Educational Resources

Sonogeeks invites you to view our collection of news articles, guidelines, case studies, insurance protocols, PDFs, drug reports, treatment recommendations, links, and images useful for your practice and continuing education. Like any science, phlebology has grown significantly in recent years. Various new techniques, medication, and equipment have become a part of the venous disease physician's everyday application…and need-to-know.
Here, for example, we provide information on the best treatments to consider when working with patient insurance…and, on how to avoid denial of claims.
The many association meetings and forums available will help you as a physician to improve your vein practice and increase patient satisfaction. On this page, you will find up-to-date information about new discoveries, improvements and "must know" topics. The ideas we share here are not just sensational announcements, but new approaches that we have already tested and/or implemented in actual vein treatment. This includes our professional technicians' experience with unique and complicated cases.
We also look forward to collaborating with physician practitioners on interesting research projects. Please send us any comments or information you would like to share.

Clinical determination of coverage by United Healthcare

Clinical determination of coverage by United Healthcare

Many insurance companies have developed their own reimbursement regulations for venous procedures, which may not always be in the best interest of a patient. Some of these regulations do not reflect common practice guidelines, or common sense. Doctors and sonographers need to be familiar with protocol to develop a treatment strategy optimal for each particular patient.

For example, United Healthcare requires vein size to be not less than 5.5 mm for Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) below Sapheno Femoral Junction (SFJ), and the size of Small Saphenous Vein (SSV) to not be less than 5mm below Sapheno Popleteal Junction (SPJ), in order for the patient to be approved for endovenous ablation.

Based on our experience with a number of patients scanned in past years, the majority who need the treatment will not meet these criteria. Some insurance companies may not approve endovenous treatment if the patient does not have incompetence of a terminal valve at SFJ. However, most patients with primary venous incompetence will have a competent terminal valve.

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