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  • Call for SVS Officer Nominations
  • Clinical Research Seed Grant Reciepts Selected
  • Register for the Coding Workshop
  • VRIC Coming Soon

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March 21, 2013
Call for SVS Officer Nominations
If you are interested in being considered for an SVS office or wish make a nomination by the March 31 deadline, please click on the following link to complete a nomination form:
Clinical Research Seed Grant Recipients Selected
To encourage clinical investigation in vascular disease, the SVS Clinical Research Committee has reviewed applications for the SVS Foundation's Clinical Research Seed Grants and awarded grant to the following vascular surgeons and their projects:
  • Dr. Guillermo Escobar, University of Michigan
    Project Title: Urine mRNAs as a novel, early marker of acute kidney injury after contrast dye or surgery
  • Dr. Benjamin Jackson, University of Pennsylvania
    Project Title: Biomechanical modeling and biomarkers to predict thoracic aneurysm growth
    Dr. Mahmoud Malas, Johns Hopkins University
    Project Title: Correlation of vasa-vasorum volume to carotid plaque instability using contrast enhanced 3-dimensional carotid duplex ultrasound

These $15,000, one- year grants provide funding for laboratory assays, imaging studies, data collection, and statistical support. Learn more about the program.

Learn to Increase Reimbursement at the Coding Workshop
As of 2011, Medicare audit contractors collected $939.3 million in incorrect payments and they continue to search for and collect improper payments from providers. 
To ensure correct reimbursement, register for the SVS Coding & Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons Course, to be held April 5-6 in Boston. Among the reasons to attend the Coding Course:
  • New 2013 endovascular codes for thrombolysis and cervicocerebral imaging.
  • Increased push from Medicare and private payers to audit E&M services.
  • Medicare's concern over coding as the result of EHR use.
Proper coding of services is vital for every vascular surgery practice so register today. Learn more about the course, agenda, registration and hotel accommodations. 
Stem Cell Program at VRIC 
This year, the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference, Emerging Concepts of Vascular Physiology and Therapy, will offer a special session, How to Put Together a Stem Cell Program for Therapeutic Angiogenesis: Challenges and Pitfalls. Those interested in that topic and learning more from a collaboration between vascular surgeon investigators and scientists from other vascular biology-related disciplines, should register today for VRIC, to be held on April 30 in Orlando, Florida. 

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