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Washington Update: Advocacy, Policy News

‘DC Update’ Newsletter Debuts: The Society for Vascular Surgery has a new electronic newsletter, “DC Update” to keep SVS members informed of the events in Washington, D.C., that impact their lives. Initially, the newsletter (sent Sept. 16) will appear every other month.

“We want – and need – our members to be aware of how what happens at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at the Food and Drug Administration and elsewhere on Capitol Hill affects them,” said Sean Roddy, MD, chair of the SVS Policy and Advocacy Council, which is overseeing the newsletter. “ ‘DC Update’ will keep members up to date and also let them know when we need letters written to communicate our concerns.” “DC Update” also will be posted on the SVS website at vsweb.org/Newsletters.

Committee Shines Spotlight on Red Tape Burden: The SVS and other vascular societies have endorsed proposed solutions for the regulatory administrative burden of IT and electronic health records. In submitting the endorsement several months ago, the societies also referenced the 2018 SVS survey on wellness and burnout, identifying EHRs as a significant stressor of clinical practice. Read more on the SVS Government Relations Committee take on the issue at vsweb.org/RedTape.