Archives for November 2013

ASE Review Course’s preliminary program is now available

Join us at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel on May 11-13, 2014 to work one-on-one with the experts and gain the confidence needed for taking the National Board of Echocardiography, Inc.™  ASCeXAM® and ReASCE® examinations. In a recent survey, 97% of Review Course attendees said they passed the boards! View the preliminary program here and learn more by visiting www.asecho.org/ReviewCourse.

GE Healthcare receives FDA approval to manufacture Optison™ in-house

GE Healthcare receives FDA approval to manufacture OptisonTM in-house, ensuring more consistent supply to the market. Read the full press release here.

The fall issue of ECHO is now available!

The fall issue of ASE’s member news source, ECHO, is now available online.  This issue takes a 360 degree view of echocardiography.  Here’s a glimpse of what’s inside:

  • ASE Asks the Executive Committee: “What Advice Would you Offer to Someone Entering Your Field?”
  • Thinking about retirement? ASE’s investment advisors talk about what you should be thinking about now.
  • Practice management information from MedAxiom, IAC Echocardiography, and more.
  • Creating a ‘State-of-the-Art’ Echocardiography Center in Lagos, Nigeria

Be on the lookout for this engaging, informational, and entertaining news source landing in your mailbox soon. This is just another way ASE remains dedicated to pushing the field of echocardiography forward.  Click here to start reading the new ECHO today.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through ASE@ASEcho.org. Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.

New 3D Imaging Code Survey Needs U.S. Physician Input

This is your opportunity to participate in the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) process to ensure fair and adequate code valuation. The proposed CPT add-on code that describes the additional work required for 3D imaging, in addition to the base echocardiography service, is currently under review at the AMA RUC. Your participation in the RUC survey process is key in the assessment of the time, complexity, and physician work value for these procedures. If you were randomly selected, you received an email from “Qualtrics” with the subject line, “AMA RUC Survey – 3D Imaging of Cardiac Structures.” We ask you to look for it in all your email folders, as many members have found the survey in their spam/junk folder.

More information about the RUC and the survey process is available here.The AMA has created a video to explain the purpose of the survey process and provide specific instructions on how to complete the survey accurately. Please contact Irene Butler, ASE’s Vice President of Health Policy & Member Relations at IButler@ASEcho.org, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.