The January JASE is Now Online – ASE’s Newest Guideline Debuts!

The January issue of JASE, now online, includes, “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography.” Co-chairs Carol Mitchell, PhD, ACS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), FASE, and Peter S. Rahko, MD, FASE, shared a little about the TTE guideline content. “As the writing committee surveyed the many excellent educational resources available, we found a void in information available to students and new sonographers. There is a lack of material defining how to best perform the TTE exam. Thus, part of the focus of the new guideline is to provide information focusing on exam performance and how to acquire the echocardiography views.” The guideline is a CME article, and a live webinar related to it is scheduled for January 31 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time (see more about this below).

Also in this JASE are clinical investigations on echocardiography in coronary artery disease, echocardiography in aortic valve disease, contrast-enhanced vascular ultrasound for atherosclerotic plaque assessment, echocardiography in children, fetal echocardiography, and several editorial comments as well as letters to the editor. The Society blue pages feature ASE Dr. Jonathan Lindner’s President’s Message, “Yearn to Learn,” highlighting that ASE is highly regarded as an educational resource for all healthcare providers who use cardiovascular ultrasound, but ASE never rests on its laurels, and is constantly striving to advance and adapt its educational offerings. The sonographer communication by Liza Y. Sanchez, RCS, FASE, explores echocardiographic cardiac evaluations of primates in the Great Ape Heart Project.

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.