Archives for October 2017

Submit Your Science to be Presented in the Sun at Echo Hawaii in January

Don’t miss your chance to present your basic or clinical research in sunny Hawaii in January. Abstract submission is free of charge and presenting authors are eligible for a $100 discount off their conference registration. Abstracts are moderated by world-class faculty and a “Best Poster Prize” will recognize the top work presented. Visit the  Echo Hawaii Call for Science page for more information. Submission closes on Tuesday, November 1. Submit your work today!

Don’t Miss These October Deadlines!

Several important deadlines are approaching for ASE Officers and Directors, Awards, and Travel Grants.

October 20          Call for Officers and Directors

Feigenbaum Lecturer

October 27          Cardiovascular Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award

Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics Award

Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award

Feigenbaum Student Travel Grant

UltraEcho Student Travel Grant

Do you, or someone you know, qualify for one of these prestigious honors? Make sure you do not miss the upcoming deadlines. If you have any questions about ASE’s awards or nomination process, please feel free to contact madilday@asecho.org.

ASE Needs Your Input

As 2017 draws to a close, ASE would once again like to hear from our most important stakeholders – our members and the medical community – about your practice and the latest trends in the field. Please take a few minutes of your time to help ASE gain insight about topics such as expanding uses of cardiovascular ultrasound, application of emerging technologies, and specific utilization preferences and trends.

Your responses will help ASE plan future educational and quality initiatives, and advance our mission of improving the practice of cardiovascular ultrasound for better patient outcomes. Since we know your time is valuable, we are offering a chance to win one of two $50 VISA gift cards to all who participate, so make sure to enter your name and email address at the end of the survey. Also, please feel free to forward the survey link to others or post it on any non-ASE medical forums you may belong to. The survey can be accessed here. Thank you very much for your participation!

Celebrate MUAM with ASEF! Honor A Sonographer Today!

At the ASE Foundation, October is very special because it’s Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM)! MUAM was established to provide the public with a better understanding of ultrasound and its many uses in healthcare.

In honor of MUAM, the ASE Foundation encourages you to show the sonographers in your life how important they are to you by making a donation in their honor! Donate between today and October 31st and include the name and email of the person you are honoring. The Foundation will then send a special electronic card to that person thanking them for the role they play in your life and the lives of patients.

Give a gift that supports the ASE Foundation while honoring those who support you. Join the Foundation in celebrating Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month!

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.