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CVC Commends 75 Bipartisan Members of Congress for Urging CMS to Address Severe Proposed Medicare Cuts
September 15, 2021

Letter urges CMS to prevent up to 20% cuts by not  finalizing the clinical labor policy in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule  Washington, D.C. –– The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today applauded 75 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House for… more

 

Coalition Urges CMS to Not Finalize Clinical Labor Policy in 2022 PFS Proposed Rule
September 9, 2021

Unless CMS and Congress take action, proposed cuts of an estimated 23% will drive healthcare consolidation, increase costs, and exacerbate healthcare inequities   Washington, D.C. –– A group of 16 influential professional groups and societies representing providers across the specialty provider space – including the CardioVascular Coalition – are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to not finalize the clinical labor policy included in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule.   As… more

 

Cardiovascular Coalition Urges Congress, CMS to Reverse Proposed Medicare Cuts During Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month
September 1, 2021

If finalized, the proposed ~23% cuts would have a devastating impact on patient access and systemic disparities by accelerating America’s amputation epidemic Washington, D.C. –– The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today called on Congress… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Notes Proposed 20% Medicare Cut to Amputation Prevention Services Will Increase Health Inequity
August 3, 2021

Deep payment cuts proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) threatens to reduce access to Medicare beneficiaries at risk for limb loss  Washington, D.C. –– The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – expressed grave concern regarding deep ~20% payment cuts to revascularization services in the proposed Physician Fee… more

 

NJ.com: Help needed to reduce unnecessary amputations
May 26, 2021

Discussions about ending racial health care disparities and finding solutions have finally started to emerge. For far too long, Black, Native American and Latino Americans have exhibited higher rates of serious conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease and suffered worse outcomes than white individuals. Click here to see the full article on the NJ.com… more

 

Endovascular Today: PAD Task Force Commends Reintroduction of ARC Act in Congress
April 30, 2021

Members of the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Task Force praised lawmakers for the introduction of the Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act (H.R. 2631) in Congress. The legislation is intended to reduce unnecessary amputations resulting from PAD. The bill provides coverage of PAD screening for at-risk beneficiaries under the Medicare and Medicaid programs without the… more

 

The Hill: Support healthy equity by ending America’s Amputation Epidemic
April 21, 2021

As we recognize National Minority Health Month, a time designated to examine the systemic inequities in our nation’s health care system, we must take a close look at the imbalances that have been exposed even further because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once hidden to the unaffected, it’s now clear to all that communities of color… more

 

PAD Task Force Commends Reintroduction of ARC Act in the U.S. in Recognition of National Minority Health Month
April 20, 2021

H.R. 2631 will increase education and screening for at-risk populations in order to reduce limb loss WASHINGTON – Members of the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Task Force – including the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), CardioVascular Coalition, CLI Global Society, Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and Society of Interventional Radiology… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Amputations, Increase PAD Screening & Improve Education
April 19, 2021

Amputation Reduction and Compassion Act, introduced in recognition of National Minority Health Month, will expand coverage for PAD screening among at-risk populations Washington, D.C. –– The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today applauded lawmakers in… more

 

CBS News: Study Finds Black Americans are More Likely to Undergo Amputations for Peripheral Artery Disease
February 19, 2021

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CardioVascular Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Letter Urging National Effort to Prevent Amputations
February 4, 2021

Lawmakers Urge President Biden to Prioritize Amputation Prevention Strategies and Invest in Preventative Care to Reduce Incidence and Harm of Vascular Disease WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today commended Members of Congress… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Thanks Congress for Easing Specialty Payment Cuts
December 22, 2020

End-Of-Year Spending Package is Good First Step by Providing One-Year, 3.75% Increase to the Physician Fee Schedule, Delaying Add-On Code for Three Years WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today commended Congress for… more

 

Kaiser Health News: Education and Coverage Gaps Lead to Avoidable Amputations
December 17, 2020

Coming to terms with systemic racism in health care is long overdue (“What Doctors Aren’t Always Taught: How to Spot Racism in Health Care,” Nov. 17). The way medicine is taught and the payment policies that shape the system have created persistent disparities in patient outcomes across racial and ethnic groups. As a result, Black… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Expresses Concern with CMS Decision to Finalize Deep Cuts to Specialty Services Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Widespread Opposition
December 9, 2020

Vascular care providers call on Congress to pass legislation in year-end package to block 2021 payment cuts and protect patient access to specialty care WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today expressed disappointment… more

 

Vascular Care Leaders Commend Lawmakers for Supporting Legislation to Address Dramatic Payment Cuts in 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule
December 8, 2020

Despite Congressional and stakeholder opposition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized sharp payment cuts to specialty providers including vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and interventional radiology Washington, D.C. – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD)… more

 

NJ.com: Bill would limit amputations
December 8, 2020

COVID-19 has laid bare racial health disparities that existed long before the onset of the pandemic. For years, a growing body of research showed that Black, Latino and Native Americans are disproportionately impacted by diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, and peripheral artery disease (PAD) — a circulatory condition that affects more than 20 million… more

 

Cardiovascular Business: Cardiologists, other healthcare providers speak out against ‘detrimental’ cuts included in MPFS final rule
December 3, 2020

CMS has released the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, leaving healthcare organizations throughout the United States with concerns about what new reimbursement cuts might mean for business going forward. To see the full article, visit the Cardiovascular Business website.

 

Endovascular Today: PAD Task Force Urges Passage of ARC Act for Amputation Prevention
December 1, 2020

The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) announced the publication of an opinion editorial in The Hill calling for lawmakers to support peripheral artery disease (PAD) testing and education to prevent amputations. Click here to see the full article on the Endovascular Today website.

 

The Hill: Congress: Support the ARC Act to prevent amputations
December 1, 2020

For most Americans, encountering someone in their community who is missing a lower limb due to amputation isn’t terribly uncommon. Thanks to modern surgical techniques and advances in mobility devices, amputations don’t shock us — and many people don’t give any thought as to why the limb loss occurred in the first place. But what is… more

 

CVC Urges Lawmakers to Support Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Testing and Education During American Diabetes Month
November 24, 2020

Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act supports patient education and screening of at-risk populations to reduce lower limb amputation Washington, D.C. – In recognition of American Diabetes Month, the CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – is… more

 

Podiatry Today: Could The Amputation Reduction And Compassion Act Have An Impact On PAD Screening And Amputation Prevention?
November 20, 2020

It is estimated that non-healing wounds affect approximately seven to eight million people in the U.S. while an estimated nine million people have peripheral arterial disease (PAD).1 Peripheral arterial disease is often an unrecognized cause of the aforementioned wounds, symptoms of pain, functional disability, foot ulcers, infections and amputations. Nationwide, more than 30 percent of patients… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Commends Bipartisan Congressional Letter to House Leadership Urging Action on Pending Healthcare Cuts
October 29, 2020

229 bipartisan lawmakers join growing chorus of leaders opposing Medicare specialty cuts   Washington, D.C. – Today the CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – applauded a bipartisan letter signed by 229 Congressional lawmakers – led by… more

 

Vascular Care Leaders Applaud Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. for Introducing Bill to Address Health Inequities in Peripheral Artery Disease
October 26, 2020

The Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act aims to prevent amputations by expanding Medicare and Medicaid coverage for PAD and establishing a PAD education program Washington, D.C. – Today the CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) –… more

 

Cardiovascular Business: Advocates applaud legislation that would improve coverage for peripheral artery disease screening
October 23, 2020

CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), an advocacy group focused on improving access to care for peripheral artery disease (PAD), has shared its support for newly introduced legislation that would ramp up Medicare and Medicaid coverage of PAD screening. The Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act (H.R. 8615) was introduced Oct. 16 by Reps. Donald Payne, Jr., Bobby… more

 

CVC Commends Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Protect Specialty Care from Severe Medicare Reimbursement Cuts
October 23, 2020

H.R. 8505 would block severe payment cuts to over 30 healthcare specialties including vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, interventional radiology and  interventional cardiology Washington, D.C. –– The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today praised House lawmakers… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Reduce Amputations, Improve Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness & Screening
October 22, 2020

Reps. Donald Payne, Jr., Bobby Rush and Ruben Gallego introduce Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act to expand coverage for PAD screening and intervention Washington, D.C. –– The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today commended… more

 

Healio: PAD Awareness Month calls attention to amputation risks, screening, treatments
September 27, 2020

September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month, designed to improve access to screening and treatments for patients with PAD. According to the CardioVascular Coalition, approximately 20 million Americans have PAD, and about 200,000 patients per year undergo avoidable amputations. Many of these patients are from historically underrepresented backgrounds, according to the coalition. Click here to… more

 

The Hill: Congress: Eliminate disparities in health care
September 16, 2020

Despite the turmoil of recent months, I am hopeful that 2020 will lead to lasting change —especially when it comes to our health care options and outcomes for communities of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the lingering and unjust disparities between racial and ethnic groups. Now, the calls to close that gap have… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Urges Congress to Support Limb Loss Prevention During Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month
September 3, 2020

Advocates call for policies to block planned specialty provider cuts before January 2021 Washington, DC – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a leading group of providers, physicians, and manufacturers, today urged lawmakers in Congress to support policies to improve peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening, diagnoses and treatment to reduce unnecessary lower limb amputations in recognition of… more

 

ProPublica: Black Diabetics Lose Limbs at Triple the Rate of Others. Here’s How Health Care Leaders Are Starting to Act.
August 27, 2020

Prompted by a ProPublica story that detailed how Black Americans with diabetes lose limbs at a rate triple that of others, the American Diabetes Association has included an initiative to prevent unnecessary amputations as part of an unprecedented campaign to reduce racial disparities in diabetes care. “The ProPublica article raised the consciousness of what the problem is,”… more

 

Men’s Health: Rather Than Amputate Limbs, This Black Diabetes Doctor Helps Save Them
August 24, 2020

I knew I wanted to become a doctor at age five, motivated by seeing the devastating effects of disease in my family. My grandmother died of diabetes at the young age of 64. Both my parents are diabetic, and thankfully, due to my increased vigilance and preventive measures, they haven’t developed adverse complications you see,… more

 

Your Valley: HonorHealth seeks to save more limbs from peripheral arterial disease consequences
August 21, 2020

A team of Scottsdale physicians and health professionals are working to curb the rate of amputations due to low-blood flow — a common, and deadly, disease impacting millions of people yearly. Peripheral artery disease is a circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs. Those at risk include people with… more

 

Radiology Business: Quash ‘reckless’ Medicare cuts that could cost radiology billions, lawmakers urge Congress
August 12, 2020

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members are asking congressional leaders to quash a Medicare payment change that could cost radiology billions in the years to come. Spearheaded by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., the 92 lawmakers want Congress to waive budget-neutrality requirements stemming from a proposed pay increase for office-based evaluation and management services in… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Commends Congressman Bobby Rush for Leading Effort of 93 Bipartisan Lawmakers to Block Medicare Specialty Cuts
August 11, 2020

Lawmakers call for policies to waive budget neutrality requirements in E/M codes and block planned specialty provider cuts before January 2021  WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today commended Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-1)… more

 

Insider: There’s an epidemic of Black Americans losing their legs and feet to diabetes. A doctor in Mississippi knows how to end it.
August 7, 2020

Linda Amos had to get one of her ten toes cut off last year, but it could’ve been much worse if she’d never met Dr. Foluso Fakorede. Amos and Fakorede live in the Mississippi Delta, America’s diabetes capital. Living in the area, which has the lowest number of doctors per capita in the US, and even fewer cardiologists (like Fakorede),… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Warns Deep Cuts to Specialty Services in Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Will Restrict Patient Access to Limb-Saving Interventions
August 6, 2020

Congressional action needed to waive budget neutrality requirements in E/M codes and block planned specialty provider cuts before January 2021 WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today expressed disappointment in the Centers for… more

 

PAD Task Force Welcomes Society of Interventional Radiology
July 7, 2020

PAD Task Force urges lawmakers to join Congressional PAD Caucus to advance policies to improve access to screening for at-risk populations and reduce preventable amputations WASHINGTON – Members of the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Task Force – including the Association of Black Cardiologists, CardioVascular Coalition, Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and… more

 

AJMC: Why Amputations Are on the Rise in Some States, Even as Diabetes Care Improves
July 5, 2020

The last decade has brought great strides in diabetes care. Better insulins and better technology can allow people with diabetes—both type 1 and type 2—to keep their blood sugar from rising and falling in ways that cause long-term damage to their eyesight and vascular systems. New classes of drugs for patients with type 2 diabetes… more

 

Healio: Chronic stress after new, worsening PAD diagnosis predicts long-term mortality
June 29, 2020

Among patients with new or worsening peripheral artery disease, chronic stress was independently associated with elevated risk for all-cause mortality in the subsequent 4 years, researchers reported. Self-reported chronic stress at 1 year was common in this population, occurring in nearly 20% of patients, the researchers wrote. “This is the first time that we have… more

 

ProPublica Reporting Underscores Need for Improved PAD Screening for African Americans
May 28, 2020

CVC working collaboratively with bipartisan lawmakers to advance policies to improve access to screening for at-risk populations and reduce preventable amputations WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition – a coalition of stakeholders and advocates created to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease including peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today stressed the importance of policies… more

 

MedPage Today: COVID Could Cost Life and Limb — Literally
May 21, 2020

Amid the escalating volume of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals, doctors recently noticed something puzzling: the typical volume of patients with symptoms of heart attack, stroke, appendicitis, and other emergent or urgent health problems were no longer seeking care as frequently. As much as we wish that Americans are no longer suffering from these serious conditions,… more

 

Clarion Ledger: Amputations are soaring in the Delta among Black diabetics. One doctor is trying to end it
May 20, 2020

It was a Friday evening in the hospital after a particularly grueling week when Dr. Foluso Fakorede, the only cardiologist in Bolivar County, Mississippi, walked into Room 336. Henry Dotstry lay on a cot, his gray curls puffed on a pillow. Fakorede smelled the circumstances — a rancid whiff, like dead mice. He asked a… more

 

NBC News: Doctor on mission to stop preventable amputations in diabetic black Americans
May 20, 2020

Research shows amputations happen more frequently among black patients with diabetes in the rural Southeast, often three-to-four times the national average. Dr. Foluso Fakorede says patients are often unaware of other treatment options before undergoing surgery.   Click here to see the original story on the NBC News website.

 

Mississippi Today: The black American amputation epidemic: Black patients losing limbs at triple the rate of others
May 19, 2020

IT WAS A FRIDAY EVENING in the hospital after a particularly grueling week when Dr. Foluso Fakorede, the only cardiologist in Bolivar County, Mississippi, walked into Room 336. Henry Dotstry lay on a cot, his gray curls puffed on a pillow. Fakorede smelled the circumstances — a rancid whiff, like dead mice. He asked a nurse… more

 

ProPublica: The Black American Amputation Epidemic
May 19, 2020

IT WAS A FRIDAY EVENING in the hospital after a particularly grueling week when Dr. Foluso Fakorede, the only cardiologist in Bolivar County, Mississippi, walked into Room 336. Henry Dotstry lay on a cot, his gray curls puffed on a pillow. Fakorede smelled the circumstances — a rancid whiff, like dead mice. He asked a nurse… more

 

National Kidney Month: Vascular Care Community Stresses PAD Risks in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
March 12, 2020

Minority populations with CKD are at a much higher risk than the general population of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD) WASHINGTON – The Cardiovascular Coalition (CVC), a coalition of cardiovascular and endovascular care providers, physicians and manufacturers created to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease, urges increased awareness for kidney health and better… more

 

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Study: Patients with PAD could find relief by sipping cocoa beverages
February 18, 2020

A new study suggests that patients who have peripheral artery disease could see an increase in fitness if they consistently consumed cocoa beverages. The preliminary study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation Research shows that cocoa drinks, which are rich in flavanol, consumed three times daily for six months could improve the walking performance for… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Commends Congress for Inclusion of Peripheral Artery Disease Language in End-of-Year Appropriations Package
December 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD), today commended lawmakers in Congress for including language specific to peripheral artery disease education and awareness in Congress’ year-end legislative package. The appropriations language encourages the Centers and Disease… more

 

AJMC: Understanding Diabetes Risks Can Save Your Limbs
December 4, 2019

Diabetes is a well-known term; however, it’s safe to bet most people don’t fully understand the disease, its risks, and its serious health implications.  In recognition of American Diabetes Month, it is important to acknowledge the various health risks associated with diabetes, including peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can lead to devastating health outcomes. Across… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Releases New White Paper on Value of Peripheral Artery Disease Screening Among At-Risk Populations
December 3, 2019

CVC urges USPSTF to update PAD screening recommendations to include at-risk populations to prevent amputation, reduce healthcare costs, and eliminate racial disparities WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD), released a new white paper urging the… more

 

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