Archives for October 2015

Echo Fall 2015 Edition Released

Using 3D printing to create patient-specific models prior to intervention and performing echocardiograms on animals like a beluga whale are two features in the latest issue of Echo.  Also learn about ASE in the first 40 years, the new strategic plan designed for ASE’s continued growth, new partnerships to broaden ASE’s reach, the ASE Foundation’s two mission trips in August, and more. If you have an idea for a topic you would like covered in an upcoming issue or want to contribute an article, email managing editors Angie Porter and Debbie Meyer at echo@asecho.org.

Calling All Innovators

Do you or someone you know have an innovative concept to improve workflow efficiency in the cardiovascular ultrasound field? Then we want to hear from you!  ASE is proud to announce an exciting new endeavor – the Echovation Challenge, an incentive prize competition to foster and showcase novel approaches, technologies, and processes in echocardiography. Please visit our challenge page to learn all the details. We encourage you to sign up for a free HeroX account, and pre-register so that you will be automatically notified when the submission period opens in November. This will also allow you to offer feedback and suggestions to the innovation competition taskforce, in the Comments section of the site. Let the “Echovation” begin!

Please Share Your Feedback on JASE

The Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) is consistently ranked as the top ASE member benefit. It is important to share your feedback on this survey regarding your reading and usage habits. Your responses will be strictly confidential and will be used only to inform and improve JASE. We would be most grateful if you would take the survey by Wednesday, November 4. As the famous, or rather infamous, Mark Twain once supposedly said, “Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.”

PCHD Lecture Series Now Available on ASEU

A great new CME product, Lecture Series: Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, is now available on ASEUniversity. Containing lectures previously given at ASE Scientific Sessions, this product provides a comprehensive review for core types of congenital heart disease. The target audiences for this program are physicians and sonographers with a focus on trainees and junior faculty. There are 12 lesions (series of short lectures) which are available for individual purchase or as a discounted bundle. The full lecture series bundle offers 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

 

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.