Working with our members, the ACP has become the leading advocate for the field of vein care. We have worked with the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM) to develop standards of care, certification exams, and educational materials for physicians and allied healthcare professionals interested in venous and lymphatic disease. As a representative to the AMA House of Delegates since 2008, the ACP has a direct voice on the floor of the AMA and in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations. The ACP also has a direct influence in appointments to the CPT coding committee, the Residency Review Committee, and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPTF). The ACP strongly encourages its members to become AMA Members. To find out more, please visit the AMA website at www.ama-assn.org
Through public education, we let people know how to identify venous disease, proper treatment options and who should perform these treatments. Public awareness campaigns, production of a PBS documentary on venous disease, development of a comprehensive patient awareness book and patient education materials for your practice, and the Find a Provider section of the ACP website are just a few ways the ACP is working to generate greater awareness of venous and lymphatic disease among the general public.