Archives for December 2016

Three-dimensional Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease: An Interactive Live Webinar

During this webinar, Dr. Girish Shirali will address the ASE guideline for Three-dimensional Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease, published in collaboration with EACVI. Three-dimensional Echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. The aim of this webinar is to provide a review of the optimal application of 3DE in CHD including principles of 3D data acquisition, image display, and quantitative techniques. By the end of this presentation, the viewer should be better able to:

  1. List the modes and principles of 3D data acquisition
  2. Describe the application of the anatomic approach to image display
  3. List optimal sonographic projections for different congenital defects
  4. Compare quantitative techniques for ventricular volumetrics and functional assessment

The webinar is free for ASE members. Register now to save your space.

Specific questions regarding webinar registration can be sent to the Director of Education, Christina LaFuria, clafuria@asecho.org.

It Is Not Too Late to Support ASEF’s Work to Grow #EchoWorldwide

This year the ASE Foundation:

  • Supported 55 young echo practitioners with educational scholarships and travel grants
  • Translated 25 ASE guidelines and posters into five different languages
  • Provided over 1,250 underserved individuals overseas with direct clinical care
  • Hosted three clinician training events that will impact over five million patients in the coming year
  • Launched a global research project, WASE, to determine normal chamber quantification values across the world

Imagine what we can do next year. The Foundation needs your help to meet its $250,000 goal for the 2016 Annual Appeal. If you have been waiting to donate, there is still time to make your U.S. tax deductible donation by December 31.

Every gift is meaningful. Every contribution makes a difference. Pick your passion, and know that 100% of every dollar given supports ASEF’s work to grow #echoworldwide. Together we can continue to make a world of difference in 2017. Donate now.

ASE Headquarters Closed for New Year Holidays

Happy New Year from ASE

Thank you for the role you played in making 2016 a great year for ASE. Everyone at ASE would like to wish you and yours a wonderful new year. May it bring you success, happiness, and prosperity. Here’s to making 2017 your best year yet.

In observance of this holiday, ASE will be closed on Friday, December 30 and Monday, January 2.

3D ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE – AN ESSENTIAL TOOL

Read release here.

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.