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The Society for Vascular Surgery submits comments to governmental agencies and lawmakers on issues important to the Society and its members. Click the links below to learn more about a particular issue.

Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS)

Sept 21, 2018: Comments to CMS on the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs

SVS Member Eblasts

SVS Member eblasts are single-topic emails of importance sent to members. Eblasts cover a variety of topics including award nominations, scholarship and grant deadlines, VAM announcements, upcoming events and SVS ongoings.

Find them here.

Oct. 3, 2016

Dear Members:

As President of the Society for Vascular Surgery, I am pleased to report that your SVS continues to grow and flourish in membership, programs, stature, strength and influence. The SVS is an organization of which we all, as members, can be immensely proud. Together we are the lifeblood of SVS, strengthening it with our ideas and knowledge, time, energy and leadership.

This past year the SVS achieved numerous tangible outcomes for the benefit of our members, our specialty, and the welfare of our patients:

Most decisions about what procedures will be covered under Medicare are made by local contractors and are known as local coverage determinations (LCDs). In some cases the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services decides that a coverage issue is national in scope and it issues a national coverage determination (NCD). A recent instance of an NCD is the revised determination for carotid artery stenting which can be found:

SVS Coding Committee

The SVS Coding Committee oversees SVS CPT, RUC and ICD coding activities.

Committee charges:

Advocacy by our members ensures that Congress hears our voice.

News & Advocacy

Vascular News

SVS members are at the forefront of vascular news and discovery. Find news about the Society for Vascular Surgery, its membership and its initiatives, below.


PULSE, the SVS bi-weekly electronic newsletter, delivers up-to-the-minute information to the 5,800 SVS members. Information covers a variety of topics, including member benefits, advocacy updates from Washington, practice resources, VAM and other meetings, research opportunities and deadlines, awards, scholarships, jobs from the Job Board and much more.

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Your vascular system is made up of vessels that carry your blood throughout your body. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from your heart. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. Your blood leaves the left side of the heart and is pumped out to the rest of your body.


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