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May 2, 2013
Correction to New Cervicocerebral Imaging Codes for 2013
The new cervicocerebral imaging codes (CPT 36222-36228), which bundle catheterization and diagnostic imaging services, were developed to be reported with modifier 50 if performed bilaterally. However, the 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule lists a bilateral indicator of "0" for each of these codes. Therefore, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will deny payment if modifier -50 is appended. SVS identified and successfully appealed this issue with CMS. CMS then corrected this error in its April Update to the regional carriers. The bilateral indicator is now listed as "1" which means 150 percent payment adjustment if billed with modifier 50. This change is effective retroactively to Jan. 1, 2013. On page eight of the 10 page CMS transmittal # 2677 it is clear that this has been fixed. This CMS PDF document can be used in the appeal process.
Varicose Veins Educational Campaign
The Rethink Varicose Veins educational campaign, in which SVS is a partner, will get more exposure this summer with the launch of a contest designed to encourage the public to realize that varicose veins are more than a cosmetic issue. The contest, open to all of those who take the mobile self-assessment at (, will be publicized in the online editions of MORE Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens and Fitness. The Rethink Varicose Veins campaign is aimed at educating the public that if left untreated, varicose veins can progress to more serious chronic venous insufficiency.  
JVS and JVS:VL are now on Facebook
The Journal of Vascular Surgery® and the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders™ are now on Facebook. Be sure to "like" each page to get news and updates about the Journals in your Facebook News Feed. Know exactly when the JVS CME exams are available and when the latest issue of JVS:VL is posted online. Also, get tips about how to submit your work to the Journals. Copy the following URLs into your browser to access the Journal of Vascular Surgery ( and the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders ( on Facebook.
Deadline May 10: Women's Leadership Grant 
The SVS Women's Leadership Committee periodically awards a women's leadership training grant for female vascular surgeons. The Women's Leadership Training Grant, in the amount of $5,000, is supported by a grant from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Funding from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. supports three $5,000 awards. Examples of leadership training opportunities include personal leadership coaching, travel to meet women leaders, or specific training programs. The application deadline is May 10, 2013. Read complete details and download an application.

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