Archives for April 2016

Cardiovascular Sub-Specialty Organizations Unite

ASE, ASNC, HFS, HRS, SCCT, and SCMR have partnered to launch a news source to cross-promote information and news pertinent to the multi-modality imaging and cardiac community. The inaugural issue will be released this week. Check your email for this new valuable member benefit. Future issues will include free offerings such as webinars, CME activities, and the like.

ASE Foundation Call for Volunteers

Volunteer applications are now being accepted for four upcoming ASE Foundation global health initiatives and humanitarian events in the Philippines, Kenya, China, and Cuba. Both physicians and sonographers are needed. Visit ASEFoundation.org/volunteer to learn more about each event and its specific focus. If you can fulfill the requirements listed and are interested in applying to volunteer, please complete that event’s volunteer application form.

Due to the popularity and enthusiasm for this type of volunteer experience, there will likely be more volunteer applicants than needed and unfortunately not all applicants will be selected. ASEF will ensure that every application received will be given appropriate consideration for participation.

The ASE Foundation’s global health initiatives and humanitarian events are supported by donor contributions to the Annual Appeal and a grant from the Edwards Lifesciences Every Heartbeat Matters program.

ASE Foundation volunteers truly make a world of difference! Visit ASEFoundation.org/volunteer to learn more.

Give Where Your Heart Is

On May 4, join the ASE Foundation in its first-ever Spring Giving Day. Support the ASE Foundation and help us raise $7,500 in 24 hours. As we aim for our goal, every gift – $25, $50, or any amount that’s right for you – brings that target closer.

The funds you provide help train the future of echocardiography by supporting scholarships and travel grants to young professionals in the field. Each and every gift you give makes a difference in the projects you support and the people you help. Learn more here.

Call for Applications for JASE Editor-in-Chief

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2017, the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) Editor-in-Chief Alan S. Pearlman, MD, FASE is retiring. Dr. Pearlman will have completed 10 years in this position – producing a monthly publication that elicits cutting-edge echocardiography research from every nook and cranny of the planet! The search is underway for the exceptional person who will take on leading JASE’s editorial efforts. Applications are due July 1, 2016. Full details of the submission process can be found at ASEcho.org/Editor. The successful candidate will begin working closely with Dr. Pearlman on July 1, 2017 to ensure a smooth transition. Please direct any questions to Deborah R. Meyer, JASE Managing Editor at dmeyer@asecho.org.

April Product of the Month

The best-selling DVD, Proper Echocardiographic Measurements: How and Why, includes 15 evidence-based lectures you can move through at your own pace. The educational tool is comprised of a combination of didactic lectures and clinical questions. It can be used as a review for experienced sonographers, or a training tool for new or early-career sonographers as well as others interested in the practice of cardiovascular ultrasound. Individual users may earn up to 5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™.
A recent survey showed that 90% of users found the content of the presentations was useful and 75% of those users said they would recommend this course to their colleagues.
Log in to ASEMarketplace.com today to purchase the Proper Echocardiographic Measurements: How and Why DVD.
1 User License: $175.00; 5 User License: $375.00; 10 User License: $600.00.

Special Book Signing and Reading by Roberto Canessa at ASE 2016

Roberto Canessa, MD, FASE, has graciously offered to sign copies of his latest book, I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives, as a fundraiser for the ASE Foundation at the ASE Scientific Sessionsin Seattle. He will also be doing a special reading of his book at the meeting onSaturday, June 11, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

A $30 donation will secure a gift copy of the book for you to have Dr. Canessa sign, in person, during the Member Reception onMonday, June 13.
For a $50 donation, ASEF will have Dr. Canessa sign your book in advance, and it will be available to pick up at the Foundation booth before the Member Reception.
Order online today! The only way to ensure a book will be waiting for you in Seattle is to order by Friday, April 29. A very limited number of books will be available for purchase at the meeting.
Your donation is 100% U.S. tax deductible and benefits the ASE Foundation. If you would like to receive more than two copies, or are interested in contributing another amount, please contact Stacy Cheetham at scheetham@asecho.org or call 919-297-7169.

 

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.