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Position Statement

Information about SVS positions and statements on important issues surrounding vascular surgery and other healthcare related topics. 

SVS Board Endorses ACS Statement on Firearm Injury

The Board of Directors of the Society for Vascular Surgery has voted to endorse a statement by the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons on firearm injuries.


SVS Position Statement on Vascular Screening

Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States, yet is generally asymptomatic until a catastrophic event occurs, such as a stroke or aneurysm rupture. Although preventive screening is available, millions of Americans at risk for stroke or death from vascular disorders remain unaware of their risk.

SVS Position Statement on Medical Liability Reform


The broken medical liability system remains one of the most difficult issues for physicians. It places a communications barrier between physicians and their patients. It forces physicians to practice defensive medicine. Lawsuits put physicians at emotional, reputational and financial risk and they drain resources out of an already financially strapped national health care system, which could be used for medical research or expanded access to care for patients.

The numbers are staggering:

SVS Medicare Physician Payment Plan 2013

A New Medicare Physician Payment System: Principles for Replacement of the SGR Formula for Surgeons 

Meaningful Health System Reform

Many aspects of health care in the United States are the best in the world; however, escalating expense, lack of access and variable quality must be addressed. Continuation of the current system or creation of a reformed system that will cost trillions of dollars, likely bankrupting the United States, is not acceptable.

Below are the principles of health care reform that Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) supports:

SVS Position on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)


Medicare payment policy requires a broad and thorough analysis regarding how it affects providers and beneficiaries. Congress has always played an essential role in shaping policies that meet the needs of their communities and constituents to ensure the health care system is equipped to care for diverse populations of this country. Unfortunately, IPAB, created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), threatens the ability of Congress to ensure access to needed health care.  

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