Echovation Challenge 2018

Congratulations to the First Place winner of Echovation Challenge 2018, Team On-Sight, led by Dr. Achi Ludomirsky! Pics and videos will be posted soon, so stay tuned!

After two successful iterations of the Echovation Challenge in 2016 and 2017, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) once again hosted the Echovation Challenge 2018 to help achieve our mission of accelerating innovation and shaping the future of cardiovascular ultrasound.

In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing healthcare environment, it has become critically important for clinicians to quickly and accurately diagnose patients. The theme for Echovation 2018 is ‘Echo At the Speed of Life’ which aims to showcase innovations in cardiovascular ultrasound technology that have the potential for faster diagnoses and optimal decision making. ASE received over 30 submissions from around the world, which were then reviewed and scored by the Innovation Competition Task Force, ultimately selecting three teams to present their projects live during ASE 2018.

Dr. Partho Sengupta served as Chair of the competition for the second year; the live finals event was held on June 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm CT during the 2018 Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN, hosted again by our superb Emcee, Dr. Randy Martin. Explore this page further to learn about the members of our Expert Reaction Panel, and stay tuned for more info about our finalists soon!

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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.