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September 12, 2013
VQI passes 100,000 procedures mark
The Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI), the Society's outcomes assessment and quality improvement program, now includes more than 100,000 procedures. Since launching in 2011, the program has grown to include more than 245 centers and 1,500 physicians across the United States and Canada. Fourteen regional quality groups are now in place to analyze outcomes and benchmark results with peers on the following procedures: carotid endarterectomy, carotid artery stenting, endovascular and open AAA report, peripheral vascular interventions, infra- and supra-inguinal bypass, thoracic and complex EVAR, hemodialysis access, lower extremity amputations and IVC filter procedures. To learn more about improving outcomes through participation, visit http://www.vascularqualityinitiative.org/
Incentive Bonus for Maintenance of Certification Participation 
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) MOC Incentive. This incentive allows physicians participating in PQRS reporting to earn an additional 0.5% on Medicare Part B charges. Complete information is available on the ABS website. SVS is also committed to continuous professional development and offers MOC through the Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program 2 (VESAP2) and the Journal of Vascular Surgery-CME Program. Participants in the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) may also receive incentive payments under PQRS.
Deadlines
Register today for the SVS Comprehensive Vascular Review Course, Oct. 25-26 in Chicago. To take advantage of special rates, book your hotel by Oct. 3. Learn more about the course schedule, CME, hotel accommodations, and more.
 
Nominations for SVS members to serve on the Nominating Committee are due Sept. 30, submit nominations to Michel Makaroun, MD, at vascular@vascularsociety.org.
 
Improve reimbursement through proper coding, and register for Challenges in Vascular Surgery 2013: Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons, October 18-19, in Chicago. Take advantage of special hotel rates and make your reservation by Sept. 23. 
 
Letters of intent for the SVS Foundation Multicenter Clinical Studies Planning Grant, to develop a grant application for a high-impact multicenter clinical study in the treatment and/or prevention of vascular diseases, are due Oct. 3. 

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