Archives for February 2018

ASE Headquarters Closed Feb. 19

ASE Headquarters will be closed Monday, February 19 in observance of President’s Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, February 20.


Urgent Call to Action – Support ASE Representation on Vital Issues by Joining the AMA!

ASE is working hard to ensure your voice is heard on issues related to legislative matters, regulatory issues, coding and reimbursement. To do so, ASE must maintain the Society’s seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. To qualify, 25% of ASE’s U.S. physician members must also be members of the AMA.

As a member of the House of Delegates ASE:

  • Helps sets the legislative and regulatory priorities for the AMA.
  • Has full delegate status which provides ASE with full representation before CPT/RUC.
    • This has contributed to some of ASE’s more recent, substantial advocacy successes.

For more detailed information please read: The ABC’s of Payment for Cardiovascular Ultrasound Services and Why the AMA Matters .

To help ASE reach this critical goal click here.

We urge you to join the AMA today to help us ensure that echo has a voice!


February JASE Now Available

ASE was one of 11 organizations that collaborated to develop and evaluate the ACC/AATS/AHA/ASE/EACTS/HVS/SCA/SCAI/SCCT/SCMR/STS 2017 Appropriate Use Criteria for the Treatment of Patients With Severe Aortic Stenosis that appears in the February JASE, now online. This is the first AUC to address the topic of aortic stenosis and its treatment options, including surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Clinical investigation topics in this issue include 3D echocardiography, coronary artery disease, left atrial size and function in children, congenital heart disease, pulmonary artery hypertension, and left ventricular dyssynchrony and function. A state-of-the-art review article, “Atrial Enlargement in the Athlete’s Heart: Assessment of Atrial Function May Help Distinguish Adaptive

from Pathologic Remodeling,” rounds out the issue. Don’t miss the new podcast feature on the JASE home page. JASE Editor-in-Chief, Michael H. Picard, MD, FASE, will be creating these podcasts as a regular addition to, which will often take the place of an Editor’s Page.  The podcasts will be available on iTunes and Google play soon.  We would love to hear what you think of this new feature.


Echovation Challenge Deadline Extended!

If you have an idea to improve cardiovascular ultrasound, it’s not too late to join the Echovation movement! Many of you have expressed interest in the Echovation Challenge but needed a bit more time to polish your proposals, so we have decided to extend the submission deadline until February 23. The top three finalists will present at the ASE Scientific Sessions in Nashville on June 24, 2018. Even if you have already submitted, you can edit your proposal up until the deadline if you like. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to participate. Go to today to register, read the competition guidelines, and begin submitting your proposal!


“Spread the Love” with the ASE Foundation

Valentine’s Day is one week away but there is still time to Spread the Love! Join the members who have already begun celebrating American Heart Month and make a donation in honor of someone who has supported you in your career. Think back on the path that has lead you to today. Whose guidance has brought you to where you are now? Who has left a lasting impact? Who played an important role in influencing and improving your career?

Make a donation between now and February 12th and include the name and email address of the person you would like to honor. On Wednesday, February 14th, the Foundation will send a special electronic Valentine’s Day card to that person thanking them for the role they have played in your career. You may also leave a personal message if you’d like!

Give a gift that supports the future of our field while honoring those who have supported you throughout your career!


ECHOVATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED! If you have an innovative solution to improve cardiovascular ultrasound, it’s not too late to submit your idea for a chance to share in the $10,000 prize money! Visit to find out what’s required, register as an innovator, and submit your proposal 11:59 PM ET on February 23!