Free ASE Coding Webinar

ASE is committed to making sure you have the resources need to thrive in today’s healthcare environment. Click here to access this FREE webinar,  2020 Reimbursement Updates Including the New Strain Code +93356. It is only 30 minutes long and focuses on the latest HOPPS and Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) changes to echo reimbursement and will help you prevent the most common errors in echo coding. A specific focus will be given to the new Myocardial Strain Imaging, CPT Code +93356.

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Reimbursement Updates Including the New Strain Code +93356

Submission for MIPS 2019 Now Open and Check on Your 2020 Eligibility

CMS recently announced that the MIPS 2019 Data Submission Period is now open. MIPS eligible clinicians can start submitting data for 2019 through March 31, 2020. Also, you can now use the updated CMS Quality Payment Program Participation Status Lookup Tool to check on your initial 2020 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). For more detailed information please click here. Interested in learning how ASE’s ImageGuideEcho™ Registry can help with future MIPS submissions? Contact Info@ImageGuideEcho.org for more information or to request a demonstration.

New Guideline Published For Stress Echocardiography In Ischemic Heart Disease

Ischemic heart disease (IHD) occurs when the arteries of the heart cannot deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the heart and is the leading cause of death in the United States. Stress echocardiography is routinely used for the detection of flow-limiting blockages in the coronary arteries in patients with symptoms such as exertional chest pain or shortness of breath. In this era of multimodality imaging, understanding the role and advantages of stress echocardiography for the patient presenting with symptoms of potential cardiac origin is essential. Guidelines for Performance, Interpretation, and Application of Stress Echocardiography in Ischemic Heart Disease: From the American Society of Echocardiography, replaces the 2007 ASE guideline on stress echocardiography which did not include class of recommendation and level of evidence; these are now included in this updated document, in addition to current practice recommendations and training requirements. Read more here.

Celebrating Our Similarities – Dr. Madhav Swaminathan’s January Presidential Blog

For the last few years, I was focused on supporting diversity and inclusion in just about everything I’ve participated in. “Celebrating our differences” became my mantra. However, a recent conversation with a young man about why it was okay and even valuable to be different got me thinking differently when after a few thoughtful minutes, he said, “But I don’t want to be different, because I am like everyone else, right?” His words gave me pause as I pondered similarity in the face of diversity. Global travel has driven that point home. Read more here.

Myocardial Strain Imaging Add-on CPT Code and Live Webinar

ASE is proud to see the establishment of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) add-on code +93356® to report myocardial strain imaging in conjunction with various transthoracic echocardiography procedures. The successful CPT application was a collaboration between ASE and the American College of Cardiology and will be effective for Medicare claims beginning today, January 1, 2020. This is the first new echo technology to achieve CPT editorial panel category 1 status in a decade! 

The code is intended to report myocardial strain imaging in conjunction with various transthoracic echocardiography procedures 93303, 93304, 93306, and 93308 in addition to stress echocardiography services 93350 and 93351. Additionally, the intent is for this code to be reported once per imaging session. Additional information on this code can be found on ASE’s Advocacy website.

Want to learn more? Join us for a live webinar on the 2020 Reimbursement Updates including the New Strain Code +93356, Friday, January 10, at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. The webinar will be presented by Michael Main, MD, FASE, ASE Advocacy Chair and RUC and CPT Advisor, and Denise Garris, ASE’s regulatory consultant and an expert in health policy and reimbursement.

This educational webinar will focus on the latest HOPPS and physician fee schedule (PFS) changes to echo reimbursement and help you prevent the most common errors in echo coding. Specific focus will be given to the new Myocardial Strain Imaging, CPT Code +93356. ASE would like to help the entire cardiovascular community, so this webinar is free for everyone. Please encourage your administrative and billing personnel to participate.  Register now to save your space. Specific questions regarding webinar registration can be sent to Jenn Goss at  JGoss@ASEcho.org.

December GEMs

During the month of December, two ASE members recognized  their colleagues for Going the Extra Mile and received a GEM award!

  • Sarika Anand
  • Heidi Borchers

Active members of ASE are encouraged to recognize their peers as a “GEM” for Going the Extra Mile (GEM). Whether it’s for their dedication to the field of cardiovascular ultrasound, being an outstanding mentor to students or fellows, their commitment to quality patient care, going above and beyond in the past month, a milestone service anniversary, or congratulating them on a major accomplishment. No matter the reason, it is always worth recognizing your peers. Help us celebrate ASE members making the world a better place. Learn more here .

Join ASE at ACC’s Cardiovascular Summit

ASE is pleased to be a part of  ACC’s 2020 Cardiovascular Summit, February 6-8, in Washington, D.C. We encourage you to attend and experience how to align strong leadership with up-to-date business strategies to improve cardiovascular (CV) care and patient outcomes. The Summit will also cover how to implement more efficient spending, while improving the CV clinician experience. ASE President-elect Judy Hung, MD, FASE, will participate in the Joint Society Plenary Session: Imaging for CAD: Where Is the Sweet Spot for Each Modality? Dr. Hung and James Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE, along with ACC Vice President Athena Poppas, MD, FASE, will present the ASE Workshop Echo Best Practice: Limited Echoes’ Hand Held – What Is the Future? Register today  for the best rate. ASE members receive the ACC member rate and discounts are available for groups of 3 or more!

Happy Holidays from ASE

New ASE Product: Case-based Series: Fundamentals of Strain Imaging

ASE is thrilled to announce that a Case-based Series, Fundamentals of Strain Imaging is now available online. Developed by ASE experts, this course features case-based video presentations highlighting a practical “how-to” approach. The focus is on using global longitudinal strain (GLS) by echocardiography to measure cardiac function as an additive for evaluating left ventricular ejection fraction to improve patient care. The case studies demonstrate several different strain software approaches.

Purchase yours today for ASE member pricing of only $95 for one user license. Member discounted pricing is also available on 5 and 10 user licenses. This course offers 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 3 ABIM MOC and ABA MOCA points. Learn more at ASEUniversity.org.

ASE members receive a discount on all products, so do not forget to log in to the member portal before purchasing.

Share Your Love for ASE this Holiday Season!

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

Top 5 Reasons to Give ASE Membership:
5. They will receive free learning opportunities which are also CME/MOC credits.

  1. They will get immediate access to the latest cardiovascular ultrasound news, guidelines, and research!
  2. They will have ample opportunities for leadership and professional development.
  3. They can easily connect and network with other echo-enthusiasts from across the globe.
  4. 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 2021! This is a great way to use any leftover money you might have in your budget for 2019. We will notify the gift recipients of this special gift by email and would be happy to customize the message on your behalf.

Please contact us by December 18th to be sure your gift memberships are processed and your colleagues are notified before the holiday.

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.