Archives for November 2018

ASE Holiday Hours

ASE Headquarters will be closed Monday, December 24 – Wednesday, December 26, as well as Monday, December 31 and Tuesday January 1 during the holiday season. We assure you that all questions, calls, and emails will be answered upon our return to the office. We appreciate your patience during this time and Happy Holidays.

ASE’s Next Twitter Journal Club – Tuesday, December 11

Save the date! Interact with your colleagues in our next Twitter Journal Club on Tuesday, December 11, from 8:00 – 9:00 PM US EST. From JASE, December’s Twitter Journal Club will review Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation in Degenerated Bioprosthetic Valves (Sunil V. Mankad, MD, FASE, Gabriel S. Aldea, MD, Natalie M. Ho, MD, Rekha Mankad, MD, FASE, Sorin Pislaru, MD, PhD, FASE, L. Leonardo Rodriguez, MD, FASE, Brian Whisenant, MD, Karen Zimmerman, BS, ACS, RDCS (AE, PE), RVT, FASE).

Follow @ASE360, and please plan to join ASE’s journal club, including moderator Dr. Ritu Thamman as she discusses this article. Be sure to use the hashtag, #ASEchoJC for all tweets. Click here to find out when the Twitter Journal Club is taking place in your timezone. If you have any questions on this event, please contact Arissa Cooper at acooper@asecho.org.

Holiday Sale: All Products On ASEMarketPlace 20% Off

The end of 2018 is quickly approaching. Are you looking for a way to spend unused research or echo lab funding? ASE is here to help! Take advantage of an additional 20% off all ASE products on ASEMarketPlace.com through December 31, 2018. At checkout, please use code HAPPYHOLIDAY2018 to receive your discount. Login to your  member portal  and take a look around ASEMarketPlace to make your purchase today.

ASE Members Crush Donation Records on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday was a remarkable day for the ASE Foundation. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Foundation received a record breaking $33,786 in just 24 hours! Our goal to raise $15,000 was more than doubled and we owe it all to you, our incredible donors.

The success from yesterday is not solely represented by the amount raised, but also in the number of donors who participated. Last Giving Tuesday, 76 donors supported ASEF with $26,982 in donations. This year’s $33,786 is the result of 104 donors!

ASEF sends a special thank you to the ASE leaders, Drs. Jose Banchs, Burkhard Mackensen, and Ritu Thamman, who made early pledges to match the first $3,000 raised yesterday and to the collective of sonographer leaders who teamed up to match the first $2,170 donated by sonographers. The sonographer match was almost tripled, resulting in $6,086! Four members of the Inaugural ASE Leadership Academy class donated as well, illustrating how the Society’s investment in the future of our field is being paid forward. We also had a number of members who gave in memory of Kirk Spencer, MD, FASE. We are so grateful for all these gifts and our donors – you are what makes the Foundation successful and meaningful!

If you missed Giving Tuesday yesterday, there’s still time to support the Foundation’s 2018 Annual Appeal before December 31 and help us reach our overall goal for the year of $250,000. Visit ASEFoundation.org/Donate or contact the Foundation at foundation@asecho.org.

ASE 2019: Call For Abstracts – Deadline February 6, 2019

Submit your abstract of original science or clinical case report to be considered for presentation at the premier cardiovascular ultrasound conference of the year, the 30th Annual ASE Scientific Sessions in Portland, Oregon, June 21-25, 2019. Make your submission online today! Presenters benefit from dedicated viewing times, a global audience that promotes future collaborative work, eligibility for travel support, and discounted conference registration rates. Visit the ASE 2019 Call for Abstracts for more information. Submission closes Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

ASE Headquarters Closed 11-22 and 11-23

ASE Headquarters will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in recognition of Thanksgiving. Normal business hours will resume Monday, November 26.

Giving Tuesday is Next Week

Are you ready? Giving Tuesday is less than one week away! The ASE Foundation invites you to join us on November 27th as we have set a goal to raise $15,000 in just 24 hours!

Looking to make the most of your donation? This Giving Tuesday your early donation is doubled! Thanks to some very generous matching donors, on November 27th, a $5 donation is worth $10, a $10 donation is worth $20, etc. Drs. G. Burkhard Mackensen and Ritu Thamman are matching the first $2,000, and a group of sonographer leaders have teamed up to match the next $2,000 in donations made by sonographers! Any donation, big or small, brings us one step closer to our goal!

As the holiday season kicks off, consider making a charitable donation to the ASE Foundation this November 27th! Don’t want to wait? The ASE Foundation accepts donations in many convenient ways every day. Click here to donate today or contact us to hear about your options.

Cure Your Winter Blues at Echo Hawaii

As cold weather descends upon much of the U.S., you can cure your winter blues, by attending the 29th Annual Echo Hawaii, January 21-25, 2019, along the premier Kohala Coast of the Big Island, Hawaii. Enjoy morning sessions with a world-class faculty in an interactive informal setting, and then go enjoy the lovely warm and sunny outdoors each afternoon. The course covers the breadth of echocardiography from valvular disease to heart failure and also has sessions on perioperative management and cardio-oncology. In addition to the didactic sessions using an audience response system, there are small workshops and live pathology dissections. A welcome reception with local entertainment and a sunset poster session with Mai Tais are great ways to cap off the day. If you are a morning person, there will be two sunrise beach yoga sessions. The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is newly remodeled with a luxurious, family-friendly pool and a brand new, second (kid-free) pool. Echo Hawaii  2019 is bound to be better than ever! Register now! Early rates expire one month from today.

The November JASE is Online – Ready for Echo Enthusiasts

The November issue of JASE, now online, includes the article, “Diagnosis of Isolated Cleft Mitral Valve Using Three-Dimensional Echocardiography,” from Akhil Narang, MD, Karima Addetia, MD, Lynn Weinert, RDMS, Megan Yamat, RDCS, Atman P. Shah, MD, John E. Blair, MD, Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, and Robert M. Lang, MD, from the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, US. When asked about the paper, lead author Dr. Narang commented, “This paper highlights the role of 3D echocardiography (3DE) in the evaluation of patients with valvular heart disease. While it was previously believed that significant mitral regurgitation (MR) due to isolated cleft mitral valve was very rare, this study utilized 3DE to demonstrate a considerably higher prevalence of isolated cleft mitral valve responsible for MR than what has been reported in 2D studies. In general, patients with unexplained MR should almost always be considered for 3DE to help determine the etiology.” Also in this issue are clinical investigations on valvular heart disease, diastolic function, risk assessment for heart failure by echocardiography, left atrial strain, fusion imaging in children, and aortic arch anomalies shown with fetal echocardiography, along with a preclinical investigation of molecular imaging with contrast ultrasound (UEA). Sherif F. Nagueh, MD, FASE, provides an editorial entitled, “Classification of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Heart Failure Diagnosis and Prognosis.” The Society blue pages feature Dr. Jonathan Lindner’s President’s Message, “When Quantity and Quality Don’t Mix,” which includes the new ASE Statement on Performance of Adult Comprehensive TEE.

Register for the Upcoming Live Guideline-based Webinar on Comprehensive TTE

Join Carol Mitchell, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), ACS, FASE, on Thursday, December 6 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time for an interactive live webinar as she reviews Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography. As ASE’s chair to the guideline writing group, Dr. Mitchell will cover topics such as echocardiography scanning nomenclature, image instrumentation and optimization, scanning maneuvers, optimizing image acquisition, color Doppler, spectral Doppler and grayscale maps and gain. Individuals will gain knowledge about how to adjust instrumentation settings to achieve high quality echocardiography images to improve knowledge for communicating with ultrasound system vendors. Application specialists will learn how to adjust their ultrasound system instrumentation setting to acquire high-quality echocardiography images. Co-Chair, Peter S. Rahko, MD, FASE, will also be available during the Question & Answer portion of the webinar. Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending this live webinar event. Registration is free for ASE members. Register online today!

Interested in this topic, but the scheduled time is not convenient for you? Register for the live webinar, and an email will be sent to you once the recorded webinar (non-CME) is available in your content on ASEUniversity. You can then view it at your convenience.

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.