Archives for April 2017

A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words – #ASEFirstTimer

Echocardiography is a visual science and so much of what we do involves images. To celebrate this, we have added a new dimension to our #ASE2017 social media campaign (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook) that helps tell the story of how the ASE Scientific Sessions has impacted our members.

Share your first ASE Scientific Sessions experience using #ASEFirstTimer, include an image, and tag ASE so we can all enjoy your story. To see the impact, search using the hashtag, #ASEFirstTimer.

What’s #YourPriority?

Did you know that when you donate to the ASE Foundation, you have the option to direct your gift to projects aligned with your personal priorities? ASEF offers eight options for targeting your donation, including Research Investigator Support and Research Studies, Guideline Translations and Global Dissemination, Travel Grants and Scholarships, Patient Awareness, Demonstrating the Value of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, and Area of Greatest Need.

Every gift is meaningful. Every contribution makes a difference. Pick #YourPriority at and know that 100% of every dollar given supports ASEF’s work to grow quality echo care worldwide. Together, we can make a world of difference!

ASE Volunteers Travel to Cuba for Historic Training Event

DannyNine ASE Foundation volunteers recently returned from a successful 3-day training event in Havana, Cuba. Held April 6-8, the educational training event took place at the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital, the premier hospital in Havana. More than 300 cardiologists from throughout Cuba participated, all of whom perform echocardiography as part of their practice. Cuban officials estimated we reached 91% of the echocardiographers in that country. The physicians located outside of Havana received support from the Cuban government for hotel accommodations as well as transportation to and from Havana to attend this event.

All talks, including those from our ASEF representatives, were presented in Spanish, and included advanced topics such as strain imaging/speckle tracking, cardio-oncology, congenital heart disease, the use of echocardiography in intervention, and advances in echocardiography. The talks were recorded for future dissemination throughout Spanish-speaking countries. A favorite giveaway at the event was USB drives loaded with ASE guideline documents, including Spanish translations, placing important ASE reference materials in the hands of each participant. This guideline dissemination is a key feature of ASEF’s missions, fostering standardized patient care throughout the global medical community. Working alongside the Cuban Society of Cardiology and the InterAmerican Association of Echocardiography resulted in a unique and historic collaboration. Read more here.

Register Today for ASE 2017

The 28th Annual ASE Scientific Sessions are right around the corner. There are less than two months to register and make your arrangements to join us in Baltimore June 2-6. The premier gathering of echo enthusiasts, this meeting is essential to keeping up with all the advances in the field!

As always, the Sessions are packed with exciting content, but the Program Planning Committee shared a few sessions you will not want to miss:

  • Advances in Molecular and Therapeutic Applications – Learn how ultrasound contrast users will become non-invasive surgeons in the next 10 years using contrast to diagnose and treat acute intravascular and microvascular disorders such as acute myocardial infarction and refractory ischemia.
  • If I Only Had A Heart – Mechanical Device Support – More and more patients have Ventricular Assist Devices. The essentials of imaging patients with VADs will be presented in this session.
  • Something’s Got A Hold of My Heart: Interventional Echocardiography – The role of echocardiography continues to grow in structural heart disease. Learn the basics of imaging in this arena.
  • Frontiers in Pediatric Echocardiography: What Advances Could Impact the Field? – See the cutting-edge and evolving echo technologies that may change the way we practice pediatric and congenital cardiology. These technologies are equally applicable and relevant to adult cardiology.
  • The Coming Storm: Ultrasound for the Assessment of Atherosclerosis – The vascular track keynote session, featuring a lecture from Dr. Valentin Fuster, will focus on the role vascular imaging can play in preparation for the coming storm of atherosclerosis disease burden which threatens to overwhelm our healthcare system.

Need help justifying your attendance? Download this Attendance Justification Toolkit to help make your case for attending.
Register today to join your friends and colleagues at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

An Opportunity to Support the ASE Foundation and Recognize your Fellows

There is still time to purchase tables and individual tickets for the ASE Foundation Research Awards Gala, Saturday, June 3, 7-11 PM, at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. This event is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event to garner funding for cardiovascular ultrasound research. Please be sure to purchase your table or tickets soon as this event has sold out each year.  Tickets will not be available on site. Questions?  Contact

“Our fellows are one of our greatest assets and are the future of our field. I have invited my imaging fellows to join my table at the ASEF gala to show my appreciation for their work and the benefits of being a member of ASE. Please join me by doing the same for your fellows!” – Vera Rigolin, MD, FASE, ASE President-Elect, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL


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Documentation of Moderate Sedation

With regard to documentation of moderate sedation, beginning January 1, 2017, we would suggest documenting the duration of moderate sedation services. Intraservice time should be documented based on the specific number of minutes, as opposed to a range of time, to meet all payer requirements. Please note that the moderate sedation intraservice time will likely be different than the intraservice time of the underlying procedure. If the physician does not document his/her intraservice time or if the time is less than 10 minutes, the service is not reportable.

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Please let us know if you have any additional questions.  Also, please keep us posted on the claims process, we would be interested to know how they adjudicate.