Watch ASE’s Value of Echo Summit

ASE’s Value of Echo Summit took place during the ASE 2018 Scientific Sessions. Here are two recordings from this event: The Quality Echo Lab and Transitioning from Fee for Service to Value-Based Reimbursement. The summit focuses on key strategies and real-world solutions to ensure a high performing echocardiography lab, while also providing comprehensive insight into the ever-changing U.S. healthcare system.

ASE Member Database Upgrades to Enhance User Experience

ASE has been working for nearly a year to upgrade our current membership database to a new system that will feature enhancements like streamlined membership renewals and orders, an automatic renewal option, a more personalized member portal interface, as well as other improvements. To make the transition to the new platform on August 1st, we wanted to alert you that for a period of time between July 20 and July 29, portions of the ASE Member Portal, ASEcho.org, and ASEFoundation.org, will be down. Functions like renewing, registering for events, making donations, and ordering products will be disabled in the Member Portal. The New Member Online Application on the website will also be unavailable. July 30-31, the Member Portal will be completely unavailable as we transfer all the files to go live August 1.

You should still be able to do everything you need, but will access them in a different way. This webpage has details about how you can still accomplish everything you want during this 12 day upgrade period. We greatly appreciate your patience with us while we make this transition. We are excited about the new interface and everything it does to make your user experience easier. Please email ASE@ASEcho.org if you have any questions.

ASE 2018 Final Program Now Available

Want to know who is speaking and what else is happening? Download the ASE 2018 Final Program here. There is less than a month left to register for this year’s Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN, June 22-26. With a wide-range of networking opportunities and dedicated educational tracks, this is a must-attend event for all cardiovascular ultrasound enthusiasts. Register today to join us in Nashville. For the most up-to-date program information, please download the ASE Courses app from the Google Play and Apple stores. There are only a few seats left in the 3D Echocardiography in CHD: Cropping of Data Sets Learning Lab. All the other Learning Labs are sold out. Don’t delay in signing up for this special session when you register for the Scientific Sessions.

Don’t Miss an Interactive Live Webinar on Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion/Exclusion Next Tuesday

Join Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD, FASE, on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as he reviews the recent state-of-the-art review on left atrial appendage occlusion/exclusion and procedural guidance with echocardiography in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. As the senior author, he will update you on how atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide and is a major risk factor for embolic stroke.  Furthermore, he will discuss the crucial role of two- and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the pre- and postprocedural assessment and intraprocedural guidance of percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. 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 may then view it at your convenience.

ASE Retains AMA’s HOD Status

ASE is proud to announce that the Society has successfully met all the requirements needed to maintain its seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates.

As a member of the House of Delegates ASE:

  • Helps sets the legislative and regulatory priorities for the AMA.
  • Has full delegate status which provides ASE with full representation before CPT/RUC.
    • This delegate role has contributed to some of ASE’s more recent, substantial advocacy successes.

This is a critical piece that allows ASE to work to protect echocardiography and provide your patients with access to necessary care.

For more detailed information, please read: The ABC’s of Payment for Cardiovascular Ultrasound Services and Why the AMA Matters.

ASE will continue to ensure your voice is heard on issues related to legislative matters, regulatory issues, coding, and reimbursement.

Thank you for joining the ASE and the AMA and making sure echo continues to have a strong voice!

Help Us Celebrate ASE’s 2018 Student Award Winners at the Scientific Sessions

The ASE Awards Committee has selected their student award winners for 2018. These winners will be recognized at the 29th Annual Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN this June. A large number of entries were received this year, and here are the deserving selections:

  • Katanick Student Scholarship Award: Oksana Semkiv
  • Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Recipients: Jennifer Andrews, Veronica Dudek, Rochelle Graveline, Emily Hafner, Anita Keck, Jin Laudadio, Amanda Lewis, Meghan Lowe, Forrest Olson, Emily Tanel, Rachel Tutwiler, Summer Vandigo, Heather Wallace, Kassie Warren, and Jessica Wright
  • UltraEcho Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant: Amber Cyrus
  • Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant: Randall Brown

All these student award winners are provided with a travel stipend and other financial assistance with grants from the ASE Foundation. Like to encourage this type of career support? Make a donation to the ASE Foundation today.

Register for an Interactive Live Webinar on Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion/Exclusion

Join Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD, FASE, on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as he reviews the recent state-of-the-art review on left atrial appendage occlusion/exclusion and procedural guidance with echocardiography in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. As the senior author, he will update the audience on how atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide and is a major risk factor for embolic stroke.  Furthermore, he will discuss the crucial role of two- and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the pre- and postprocedural assessment and intraprocedural guidance of percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. 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 2018 Coding Newsletter Available

Coding accurately for the services you provide is essential, especially in today’s environment of declining reimbursement and increased scrutiny. ASE is committed to ensuring you are fairly reimbursed for your work. Reporting the most appropriate CPT® code is essential in the correct reporting of services to obtain fair and reasonable reimbursement for procedures, tests, and visits. To ensure accurate billing, ASE has developed the 2018 ASE Coding Newsletter that is now available.

Need Your Help to Establish Reimbursement for Category III Echocardiographic CPT™ Codes

Coding accurately for the services you provide is essential, especially in today’s environment when you are facing declining reimbursement and increased scrutiny. ASE is committed to ensuring you are fairly reimbursed for your work. In this effort, the Society was able to establish two new Category III echocardiographic CPT™ codes and encourages you to use them when appropriate.

While category III codes are not reimbursed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), these codes are sometimes reimbursed by private payers. ASE is meeting with private payers in an effort to establish reimbursement. Additionally, CMS will track submission of these codes. There will be an opportunity for this code to progress to Category I status over the next few years based on 1) utilization and 2) additional peer reviewed publications demonstrating efficacy.

CPT™ code +0399TMyocardial strain imaging has emerged as a sensitive tool for assessing regional and global left ventricular systolic function. +0399T is to be reported once per encounter in addition to the appropriate echocardiography base codes 93303-93351.

CPT™ code +0439T: Myocardial contrast perfusion echocardiography imaging code aids in the detection of myocardial ischemia and myocardial viability and is well-tolerated and safe in both ambulatory and critically ill patients. This code should be submitted whenever myocardial contrast perfusion echocardiography is performed but may be used only in conjunction with echocardiography base codes 93306, 93307, 93308, 93350, 93351.

There is a time frame for utilization. If the codes are not used they may “sunset” after five years, eliminating the opportunity to establish reimbursement and limiting patients’ access to the technology. Therefore, ASE is encouraging you to share information about these new codes with your lab staff and business departments and submit these codes whenever myocardial strain imaging or myocardial perfusion echocardiography is performed.

Urgent Call to Action – Support ASE Representation on Vital Issues by Joining the AMA!

ASE is working hard to ensure your voice is heard on issues related to legislative matters, regulatory issues, coding and reimbursement. To do so, ASE must maintain the Society’s seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. To qualify, 25% of ASE’s U.S. physician members must also be members of the AMA.

As a member of the House of Delegates ASE:

  • Helps sets the legislative and regulatory priorities for the AMA.
  • Has full delegate status which provides ASE with full representation before CPT/RUC.
    • This has contributed to some of ASE’s more recent, substantial advocacy successes.

For more detailed information please read: The ABC’s of Payment for Cardiovascular Ultrasound Services and Why the AMA Matters .

To help ASE reach this critical goal click here.

We urge you to join the AMA today to help us ensure that echo has a voice!