Ensuring proper reimbursement from Medicare

On Thursday, December 11 at 3:00 pm ET, ASE is proud to present a LIVE webinar entitled, “2015 Update: How the New Reimbursement Changes to Medicare Will Impact You.” ASE’s coding experts will provide Q & A time for participants.

With the release of the U.S. CMS’s finalized changes to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS), ASE is hosting a live webinar to relay the numerous changes to echocardiography-related codes. Specific focus will be given to the new Interventional TEE code and the new Medicare requirements that will be applicable to echo providers in a number of states.

Register now at www.aseuniversity.org/ase/webinars to ensure your spot in this high-demand event. Please note: No CME is associated with this webinar.

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We did it!

Because of your generosity, the ASE Foundation not only reached its Giving Tuesday goal of $3,000, but exceeded it and ended the day with a total of $5,201 in donations. Did you miss Giving Tuesday? Don’t worry, there’s still time to make a U.S. tax deductible charitable contribution to the Foundation’s 2014 Annual Appeal. Click here to donate to an initiative of your choice.

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Join ASEF Today to Raise $3,000!

Happy Giving Tuesday! Donate today and help the ASE Foundation reach its $3,000 Giving Tuesday Goal. Will your company match your gift? Click here to find out!

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Giving Tuesday begins tomorrow!

Giving Tuesday begins tomorrow! What ASE Foundation initiative will you be donating to? Help the Foundation reach its $3,000 goal by making a charitable contribution to the Foundation on December 2.

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Only 1 week left to join ASEF’s Giving Tuesday Team!

There’s now less than one week until Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving! Join the ASE Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Team and pledge to make a donation to the Foundation on December 2. Click here to find out if your company will match your charitable donation. Help us reach our $3,000 Giving Tuesday goal!

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Applications for travel grants are being accepted

Applications for travel grants for the Councils on Perioperative Echocardiography, Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, Vascular Ultrasound and Cardiovascular Sonography are now being accepted. Please visit the websites for each council for details.

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Call for committee volunteers now open

ASE depends on its members to get involved and advance our mission. Volunteers serve on the committees, councils, task forces, and writing groups that lead the Society and affect the profession. 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 interested in serving on an ASE committee, log in to the ASE member portal, click on “Committee” in the menu bar, and complete the Committee Interest form. For more information on volunteering for ASE, click here. The application process will remain open through January 2015.

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Learn how to incorporate ASE Guidelines into your practice

January 19 – 23: The 25th Annual Echo Hawaii has been crafted to be a comprehensive and practical learning experience that will leave you with a better understanding of several advanced concepts. A 3D Acquisition and Views Workshop will use ASE’s 3D Guidelines to teach you how to get the images you need. Also of special interest will be the Clinical Application of New Technology Summit. This session will explore how 3D Echo provides unique anatomic information, Strain, Torsion, 3D volume assessments, and novel techniques for assessing patients. Register for Echo Hawaii now.

February 21 – 24: An updated “Recommendations for Cardiac Chamber Quantification by Echocardiography in Adults” will be released in January. The 28th Annual State-of-the-Art Echocardiography’s preconference Learning Lab: A Road to Comprehensive Quantification, will explore the new guideline in-depth with the lead author of the Guideline, Dr. Roberto Lang. This session features hands-on learning on computers including Chamber Quantification measurements on LV and RV Dimensions, 2D and 3D LVEF, and LA Volume. In addition, there will be a focus on Doppler calculations and valve assessments. Strain, cardio-oncology, and LVAD’s will also be briefly addressed. The Learning Lab seating is limited to allow each participant ample time with the faculty. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn directly from the master. The main conference also features sessions on ASE’s new Contrast Guidelines and Diastolic Function Guidelines. Register for State-of-the-Art Echocardiography now.

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Congratulations to the winners of ASE’s 40th Anniversary Calendar Competition

Thank you to all who uploaded echo images and voted on Connect@ASE during the 40th Anniversary Calendar Competition. Please join ASE in congratulating the following people whose images have been selected for the calendar: Karima AddetiaBonita AndersonSteven A. BlakenshipTeri Dittrich, GE HealthcareHwaida Hannoush, Linda M. Hughes, Anuj Mediratta, Geri Mein, Ahmad S. OmranKaren Parr, Mike Romanik, Jen Schaaf, and Beverly Smulevitz.

To receive the 40th Anniversary Calendar, make sure you renew your ASE membership by December 15, 2014. Renew online today.

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Join the ASE Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Team

Want to celebrate the real spirit of the season and take a break from the focus on shopping? On December 2, the ASE Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday, a global movement that supports philanthropic giving after the traditional shopping furor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You’re invited to join us in supporting initiatives that are close to your heart, like the provision of much needed scholarships, travel grants, research, and guideline translations in 2015. To register as a Giving Tuesday Team Member, please click here.

As a Team Member, you will be pledging to make a donation to the Foundation on Tuesday, December 2. Help our ASEF Task Force reach its Giving Tuesday goal of $3,000.

All Team Members will be recognized on the Foundation web site and in the next issue of the Foundation Newsletter. On this national day of giving, you can show your heart and support the charitable cardiovascular initiatives of the ASE Foundation.

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