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There is more to Your Referral To a Vein Specialist (Phlebologist) than meets the eye

May 10, 2016

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was introduced Americans were told, “If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” For millions of Coloradans, nothing could be further from the truth. Patients need to be aware of changes in the healthcare landscape if they want to choose and keep the Phlebologist of their choice. As discussed in our article “How to choose a vein specialist,” different physicians from extremely varied backgrounds and skill sets perform Phlebology procedures. Not all Phlebologists have the same experience based on their original medical sub-specialty, percentage of time they commit to Phlebology, and their case volume. Here are a few things patients need to consider if they want to have full choice to pick the most qualified Phlebologist.

Insurance Company Physician Network

It is becoming more common under the ACA for Health Insurance companies to promote limited physician panels under the disguise of improved patient care. The truth is, maximum patient choice provides opportunity to receive the best care. Frequently the most qualified physicians are removed from panels, as they are the most popular in delivering needed services. Excluding the most qualified physicians from panels decreases services provided for patients and limits Insurance Company expenditures.

Posted in Blog by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
May 10, 2016

Beware of false advertising claims – Are the Claims Provable?

You have probably seen claims from other Vein Centers such as, “We have performed the most procedures” or ”More patients in Colorado have been treated by us” or “Our ultrasound diagnostic accuracy is in the top 10% of the nation.” These claims should be considered suspect since there is no published data from other Vein Centers for comparison. And these types of claims should also be considered potentially illegal to make; prospective patients should be suspicious as to the need for a legitimate Vein Center to make these false claims. Malpractice Insurance carriers are very interested in monitoring false medical advertising.

Beware of false significance of credentialing.

There are no Board Accredited Phlebology fellowships in Colorado. The only accredited Phlebology fellowship is at New York University in New York City. Any reference to a Phlebology Fellowship in Colorado is unrecognized and non-accredited by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Any statement suggesting completion of a non-accredited fellowship declares exclusive excellence (top % of nation) is false and misleading. Board certification of any type is simply an admission ticket to allow a physician to prove his/her value to patients and referring physicians. Passing a test does not prove anyone’s capab

Posted in Blog by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
March 21, 2016

The Field of Phlebology (vein care) arose because Vascular Surgeons who traditionally treated patients with venous disease were not exclusively focused on veins. In fact, the majority of a Vascular Surgeon’s training is concentrated around the treatment of arterial disease rather than varicose veins. The original emphasis was on arterial surgical procedures leaving the treatment of venous disease as an after thought, which can lead to less than satisfactory results. Vascular Surgery Board Certification does not always mean expertise in Vein Treatment Care. Patients began looking for physicians who focus exclusively on venous disease (varicose and spider veins) and turned away from providers who primarily focus on arterial disease.   There are no Board Accredited Phlebology Fellowships in Colorado. The only accredited Phlebology Fellowship is through the medical program at New York University in New York City. Any reference to a “Phlebology Fellowship” in Colorado is unrecognized and non-accredited by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. The same applies to any claim of a Phlebology Fellowship that follows the guidelines set forth by the ABVLM.   This claim is not accredited by any overseeing medical organization. Any statement that suggests that completion of a non-accredited Fellowship declares exclusive excellence (top % of nation) is false an

Posted in Blog by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
February 24, 2016

The proliferation  of “Vein Treatment” medical advertising both through traditional media and the internet has illustrated the diversity of physicians who claim to be trained to deliver quality vein care. It has created confusion among the general public as to who is best qualified to treat varicose veins and spider veins. Patients need to be aware that the top to bottom location that a vein practice finds itself on a google or yahoo site has NO relationship to the quality of care delivered by that practice. It is a function of how many dollars that practice has decided to spend on search engine optimization(SEO). Very simply one practice has paid to manipulate your search about a general vein topic toward their site. Even worse they may have paid to re-direct your search from a particular practice you were investigating  to their practice without your knowledge. Vein clinics owned by major hospitals with extremely large advertising budgets have a better ability to spend “endless dollars” to manipulate your search since they have multiple revenue streams unrelated to providing vein care.  The internet has an unfortunate side effect to make ALL vein practices appear that they provide the same quality of care when nothing could be further from the truth. At The Albert Vein Institute we believe the patient should understand the l

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December 29, 2015

30 second Albert Vein Commercial.

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