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The American Society of Echocardiography Supports a Focus on Heart Health for Women by Co-sponsoring Congressional Briefing with WomenHeart
Healthcare providers can breathe a sigh of relief as the Senate passed the H.R. 2 bill late last Tuesday night before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services planned to reduce physician reimbursement by 21.2 percent, as mandated by SGR. President Obama has said he will sign the bill. However, due to timing, it is expected that a “small volume of claims” will be subject to the April 1 cuts. CMS has said that those claims will be reprocessed automatically so that the providers will be made whole and further cuts will be averted.
Your ASE volunteer Advocacy Committee, chaired by David Wiener, MD, FASE, along with ASE’s VP of Health Policy, Irene Butler, our legislative advisor Diane Millman, and lobbyist Peggy Tighe worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring this bill to Congress without the inclusion of site neutrality language. This was ASE’s key issue this year– to assure protection of our patients ability to access quality cardiovascular care, especially in rural areas often served by one hospital. Your grassroots efforts combined with the ASE advocacy efforts ensured that patient access to echocardiography was preserved in this bill.
You can be confident that ASE continues to work on your behalf with a strong and well organized coalition on this and other issues, such as the opposing the elimination of the in-office ancillary exception. ASE is the leading voice on the Hill for echo-related issues and your membership is key to making this monitoring and activity happen.
THANK YOU to more than 350 members who participated in the “Get a Peer. Get a Prize.” ASE membership referral promotion!
We are thrilled to announce Vickie Delaney, BS, RDCS, RVT, FASE (Mercy College of Ohio- Monroe, MI) as the Grand Prize winner. She won a course registration to the 2015 Scientific Sessions in Boston, June 12-16, 2015, plus, three free nights at one of the approved convention hotels.
The Fitbit winners are
- Barry Canaday, MS, RN, RDCS, RCS, FASE (Oregon Institute of Technology- Bend, OR)
- Michael Foster, RCS, RDCS, FASE (Duke University Medical Center- Durham, NC)
- Kathleen Houser, RDCS (Maineville, OH)
- Maria Lark, RCS, CCT (Chester County Hospital – West Chester, PA)
Everyone who referred a peer to join ASE received an ASE-branded flash drive with the current guidelines.
This promotion was such a huge success, we plan to do something similar in the future. Let us know what prizes would motivate you to participate next time by emailing Lorna Siegal, Membership Director, at email@example.com.
The following award winners will be honored at the ASE Education and Research Foundation’s 6th Annual Research Awards Gala, Saturday, June 13, in Boston, MA during ASE’s 26th Annual Scientific Sessions:
- Physician Lifetime Achievement Award – Steven A. Goldstein, MD, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
- Sonographer Lifetime Achievement Award – Margaret (Peg) Knoll, RCS, RDCS, FASE, University of California – Irvine Health, Orange, CA
- Meritorious Service Award – Roberto M. Lang, MD, FASE, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
- Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award – Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, MD, PhD, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
- Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award – Michael K. Cahalan, MD, University of Utah Health Care, Salt Lake City, UT
- Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Founder’s Award – Hugh D. Allen, MD, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
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ASE has expanded its live course portfolio to meet its members’ education needs and to enhance services to the growing number of international members (over 20% of our members!) now participating in the ASE community. Please plan to join us for the Inaugural Echo ASE ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand on October 23-25, 2015. 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 will be 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. The faculty will focus on the latest cardiovascular ultrasound technologies. 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 preliminary program, learn more, and register at www.asecho.org/asean.
Join us for ASE’s upcoming live webinar: Multimodality Imaging of Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta in Adults
Join Steven A. Goldstein, MD, a specialist in echocardiography and Director of Non-Invasive Laboratories at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, on Wednesday, April 1 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time for an interactive live webinar, as he reviews the ASE publication: Multimodality Imaging of Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta in Adults.” During this live webinar hosted by ASE, Dr. Goldstein will explain the strengths and weaknesses of each of the major imaging modalities, present how to measure the aorta on echo and CT scans, and describe the role of noninvasive imaging for the diagnosis of acute aortic syndromes, including aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, ruptured aortic aneurysm, and penetrating ulcer. Register to attend this interactive webinar now so you do not miss out on the opportunity for unique education and echocardiography specific CME.
To ensure your FREE registration for this event, please follow these 3 simple steps:
- Log on to your ASE Member Portal with your ASE username (email) and password.
- Select “ASE University and CME Credits” from the Member Portal menu.
Select “Live Webinars” from the ASEUniversity Library Navigation, and then click “Register” listed under the CME information.
While the U.S. Congress and CMS continues to cut many areas of healthcare, ASE is proud to announce that our CPT team succeeded in the acceptance of a new myocardial strain imaging code. ASE was able to present compelling data to establish a Category III code, 039X9T, for imaging of myocardial strain for the detection of myocardial deformation. While Category III codes generally are not reimbursed, they often lead to the adoption of payable codes. This victory is a one step closer to ensuring patients have access to critical care and that our members are appropriately compensated for their important work. We will follow this code closely as it makes its way to CMS and commercial payers.
Please note this code is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2016.
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