Echo Access™, A Virtual Experience – State-of-the-Art 2020

Providing outstanding and accessible educational opportunities to our members and the entire cardiovascular ultrasound community is core to ASE’s mission. Echo Access™, A Virtual Experience – State-of-the-Art 2020, is an innovate way for ASE to widen the reach of education. There are many benefits to attending an educational course in person like networking with peers and world expert faculty, social events, and focused time for learning in a beautiful location, but we realize not everyone is able to travel to live courses.

On March 6-8, 2020 ASE will present the inaugural Echo Access, A Virtual Experience featuring content from ASE’s State-of-the-Art Echocardiography live course. A maximum of  12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be available for attending this three-day virtual event. Streaming will be approximately four hours each day from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time. Some faculty will be available during these presentations to answer questions live. Registration also includes access to this content for 30 days. Participants can choose one of two virtual experience paths.

Participants will have access to one track only, and can choose one of the following two virtual experience paths:

Track 1.
State-of-the-Art Structural Heart Disease, Muscle Mechanics, and Strain

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Structural Heart Disease
  • Diastology
  • Right Heart, Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Myocardial Mechanics
  • Left Atrial Strain

Track 2.
State-of-the-Art Spotlight on Pathology

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Diastology
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Right Heart, Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Miscellaneous Topics including cardio-oncology, masses, fusion, ASD, and more.

How Do I Attend?
The login details for this event will be emailed to you a few days before the stream commences.

System Requirements
All you will need is your computer and a stable and reliable internet connection. This is essentially no different to watching a video on YouTube. If you can watch YouTube, then you will be able to stream on the website with no problems.

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.