding Trainee

Coding Guide 2013 Now Available for Pre-Purchase
In just a few short weeks, Coding Guide 2013 will be available. The latest edition of this valuable resource is designed to provide vascular surgeons and their stuff with the information necessary to achieve accurate coding for vascular procedures. Pre-purchase the latest Coding Guide, available in January, to have online access through December 2013. 

VQI Reaches Surpasses 200 Participating Centers

Vascular Quality Initiative® (VQI) has achieved a significant milestone by surpassing 200 participating centers. Reaching this mark positions the VQI as the fastest growing quality improvement database in North America since lits aunch in February 2011. VQI has experienced fast growth and continued penetration in the vascular health field because it offers the tools and mechanisms to accurately measure important quality parameters and compare them to benchmarks. Outcomes are benchmarked with peers regionally, and then applied locally to support internal quality assurance and quality improvement projects. Since its inception, VQI has grown exponentially in not only its number of participating centers, but also in the number of physicians collecting and entering procedural and outcome data. The database accumulates an average of 3,500 procedures each month, further enhancing the value of benchmarking outcomes among providers and influencing quality improvement projects and quality research.

Submit an Abstract for the Vascular Annual Meeting

The deadline for abstract submissions for the 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting® is Jan. 3. Plan to share your research with the leaders in vascular surgery and submit an abstract while attending the premier meeting for vascular health professionals, to be held May 30-June 1 in San Francisco.


Cast Ballot for Nominating Committee Member
The deadline is approaching to cast your ballot for the
at-large position on the 2013 Nominating Committee. Thirteen SVS members have been nominated to serve in this role; the nominee obtaining the highest number of votes shall serve so vote by Dec. 7.


Marketing Materials Available contains a variety of patient resources for use by SVS members. Among these resources are:

  • Patient fliers which can be posted to your website or downloaded and printed with individual contact information
  • Library of podcasts for patients to view explanations of a variety of diseases
  • Practice development toolkits
  • Information about hosting a screening, and more.

Click here to view these valuable SVS resources.


Health Care Policy Scholarship
SVS members interested in health care policy should apply for the SVS/ACS scholarship to attend the Executive Leadership Program at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts from June 9-15, 2013. The closing date for applications is February 1. For questions, call the ACS Scholarships Administrator at 312-202-5281 or visit the Brandeis website for more information.


SVS® Foundation Award Deadlines 
The deadlines are rapidly approaching for several SVS awards. Learn more about these exciting opportunities and apply for the following:

Support the SVS® Foundation in its work to help vascular surgeon scientists develop their research careers by making a donation today. 


SVS Recruiting Coding and Reimbursement Leadership Trainee
SVS is seeking applicants to work with SVS socioeconomic leadership on coding and reimbursement issues, focusing on the CPT code creation process. The time commitment will require 10 to 20 hours of work per month, conference calls, and at least three 2 to 3 day meetings per year for three years. A modest honorarium will be offered in addition to reimbursement of routine travel expenses. To apply, please submit a letter outlining your qualifications and interest in this position to
 by Nov. 30.   

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