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Practical Phlebology: Starting and Managing a Phlebology Practice

ISBN 9781853159404
Published February 5, 2010 by CRC Press
188 Pages

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Book Description

Studies routinely report a prevalence of venous disease of twenty percent or higher among western industrialized countries, and it is predicted that numbers will rise even higher in industrialized and obese populations. The management of venous disease has moved from the hospital and institutional setting to one that operates predominantly in an outpatient arena. These settings are often far more representative of a cosmetic surgery or dermatology practice, targeted to optimize the patient experience. Those who have adopted endovenous procedures in the typical hospital environment often meet obstacles that limit their ability to expand phlebology care. Practical Phlebology: Starting and Managing a Phlebology Practice provides a practical yet effective framework for transitioning an existing hospital-based practice to the outpatient arena.

Some of the questions tackled by this manual include:

  • Where can I acquire the necessary training and education?
  • What equipment is required, and where might I find it?
  • What are my start-up costs, and will I need a loan?
  • What personnel are needed, and how do I identify the best candidates?
  • What is the best way to market my practice?
  • How much will I spend and how effective will a campaign be?
  • How do insurers view procedures for varicose veins?
  • How will I be paid?

These questions and many more are outlined in detail. The book provides examples that help readers take steps towards creating a successful phlebology practice.

There are many ways to develop and manage a practice and the authors recognize that not all strategies work in all markets. Despite differences from country to country, this text shares sound principles that, when implemented, should enhance an existing system and help to improve patient outcomes.

Table of Contents

Building A Business Plan
Implementing A Business Plan
Acquiring Equipment
Personnel And Service Providers
Marketing A Vein Practice
Managing Insurance Coverage In Phlebology
General Coding Principles
Commercial Insurance Operations
Insurance Networks
Insurance Denials
Appendix I Curriculum of the American College of Phlebology
Appendix II Continuing Medical Education Opportunities
Appendix III Documentation/Patient Information
Appendix IV Manufacturers Details
Appendix V Recurring Expense

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Edited by:

Lowell Kabnick
NYU Vein Center, Morristown, NJ, USA

Neil Sadick
Sadick Dermatology, New York, NY, USA


Marlin Schul
Lafayette Regional Vein Center, Unity Healthcare, Lafayette, IN, USA

Saundra Spruiell
Oklahoma Vein Specialists, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

lint Hayes Vein Center of North Texas, Denison, TX, USA