Advocacy Alert: Medicare administrators First Coast and Novitas finalize coverage policies for varicose veins and venous stenting


CMS to Move Forward with Mandatory Prior Authorization for Vein Ablation in Hospital Outpatient Setting (Effective July 1, 2020)


AVLS members who practice in the hospital outpatient setting(Place of Service 22) should be aware that in the 2020 Medicare...

“Surprise Billing” Legislation Shapes Up as a Fight at the Federal Level


On December 11, the House Ways and Means Committee issued an outline of that panel’s bipartisan proposal for addressing surprise medical bills. Some details are. . .

CMS Final Rule for 2020: Payment Rates for 2020 and New E&M Codes Coming in 2021


On November 1, CMS released its 2,475-page final rule for the 2020 Quality Payment Program (QPP) and the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The Final Rule encapsulates...

Improving Wisely Study Highlights Utilization in Vein Care: What Are the Key Takeaways so Far?


In 2018, the American Vein & Lymphatic Society partnered with the Improving Wisely collaborative at Johns Hopkins University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

CMS Releases Draft 2020 Part B Fee Schedule


Chris Pittman, MD, FAVLS, FACR On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes proposals...

2019 CPT Changes offer new codes to document consults, referral


For 2019, there are not extensive changes to the CPT code set that typically pertain to vein care. However, AVLS members will want to...

New Horizon

New Horizon


As a man of Faith, this is a familiar passage found in the Old Testament Book of Esther that is referenced by many in...

AMA Call to Action: ICD-10 Implementation

AMA Call to Action: ICD-10 Implementation


The AMA is encouraging all physicians to contact their representatives about the transition to the new ICD-10 coding system. ACP members are urged to …

AMA Advocacy Update- How SGR Law Changes will Affect Physicians

AMA Advocacy Update- How SGR Law Changes will Affect Physicians


From the American Medical Association To view original article click here Changes physicians should know in the SGR repeal law When the Medicare Access …

AMA Calls for Immediate Action on SGR Repeal

AMA Calls for Immediate Action on SGR Repeal


The AMA recently sent an action alert to its members regarding the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which requires immediate action by the …

Campaign to Air PBS Special Nationally


The ACP has a number of resources available to help with patient education, including an hour-long show about vein health produced by the ACP …

Novitas LCD Guidance: UPDATED

Novitas LCD Guidance: UPDATED


UPDATE: The ACP is currently working on an advocacy effort to oppose the propsed LCD by Novitas regarding treatment of varicose veins. The ACP …

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