Stay warm this winter by registering for State-of-the-Art Echocardiography

The preliminary program for the 28th Annual State-of-the-Art Echocardiography is now available! This superbly rated meeting will take place in Scottsdale, AZ on February 22-24, 2015 with preconferences available on February 21. Topics will include quantitative echocardiography, valvular and ischemic heart disease, stress/contrast echocardiography, advances in imaging in coronary disease, state-of-the-art and clinical applications of TEE, diastology, physiological disease management, and myopericardial diseases. Back by popular demand, a half-day Congenital Heart Symposium will take place on Saturday, February 21 from 1pm – 5pm. To learn more about the main conference and other learning opportunities including the Learning Lab and the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Session, please visit www.asecho.org/sota.

Sign up today for ASE’s live webinar happening this Wednesday

Join Juan Carlos Plana, MD, FASE, from the Baylor College of Medicine on Wednesday, October 29 at 5:00 pm ET as he reviews the Expert Consensus statement: “Expert Consensus for Multimodality Imaging Evaluation of Adult Patients during and after Cancer Therapy: A Report from the American Society of Echocardiography and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.” During this live webinar, provided by ASE, Dr. Plana will highlight the importance of echocardiography as the imaging modality of choice during and after cancer therapy treatments. Due to the significant number of patients who have been treated with cancer therapeutic agents with cardiotoxicity and who are at risk to develop heart failure, early detection of left ventricular dysfunction is imperative. Be sure to reserve a spot early so you do not miss out on this opportunity for unique echocardiography updates and CME.

To ensure your FREE registration for this event, please follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Log on to your ASE Member Portal
  2. Select “ASE University and CME Credits” from the Member Portal menu
  3. Select “Live Webinars” and “Register” from the ASEUniversity Menu.

Non-members may attend this event, but a fee will be associated with this participation.

Congratulations to Bracco

Lumason has been approved by the FDA here in the U.S.  Read more here.

Help shape the future of ASE by nominating your peers

ASE is now accepting recommendations for Officers and Directors who will be officially elected at the 26th Annual Scientific Sessions, June 12-16, 2015 in Boston, MA. Your nominations are invited for the position of vice president, treasurer, secretary, and five board positions. The vice president will serve a one-year term and is in a ladder position to the presidency. Guidelines for submitting nominations can be found on ASE’s nominations page. The deadline is quickly approaching. Please submit nominations by Friday, October 24, 2014. If you have any questions or to submit your nominations, please contact Mary Alice Dilday at 919-297-7188 or madilday@asecho.org.

ASE Foundation’s Largest Research Grant Awarded to Innovative Fusion Imaging Project

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ASE Guidelines now available in E-Book format

You asked for it. We delivered! ASE is excited to announce the “ASE Guideline Reference E-Book.”  The online book offers a collection of charts and illustrations derived from ASE’s guidelines for cardiovascular ultrasound.  It comes in a convenient format for quick reference and is designed to immediately accommodate new inserts as they are published.  Seventy percent of our current Guideline Reference Book users agreed that this book is helpful and useful in their daily practices.  As one of our members recently let us know, “This ASE Reference Book is simply a cornerstone for echocardiography interpretation.” Now, being able to access the ASE Guideline Reference Book online means it is just a click away!

Login to www.ASEUniversity.org to purchase your “ASE Guideline Reference E-Book” for a yearly subscription of only $75.

Less than three weeks until Echo Florida

The Echo Florida course is one of our most popular and combines a great mix of education and location-specific fun. You can maintain your CME and stay up-to-date in the ever-changing field of cardiovascular ultrasound by participating in this course. Course Director, Michael H. Picard, MD, FASE, has put together a program that will leave you feeling more prepared and refreshed going back to your practice. The 3rd Annual Echo Florida course will take place October 12 – 14 at Disney’s Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World, FL. To start out, a special preconference is offered on October 11 featuring point of care learning. This session gives you the opportunity for plenty of hands-on training in a small group setting; separate registration is required. Following this preconference, you’ll experience a three-day comprehensive echo course featuring expert faculty discussing strengths and limitations of established and emerging technologies and illustrating how these technologies can be used to improve and streamline patient care in a cost conscious manner. ASE listened to previous attendees’ suggestions and needs to develop Echo Florida’s new jam-packed schedule. The conference now includes:

  • Coronary artery disease, including stress testing
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Heart failure (systolic and diastolic) and cardiomyopathy
  • Emerging technologies including contrast, 3D/4D echocardiography, and strain imaging
  • Complex congenital heart disease
  • Case-based demonstrations on role of 2D and real time 3D/4D echocardiography to select, guide, and follow percutaneous structural heart disease interventions such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair

Learn more and register today by visiting www.asecho.org/echoflorida or downloading the Preliminary Program.

October issue of JASE focuses on LV Volume and Systolic Function

Summer may be over, but JASE is still heating things up! The October issue is now online with its focus topic of left ventricular volumes and systolic function, and includes three articles on this subject. “Assessment of Left Ventricular Volumes with Echocardiography and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Real-Life Evaluation of Standard versus New Semiautomatic Methods,” “Diagnostic Value of Three-Dimensional Contrast-Enhanced Echocardiography for Left Ventricular Volume and Ejection Fraction Measurement in Patients with Poor Acoustic Windows: A Comparison of Echocardiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” and “Three-Dimensional Principal Strain Analysis for Characterizing Subclinical Changes in Left Ventricular Function.” Zoran B. Popovic, MD, PhD, and James D. Thomas, MD, FASE, have provided editorial comment on the strain article in their piece, “Toward Understanding the Interaction between Structure and Function: An Echocardiographic Story.”

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

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Meet ASE’s Advocacy Team

You’re invited to a brief meet-up with your fellow ASE members, our President, Dr. Neil Weissman; our CEO, Robin Wiegerink; advocacy staff, and our lobbyist Peggy Tighe on Monday, September 15 for conversation and networking. If participating in the ACC’s Legislative Conference, TCT, joining ASEF’s Value-Based Healthcare Summit, or working in the area, don’t miss the opportunity to join us. ASE is your voice in the Hill; your participation will strengthen our efforts to advocate for cardiology-related causes and push for appropriate patient care and reimbursement policies. We invite you to join us from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm at the Westin hotel’s Caucus Room Brasserie-Steakhousebar. The hotel is in Georgetown at 2350 M Street NW, down the street from the ACC’s conference location. If you have questions, feel free to contact Irene Butler at ibutler@asecho.org.

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.