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In This Issue
  • Postive Action on SGR Reform
  • International Scholar Recipients
  • UCLA Symposium
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August 1, 2013
Postive Action on SGR Reform in July
After a long struggle, Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) legislation, H.R. 2810, was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday, with one technical amendment. This bipartisan bill includes many issues supported by SVS in comments to the committee, including: a repeal of the flawed SGR formula; a five year period of payment stability with annual updates of .5 percent; an Update Incentive Program that provides an additional 1 percent for high performing physicians (and a 1 percent decrease for low performing physicians); alternative payment models beginning in 2015; and expanded access to Medicare data. There is one major concern in the legislation - a net reduction of 1 percent on the projected amount of expenditures for 2016-2018 for misvalued services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. In mid-August, please look for an email that will ask SVS members to send letters to Congress in support of all aspects of the bill, except the reduction for misvalued services.
2014 International Scholar Recipients
The recipients of the 2014 SVS International Scholars Program have been selected. They are: Jo Krysa, MD, New Zealand, Jose Leite, MD, Brazil, Yamume Tshomba, MD, Italy and IIkka Uurrto, MD, Finland. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Vascular Annual Meeting, June 5-7 in Boston, Mass, and visit clinical, teaching and research activities in the United States and Canada. Each scholar receives a $5,000 stipend to be used for travel expenses. The application process for the 2015 Vascular Annual Meeting, to be held in Chicago, will open March 1, 2014. 
UCLA Symposium: Vascular Surgery Update  
The 31st Annual UCLA Symposium--A Comprehensive Review and Update of What's New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, will be held Sept. 9-12 in Beverly Hills, California. Vascular surgery residents will find this four-day comprehensive overview a useful supplement to their training. The course also provides the necessary basic science foundation for better understanding of the topic, as it conforms to the curriculum outlined by the vascular surgery program directors (APDVS).  Practicing vascular surgeons may also find the course a useful review of the specialty. 

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