Archives for March 2019

One Week To Save $100 for Review Course

Are you planning on sitting for the NBE exam this year, recertifying, or just want to learn more about advanced echocardiography? Please plan to join ASE and the expert faculty for ASE’s Review Course scheduled for May 4-7, 2019, at the Marriott Copley Place, in Boston. The online library of talks is included in the registration fee, so your continued learning is limitless.

This course has been specifically designed as a preparatory course for the NBE ASCeXAM® and ReASCE® examinations. But, even if you aren’t taking the exam this year, you will not want to miss this comprehensive advanced echocardiography training that covers clinical topics like physics, strain, 3D, contrast, ischemic and valvular heart disease, CHD, and more. The Advance Program has all the details. Register before April 5th to save $100. On-site registration is available, however beginning May 4, 2019, all fees will increase an additional $100.

Announcing ASE’s Latest Product: Assessing LV Diastolic Function

Now available on DVD or as an online course, Assessing Left Ventricular Diastolic Function is the latest product developed by ASE experts. It is comprised of case-based lectures followed by case studies. The dedicated lectures include questions on the echo parameters used to asses diastolic function and the physiology of diastology. This educational tool also describes how to best utilize the ASE and EACVI 2016 guideline on diastology. This course offers 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learn more at ASEMarketPlace.com.

Many new educational resources are being developed by ASE experts to help you enhance your practice. There is something for every level of training. Make sure you log into your member portal to receive your discount.

Vote for New Officers and Board of Directors

All members are invited to vote for the 2019 Slate of Officers and Directors using this ballot. You may only vote for one person for each position. If you prefer to vote for someone other than the person nominated, you may write in additional nominees in the blank spaces provided. All write-in nominees must be active ASE members. The new officers and directors will be inducted at the ASE 2019 Annual Awards Presentation and Edler Lecture session in Portland, OR, on Saturday morning, June 22, 2019. This session is open to all Scientific Sessions registrants. Your ballot must be received by May 17, 2019. Learn more about each nominee here, and vote today.

In Case You Missed It: ASE’s Latest Guideline Summary on Evaluation of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function is Now Online

Following the excellent reception of ASE’s first reference guideline summary, Cardiac Chamber Quantification: An ASE Summary Document, the ASE Workflow and Lab Management Task Force is continuing this series and has finalized their second contribution. The Evaluation of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function: An ASE Summary Document, is available to view now on ASE’s website, and is linked with the full guideline on the Guidelines Search page. The ASE Workflow and Lab Management Task Force endeavors to summarize guidelines to help improve the implementation in echo labs across the country.

Looking to Fulfill Your 2018 MIPS Reporting Requirements? Join the ImageGuide Registry®

There are still two weeks left before the April 2nd CMS deadline for MIPS 2018 reporting. To fulfill your reporting requirements, join the ImageGuide Registry and utilize the nuclear and echo-specific portals to select measures unique to the field of cardiovascular imaging. ImageGuide facilitates data submission for Quality, Improvement Activities, and Promoting Interoperability Categories of MIPS. The ImageGuide team recommends completing your MIPS submission a week prior to the deadline and can offer a personalized walk through to help you navigate your data submission. For more information on MIPS and reporting requirements, please visit the Quality Payment Program Webpage.

Not yet a participant in the registry? Participation is FREE for all U.S.-based ASE physician members. Schedule a walk through today by contacting info@ImageGuideEcho.org.

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 26 is ASE Member Appreciation Day

Plan to join the fun next Tuesday, March 26, as we celebrate the 2nd Annual ASE Member Appreciation Day. Throughout the day, we will be sharing the top reasons why we love our members on Twitter and Facebook. Follow along on Twitter @ASE360 and on Facebook @ASEcho. You can also follow #HeartofASE and #ASEMemberDay.

We would also like to encourage you to join in the fun and share your reasons why you appreciate your fellow ASE Members. Were they a fantastic mentor, teacher, speaker, or co-worker? Whatever the reason, just print this sign, take your picture, and tag us in your post.

Thank you for being a member of ASE. Our community of members is strong, vital, and impactful. You are changing the world by improving patient care! We look forward to being of service in the year ahead.

ASE on the Road at ACC

Are you attending the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Annual Meeting in New Orleans this weekend? Make sure you stop by our Booth #1010 to pick up your FREE, updated ASE Guidelines thumb drive, and learn more about the latest ASE educational products including the recently released teaching slide sets on Comprehensive TTE. You can also register onsite for one of ASE’s valuable live educational courses, including the upcoming Review Course and the Annual Scientific Sessions in Portland, OR. The ACC Exhibit Hall and ASE’s booth will be open Saturday, March 16: 9:30 AM-4:45 PM CT, Sunday, March 17: 9:30 AM-4:45 PM CT, and Monday, March 18: 9:30 AM-2:00 PM CT.

There will be many ASE members speaking at the conference and cardiology-related sessions you will want to attend. Don’t miss the Imaging Highlights Session which will also feature ASE Past President Allan Klein, MD, FASE, and Bo Xu, MD, as they discuss the highlights in echocardiography.

Join ASEF Next Week for Spring Giving Day

Spring is right around the corner, and the ASE Foundation will be hosting its fourth annual Spring Giving Day to celebrate.

We’ve set a goal to raise $5,000 on Wednesday, March 20th. David Rubenson, MD, FASE, Co-Chair of the Annual Appeal Committee has already pledged $1,000! Spring into action and join Dr. Rubenson by making a pledge this Spring Giving Day! Every gift – big or small – brings us closer to our annual appeal target of $250,000 for the yearly funding drive.

Your gift on Spring Giving Day will foster the future of echocardiography by supporting scholarships and travel grants to young professionals in the field. Each and every gift you give to the ASE Foundation makes a difference in the projects you support and the people you help. 100% of all giving is allocated to charitable projects. Learn more here.

Simulation Echocardiography for Quality Control and Education | A Joint Presentation of IAC & ASE

ASE Founder, Harvey Feigenbaum, MD, FASE, will present a live webinar (followed by a Q&A session) Tuesday, March 26 at 1 PM ET entitled Simulation Echocardiography for Quality Control and Education. In addition, registered participants will receive 1.0 ASE CEU credit. Please note: To be eligible to receive the credit, participants must individually register and log in with their customized confirmation. Register here.

Do Not Beware the JASE of March (now online)!

The March JASE contains an article by Dustin Hang, MD et al, “Accuracy of Jet Direction on Doppler Echocardiography in Identifying the Etiology of Mitral Regurgitation in Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.” The authors conclude that, “A posteriorly directed jet of MR in obstructive HCM correlates highly with SAM as the underlying pathophysiologic mechanism, but because of the low negative predictive value, clinicians should be cautious in using the jet direction of MR on preoperative transthoracic echocardiography to guide the decision for concomitant MV surgery during septal myectomy for HCM.” Complementing this article is an editorial comment from Ehud Schwammenthal, MD, PhD, Albert A. Hagege, MD, PhD, and Robert A. Levine, MD, “Does the Flow Know? Mitral Regurgitant Jet Direction and Need for Valve Repair in Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy.”

Other JASE articles include a state-of-the-art review of techniques and potential clinical applications of intracardiac flow analysis, and clinical investigations on aortic stenosis, risk management in transesophageal echocardiography, left atrial pressure and function assessments, three-dimensional right ventricular strain in pulmonary arterial hypertension, exercise echocardiography, echocardiography in children, along with several editorial correspondences. The President’s Message by Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, FASE, in the Blue Pages explores, “Turbulence in the Policies and Practice of Point-of-Care Echocardiography.”

ASE and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) are pleased to announce that CMS has approved the ImageGuide Registry® as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for 2020. The first national registry for non-invasive cardiac imaging, ImageGuide Registry is receiving this important designation for the sixth consecutive year.