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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FASE deadline approaches

The Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) credential recognizes dedicated ASE members with extraordinary commitment to the field. The next deadline for FASE applications is December 1. If you have been an ASE member for two years, check out the criteria here as you may be eligible!

Already a FASE? Showcase your FASE achievement. Purchase a FASE product today to highlight your designation in your home or office. With two professional designs to choose from, ASE can ship you an embossed cherry frame with your reprinted certificate enclosed or an engraved, full-color walnut plaque. View these products here. Email FASE@asecho.org or call Angela Dart, Membership Specialist, at 919-297-7153 with questions or to place an order.

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CMS Release PFS and OPPS final Rule, with a New Interventional Transesophageal Echocardiography code beginning in 2015

On Friday, October 31, the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare released the PFS and OPPS final rules. We are proud to announce that after a year and half of work, CMS has approved and provided a value for a new interventional transesophageal echocardiography code beginning in 2015! Read more here.

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New Quality Requirements for Echo Under Medicare

Please note that, effective January 15, 2015, new quality requirements will be applicable to echo providers in a number of states, including Illinois (for Part B providers), Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. Learn more here.

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Save $150 when you purchase the “Best of ASE” DVD series

ASE’s newest addition to our “Best of ASE” series, Best of ASE, Volume 6: Echocardiographic Imaging of Native and Prosthetic Valves is now available. This “Best of ASE” valve lecture series includes a comprehensive overview of the latest in diagnostic evaluation and quantification of regurgitant and stenotic lesions as well as detailed discussions on the role of echocardiography in today’s surgical and catheter-based interventions. Each lecture provides multiple case studies which enable you to understand the clinical relevance and methods used for evaluation.

The topics for first five volumes of the “Best of ASE series” include:

  • Introduction to Diastology
  • Basics of Strain
  • A Practical Guide to 3D Echocardiography
  • Basic Physics of Ultrasound, Knobology, and Echocardiographic Artifacts
  • Contrast Echocardiography

Visit www.ASEMarketPlace.com to purchase these individually for $75 or purchase all six for the discounted bundle price of $300.

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Don’t forget to upload your echo images and vote on your favorites

Did you know in celebration of ASE’s 40th anniversary, ASE is holding an echo image competition? The winners will be featured in a colorful, 12-month calendar given to all members who renew by December 15, 2014.  We are looking for awesome images that show how cool echo is… 3D, Doppler, 2D, Stress, Strain, Contrast, TEE, TTE, or anything else that features cardiovascular ultrasound. A couple of reminders: no patient identifiers (dates, institutions, names) and winners are determined by popular vote. All membership levels and categories are eligible to submit. Submission is still open, but voting has begun.  The last date to vote is October 31. 

Instructions for uploading images are as follows:

  1. Head to the ASE 2015 Calendar Contest Library on Connect@ASE.
  2. Login to Connect@ASE using your username (email address) and password.
  3. Using the top navigation, scroll to All Libraries.
  4. Click on ASE 2015 Calendar Contest.
  5. Click “new” under Folder Contents on the right hand side of the menu and upload your image. Image files need to be no larger than 30 MB.
  6. Once you’ve uploaded your image, it will prompt you to enter a subject and a brief description.  We encourage you to do so.

To vote for your favorite echo images:

  1. Browse the images uploaded in the ASE 2015 Calendar Contest Image Library.
  2. Give each image a rating from 1 to 5 stars using the star rating system in the right hand corner.
  3. Rate as many images as you’d like.

If you have any questions, please contact ASE at acooper@asecho.org. Start voting on your favorite images today.

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