At VEIN, we consider our magazine a landmark publication that recognizes innovators and leaders in the medical industry, while applauding and highlighting some of the industry’s finest technological and medical advances.
In this issue, prominent vein organizations and physicians come together in a portrait of this exciting, evolving medical specialty. Those featured should be saluted for their contributions to one of the most sophisticated, competitive, and emerging medical segments in the world today.
In keeping with the theme of change and challenge in our industry, our cover story, DENIED, reports on recent Blue Cross Blue Shield privileging changes for EVLT and RFA procedures in the state of Massachusetts. Why did BCBS really institute these changes? Is it really about quality of patient care? And did they do proper due diligence, familiarizing themselves with the physicians and societies that excel in the world of modern vein care? What are the industry-wide implications of a memo that landed quietly in one vein care office and then exploded into a national issue with it’s own task force? These are questions we can’t afford to ignore.
We also invite you to read the first in a new series of round table discussions on phlebology. In the first installment of “Education by Elias”, Dr. Steve Elias creatively poses several questions to vein specialists and the industry as a whole. Dr. Elias’ thoughts and findings will be published in the upcoming issues of VEIN, as he explores the similarities and differences in training between several medical specialties currently practicing vein treatments, and physicians from within each of those segments. This series is sure to spark plenty of thought-provoking conversation over the next several months, so please join us as we begin a journey towards phlebological enlightenment!
VEIN Magazine is designed as a resource to give you a concise review of industry leaders and up-to-date information about vein-related health. In this spirit, we debut a new feature about advanced wound care and welcome our new readers from the American Professional Wound Care Association. And of course, VEIN would not be complete without Medical Diary, Event Preview, and Phlebeology International, which provide our readers with information about recent events and agendas for upcoming meetings.
On behalf of the team at VEIN, it gives me great pleasure to present you with the consummate guide to vein health. I hope you draw as much inspiration reading our collection of articles and guides as we did compiling them.
Thank you for reading VEIN Magazine!
Ali Jahangiri, Esq.
Publisher and CEO