September is PAD Awareness Month

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September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month! PAD is a chronic circulatory condition, which if left untreated can result in unnecessary limb amputations. PAD affects nearly 20 million Americans, and an estimated 200,000 of them – disproportionately from minorities communities – suffer avoidable amputations every year.

By increasing PAD awareness nationally, the CVC hopes to improve access to PAD screening and treatments, which is shown to improve quality of life, reduce care costs and prevent limb loss.

Tools and Resources

During September, we encourage members of the vascular care community to use the tools below to spread the word about PAD Awareness Month among their colleagues, patients, friends and communities. Together, we can increase understanding of vascular disease to improve the health of many Americans.

Get Involved

In recognition of PAD Awareness Month, the CardioVascular Coalition is urging advocates to ask their lawmakers in Congress to support policies to block planned cuts to Medicare specialty providers.

In the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule for CY2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to deeply cut payments to specialty providers – including “vascular surgery,” “cardiac surgery,” and “interventional radiology” – in 2021. Specifically, Medicare plans to cut “vascular surgery” by seven percent (-7%), “cardiac surgery,” by nine percent (-9%) and “interventional radiology” by nine percent (-9%).

Click here to learn more and encourage your lawmakers to block Medicare’s 2021 cut to specialty services!

Join the conversation on Twitter using the official PAD Awareness Month hashtag: #PADawareness.