Archives for December 2015

Register for Echo Hawaii by December 19 and save $100

Makua Beach in Kaua'i

Plan to join us for Echo Hawaii, and see why attendees keep coming back after almost three decades! The 26th Annual Echo Hawaii will take place January 18-22, 2016 on the beautiful Kohala Coast at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Expert U.S. and international faculty will discuss the latest technologies with a particular focus on how they can be effectively applied in the clinical setting. Download the Advance Program here. Save $100 by registering before December 19. Learn more by visiting ASEcho.org/EchoHawaii.

ASEF at 99% of Their Annual Appeal Goal

Thank you to all the donors who have contributed to the ASE Foundation’s 2015 Annual Appeal and helped to raise 99% of our $225,000 goal so far. As you consider your year-end charitable giving, please consider donating to the ASEF.

Merri Bremer, EdD, RN, RDCS, ACS, FASE, shared why it is important to her to support the Foundation as a monthly sustaining donor. “Early in my career, my mentor suggested joining ASE to provide an avenue for education and professional development. Subsequently, ASE has played a huge part in my career, as I have had the opportunity to participate on committees, the Board of Directors, and the Scientific Sessions.  Therefore, I feel committed to “paying it forward” by helping ASEF provide funds for education, humanitarian missions, and research.  What a great opportunity to facilitate quality patient care and support our profession!”

Contact the Foundation to learn more about being a sustaining donor.

Give Us Your Best Shot!

In recent years, we’ve been impressed by photographs taken by ASE members while they were traveling the world to participate in various humanitarian events. These photographs have inspired and motivated us. As ASE members, there is no doubt that you excel at taking images of the heart. Now we’d like to give you the opportunity to share the images you’ve taken from the heart. Perhaps you took a special photo of a child you met along the way, the chaos of traffic in India, a marketplace in Rwanda, daily life in Hanoi, or new friends in Argentina. We invite you to share these heartfelt memories (and tell us what they mean to you) for a special photo exhibition, Images from the Heart, to be held during ASE 2016 in Seattle, June 10-14, 2016. We’ll start accepting submissions February 1. In the meantime, click here for more information.

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.