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Society for Vascular Medicine Remedies Inaccuracies in New York Times Medicare Article

Deerfield, IL (PRWEB) February 03, 2015

The Society for Vascular Medicine (http://www.vascularmed.org) read with disappointment the New York Times article, “Medicare Payments Surge for Stents to Unblock Blood Vessels in Limbs,” noting a series of inaccuracies that limit the discussion of this very important topic.

First, through the Choosing Wisely initiative (http://www.choosingwisely.org), the Society for Vascular Medicine does not warn that people typically do not need invasive treatment for peripheral artery disease (PAD). Our recommendation states, “[providers should] Refrain from percutaneous or surgical revascularization of peripheral artery stenosis in patients without claudication or critical limb ischemia,” warning against inappropriate use in patients who do not have leg symptoms.

Second, the article decries the surge in vascular procedures, focusing on peripheral artery interventions. However, as the figure in the article clearly shows, artery interventions have been relatively stable since 2006. As noted in the figure, vein interventions have more than doubled over this time period, but warrant scant attention in this article.

Third, the article underestimates significantly the prevalence of PAD in the United States. The best estimates suggests that 1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women has peripheral artery disease in the Medicare population (patients 65 years or older) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14709362). This misconception prevents physicians and patients from getting life saving care: patients with PAD have a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular death.

Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, the article notes twice that most PAD patients can be treated with exercise alone. Unfortunately, despite extensive clinical evidence that exercise training improves leg symptoms for patients with PAD and is cost effective compared to intervention, Medicare does not cover supervised exercise programs for PAD as it does for heart and lung disease. The prescription for exercise without supervision has been shown to fail time and again. Unfortunately, because of the lack of Medicare coverage for supervised exercise therapy, most PAD patients do not have access to the safest and most cost effective therapies for this disease. The failure of Medicare to pay for inexpensive, effective exercise therapy, while being willing to pay for expensive interventional therapy, warrants further discussion.

The Society for Vascular Medicine strongly endorses the appropriate use of therapies to improve the quality and length of life for patients with vascular disease. We decry inappropriate use of any therapy and have an ongoing commitment to improving the lives of our patients, as well as better understanding of vascular disease. We believe that there is both overuse and underuse of medical and invasive therapies, but the misinterpretation of information only hinders progress towards improving the lives of our patients.

For more information contact SVM Executive Director Lee Ann Clark at lclark(at)vascularmed(dot)org or call 847-480-2961, Ext. 220.

The Society for Vascular Medicine is a professional organization founded in 1989 to improve the integration of vascular biological advances into medical practice, and to maintain high standards of clinical vascular medicine. The Society is distinguished by its emphasis on clinical approaches to vascular disorders. Learn more at http://www.vascularmed.org.







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Tech Can Add Years to Your Life: Lifelong Tech Summit Presented by Living in Digital Times at the 2015 International CES


New York, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2014

The Lifelong Tech Summit, presented by Living in Digital Times at the 2015 International CES®, shows attendees the benefits of bringing technology to an aging population. Attendees will hear Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff in conversation with robots designed to care for us, learn about the latest technologies that aid in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and be introduced to the investor community stressing the importance of 50-plus funding and ventures.

The conference takes place on January 6, 2015 in Las Vegas (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Venetian, Level 2, Bellini 2006).

How big is the senior market? The 50-plus community is responsible for over $ 7.1 trillion in annual economic spending, and it is estimated that the opportunity to serve this untapped market with health and wellness products or services will generate $ 30 billion in cumulative revenue over the next five years. This summit will help attendees discover the opportunities and challenges that innovators and developers need to understand when reaching this specialized market.

“This summit identifies technologies that are going to be paramount in the lives of our elders. As they get more tech savvy we need to be ready with innovations that will benefit and inspire them,” said Jill Gilbert, producer of the Lifelong Tech Summit. “We are even seeing the White House take notice, as they start to understand the hurdles that have been brought by the 21st century and the promise that new technologies can bring to the most deserving marketplace.”

Lifelong Tech Summit session highlights will include:

Will your robot care for you? A Conversation with Robots and their Creators: Don’t miss Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff as he asks creators and their robot comrades, SaviOne and NAO the Robot, the hard hitting questions about the future of robotics. Kavita Krishnaswamy will be Beamed in to join the conversation.

Alzheimer’s and Tech: An Unlikely Marriage: Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic that shows no signs of stopping. Join leading experts and innovators in a discussion about utilizing technology to detect and help manage this debilitating disease.

Is Technology Smart Enough to Care for Us?: New York Times writer Eric Taub moderates a conversation between leading healthcare and tech representatives from Intel-GE Care Innovations, the VNA Health Group and Honeywell Life Care Solutions as they unveil the latest developments about how to bring technology to the home, promoting longer and healthier lives.

Designing Irresistible Tech: Kim Herman, president of ReSound, and Satoshi Sugie, co-founder and CEO of WHILL Inc., discuss how to design the most enticing tech for the boomer and senior markets.

5 Voices: A Can’t Miss Consumer Roundtable: Get a front row seat as Jeffrey Makowka, senior strategic advisor of thought leadership for AARP, leads Lifelong Tech’s first-ever consumer roundtable, as they divulge the insight that developers need to know about designing products for the 50-plus market.

2015: The Year of Funding it Forward: Funding the development of the most critical technologies for the 50-plus crowd has been overlooked! Join Jody Holtzman, senior vice president of thought leadership for AARP, and John Hopper, chief investment officer, Ziegler Link Age Longevity Fund LP, as they share their own funding plans and how aspiring entrepreneurs can tap into this market.

“With the rising costs of healthcare, the lack of appropriate housing alternatives for an aging population, transportation issues and the quickly rising ranks of retirees in the US, we face a challenge that technology can help answer,” said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times. “The innovative products we’re seeing make both good sense and good business sense.”

For updates on the Lifelong Tech Summit, follow Lifelong Tech Summit on Twitter at @lifelongtech, “like” Lifelong Tech Summit on Facebook and follow the hashtag #LifelongTechCES.

About Living in Digital Times:

Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at the International CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech Summit, Lifelong Tech, Kids@Play Summit, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Battle of the Bands, and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs. For more information, visit http://www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About CES:

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $ 211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at CESweb.org and through social media: cesweb.org/social.

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Designs of the Times To Become a Graphcom Company

Gettysburg, PA November 25, 2014 (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

Designs of the Times, a D.C.-area signage company, has agreed to terms that will make it a division of Graphcom, Inc., a full-service communications and marketing agency based in Gettysburg, Pa.

Graphcom President Matt Livelsberger called the merger “a natural fit,” as the agreement will add to Graphcom’s existing signage division with a depth of employee experience and host of production capabilities that include routing, sandblasting stations, and a paint room.

At the same time, DOTT’s longtime and loyal customer base will have access to Graphcom’s core marketing services. Pat Schoelen, former owner of DOTT and newly named Vice President of the combined Graphcom signage division, said that “with print, creative and interactive capabilities now available to us as part of Graphcom, we can help clients define their message and reach the right audience in many more ways.”

According to Livelsberger, the two companies “have the same values and same strong desire to push service and quality for our clients to new levels. You just don’t meet people with that common purpose every day. We are looking forward to doing great work for our clients together.”

Signage production will remain at DOTT’s existing Frederick, MD facility, according to Greg Allen, CEO and founder of Graphcom, Inc. “We already have a strong presence in the Frederick area, and this decision only strengthens our commitment to those local clients and employees,” he said.

About Designs of the Times

Established in 1978, Designs of the Times has steadily grown over the years to become a regional leader in signage and environmental graphics. Located in Frederick, MD, DOTT serves clients in the Metro D.C. area as well as Pennsylvania and Maryland.

About Graphcom, Inc.

Founded in 1982, Graphcom is an award-winning marketing firm located in Gettysburg, Pa. The organization includes a creative agency, signage division, publishing division, digital flags and scenic effects division (Field and Floor FX), as well as a full-service commercial printing division with G7 Process Control Master Printer and FSC certifications. For more information about Graphcom’s services, visit http://www.graphcom.com.