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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Submit Your Science to be Presented in the Sun at Echo Hawaii in January

Don’t miss your chance to present your basic or clinical research in sunny Hawaii in January. Abstract submission is free of charge and presenting authors are eligible for a $100 discount off their conference registration. Abstracts are moderated by world-class faculty and a “Best Poster Prize” will recognize the top work presented. Visit the  Echo Hawaii Call for Science page for more information. Submission closes on Tuesday, November 1. Submit your work today!

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Don’t Miss These October Deadlines!

Several important deadlines are approaching for ASE Officers and Directors, Awards, and Travel Grants.

October 20          Call for Officers and Directors

Feigenbaum Lecturer

October 27          Cardiovascular Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award

Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics Award

Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award

Feigenbaum Student Travel Grant

UltraEcho Student Travel Grant

Do you, or someone you know, qualify for one of these prestigious honors? Make sure you do not miss the upcoming deadlines. If you have any questions about ASE’s awards or nomination process, please feel free to contact madilday@asecho.org.

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ASE Needs Your Input

As 2017 draws to a close, ASE would once again like to hear from our most important stakeholders – our members and the medical community – about your practice and the latest trends in the field. Please take a few minutes of your time to help ASE gain insight about topics such as expanding uses of cardiovascular ultrasound, application of emerging technologies, and specific utilization preferences and trends.

Your responses will help ASE plan future educational and quality initiatives, and advance our mission of improving the practice of cardiovascular ultrasound for better patient outcomes. Since we know your time is valuable, we are offering a chance to win one of two $50 VISA gift cards to all who participate, so make sure to enter your name and email address at the end of the survey. Also, please feel free to forward the survey link to others or post it on any non-ASE medical forums you may belong to. The survey can be accessed here. Thank you very much for your participation!

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Celebrate MUAM with ASEF! Honor A Sonographer Today!

At the ASE Foundation, October is very special because it’s Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM)! MUAM was established to provide the public with a better understanding of ultrasound and its many uses in healthcare.

In honor of MUAM, the ASE Foundation encourages you to show the sonographers in your life how important they are to you by making a donation in their honor! Donate between today and October 31st and include the name and email of the person you are honoring. The Foundation will then send a special electronic card to that person thanking them for the role they play in your life and the lives of patients.

Give a gift that supports the ASE Foundation while honoring those who support you. Join the Foundation in celebrating Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month!

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Join ASE at the 4th World Summit on Echocardiography

ASE is excited to let you know that we will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 4th World Summit on Echocardiography on October 5-7, 2017. Organized by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), ASE, and the Cardiovascular Imaging Department of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (DIC-SBC), the event is a collaboration with a consortium of Scientific Societies in Echocardiography, with the purpose of providing cardiovascular ultrasound training in places around the world where the training will make a difference. Many ASE members will serve as faculty including Drs. Vera Rigolin, Roberto Lang, and Benjamin Eidem. Previous World Summit events were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gurgaon, India, and Beijing, China.

This meeting is also a great opportunity to renew your 2018 ASE membership and have the onsite staff walk you through the new benefits and online education. Also, pick up your FREE, updated ASE Guidelines thumb drive and translated poster, and learn more about the latest ASE educational products.

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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