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“The American healthcare landscape is rapidly changing. The past year has seen the first enrollment of the ACA and a major push for repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Medicare will continue to reevaluate payment models and revalue services provided while providers will continue to face reimbursement constraints. These changes will impact patient access to care and our ability to provide the care needed.
"The SVS PAC is the single voice in Washington that ensures issues facing the care of patients with vascular disease are understood. The SVS PAC has succeeded in averting cuts to vascular ultrasound reimbursement and reducing barriers to AAA screening. The SVS PAC continued to promote new legislation for the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Committee and the SGR.
"I became involved in the SVS PAC during my surgical training and quickly understood the critical importance the SVS PAC plays to advocate for vascular surgeons and our patients. The current political atmosphere demands that we be engaged in the political process and the PAC is our voice. I urge all members, it is our duty to our patients, and ourselves, to continue to support the SVS PAC."
Randall DeMartino, MD, SVS PAC Chair
"I believe that supporting the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) Political Action Committee (PAC) is one of our professional duties and is an investment in the future of vascular surgery. The SVS PAC is the only PAC that exclusively supports vascular surgery issues. On behalf of the SVS PAC Committee, I thank all members who support the PAC. 100 percent of your money is allocated to attend fundraisers for Congressional members and non-incumbent candidates who are supportive of our issues," Read More
David Deaton, MD
"The current changes in health care reimbursement directly impact vascular surgeons and their patients. You may not know that SVS is taking the lead in working with government officials to develop fair laws and practice guidelines. Instead of waiting for others to make all the decisions, our volunteer members and staff are working to ensure that those in government making the decisions understand the impact of their work," Read More
Peter Gloviczki, MD
|"A good offense - great advocacy - is the best defense when confronted with so many unknowns today. The challenges are obvious and they are present on both sides of the aisle. Our response will only be as forceful as the resources we generate. We have many congressional leaders to meet with to present our issues. Your contribution to the SVS/PAC will allow us to advocate at every opportunity," Read More|
Carlo A. Dall’Olmo, MD