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SVS: W.L. Gore & Associates Block Grant Will Support Vascular Quality

W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. will support a new Society for Vascular Surgery initiative to advance patient safety programs and the quality of vascular care.

Through a general block grant, Gore will help fund SVS quality initiatives designed to improve vascular patient surgical outcomes. These related projects will address key practice factors influencing quality care, including new care delivery and payment models, patient education, costs, surgeon wellness, and the value of vascular surgery services.

First-year funding support will focus on several initiatives including:
• Analysis of an advanced payment model that may improve care for patients with PAD
• A summit and a call to action for SVS leaders focused on appropriateness of care
• Data analysis of vascular surgeon well-being
• Data collection and analysis to address valuation of vascular surgery services

Gore is committed to two additional years of funding pending progress evaluation of years one and two.

“At the highest strategic level, SVS and Gore share an important mission goal to improve the quality of lives of vascular patients,” noted SVS Executive Director Kenneth M. Slaw, PhD. “This is a new and innovative model that transcends the traditional society/industry relationship and provides an opportunity for SVS and Gore to collaborate more deeply on key quality program initiatives that matter at a mission level.”

“Gore is committed to improving the quality of health care and outcomes for all vascular patients,” concurred Eric Zacharias, vascular business leader of W.L. Gore & Associates. “Innovative collaborations such as this with the SVS reflect our shared, value-based goals.”