Archives for June 2015

Echocardiography in Hypertension

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN HYPERTENSION — PROVIDING THE FULL PICTURE TO IMPROVE PATIENT CARE. Read release here.

Claim CME from ASE 2015

Learn how to claim your CME from ASE 2015 here.

Dr. Susan E. Wiegers elected President of the American Society of Echocardiography

Read release here.

Register for ASE 2015 onsite

Pre-Registration for ASE 2015 has ended. Please register onsite at the Hynes Convention Center, Level 2 beginning Friday, June 12 at 12:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Conference Mirrors the Global Role of Cardiovascular Ultrasound during the American Society of Echocardiography’s 26th Annual Scientific Sessions

Read release here.

Plan to Attend the ASE’s Annual Business Meeting

All members are invited to the ASE’s business meeting, awards presentation and Edler Lecture.  This important event will be held in the  Ballroom B from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA during the ASE’s 26th Annual Scientific Sessions.  During this meeting, the organization’s leadership will present the Society’s new Board of Directors, review ASE’s finances, honor the outgoing and incoming presidents, and provide recognition to the new FASE recipients and scholarship winners.   Members are encouraged to read the official minutes from the previous business meeting (June 2014). These have been posted online for your review.

CMS released provider information on Parts A and B Providers, Costs, Services, and Trends

This week, US CMS has published the third annual release of the Medicare hospital utilization and payment data (both inpatient and outpatient) and the second annual release of the physician and other supplier utilization and payment data. As they did last year, state and national media outlets are expected to publish names and details of top billers in forthcoming coverage of this year’s data.

CMS files can be searched by specialty or by state which allows you to compare yourselves to your peers. For more information please visit here.

As always, ASE will monitor press coverage of this data release in the coming weeks, and will continue to alert our members if any articles emerge that are particularly concerning for echocardiography.

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.