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COVID-19 Resources for Members

The Society for Vascular Surgery has collected a number of resources to provide information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its impact.

Advocacy  Guidelines&Tools  Associated Resources  JVS

Other  A Message From SVS President, Dr. Kim Hodgson

Advocacy

CMS Regulatory Changes

The CMS issued an interim final rule on Monday, March 30, detailing new rules to equip the American healthcare system with flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These temporary changes will apply immediately across the entire U.S. healthcare system for the duration of the emergency declaration. Below is an SVS summary of the action and useful links.

CARES Act

CARES Act Overview & Summary

Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program

Provider Relief Fund

SBA Loan Programs: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Small Business Tax Provisions

COVID-19 Resources

Surgical Advocacy During COVID-19

Clinical Practice

Guidelines & Tools

Vascular Surgery Triage Guidelines
Guidance in triaging vascular surgery patients’ procedures during the pandemic, developed by the SVS Clinical Practice Council:

Telemedicine Guides

Handbook on COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
The Handbook on COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment shares the COVID-19 experiences of healthcare colleagues around the world who have been battling the virus. While not covering vascular surgery specifically, the handbook is a useful general resource, with valuable information for providers and systems on the front lines.

SVS Clinical Practice Council on COVID-19

The SVS Clinical Practice Council held a discussion around COVID-19 and its implications for vascular surgeons. Topics included vascular surgery triage, financial safety and the SVS response. The recording of the conversation is available for listening here.

Speakers and topics included:

  • Overview of SVS response to COVID-19: William Shutze, MD
  • Experience with vascular surgery triage:  Dawn Coleman, MD
  • Survival in community practice during the pandemic: Daniel McDevitt, MD
  • The financial safety net provided by the government: Megan Tracci, MD
  • Adjustments that need to be made to the various phases of the pandemic: Thomas Forbes, MD

Associated Resources

AMA Resource Center for Physicians (website)

The American College of Surgeons (website)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (website)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (website)

FDA Press Announcements (website)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (website)

Public Health Agency of Canada (website)

The U.S. Government, coronavirus.gov (website)

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (website)

Your State Department of Public Health

World Health Organization (website)

JVS

The Editors of the JVS Publications have launched a freely available COVID-19 Collection on the Journal websites. New papers regarding personal and institutional experiences during the pandemic, brief clinical research, special articles, and important Letters to the Editor on changes in clinical practice are published within 5-days of acceptance.

Other

SVS Communications
SVSConnect
VAM Updates
Pulse

SVS Town Halls

Corporate Donation Programs
During these difficult times, our industry partners are continuing to support the vascular community through donation programs. As more of our partners give back to the vascular community, the SVS will share updates on our Corporate Donation Programs page here.

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been hosting regular calls with a variety of clinicians, hospitals, other facilities, and states to keep stakeholders updated on their COVID-19 efforts. All recordings of the calls along with transcripts can be found below and on their Podcast and Transcripts page.

A Message From SVS President, Dr. Kim Hodgson

A bridge over troubled waters: Read the letter from SVS President Dr. Kim Hodgson on how the SVS is working and communicating with members during this time.

 

 

 

 

The links provided above are for convenience only and should not be considered an endorsement of the content therein. We will continue to add links and information as they become available.