03 Jan 2019

TREATING TORTUOUS VEINS: ‘I have chosen not to treat my patients…by administering PCF’

  By Eric Wellons, MD As a physician who treats patients with varicose veins, I have a variety of tools at my disposal that can relieve the significant disability brought on by the symptoms of this common vascular condition, such as achiness and a “heavy” feeling in the legs. In

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02 Jan 2019

MARVELS OF THE VEIN AND VASCULAR DIAGNOSTICS CENTER

By Javier Calderon, RVT Imagine if you or your close family member has struggled with pain for months, even years, with no relief. This constant pain, itching swelling and general feeling of heaviness in the lower legs can severely alter a person’s lifestyle and make life extremely miserable. Now imagine

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02 Jan 2019

SCHAENING ACP KEYNOTE: 2019 LCD DRAFTING,  NOTIFICATION, REVISION TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT

  By Vanessa Salvia Juan Schaening, MD, the executive contractor medical director for Medicare Jurisdiction N, discussed changes to 2019 Local Coverage Determinations during a keynote address at the American College of Phlebology’s 32nd Annual Congress Nov. 9 in Nashville. He said changes are designed to provide transparency in the

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02 Jan 2019

IMPROVING WISELY: COLLABORATION HELPS IDENTIFY, CUT HEALTHCARE WASTE

By Vanessa Salvia In the elegant Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Martin “Marty” Makary, MD, addressed American College of Phlebology’s 32nd Annual Congress attendees eager to hear his message about how the program Improving Wisely is helping to reduce waste in healthcare. More than 1,200 registrants,

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11 Dec 2018

BOOK REVIEWS: ‘A GUIDE TO TREATING FACE VEINS’

 ‘A Wonderful Resource’   By Joseph D. Raffetto, MD “A Guide to Treating Face Veins” is a wonderful resource and compilation of work by Dr. Ronald Bush and Mrs. Peggy Bush. Facial veins are uncommonly treated in most clinical practices but is a common problem among patients who seek medical

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11 Dec 2018

INSURANCE OBSTACLES TO TREATMENT BAFFLE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM VENOUS REFLUX

    “My veins are covered by insurance, right? But, the XYZ Insurance Co. representative said my varicose veins are a covered benefit on my insurance plan.”    By James White, MD How many times have these words been uttered by potential patients upon arrival to our vein clinics? Yet,

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21 Nov 2018

ACP CHANGES ITS NAME TO AMERICAN VEIN & LYMPHATIC SOCIETY; AVLS OFFICIAL STATEMENT

By Vanessa Salvia The American College of Phlebology (ACP) has changed its name to the American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS). The organization is still working on its new logo. The American College of Phlebology Foundation will be known as the Foundation for Venous and Lymphatic Disease, or FVLD. During

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14 Nov 2018

SUPERFICIAL THROMBOPHLEBITIS IN PREGNANCY: PRACTICE CHALLENGES WITH NO ENTIRELY COMPLETE GUIDELINES

By Manu Aggarwal There are a few things that make me take a longer pause in venous medicine. Of all venous disease complications, one of the top concerns is the pregnant patient. In the last year, I have seen a handful of pregnant patients with variable superficial venous thrombophlebitis (SVT)

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13 Nov 2018

VIETHsymposium: INTACT VASCULAR EVENTS

Intact Vascular Inc., a private medical device company committed to developing solutions for minimally invasive peripheral vascular procedures, has announced the schedule of key presentations to be featured during a lunch symposium co-sponsored with Philips at the 45th annual VEITHsymposium in New York City on Thursday, Nov.15. Following the symposium, an

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12 Nov 2018

26,000-PERSON STUDY: FISH OIL AND VITAMIN D PILLS NO GUARD AGAINST CANCER OR SERIOUS HEART TROUBLE

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Nov. 10 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Researchers defined serious heart problems as the

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