Donate A Cup to ASEF this weekend for National Coffee Day!

This Sunday is National Coffee Day. If drinking coffee is part of your morning ritual, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to celebrate! Coffee shops around the country will be offering free coffee in honor of this national holiday. Here’s a link to a list of locations offering deals and freebies! Since you most likely won’t have to pay for your cup this weekend, we encourage you to take what you would normally spend on your morning caffeine and donate it to the ASE Foundation!

When you donate, share a picture with a post on social media and tag @ASE360 using #GaveACup. We want to see your pictures whether you’re sipping on a cup of coffee at home, at the echo lab, or with your favorite barista and a local shop! See ASE Vice President and ASEF Annual Appeal committee member Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE, with his local barista Monique! He and other committee members have made early pledges for National Coffee Day. Get in on the fun this weekend and ‘Donate A Cup’ to ASEF between September 28 – 30. We’ve set a goal to raise $2,500 and every ‘cup’ counts!

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.