Dr. Prevosti just returned from California where he attended the Medical Group Management Association annual conference. "It was an excellent, in depth and comprehensive meeting focusing on the new ACA requirements, improving practice management, and many other subjects that will help VEINatlanta deliver the best possible service to patients."
While he was in Anaheim, he witnessed the smoke filled skies of the Santa Anna fires. Our hearts go out the all those Californians who were affected by the fires.
After years of putting up with uncomfortable aching in his legs, Dr. Prevosti decided it was time to get his legs evaluated. "The leg pain got to the point where I wanted something done, plus I was getting unsightly bulging veins in my calves", Dr. Prevosti says.
Dr. Prevosti had his ultrasound performed at the Sandy Spring location of VEINatlanta. Dr. Keith Moore did the history and physical examination. Dr. Moore diagnosed venous insufficiency and created a treatment plan to submit to the insurance carrier. Dr. Prevosti will wait to hear from Lisa Thomas, his Patient Advocate at VEINatlanta, about insurance coverage for his treatment.
Dr. Fonger had the pleasure of attending the IVC meeting this year in Miami. This annual conference is held to update vein therapy practitioners in the U.S. on the latest techniques and therapies that are emerging in the field. There are invited lectures from various leaders on the full range of topics that may be relevant to both standard and advanced vein care. It purposely is not meant to be a Society meeting with deep academic research or esoteric discussions. Instead, the meeting features live surgery, technical videos, and panels for discussion of emerging topics.
This year, the hot topics included new therapies for superficial vein closure without having to inject tumescent anesthesia by injecting glue to close the veins (VenaSeal) or mechanically irritating the lining of the vein to cause it to shut down (ClariVein). These techniques are now available in the U.S. but have an additional cost during this period of establishing their insurance codes. There was also considerable talk about collecting patient reported outcomes to document the benefit from the treatments being offered. The vein therapy field continues to mature with formal certifications for vein centers now being offered and more emphasis of practitioner training and Board examination.
VEINatlanta continues to monitor and adopt these latest techniques and therapies to assure that we offer state of the art venous care to our patients.
VEINatlanta is the Best of Gwinnett winner in the Vein Care Specialist category! Thank you to all who voted for us.
In November, the Zegna men's store in Lenox Square hosted a fund raiser for Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta. In attendance were Matt Ryan, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and NFL MVP contender, and Freddie Freeman, first baseman for the Atlanta Braves. The event was quite a success, raising thousands of dollars for children's healthcare. Dr. Prevosti got to visit with both athletes.
"I was so impressed with both athletes. Their humble attitude, friendly personality, towering stature, and deep commitment to CHOA was profound. These are amazing young men both in spirit and personality.
Congratulations to Mamie Coleman on one year of service with VEINatlanta! Mamie is one of our patient advocates and works closely with insurance companies to maximize insurance coverage. Congrats, Mamie!