Who Judges Appropriate Care?

How the New ER AUC May Hurt Patients: Read here.

Echo Fall 2015 Edition Released

Using 3D printing to create patient-specific models prior to intervention and performing echocardiograms on animals like a beluga whale are two features in the latest issue of Echo.  Also learn about ASE in the first 40 years, the new strategic plan designed for ASE’s continued growth, new partnerships to broaden ASE’s reach, the ASE Foundation’s two mission trips in August, and more. If you have an idea for a topic you would like covered in an upcoming issue or want to contribute an article, email managing editors Angie Porter and Debbie Meyer at echo@asecho.org.

EXPERT CONSENSUS RECOMMENDS ECHO AS CORNERSTONE TO PROTECT CANCER PATIENTS’ HEART HEALTH

Read release here.

ASE ENCOURAGES APPROPRIATE CARDIAC IMAGING AT ACP INTERNAL MEDICINE MEETING

Read release here.

Echocardiography Experts Receive Special Distinction (February FASE designees)

Read release here.

Echocardiography Experts Receive Special Distinction (December FASE designees)

Read release here.

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 ASE@ASEcho.org. 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 IButler@ASEcho.org, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.