ASE International Alliance Partners Program

noun – a pact, coalition or friendship between two or more parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests

ASE_InternationalAlliancePartners_logoThe ASE International Alliance Partners program was developed to create a pathway for collaborations and shared resources among participating membership-based echocardiography/cardiology societies. This program is open to established and recognized specialty or sub-specialty organizations based outside the United States that endorse the practice of cardiovascular ultrasound. Sections, working groups, or councils of societies that focus on the use of cardiovascular ultrasound outside the US may also be recognized as participants. Eligible societies include but are not limited to the disciplines of cardiology, anesthesiology, critical care, surgery, and emergency medicine.

The goal of the alliance program is to share knowledge, expand thought leadership, and enhance standards and practices based on the best thinking worldwide for improved patient care.

2014-07-25 21 06 20 (4)About the Alliance Program:

  • There is no fee for participation. A letter of request from the President of the organization with supporting materials will get the process started (see instructions below).
  • The alliance will take place over a two-year time period, to be continued upon adequate participation and if the alliance was deemed mutually beneficial. Any continuation will be communicated in writing.

To apply, the organization should submit a letter of request from their President to the ASE International Relations Advisory Committee or the ASE President. The letter of request should include the following information:

  • Brief history of the organization (will be adapted for use on the international alliance web page)
  • List of Board of Directors and their roles, including contact information
  • Programs from annual meetings for previous 2 years (may be PDF copies)
  • Resource information, such as Website address and a copy of or link to the organization’s journal, if applicable
  • Information about activities, such as committees, working groups, meetings
  • Verification of a dues paying membership structure and number of members (annually). The organization may be asked to submit a verifiable list of members if the society is unknown to ASE.
  • If the applying body is a section, working group, or council of a cardiology association, the application should provide a brief overview of the parent organization, as well as a description of the structure of the sub-group applying.

Chineseplaque1 (2)Potential Opportunities for Alliance Organizations:

Opportunities will vary among organizations, depending on geographical location, language requirements, organizational structure, and needs/interests. Our goal is to find ways to work together that will be mutually beneficial. Some opportunities for consideration include:

  • An invitation to endorse ASE guideline documents. Also, for the non-English-speaking member societies: An invitation to translate and disseminate ASE guideline documents, when applicable; and the opportunity to translate an ASE guideline poster for distribution within their membership (restrictions apply).
  • ASE endorsement of the alliance organization’s annual meeting. Endorsed partner meetings are listed on the ASE Learning Hub, in the monthly JASE education listings, and in the monthly education newsletter sent to ASE members worldwide.
  • Recognition of alliance organizations on the international alliance web page, on signage at the ASE Scientific Sessions, and during the International Leadership Round Table at ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions.
  • An invitation to submit a “short list” of outstanding organization members with their areas of expertise and contact information for inclusion on ASE speaker and author databases (selection not guaranteed).

What’s In It for ASE?

Through the use of shared links and the dissemination of information to members of the alliance organizations, ASE looks for:

  • Greater visibility and dissemination of ASE guideline documents2014-10-06 12.39.19 (4)
  • Enhanced support of and interaction with echo researchers through added visibility to the alliance organizations’ members
  • Increased collaboration/interaction from alliance organization members in ASE activities and annual meeting
  • A deepening relationship with potential collaboration partners through a structured alliance program

For more information regarding the ASE International Alliance Program, please contact ASE’s Deputy Director Andrea Van Hoever.


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 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, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.