Archives for November 2017

Download the Advance Program for Echo ASE ASEAN

Register today for the 3rd Annual Echo ASE ASEAN in Manila, Philippines, March 22-24, 2018. This conference highlights the growing collaboration between ASE and the ASEAN Society of Echocardiography, and exemplifies the best in ASE outreach around the world.

New this year – all investigators are invited to submit abstracts of their original research or clinical case reports to be considered for presentation in Manila. Presenters benefit from discounted registration rates and feedback from our world-renowned faculty. Visit the Call for Abstracts page for submission instructions. Submission closes January 15, 2018.

The aim of the Echo ASE ASEAN Symposium is to provide cardiovascular practitioners with information on state-of-the-art echocardiography technology. This international meeting is led by expert faculty from the United States and the countries comprising the ASEAN region who are leaders in how echocardiography can be effectively applied to improve clinical care. Case-based learning approaches will be used to highlight new and established uses of echocardiography for diagnosis and guiding management in patients with a broad array of cardiovascular conditions. Topics include: advanced assessment of systolic and diastolic function, 3D/4D imaging, contemporary approaches to valve disease, guidance of interventional procedures, contrast echocardiography, ischemic heart disease, pericardial disease, and echo in arrhythmic disorders. Download the Advance Program and learn more here .

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Call for Committee Volunteers Now Open

ASE depends on its members to get involved and advance our mission. Our volunteers help set standards, develop products, create courses, direct subspecialty activities, advocate for echo on the federal and state levels, and more. If you are a new volunteer interested in serving on an ASE committee or a member currently serving on a committee, and would like to continue to serve, log in to your ASE member portal, click on “Committee” in the menu bar, and complete the Committee Interest form.

For more information on volunteering for ASE, click hereThe application process will remain open through January 5, 2018. The term of service for new appointments will be July 2018 – June 2019.

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Echo 2017 Edition Released

The October 2017 Echo magazine has been released! This annual ASE news vehicle covers more in-depth subjects than can be covered in this e-news. This issue contains articles celebrating 30 years of JASE and how women in ASE leadership positions are transforming gender dynamics. Two articles on cutting-edge research are included, new microbubble applications, by Tom Porter, MD, FASE, and percutaneous interventions by Feroze Mahmood, MD, FASE. You can also read about the ASE Foundation training event in Cuba, the ASE guideline process and glean ideas from our leaders for how to implement them, the ImageGuideEcho Registry, the new Mentor Match Program, and more. If you have an idea for a topic you would like covered in an upcoming issue or want to contribute an article, email Echo@ASEcho.org

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The Latest Issue of CASE is Now Available

CASE’s fifth issue is now online. The ten cases cover aortopathies, cardiac sarcoidosis, endocardial fibroelastosis, left atrial appendage membrane, lipomatous hypertrophy, masses, mitral hemi-arcade, and percutaneous intervention. The figure shown here is from the “Left Atrial Appendage Membrane in a Patient Presenting with Stroke,” case provided by Drs. Sharon L. McCartney, Bradford Berndt, Muath Bishawi, Donald Glower, Madhav Swaminathan, and Alina Nicoara. Dr. McCartney said, “We think that this case illustrates the importance of routinely performing a comprehensive intraoperative TEE examination. Additional abnormalities may be found that could impact surgical decision-making and outcome of the patient.” Don’t forget to test your wits with the CASE “What is This Image?” quiz, on the CASE homepage.

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How to Review Your QRUR and PQRS Reports Before the December 1st Deadline

2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) feedback reports and 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) were released on September 18, 2017. Dr. Geoffrey Rose, an ASE Board and Advocacy Committee member, developed a brief presentation on these reports to help ASE members understand what they are, how they impact you, and how to read them.

These reports will determine whether providers are subject to the 2018 PQRS downward payment adjustment and your practice’s 2018 Value Modifier payment adjustment. If you believe information contained in these reports is incorrect, you may request an informal review of your 2016 PQRS results and/or 2018 Value Modifier calculation during the informal review period from now until December 1, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).

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CMS finalized increase to echo code 93306 and accepted the cardiology community’s proposal that prevents cuts to echoes with contrast