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DIABETES AND VARICOSE VEINS

April 24, 2017

There are several complications associated with having diabetes with two in particular as it relates to vein disease: vascular complications and leg ulcerations.  You may have read that diabetes leads to vascular disease; however, vascular disease encompasses both the arterial and venous components.  When vascular complications arise from diabetes, they are arterial complications and DO NOT cause varicose veins.  These arterial complications can affect the legs, kidneys, and eyes. Foot and ankle ulcers are frequently associated with diabetes; however, these non-healing wounds could be caused from venous disease (varicose veins).  Many people with non-healing wounds are frequently tested for diabetes multiple times when they really should be seeing a vein specialist like Dr. Albert.  It’s been reported that venous stasis ulcerations cause up to 70% of all non-healing wounds.  If you have a non-healing wound, Albert Vein Institute may be able to help you. Please call 888-550-VEIN (8346) to schedule your initial consultation.  

Posted in Blog by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
April 6, 2017

For patients looking for vein care in Colorado today, for the record, there is no affiliation between Dr. Albert, Albert Vein Institute (AVI), and any vein practice that claims to be “Colorado’s largest network of vein clinics.”  Dr. Albert has practiced as COLORADO’S VEIN SPECIALIST for 11 years and counting after a prestigious career as a Cardiovascular Surgeon.  At AVI our focus is on quality of our vein care not quantity of vein clinic locations.  Dr. Albert is always your physician from your initial consultation throughout the duration of your care at either location in Denver and Colorado Springs.  AVI is proud of our accomplishment as Colorado’s only vein practice to receive the prominent IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) Accreditation for both Vein Center and Vascular Testing. Click here to read related information in our blogs:  AVI: Colorado’s First and Only IAC Accredited Vein Center Facility, Accredited Vein Center Provides Best Outcomes, and

March 31, 2017

Unlike coronary artery or carotid artery disease, superficial venous insufficiency is not a silent killer. Patients without symptoms do not need to be screened for abnormal valves in their superficial veins as nothing harmful is going to occur urgently. You may have seen appeals from “Chain Vein” or other vein clinic physicians to come to their center for “vein screening” and identify patients who “do not know they have vein disease.” Patients with significant medically necessary vein disease have symptoms of aching, burning, itching, heaviness, ankle swelling, leg fatigue in association with varicose veins and large numbers of spider veins. This is why insurance providers do not authorize procedures for venous insufficiency in the absence of symptoms. Venous ultrasound is not indicated in patients without symptoms and patients should be seen by a qualified medical provider to determine if an ultrasound examination is appropriate (see blog about free vein screening). Many people have

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March 22, 2017

  Receiving free vein evaluations and free ultrasounds sounds like a great idea. However, in the wrong circumstances you, the patient, could become entangled in an audit. Government-administered insurance plans like Medicare and Tricare do not allow physicians to provide complimentary services valued at greater than $15.00 that may influence a patient’s decision in where to seek care. According to the Office of The Inspector General, this act carries a fine of $10,000.00 per violation. Any non-billed (free) discussion with a physician or non-billed (free) ultrasound study, no matter how minor it may seem, is defined as a violation for Medicare and Tricare patients. Federal agencies have recently issued significant warnings to physicians with respect to this issue. Additionally, both Government healthcare plans and private insurance require a physician, not a registered nurse, to be the one ordering appropriate ultrasound studies. If you are a Medicare or Tricare patient who has received either a free physician evaluation or has had an ultrasound study ordered by a registered nurse, that physician’s office coul

Posted in Blog by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
February 16, 2017

Phlebology is the specialty of medicine dedicated to the treatment of venous disease. Phlebologists are physicians who treat patients with venous disorders such as varicose and spider veins.  Essentially, all physicians who practice Phlebology have transitioned from another medical specialty. That is why most Phlebologists are double-board certified in their original specialty AND Phlebology.  ONLY physicians can sit for the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine Board (ABVLM) exam.  This written exam provides no assurance that a provider is  proven to have the technical skills to perform venous procedures, rather simply documents basic academic knowledge. Nurses and Physicians Assistants are not Physicians and therefore are not Phlebologists. Beware of chain vein centers and other vein clinics that substitute physicians with nurses and physician assistants and market them as “Phlebologists.” Some vein clinics have gone further by associating these mid-level providers as physicians or doctors. These mid-level providers are qualified to assist in venous procedures but are NOT approved by Medicare to perform procedures independently. They are appropriately compensated at lower levels than Physicians.  The motivation for substituting physicians with mid-level providers is likely mot

Posted in Blog, Vein Information by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
January 5, 2017

css3“Anyone can develop Deep Vein Thrombosis,” says James D. Albert, MD, Founder and Chief Physician of Albert Vein Institute. “Risk factors include any circumstance where decreased mobilization or traumatic injury occurs. Examples include general anesthesia and prolonged air or car travel. Surgical procedures, such as knee, hip or foot surgery, are also risk factors as they result in tissue injury and prolonged immobilization of the leg. Knee braces or ankle boots, used after surgery, are also frequently used after traumatic lower extremity injury that may not require surgery but need immobilization for healing. Post-surgical or posttraumatic pain from the aforementioned may mask the pain caused by the DVT, and braces or casts may visually obscure the leg swelling.” Dr. Albert says patients need to pay close attention in these situations, to watch for symptom changes and be ready to go in for an accurate venous ultrasound exam to determine the presence or absence of DVT.   Read Full Article Here:  http://www.coloradospringsstyle.com/November-December-2016/Deep-Vein-Thrombosis/

Posted in Blog by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
December 7, 2016

When considering where to seek evaluation and treatment for Varicose and Spider veins, physician experience and background is what insures appropriate treatment with the best long-term results. Albert Vein Institute (AVI) is Colorado’s ONLY IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) Accredited “Vein Center”, with convenient locations in both Denver and Colorado Springs. Don’t be mislead by business-oriented “chain vein” facilities that promote their extensive number of facilities or business awards. In healthcare, larger is not always better. Making sure your actual provider has had advanced microsurgical training and extensive venous experience is critical to obtaining good results. In the “chain vein” model, the most experienced physicians can never be at nine or more locations simultaneously. Your treatment plan and potential procedures may be determined and performed by less experienced individuals. IACLogo   Albert Vein Institute (AVI) has achieved the VEIN CENTER Accreditation from IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission), which makes them the first and only facility in Colorado to obtain this distinguished recognition. Dr. James D. Albert, Double Board Certified in Cardiovascular S

Posted in Blog by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
October 18, 2016

Being an “IAC Accredited Vein Center” means everything when searching for vein care among the many providers claiming to be vein specialists, some who are not even physicians. Lucky for today’s patients, varicose and spider veins are treated with minimally invasive procedures and usually in an outpatient setting. The important issue now is how to select the vein specialist or vein care practice that provides the highest level of medical/surgical training, background, experience, judgment and safety to perform these new minimally invasive procedures.   Dr. James D. Albert, Founder and Practicing Physician of Albert Vein Institute (AVI) in Colorado, has led AVI to become the State’s “First and Only” IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER. This medical milestone in providing minimally invasive vein care and treatments assures patients that AVI is among the finest and safest in the nation. This “Vein Center” Accreditation should give confidence to every patient that you will be taken care of by the “best of the best” physician and medical staff providing vein treatments today.   As you research vein care specialists on line, for instance, you will notice a variety of providers and medical practices an

Posted in Blog by Albert Vein Institute ©2016
July 14, 2016

Albert Vein Institute has been granted accreditation in Superficial Venous Evaluation and Management by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Dr. James Albert voluntarily underwent a thorough review of operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC accreditation is granted only to facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive evaluation process.   With Dr. Albert’s unparalleled expertise, personal dedication to each patient, and highest quality of care, AVI is the first and only vein care facility in the state of Colorado to receive the IAC Vein Center accreditation!  

What’s the difference between an IAC Accredited Vein Center and having an IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing? A LOT!

If you are searching for vein care, you can be certain that you will receive the highest level of competence and care when choosing a vein specialist that has been recognized as an IAC Accredited Vein Center. This “Vein Center” recognition is a consumer’s best friend when trying to decipher the variety of vein providers today. The achievement of Albert Vein Institute (AVI) as an IAC Accredited Vein Center is in addition to the certification that AVI has previously earned with our IAC Accredi

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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.

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