Archives for April 2018

Don’t Miss Great Minds Talking about Echo in SHD and Earn Your CME

The April JASE podcast features a lively discussion between JASE Editor-in-Chief Dr. Michael H. Picard, and Drs. Rebecca T. Hahn and Muhamed Saric, two of the country’s top experts on the subject of echo guidance of structural heart disease interventions. They examine the following topics:

  • Training, special skills, and competence
  • Guidance of TAVR
  • Paravalvular leaks
  • LA appendage closures, shapes, and devices
  • Mitral valve clips and residual leaks
  • PFO closures
  • Difficult procedures
  • Radiation exposure

Help fulfill your CME requirements with Dr. Saric’s article in this issue, “Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion/Exclusion: Procedural Image Guidance with Transesophageal Echocardiography.” (Accompanying figure is Figure 1 from his paper.)

ASE 2018 Coding Newsletter Available

Coding accurately for the services you provide is essential, especially in today’s environment of declining reimbursement and increased scrutiny. ASE is committed to ensuring you are fairly reimbursed for your work. Reporting the most appropriate CPT® code is essential in the correct reporting of services to obtain fair and reasonable reimbursement for procedures, tests, and visits. To ensure accurate billing, ASE has developed the 2018 ASE Coding Newsletter that is now available.

Structural Heart Disease Takes the Leading Role in Current JASE

Five state-of-the-art reviews about echocardiography in structural heart disease (SHD) interventions are in the April JASE. Complementing these articles is a presentation of the ACC/ASE 2017 Appropriate Use Criteria for Multimodality Imaging in Valvular Heart Disease. James N. Kirkpatrick, co-author of “Role of Echocardiography in Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement in Native Mitral Valves and Mitral Rings,” said, “Structural heart interventions have revolutionized the treatment of cardiovascular disease in recent years, and imaging plays a central role in patient selection and procedural guidance.  For many patients who once faced the daunting prospect of open-chest surgical procedures, there are now percutaneous options.  Reductions in morbidity and recovery time improve important patient-centered outcomes, in addition to reducing the risk for patients with serious co-morbidities.”  For his monthly podcast, JASE Editor-in-Chief Michael H. Picard, MD, FASE, interviewed Drs. Rebecca T. Hahn and Muhamed Saric about the role of echocardiography in SHD interventions. Two clinical investigations on aortic annular and software round out the issue. In the JASE blue pages, learn about all the fantastic opportunities that lie in store for attendees going to the Annual Scientific Sessions in Nashville, Tennessee.

Review Course: Early Registration Rates Expire April 5

Is this the year you need to take the NBE ASCeXAM® and ReASCE® exams? ASE has specifically designed the ASCeXAM/ReASCE Review Course to help you gain the knowledge you need to pass these tests. Learn one-on-one with expert faculty. Practice board questions are given at the end of each session to help attendees to be even better prepared for the exam. Please plan to join us at the Marriott Copley Place, in Boston, May 5-8, 2018 for this intensive review course. New this year: registration includes all the online lecture recordings. Download the Advance Programregister, and learn more at

Join the ASE Foundation for the 9th Annual Research Awards Gala

The ASE Foundation is waltzing back in time for the 9th Annual Research Awards Gala where we will be honoring our 2018 Award Recipients! Moving to a new night, the Gala will be held on Sunday, June 24, 7:30-11:00 PM, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Luckily, there is still time to purchase a ticket, but don’t wait! This event has sold out every year and tickets will not be available on site. The welcome reception begins at 7:30 PM on Delta Island at the Gaylord followed by dinner, award recognition, and after event nightcap in one of the Gaylord’s luxury ballrooms. You will not want to miss out on this wonderful evening! Questions? Contact

New Mentorship Award

Linda D. Gillam, MD, FASE, from Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ, has been named the first recipient of ASE’s Mentorship Award. The Mentorship Award recognizes a senior physician or sonographer who has demonstrated exceptional mentorship within ASE. Unlike other awards, the Mentorship Award specifically acknowledges individuals who helped younger members advance within the Society and thus cultivates ASE’s future leaders.

Dr. Gillam will be recognized as the ASE Mentorship Award Recipient during the Awards Presentations and Edler Lecture Plenary Session on Saturday, June 23, at ASE 2018 in Nashville, TN.