Summary of the PFS and HOPPS Proposed Rules

On July 3, 2014, CMS made available on the internet the proposed 2015 Medicare payment rates and policy changes under the PFS and HOPPS. ASE has developed a summary with provisions of the proposed rates and policies of interest to the society and its members. Charts summarizing the proposed changes in Medicare rates are included to help clarify these proposed rates.

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JASE iPad app updated; More user friendly

Get the latest research and science from the Journal of American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) right at your fingertips.  Download the JASE app today for your iPad! The app has been updated by Elsevier and contains many significant functionality upgrades:

  • Mobile-optimized content delivery
  • Improved search that:
    • Is clinically intuitive
    • Includes webpages that are not part of issue data (e.g., supplemental data)
    • Provides better results filtering options
    • Improves the presentation of video content in search results
    • Offers related topics/articles
  • Improved content loading and presentation
  • New “SmartCollection” tool that allows subject matter experts to create collections

Click here to download the JASE app from the Apple iTunes store into your Newsstand folder. Newsstand will automatically download new issues when they are available. Log in with your onlinejase.com password to gain access to articles. Remember that your JASE password is distinct from your ASE member password.

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Consumer Reports Health Social Media Meet-Up

On Tuesday, July 8 Consumer Reports will host a Social Media Meet-Up webinar titled “Twitter 101.” Webinar leader, Ginger Skinner described the sessions as follows Twitter has over 250 million users, and if you’re not one of them, it’s very likely you’re missing out on health news and discussions that are vital to you and your brand. If you’re asking “Where do I start?” or “I’m here, now what?” — you’ve come to the right place. Find the meeting details here.

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3rd Annual Echo Florida Conference features unique learning opportunities

The 3rd Annual Echo Florida course will take place October 12 – 14 at Disney’s Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World, FL.  This comprehensive echo course features expert faculty who will discuss strengths and limitations of established and emerging technologies and illustrate how these technologies can be used to improve and streamline patient care in a cost conscious manner. Echo Florida also hosts two special preconferences which will be held on Saturday, October 11 (separate registration required):

  • Point of Care Symposium:  Brief lectures with case illustrations will discuss protocols for use of small echocardiographic devices in various settings such as emergency room, intensive care unit, and community screening programs. There will be ample time for hands-on training with multiple types of these devices. A copy of ASE’s Focused Cardiac Ultrasound: Fundamentals of Acquisition and Interpretation DVD is included with registration for this session.
  • Learning Lab:  The Learning Lab is an opportunity for participants to get individualized instruction at computer workstations. Participants will be given hands-on instruction on quantitative echocardiography using real cases. These small group sessions allow ample time to interact with the experts.

Learn more and register today by visiting www.asecho.org/echoflorida or downloading the Preliminary Program.

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Science shines in Portland

ASE’s Silver Anniversary Scientific Sessions welcomed investigators from 24 countries around the world who presented their original science during the meeting. Two investigator award competitions recognized the best science presented, and ASE congratulates them on their excellent achievements!

  • 2014 Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition Winner
    Chi Young Shim, MD, PhD, from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon for her work entitled “Platelet Attachment to Vascular Endothelium Occurs in Both Early and Late-Stage Atherosclerosis Secondary to Dysregulation of Von Willebrand Factor: Evaluation by Contrast Ultrasound Molecular Imaging”
  • 2014 Sonographer Investigator’s Award Competition Winner
    Angela M. Morgan, PGDCU, MHSc, from Capital & Coast District Health Board in Wellington, New Zealand for her work entitled “Global Longitudinal Strain Differentiates Right Ventricular Pacing Lead Positions”

Thank you to all of the investigators who contributed to this year’s scientific program! We hope to see your future science at next year’s Scientific Sessions in Boston, Massachusetts, June 13-16, 2015. Abstract submission will open in October 2014.

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Echo Bingo at ASE 2014

bingo winnerCongratulations to ASE member, Anne Bello, RDCS, RDMS, AS, who won the Echo Bingo drawing which took place at ASE’s Silver Anniversary Scientific Sessions on Monday, June 23.  See you in Boston Anne!

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Dr. Neil J. Weissman elected President of ASE

Read release here.

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United States Senator to Speak at Medical Conference Sunday in Portland

Read release here.

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

Read release here.

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Study Reveals Potential New Therapeutic Target for Patients with Atherosclerosis

Read release here.

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