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.
- Sample Social Media Posts: 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.
- Lawmaker One-Pager: If you are communicating with your lawmakers during PAD Awareness Month, share our one-pager and encourage them to help raise awareness.
- PAD Awareness Month Logo
- Op-ed in The Hill: Congress: Eliminate disparities in health care
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%).