2018 MPFS AND HOPPS Proposed Rules

ASE is working on a detailed and targeted analysis of the CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Proposed Rule. ASE will issue comments to the CMS once these proposals have been thoroughly evaluated. Comments from the healthcare community on both proposed rules will be accepted by CMS until September 11, 2017.  Learn more here.

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ASE 2017 Online Library Now Available

Were you unable to attend ASE 2017 in Baltimore? Well, today is your lucky day. We are pleased to announce that the ASE 2017 Scientific Sessions Online Library is now available for purchase. The theme of this year’s Scientific Sessions was “Investigate-Innovate-Incorporate.” Some highlights include multiple sessions on Critical Care Echo, Cardio-Oncology, and Structural Heart Disease. ASE members can purchase the entire Library for only $299. Options are also available to purchase single sessions. Take a look around and search for the topics of interest to you.

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Register for the Upcoming Live Guideline-based Webinar

Join Judy Hung, MD, FASE, on Wednesday, August 9 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as she reviews Recommendations on the Echocardiographic Assessment of Aortic Valve Stenosis: A Focused Update from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography. During this webinar, Dr. Hung will discuss both basic and advanced echocardiographic measurements of assessing aortic stenosis severity, incorporating key technical aspects, and new research about how to evaluate the difficult subgroup of patients with low flow aortic stenosis.  Most importantly, she will review a key feature of this focused update which presents a new classification scheme for aortic stenosis that focuses on gradient, stroke volume flow, and LVEF in an integrated, stepwise algorithm. Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending this live webinar event. Registration is free for ASE members. Register online today!

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Value of Echo Summit

In case you missed that ASE sponsored a Value of Echo Summit during our 2017 ASE Scientific Sessions, we are making the presentations available to everyone interested in this topic. The session was intended to help provide some understanding of the U.S. healthcare system as it undergoes a significant transformation from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare and developing new alternative payment models (APMs). The summit was divided into two sessions. The first session focused on understanding the impending changes to the overall healthcare system and the impact to you. The second session featured experts identifying the best strategies and practices to ensure you maximize all opportunities and thrive in this challenging environment.

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Documentation of Moderate Sedation

With regard to documentation of moderate sedation, beginning January 1, 2017, we would suggest documenting the duration of moderate sedation services. Intraservice time should be documented based on the specific number of minutes, as opposed to a range of time, to meet all payer requirements. Please note that the moderate sedation intraservice time will likely be different than the intraservice time of the underlying procedure. If the physician does not document his/her intraservice time or if the time is less than 10 minutes, the service is not reportable.

For more detailed information on billing please go to: http://connect.asecho.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread?MessageKey=712b52af-a838-44c8-83de-da8e4a8595b8&CommunityKey=f2171f48-b144-4e72-a2cb-a1df0e9d768d&tab=digestviewer

Please let us know if you have any additional questions.  Also, please keep us posted on the claims process, we would be interested to know how they adjudicate.

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Register for the Upcoming Live Guideline-based Webinar

Join Patricia Pellikka, MD, FASE, on Thursday, April 27 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as she reviews the Clinical Use of Stress Echocardiography in Non-Ischemic Heart Disease. During this webinar, Dr. Pellikka will discuss how stress echocardiography allows for simultaneous assessment of myocardial function and hemodynamics under physiological or pharmacological conditions. The topic of stress echo becoming widely implemented to assess various conditions other than ischemic heart disease will also be discussed. Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending this live webinar event.

To ensure your FREE registration for this event, please follow these three simple steps.

  1. Log on to your ASE Member Portal with your ASE username (email) and password.
  2. Select “ASEUniversity and CME Credits” on the left.
  3. Select “Live Webinars” on the left and “Register” found in the Live Webinar Event Summary
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CMS Delays Expansion of Bundled Payment Programs

On Monday, CMS announced that they will delay expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundle and its bundled payment initiatives for cardiac care bundled payment programs. The effective date is being moved from July 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017. Learn more here.

In other Advocacy related news, you can also download a document related to the Trump Administration’s Blueprint Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 with highlights of the healthcare related provisions.

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New ASE Guidelines for Evaluating Valve Regurgitation – An Integrative Approach

Read release here.

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Experts Address Complex Heart Condition Diagnosis with Stress Echo

Read release here.

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2017 Council Travel Grants Available: Application Closes April 1

Every spring, the ASE Foundation funds Council Travel Grants for trainees to support their attendance at the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions. These travel grants are part of an ongoing effort by the Foundation, in assistance with the Council Steering Committees, to encourage trainees to focus on sub-specialty practice. By facilitating their attendance at the annual meeting, these grants provide trainees with a deeper understanding of the imaging field, and cultivate the development of meaningful mentoring relationships with established imaging faculty.

Application is open to trainees in the following disciplines – Cardiovascular SonographyPediatric and Congenital Heart DiseasePerioperative Echocardiography, and Vascular Ultrasound. Previous recipients of an ASEF Travel Grant are not eligible to apply.

Visit the ASE Foundation Council Travel Grants page for application instructions. Deadline for submission is April 1, 2017.

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