Message from JASE EIC Michael Picard, MD, FASE

A Note to the JASE Community

Dear JASE readers, reviewers, and authors,

I hope that you, your patients, colleagues, families, and neighbors are remaining well. It is gratifying to see the efforts of everyone working to fight this pandemic – there are so many different ways that people can and are contributing.

I am writing to let you know that JASE is committed to supporting all of your efforts. With the delays in communication that occur with disseminating information in a hard copy journal published once per month, it is difficult to publish the latest up-to-date information in our journal but we will do so on our website in coordination with ASE and its leadership. A link to the ASE statement on protection of patients and echocardiography service providers during this COVID-19 outbreak can be found on the JASE website. I also encourage you to view the recently conducted superb ASE webinar on preparedness for echo labs.

If you are a reviewer for our journal and need more time to complete your task or need to decline a review that you previously accepted, we can accommodate all requests, please just let our editorial office know. I understand that there are other important priorities confronting you right now.

I also understand that research efforts may be delayed. The Journal will be flexible regarding all matters related to the publication process. If authors need more time for submission of their revisions or the copy-edited page proofs please contact us.

To those of you who are quarantined, furloughed, or under a shelter-in-place order, I encourage you to remain connected to others. “Social distancing” does not mean that you should be “socially isolated.” The ASE and our JASE communities are dispersed around the world – I urge you to use technology to connect and practice “distant socializing.”

Lastly, I want to thank all members of the JASE team and employees of our publisher, Elsevier. All are working behind the scenes to keep the journal running while also balancing other important tasks.

I wish all of you the best and thank you for all of your efforts in fighting the pandemic.

Sincerely,
Michael H. Picard MD, FASE
Editor in Chief, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography

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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.