State-of-the-Art Echocardiography is Back in Arizona

Register today to join us at ASE’s 33rd Annual State-of-the-Art Echocardiography, February 21-24, 2020. This spectacular course follows the themes of structural heart disease, myocardial and pericardial disease, coronary artery disease, and interventional echocardiography. Over 100 cases will be presented by the expert faculty including Drs. Bijoy Khandheria, Roberto Lang, and William Zoghbi.

NEW in 2020!

  • Image Acquisition Workshops: Learn techniques for 3D and myocardial speckle tracking (will include live scanning and didactic lecture).
  • Expanded Learning Lab: New topics include advanced hemodynamics, myocardial strain, and structural heart disease. Participants will perform 3D cropping, measurements such as LV and RV Strain, LA strain, critical measurements for TAVR, TMVR, MitraClip, and LAA occluder.
  • Glimpse of the Future: Learn about the impact of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Virtual Reality on the field of echocardiography.

This course will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2020 where they enjoy 330 days of sunshine every year. Spring begins February 16 in Scottsdale, and the average high temperature is 79 degrees. You will want to make time in your course schedule to stretch your legs on a wildflower hike and possibly catch a spring training baseball game. The nearby McDowell Sonoran Preserve is an other-worldly landscape of rugged mountains, towering saguaros, and whimsically shaped cacti. Plan to join us in sunny Arizona for CME and a recharge of your mind and body.

Learn more heredownload the Advance Program, and register today.

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.