Purchase the new Multimodality Imaging of Pericardial Disease poster for a special member price -$10

downloadAdd the latest poster, Multimodality Imaging of Pericardial Disease, to your collection. This poster is based on the ASE guidelinereleased in September 2013 and is available at a special member price of only $10 until June 19 and $15 for nonmembers. It is also available for purchase in both the flip chart poster size and as an insert. Many new products have recently been released, so take advantage of your member discount by visiting ASE MarketPlace and purchasing products today.

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Comparative billing reports issued to U.S. cardiologists

Through its contractor, eGlobalTech, CMS has begun issuing national provider Comparative Billing Reports (CBRs) on Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE).  These reports are being sent to approximately 2,500 cardiologists and internists “who were identified as having different billing patterns when compared to their peers.” The reports contain data-driven tables and graphs with an explanation of findings that compare providers’ billing and payment patterns to those of their peers in their state and across the nation. You can view a sample report here.

The stated goal of these reports is to be educational— to inform the providers who receive them about correct Medicare billing practices.  Based on this information, ASE is currently monitoring the effect of these notices.  Based on our conversations with other medical organizations who have experienced similar CBR reports, it is our understanding that these reports are not related to any audit program.  ASE’s advocacy team is in the process of contacting eGlobalTech/Palmetto GBA regarding recent changes in echo utilization and to inquire into the methodology used to identify aberrant billing practices.

Those ASE members who receive a report may wish to find out more by reviewing the FAQs and other information posted by eGlobalTech at http://www.cbrinfo.net/cbr201505.html. For those who want more information, a provider webinar is scheduled for May 27 at 3 p.m. ET. Register online here.

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American Society of Echocardiography and Ke Labs Announce Collaboration

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Tell us what you really think

While the leaders have great ideas, your voice is critical in making sure that ASE develops the products and services you need.  Click here to take the 2015 member survey and you may receive a $250 Visa Gift Card.

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Echocardiography Experts Receive Special Distinction (April FASE designees)

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26th Annual Scientific Sessions Offer Opportunity to Interact with Global Experts in Cardiovascular Imaging Research and Clinical Care

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Book signing by the experts on Sunday, June 14

While attending ASE 2015, you can get ASE’s newest textbook, Comprehensive Echocardiography, signed by the world’s echo experts, including Roberto Lang, MD, FASE, who contributed to and wrote the latest edition. Join us during the first break on Sunday, June 14 to have editors sign your copy! Purchase your book today at www.ASEMarketPlace.com.

Comprehensive Echocardiography is a unique multimedia resource with text, case studies, and online components covering the latest uses of echocardiography including the most recent 2D and 3D advances. This 2nd edition with its new title, has over 200 chapters that provides material in succinct format. Included with this book is an online library of slides and videos of case presentations that correspond to crisp, full color images, allowing you to view dynamic echocardiography clips of various cardiac pathologies.

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The American Society of Echocardiography Supports a Focus on Heart Health for Women by Co-sponsoring Congressional Briefing with WomenHeart

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Senate passes bill to permanently end SGR Formula

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.

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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 lsiegal@asecho.org.

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