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.
- CVC Press Release
- Social Media Toolkit: Help us raise awareness about Peripheral Artery Disease and PAD Awareness Month by posting on social media.
- PAD Awareness Month Handheld Sign: We want to highlight the doctors who are helping patients to save their limbs every day! Take a photo using our handheld “I saved a limb today” sign.
- PAD Awareness Month Logo
In recognition of PAD Awareness Month, the CardioVascular Coalition is urging advocates to raise awareness about Medicare’s planned cuts to PAD treatments.
Continuing with a decade long series of cuts to office-based interventionalists, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing deep, across-the-board 23% payment cuts to revascularization services in the Proposed Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule for CY2022.
If implemented in its current form, these cuts could drive office-based revascularization providers out of business and reduce Medicare beneficiary access to critical care services.
We need your help: Send a letter to your local newspaper to voice your concerns regarding this drastic 23% cut before Medicare finalizes the 2022 payment rule.