Archives for December 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.

Call for Committee Volunteers is Open

ASE depends on its members to get involved and advance our mission. Our volunteers help set standards, develop products, create courses, direct subspecialty activities, advocate for echo on the federal and state levels, and so much more. If you are a new volunteer interested in serving on an ASE committee or a member currently serving on a committee and would like to continue to serve, log in to your ASE member portal, click on “Resources” on the top menu bar, select “Call for Committee Volunteers” from the dropdown, and complete the interest form and annual disclosure statement.

The application process will remain open through January 7, 2019. The term of service for new appointments will be July 2019 – June 2020.

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.

Share Your Love for ASE this Holiday Season!

Show your friends and colleagues that you value their contribution by giving them the gift of ASE membership.

Top 5 Reasons to Give ASE Membership:

  1. They will receive free learning opportunities which are also CME/MOC credits.
  2. They will get immediate access to the latest cardiovascular ultrasound news, guidelines, and research, including Echo Headlines 4 days a week!
  3. They will have ample opportunities for leadership and professional development.
  4. They can easily connect and network with other echo-enthusiasts from across the globe.
  5. It’s the gift that keeps giving, 365 days a year!

Call 919-297-7172 or email Suzanne Morris at SMorris@ASEcho.org  to purchase memberships for others! Remember if you gift five new memberships, YOU get a free membership in 2020! This is a great way to use any leftover money you might have in your budget for 2018. We will notify the gift recipients of this special gift by email and would be happy to customize the message on your behalf.

ASE Headquarters Closed: Monday, December 10

Due to inclement weather, ASE Headquarters is closed Monday, December 10, 2018.

ASE Reception During EuroEcho Imaging – Join Us

If you will be attending EuroEcho in Milan, Italy, we invite you to join ASE leadership, staff, and your colleagues at the ASE Member Reception on Wednesday, December 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The reception will take place at La Corsia del Giardino, Via Manzoni 16, 20121, Milan. This will be a great opportunity for conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. If you have any questions regarding this reception or location, please contact Rhonda Price at rprice@asecho.org, or stop by the ASE booth, C300 in the EuroEcho exhibit hall. Download the invitation 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.