Archives for May 2021

ASE Headquarters Closed – May 31

ASE Headquarters will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of U.S. Memorial Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, June 1.

NEW! ASE’s First Textbook Dedicated to Strain Imaging – Now available for Sale!

Pre-order your copy today for the member price of $179.99 USD, and receive a digitally signed edition! Offer ends July 15, 2021.

Written by international ASE experts, this textbook will be your go-to guide for everything related to strain technique and application. You will receive the hardbound book as well as online access to easily browse, search, and download content. 

Features Include:

  • Wide range of strain imaging/speckle tracking echocardiography applications, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up
  • Step-by-step techniques on how to use strain imaging with expert tips on nuances and pitfalls
  • Screening and follow-up of patients who receive cardio-toxic oncologic agents during cancer treatment
  • Evaluation of patients with cardiomyopathy, heart failure, arterial disease, valve disease, implantable pacemakers, pericardial disease, hypertrophy, ischemic disease, and chest radiation
  • Future applications, including elastography

May 2021 Sonographer Volunteer of the Month

The ASE Council on Cardiovascular Sonography is proud to announce Monet Strachan, ACS, RDCS, FASE, as this month’s Sonographer Volunteer of the Month.

Learn more about how Ms. Strachan got involved in cardiovascular ultrasound, began volunteering for ASE, and more here.

ASE is Here to Help You with Your Coding Questions

ASE is committed to providing our members with the tools and resources needed to ensure they are coding accurately, maintaining compliance with all requirements, and maximizing appropriate reimbursements.

The 2021 Coding Connection is now available in your ASE Member portal, and free to members. This resource document will assist you in coding accurately for the services you provide, especially in today’s environment of declining reimbursement and increased scrutiny. This document includes important information on telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, Modifier 22 use, E/M changes, the most frequently asked coding questions, and more.

ASE also retains a coding expert who can answer your specific questions. You may link to this service on-demand, directly through the ASE member portal. Log in to your Member Portal and click “Ask a Coding Expert” to get an answer from the experts!

ASE’s ImageGuideEcho Registry and IAC Collaborate for a Continued Alignment in Quality

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) are pleased to announce an enhanced partnership to assist labs with
quality improvement. This integrated solution will satisfy an accreditation requirement for quality improvement (QI) documentation specific for two QI measures: report completeness and timeliness. Facilities or physicians participating in ASE’s ImageGuideEcho Registry are now able to view accreditation specific data within the Registry interface, reduce data entry redundancy, and streamline their regular accreditation application process by uploading the Registry’s QI documentation to report completeness and timeliness. This collaboration, to introduce integrative
features across the Registry and IAC platforms, has been a long-term project aimed at supporting high quality care for patients. Read more here.

ASE Consensus Statement on Hypersensitivity Reactions to Ultrasound Enhancing Agents

Just over a week ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began notifying healthcare professionals that the ultrasound contrast agents Definity, Definity RT, and Lumason contain polyethylene glycol (PEG) and should not be administered to patients with known or suspected allergies to PEG. Since that time, ASE President Judy Hung, MD, FASE, composed a team of healthcare providers and scientists committed to the well-being of patients to develop a Consensus Statement that is in alignment with ASE’s mission to provide education that improves clinical outcomes.

This statement has been generated to provide our members and all practitioners of echocardiography with information and recommendations that will benefit the safety of patients receiving ultrasound enhancing agents (UEAs). Specifically, this document provides expert opinion on the clinical impact of the recent alert from MedWatch, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) product safety reporting system, on presumed Type I immediate hypersensitivity reactions to the polyethylene glycol (PEG) component of UEAs.

ASE’s Comprehensive Echocardiography Textbook 3rd Edition Virtual Book Launch

ASE’S Comprehensive Echocardiography covers the most up-to-date echocardiography practice guidelines and advanced technologies.

Join Drs. Roberto Lang and Victor Mor-Avi, as well as all the senior editors, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET, for a celebratory virtual book launch to preview ASE’s latest textbook. This webinar event will introduce everything the new textbook covers including the full spectrum of sonography of the heart – from basic foundations and principles to all clinical aspects – in one authoritative, definitive, clinical resource.

In honor of this virtual book launch, we are offering special author-signed copies of the textbook to anyone who purchases the book and includes CompEcho3 in the coupon code field when purchasing. This code is only valid through May 24. If you have already ordered the book on pre-order, you will also receive the special digitally-signed edition.

To purchase your book or sign up for the webinar, please following these instructions.

  1. Log in to your member portal and click on the ASE Learning Hub to receive member pricing.
  2. Pre-order your book today for the member price of $229.99 USD. Don’t forget coupon code CompEcho3 to receive the digital signature version.
  3. Register for the webinar here.

ASE’s ImageGuideEcho Surpasses 35,000 Echos

ASE’s ImageGuideEcho Registry, the nation’s first echo-specific clinical data registry, set an initial goal for 2021 to reach 10,000 echos in the registry.

By April we had more than accomplished this noteworthy milestone with OVER 35,000 ECHOS SUBMITTED! This rapidly expanding data will help clinicians understand and analyze quality metrics and patient outcomes, along with offering a vehicle to drive research applications.

We invite you and your colleagues to join our success as we continue to enroll more institutions. Visit the Registry Booth at ASE 2021 to learn more about how this growth benefits the field of echo!

For more information, or to schedule a demonstration, please email

Content Available May 8: ASCeXAM/ReASCE Review Course

Access to all the content for the 2021 ASCeXAM/ReASCE Review Course will be available online in 11 days beginning Saturday, May 8, 2021. You will be able to view everything on-demand at your convenience.

What is NEW for this course in 2021?

  • Updated case studies and lectures
  • New Board Review Questions after each lecture to help you better prepare for the exam, plus unlimited access to review the questions
  • Updated virtual platform with high-definition video playback

What do registrants get?

  • Convenient 24/7 access to content until May 2, 2022
  • Earn 75 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsand 28.75 MOC points
  • 42+ topics, including physics
  • 200+ Board-like Review Questions to help you better prepare for the exam, plus unlimited access to review the questions
  • 21+ hours of video content
  • Exclusive time with expert faculty on July 10, 2021, to receive answers to your questions and review more information together
  • Downloadable PDF slides of all content
  • Accessibility on all your devices

Registration closes July 31, 2021, but the earlier you register, the more time you will have access to the new content that will be available starting on May 8.

Check out the entire program and register today!