Join the AMA in 2018

The milestones ASE has achieved would not be possible without a seat in the AMA House of Delegates. We have been able to directly impact, and take part in, the discussions regarding fair and accurate valuation for physician services and guarantee patients have access to quality care.

Join the AMA in 2018

  • It is imperative that ASE maintain a seat in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD). To do so, a significant number of ASE’s U.S. physician members must also be members of the AMA.
  • The AMA provides a powerful voice in Congress, the courts, and federal agencies. Full delegate status provides ASE with a vote on important AMA policy within the HOD. ASE delegates take part in the HOD meetings were the AMA’s HOD sets its legislative and regulatory priorities the issues recently considered by the HOD are vast. Of particular interest to ASE are:
    • MIPS and MACRA
    • Site of Service Parity Policy
    • The Appropriate Use Criteria Mandate
    • MOC
    • EHR/data standardization interoperable
    • Immigration ban
    • Maintaining appropriate payment for E&M visits with modifier 25 is applied
    • Prior authorization
    • Drug Shortages
  • Full delegate status provides ASE with advisor status to several key AMA committees, such as the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel, and the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). Echocardiographers thus have a seat at the table when determining fair and adequate valuation.
    • Having advisor status to the CPT Editorial Panel, and the RUC, ASE worked to have a new interventional transesophageal echocardiography code approved. This code, 93355, is intended to be used to report TEE services during an interventional procedure.
    • The ASE CPT team was also successful in getting acceptance of two new Category III codes. One code for myocardial strain imaging code, Category III 0399T, and the other for a Category III add-on code to report the performance of myocardial perfusion test with echocardiography
  • ASE’s RUC team was able to present compelling evidence that resulted in an increase to the physician wRVUs for 93306 from 1.30 to 1.50, and maintaining the current values for stress echocardiography
  • With full delegate status ASE is updated and included in the AMA’s efforts, including:
    • Offered the opportunity to sign on to legislative and regulatory communications from the AMA
    • Briefed on legislative and regulatory developments by AMA staff
    • Invited to participate in AMA sponsored workshops and workgroups
    • Encouraged to share educational, regulatory and legislative resources

Please join the AMA in January or February of 2018 to ensure cardiovascular ultrasound is appropriately represented and that your interest, and your patient’s interest, are safeguarded.

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