ASE Headquarters Closed-Monday, January 16

ASE Headquarters will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal office hours will resume Tuesday, January 17.

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FDA removes the contraindication for use of Bracco Diagnostics Inc.’s LUMASON® in patients with cardiac shunts

Read the press release here.

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Don’t Miss Out on Unique Learning Opportunities at Echo Southwest

Registration rates for ASE’s 30th Annual State-of-the-Art Echocardiography: Echo Southwest, February 18-21, 2017, increase by $100 next Wednesday, so register today and save. This course is held at the stunning Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Tucson, Arizona. A preconference Learning Lab, held in conjunction with the main course, allows nearly private instruction from the top practitioners in the field.

The Learning Lab features hands-on learning on computers covering topics that include: 3D Imaging, Myocardial Strain Imaging, Knobology, Diastology, Valve Stenosis, Valve Regurgitation, Cardiomyopathy, and more. The Learning Lab is being offered for a full day on Friday, February 17 and a half day on Saturday, February 18, 2017. This is an optional session that requires a separate registration fee, and there are a limited number of seats, so register today to reserve your space.

The main course features content that focuses on new technologies and techniques. A transcatheter aortic valve replacement workshop on Sunday, February 19 will be an in-depth exploration of the use of echocardiographic imaging in valve disease. Register todayDownload the Advance Program here.

The Who’s Who in Echocardiography will be in Tucson during this course as the ASE Board of Directors will be holding their February meeting at this same property. Networking opportunities abound!

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Updated ASE’s 2017 Coding Newsletter Now Available

CMS issued some corrections to the HOPPS final rule. It included minor changes to some of the APCs that will impact some rates. ASE has updated the Annual Coding Newsletter to reflect these changes.

Also available are ASE’s coding webinar and a document to assist you in billing echo-specific information on moderate (conscious) sedation in conjunction with TEE. You must now bill it separately. Payment for moderate sedation is no longer included in the allowances for any TEE codes. If moderate sedation codes are not separately reported, payment for the service will be lost.

Please visit ASE’s Coding and Reimbursement and MACRA web pages to help you understand the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and how to comply with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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18th Annual ASCeXAM® Review Course Advance Program Available

The Review Course has been specifically designed by ASE as a preparatory course for the National Board of Echocardiography, Inc.™ ASCeXAM® and ReASCE® examinations. The expert faculty, led by Roberto Lang, MD, FASE, will emphasize illustrative cases and will use case studies, lectures, and interactive sessions to cover all aspects of cardiovascular ultrasound that are essential to these exams. New this year, the faculty will walk you through ASCeXam questions after each session in addition to an audience response system that will facilitate faculty interaction and self-guided learning. Please plan to join us at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel April 29 – May 2, 2017 for this intensive review course. Download the Advance Program, register, and learn more at ASEcho.org/ReviewCourse.

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It Is Not Too Late to Support ASEF’s Work to Grow #EchoWorldwide

This year the ASE Foundation:

  • Supported 55 young echo practitioners with educational scholarships and travel grants
  • Translated 25 ASE guidelines and posters into five different languages
  • Provided over 1,250 underserved individuals overseas with direct clinical care
  • Hosted three clinician training events that will impact over five million patients in the coming year
  • Launched a global research project, WASE, to determine normal chamber quantification values across the world

Imagine what we can do next year. The Foundation needs your help to meet its $250,000 goal for the 2016 Annual Appeal. If you have been waiting to donate, there is still time to make your U.S. tax deductible donation by December 31.

Every gift is meaningful. Every contribution makes a difference. Pick your passion, and know that 100% of every dollar given supports ASEF’s work to grow #echoworldwide. Together we can continue to make a world of difference in 2017. Donate now.

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ASE Members Break Donation Records Again on Giving Tuesday

giving-tuesday-thank-youThank you to the 88 donors who supported the ASE Foundation on Giving Tuesday by donating a total of $20,320 in 24 hours yesterday. With this milestone in giving, we doubled our original goal of raising $10,000 in just one day! You can feel confident that your gifts will have a direct impact on the future of cardiovascular ultrasound because 100% of all donations will be used to support the Foundation’s 2017 initiatives. ASEF sends a special thank you to the ASE leaders, Drs. Banchs, Kaul, Klein, Rigolin, Wiegers, and Weissman who made early pledges to match the first $6,500 raised yesterday. Thank you as well to the Chinese American Heart Association (CnAHA) for their generous contribution. Thank you all for making this our best Giving Tuesday ever!

Did you miss Giving Tuesday yesterday? There’s still time to support the Foundation’s 2016 Annual Appeal before December 31 and help us reach our yearly goal of $250,000. We are at 75% of our goal now! Visit ASEFoundation.org/Donate or contact the Foundation at foundation@asecho.org.

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ASE’s New Journal CASE is Now Accepting Submissions

case_cover_final-final-finalCASE, ASE’s new, online, open-access, cardiovascular imaging case reports journal is now accepting submissions, CVCaseJournal.com. Co-Editors-in-Chief, L. Leonardo Rodriguez, MD, FACC, FASE and Karen G. Zimmerman, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE, along with the CASE editorial board of experts in a wide range of cardiovascular care areas, are hard at work reviewing the case reports that are coming in from around the world. The first issue will be published in early 2017. CASE will be designed to meet the needs of the medical community by providing timely, practical information on the challenges which face clinicians daily in delivering optimum patient care through efficient and effective diagnostic testing. Email CASE managing editor, Deborah R. Meyer, with questions or suggestions at dmeyer@asecho.org. ASE members receive deeply discounted pricing on the open access fees.

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Do You Need Help Understanding MACRA?

Geoffrey A. Rose, MD, FASE, presented a webinar to help the cardiovascular ultrasound community understand how to comply with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), one of the two payment tracks being created under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to reform Medicare payment. It is expected that over 90 percent of all physicians will need to comply with MIPS to avoid facing penalties. The webinar delves into the details of this complex program and  outlines practical steps for you to achieve  ‘MACRA-readiness.’

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Past President Richard Kerber Passed Away

kerber-2ASE is saddened by the passing of Past President (1997-1999) and longtime member Richard Kerber, MD, FASE. Dr. Kerber was a kind and intelligent person who made a real impact on the field and the cardiovascular community in his lifetime. He served on many ASE committees and on the faculty for numerous Scientific Sessions. Dr. Kerber delivered the Edler Lecture in 1999 on “Deconstructing the Body: Medical Imaging, Medical Art and the Art of Medicine.” He was Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Kerber received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Columbia University and his medical degree from New York University in 1964. After an internship and completing part of his residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, Dr. Kerber joined the US Army Medical Corps and served two years as a Captain in a MASH unit in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star in 1968. Upon his return, he completed his residency and a Cardiology Fellowship at Stanford University Hospital by 1971. It was this same year that he joined the University of Iowa and rose through the ranks, becoming a Professor by 1978 and then Director of Echocardiography. He authored more than 250 articles, two books, more than 330 abstracts, and dozens of chapters of books. His influence on cardiovascular research and clinical innovation will be felt for years to come. Dr. Kerber was dedicated to education and mentoring those around him, serving as Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program for 17 years.  His impact was deeply felt by members of our community. Past Presidents and current leadership shared their sentiments about his legacy:

A wonderful colleague, physician, historian and musician. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. – Dr. Bill Zoghbi

“I can’t possibly say enough good things about Dick. He had a very successful medical career. He also had a wonderful career as an exceptional human being.” – Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum

“His friends and colleges know that Dick was completely committed to echocardiography at a time when many people were trying to determine its usefulness.” – Dr. Walter Henry

“In addition to being a colleague and mentor to us all, Dick is the epitome of a “mentsch”-with a refined moral compass and a wonderful perspective on how medicine fits into the broader world.” – Dr. Julius Gardin 

“He was a brilliant researcher but more importantly a man of integrity and kindness.” – Dr. Jonathan Lindner

“Very sad news but a life well lived. Dick leaves an enormous legacy behind him. He will be very, very missed.” – Dr. Tony DeMaria

“Dick was at Stanford so we have been colleagues forever. He has always been an example of good nature, wise judgment and devotion to his family. Truly a fine man.” – Dr. Richard Popp

Dick Kerber was my mentor when I was a junior attending at the University of Iowa. It is from him I learnt experimental echocardiography. He was always available guiding me through a variety of scientific studies. A kind and intelligent man, he had trained a number of young clinician-scientists and it was my privilege to have spent a part of my life with him. We continued our friendship over the years and I will cherish the memories forever.Dr. Natesa G. Pandian

Although I never worked directly with Dick in the clinical arena, he recommended me for my first ASE committee many years ago. I am in gratitude to him for that gesture since it started my involvement with ASE. – Dr. Vera Rigolin

Feel free to share your memories on Connect@ASE.

ASE will be establishing an honor, in Dr. Kerber’s name, and the board will vote on this at their meeting later this month. The Funeral services are this Sunday at 2:00 pm at Agudas Achim Synagogue in Iowa City (401 E Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA 52241). Burial will be in New York.

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