Archives for August 2015

LIVES SAVED IN ASE FOUNDATION MISSION TO ARGENTINA

Read release here.

ASE FOUNDATION SELECTS MINDRAY AS EXCLUSIVE CORPORATE SPONSOR OF ITS HUMANITARIAN MISSION TO VIETNAM

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Congratulations to ASE Past President, Sanjiv Kaul, MD, FASE

ASE’s past president, Sanjiv Kaul, MD, FASE, from the Oregon Health & Science University, will receive one of the American Heart Association’s highest honors.  He is being named the 2015 James B. Herrick Awardee for his scientific achievements which have contributed profoundly to the advancement and practice of clinical cardiology. He is the first echocardiographer to be honored in this manner. The award will be presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions Annual Conference on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

New Cardiology Clinical Concepts Guide

CMS is launching the ICD-10 Clinical Concepts Series for specialties. Posted on the CMS ICD-10 website, each guide in the series compiles key information from the Road to 10 online tool in a PDF format that can be readily shared, emailed, posted to websites, and printed.

Visit the CMS ICD-10 website and Roadto10.org for the latest news and resources to help you prepare.

ABIM Changes MOC Policy

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors has unanimously approved a policy change in response to concerns from program directors, society leadership and others in the internal medicine community regarding the link between Maintenance of Certification (MOC) enrollment and certification status. Effective immediately, diplomates who are meeting all other programmatic requirements will not lose certification simply for failure to enroll in MOC. They will be reported as “Certified, Not Participating in MOC” if they choose not to enroll in the program. For more information visit ABIM’s blog here.

ASE Members who obtain MOC credit via ASEUniversity or any of ASE’s Live Courses have their MOC credits transferred to ABIM free of charge.

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.