New Study Develops Cutting-Edge Echocardiography Method for Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndromes

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Study Reveals Potential New Therapeutic Target for Patients with Atherosclerosis

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New Study Shows Promising Results for using Speckle-tracking Echocardiography after Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Implantation in Congenital Heart Disease Patients

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New Study Sheds Light on Risk Factors for Atrial Fibrillation and Cardioembolic Stroke

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Innovative Cardiovascular Ultrasound Solutions Showcased in Exhibit Hall at ASE Scientific Sessions

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ASE Founder, Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum received Indiana University President’s Medal

Dr. Feigenbaum was presented with the President’s Medal for Excellence on Monday evening. An Indiana University faculty member since 1962, Feigenbaum has been the leading scientist for decades in echocardiography, the most widely used imaging technique for diagnosing cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Read more about how he pioneered the way for echocardiography and his many accomplishments in the field of medicine here.

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Echo AUC app 2.0 available!

The new Echo AUC app 2.0 that incorporates the stress echo algorithms and other echo modalities is now available!

You can download directly from the App Stores or at the follow links  …

iOS:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/echo-auc/id667351051?mt=8

Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.asecho.echoauc

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ASE FOUNDATION PLANS TO SET PORTLAND AGLOW

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IAC letters & Testamur status

IAC will be sending reminder letters to all physicians in echo-accredited facilities who may be required required to earn Testamur status by NBE by 12/31/2015.  To learn more, visit NBE’s website at www.echoboards.org, send an email to info@echoboards.org or call the NBE headquarters 919-861-5582. For more about the IAC standards, contact 800-838-2110 or email: echo@intersocietal.org.

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Congress Passes One Year SGR “Patch”

Congress has passed H.R. 4203, the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” by voice vote. The bill prevents a 24% cut in reimbursements for physicians treating Medicare patients on April 1, 2014 and replaces it with a 0.5% update (through December 31, 2014) and a 0% update from January 1 until April 1, 2015. President Obama is expected to sign the bill. The bill represents an acknowledgement that the consensus, bipartisan approach to permanent repeal of the SGR formula will not be accomplished this year due to lack of agreement on a package of offsets.

The legislation includes several provisions regarding quality measurement and payment reductions for computed tomography services provided in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments starting in 2016. The language was “borrowed” from the original SGR repeal legislation introduced earlier this year. The bill also borrowed language requiring appropriate-use criteria to be consulted for advanced imaging (this does not include echo, by statutory definition) and prior authorization for physicians who refer an unusually high number of patients for advanced imaging services only.

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