Archives for March 2015

Don’t miss out on the Inaugural Echo ASEAN

ASE has expanded its live course portfolio to meet its members’ education needs and to enhance services to the growing number of international members (over 20% of our members!) now participating in the ASE community. Please plan to join us for the Inaugural Echo ASE ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand on October 23-25, 2015. The aim of the Echo ASE ASEAN Symposium is to provide cardiovascular practitioners with information on state-of-the-art echocardiography technology. This international meeting will be led by expert faculty from the United States and the countries comprising the ASEAN region who are leaders in how echocardiography can be effectively applied to improve clinical care. The faculty will focus on the latest cardiovascular ultrasound technologies. Case-based learning approaches will be used to highlight new and established uses of echocardiography for diagnosis and guiding management in patients with a broad array of cardiovascular conditions. Topics include: advanced assessment of systolic and diastolic function, 3D/4D imaging, contemporary approaches to valve disease, guidance of interventional procedures, contrast echocardiography, ischemic heart disease, pericardial disease, and echo in arrhythmic disorders. Download the preliminary program, learn more, and register at www.asecho.org/asean.

Join us for ASE’s upcoming live webinar: Multimodality Imaging of Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta in Adults

Join Steven A. Goldstein, MD, a specialist in echocardiography and Director of Non-Invasive Laboratories at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, on Wednesday, April 1 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time for an interactive live webinar, as he reviews the ASE publication: Multimodality Imaging of Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta in Adults.” During this live webinar hosted by ASE, Dr. Goldstein will explain the strengths and weaknesses of each of the major imaging modalities, present how to measure the aorta on echo and CT scans, and describe the role of noninvasive imaging for the diagnosis of acute aortic syndromes, including aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, ruptured aortic aneurysm, and penetrating ulcer. Register to attend this interactive webinar now so you do not miss out on the opportunity for unique education and echocardiography specific CME.

To ensure your FREE registration for this event, please follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Log on to your ASE Member Portal with your ASE username (email) and password.
  2. Select “ASE University and CME Credits” from the Member Portal menu.

Select “Live Webinars” from the ASEUniversity Library Navigation, and then click “Register” listed under the CME information.

ASE Worked to Establish a New Code for Echocardiography

While the U.S. Congress and CMS continues to cut many areas of healthcare, ASE is proud to announce that our CPT team succeeded in the acceptance of a new myocardial strain imaging code. ASE was able to present compelling data to establish a Category III code, 039X9T, for imaging of myocardial strain for the detection of myocardial deformation. While Category III codes generally are not reimbursed, they often lead to the adoption of payable codes. This victory is a one step closer to ensuring patients have access to critical care and that our members are appropriately compensated for their important work. We will follow this code closely as it makes its way to CMS and commercial payers.

Please note this code is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2016.

ASE Introduces Essential New Comprehensive Echocardiography Textbook at ACC 2015, Booth #128

Read release here.

Reminder to sign up for live webinar next week: Echo as a Monitor for Therapeutic Intervention

Join Thomas Porter, MD, FASE, specialist in echocardiography and Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time for an interactive live webinar, as he reviews the ASE publication: “Guidelines for the Use of Echocardiography as a Monitor for Therapeutic Intervention in Adults: A Report from the American Society of Echocardiography.” During this live webinar provided by ASE, Dr. Porter will define monitoring parameters, review quantitative data in specific clinical scenarios, explain training requirements and review data on when a meaningful change has occurs. Be sure to reserve a spot now so you do not miss out on the opportunity for interactive education and echocardiography related CME.

To ensure your FREE registration for this event, please follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Log on to your ASE Member Portal with your ASE username (email) and password.
  2. Select “ASE University and CME Credits” from the Member Portal menu.

Select “Live Webinars” from the ASEUniversity Library Navigation, and then click “Register” listed under the CME information.

Congratulations to the 2015 Edler Lecturer

Patrick O’Gara, MD will present the 26th Annual Edler Lecture. O’Gara is currently the Director of Clinical Cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and ACC President. Created in 1990, the annual Edler Lecture honors the founder of echocardiography, Dr. Inge Edler. Dr. O’Gara will present his lecture during the ASE Business Meeting and Awards Presentation, Sunday, June 14, which will be held from 8:00 am – 9:30 am at ASE 2015.

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.