As a member organization, the success of the American College of Phlebology is directly connected to the support and participation of our membership. Whether you serve on a committee or attended an educational meeting, your participation in the ACP contributes to our mission of advancing vein care. Below are just a few highlights of what we’ve been able to achieve over the past year.
ACP Hosts XVII UIP World Meeting, September 8-13, 2013 in Boston, MA
With nearly 2,400 participants, the XVII International Union of Phlebology (UIP) World Meeting was the largest and most comprehensive international meeting dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease ever sponsored by the ACP. The 5-day meeting included more than 600 sessions covering the breadth of vein care, more than 30 international societies and 99 vein-care focused exhibitors, showcasing the latest technology and products in the treatment of venous and lymphatic disease.
The XVII UIP World Meeting set the standard for UIP meetings to come, and proved to the international vein community the ACP is on the forefront of vein care.
ACP Opens New Training Center
The ACP opened a new, state-of-the-art training center at the headquarters office in San Leandro, CA earlier this year, and has already hosted two sold out courses – Phlebology Review and Nursing Sclerotherapy. A third course, Basic Ultrasound is set for June 28, 2014.
The new space allows the ACP to hold smaller courses on specific subjects important to the ACP membership. Participants can engage with expert faculty in a more intimate learning environment. Technology was also an important consideration, allowing for live streaming of sessions and recorded content for use in the ACP’s Online Education Center.
ACP Participates in AMA RUC Survey
As a member of the AMA House of Delegates, and with an eligible advisory seat on the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), the ACP was invited to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) review of four endovenous ablation therapy services. The results of the survey will then be used to inform CMS policy.
In addition, ACP delegates will represent the ACP at the RUC Meeting in Chicago.
Testing the ACP Research Database
Over the past year, the ACP has been diligently developing a research database that will enable physicians who treat veins to securely and efficiently input diagnosis, treatment and outcomes data into a singular, digitally accessible location. The distinguishing component of the ACP database is the ability to easily upload the collected data through an electronic medical record (EMR) system. The ACP database has been built and is currently in the process of testing EMR data for the projected rollout to the ACP membership at the 2014 ACP Annual Congress.
Once complete, the database will provide researchers, clinicians and policy-makers objective data, which can be used in the analysis of treatment methods, quality of life indicators and professional standards of practice.
ACP Board Sets Strategic Goals for Next Three Years
The ACP Board of Directors met in Dallas, TX for three days of planning to set strategic goals for the ACP through 2016. Organized around education, advocacy, research and member engagement, the meeting produced important objectives which will consolidate the ACP’s role as the leading authority for vein care.
- Increasing the scope and diversity of education
- Raising the level of expertise in the treatment of venous disease
- Increasing public awareness
- Supporting ABMS recognition as a subspecialty
- Implementing the practical research database
- Updating the grant process
- Providing greater volunteer and leadership opportunities
This is just a short list of accomplishments and goals the ACP has set.
With your enduring support, the ACP will continue to advance vein care.
Mel Rosenblatt, MD, FACPh