Industry Updates

On the Hill—Part 1

by Jason Prigozen, MD, FAPWHc Representation for Those Involved in Care for Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds The sky is not falling, but in both relative and real dollars, physicians’ payments are. Every year since 199...Continue Reading

ICD-10 & SGR

Congress has done it again. A bill was sent to the House on March 27, 2014, with the intent of correcting the Sustainable Growth R ate (SGR) reductions in the Medicare fee schedule. The proposed legislation was included a...Continue Reading

Vasculera A Recently Approved Diosmin Treatment for the Clinical Dietary Management of CVI

Diosmin is a flavonoid derived from citrus plants. There have been many studies evaluating the efficacy of diosmin as a dietary treatment for managing chronic venous insufficiency, among other maladies, but likely none as...Continue Reading

The Sunshine Act and its Effects on Physicians and Continuing Education

Background Over the past two decades, there has been a growing movement within medical schools to eliminate the perceived undue influence of pharmaceutical companies on medical students and faculty through such “fr...Continue Reading

Fighting Inertia: Merging the ACP and AVF into a Single Society

From birth, he hated change. The situation he was in was always better than the situation he could be in--no matter how bad the current situation was or how good the future situation could be. This was my middle son, th...Continue Reading

Training Gaps: How to Establish Comprehensive Training in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine

Significant gaps in training in venous and lymphatic medicine have been identified in published articles and data [1-7], as well as in previous articles in Vein Magazine—regardless of whether a physician’s tr...Continue Reading

Venous Patient Outcome Registry

by Uchenna N. OnyeachomThe Venous Patient Outcome Registry (VPOR), the firstever patient-centered online registry, was developed to assess patient outcomes and quality of life for the various treatments of venous disease...Continue Reading

Vein Center Accreditation A Process to Demonstrate a Commitment to Quality Vein Care

by Neil Khilnani, MD The History Behind Venous Practice Accreditation The care of venous disorders of the lower extremities has changed significantly in the last 25 years. Treatment for nearly all chronic superficial an...Continue Reading

Personal Statement About My Year as 8th President of the AVF and other thoughts

On the day that I took over as the 8th president of the AVF in 1996-1997, there was serious (bad) news. Our professional management organization informed us that their charges would not be financially sustainable by the...Continue Reading

The AVF/ACP Merger: A Thoughtful Treatise

Several months ago I wrote an article espousing the advantages of the American Venous Forum and the American College of Phlebology merging into one national venous society. The article generated a great deal of interest...Continue Reading