Soak Up the Sun at Echo Hawaii

Expert U.S. and international faculty from 14 different institutions will provide top-notch, diverse education at ASE’s 30th Annual Echo Hawaii™, January 20-24, 2020.

You won’t want to miss:

  • An opportunity to interact with the faculty at the casual and lively welcome reception.
  • Learning state-of-the-art technologies with a focus on how they can be effectively applied in the clinical setting.
  • Case-based approaches on new and established uses of echocardiography for diagnosis and guiding management in patients with a broad array of cardiovascular conditions.
  • Focused workshops on advanced topics that cover Echo Quantitation, Contrast including Myocardial Perfusion, 3D Visualization, and Strain Techniques and Analysis.
  • A beautiful sunset reception where you can view poster presentations sharing the latest in research.

Download the Advance Program to see the faculty list and preliminary agenda.

The course is being held on the beautiful Kohala Coast at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. This location on the Big Island has an average high temperature in January of 81 degrees Fahrenheit which is a full 10 degrees warmer than most other Hawaiian Islands at this time of year. If you are looking for an island with little to no rain, the Kohala Coast only receives nine inches of rain a year. This all but guarantees sun-filled days and beautiful sunsets during the entire course.

Calling all investigators! Submit your basic or clinical research for a chance to present at Echo Hawaii. Submissions are free, and authors chosen to present receive $100 off their conference registration. Selected authors are also entered into a poster competition and have the chance at further prizes and recognition. Visit the website to review all the details for 2020’s Call for Science on the Big Island. Submission closes Friday, November 1, at 11:59 pm EST – don’t miss out!

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.