Updated ASE’s 2017 Coding Newsletter Now Available

CMS issued some corrections to the HOPPS final rule. It included minor changes to some of the APCs that will impact some rates. ASE has updated the Annual Coding Newsletter to reflect these changes.

Also available are ASE’s coding webinar and a document to assist you in billing echo-specific information on moderate (conscious) sedation in conjunction with TEE. You must now bill it separately. Payment for moderate sedation is no longer included in the allowances for any TEE codes. If moderate sedation codes are not separately reported, payment for the service will be lost.

Please visit ASE’s Coding and Reimbursement and MACRA web pages to help you understand the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and how to comply with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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18th Annual ASCeXAM® Review Course Advance Program Available

The Review Course has been specifically designed by ASE as a preparatory course for the National Board of Echocardiography, Inc.™ ASCeXAM® and ReASCE® examinations. The expert faculty, led by Roberto Lang, MD, FASE, will emphasize illustrative cases and will use case studies, lectures, and interactive sessions to cover all aspects of cardiovascular ultrasound that are essential to these exams. New this year, the faculty will walk you through ASCeXam questions after each session in addition to an audience response system that will facilitate faculty interaction and self-guided learning. Please plan to join us at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel April 29 – May 2, 2017 for this intensive review course. Download the Advance Program, register, and learn more at ASEcho.org/ReviewCourse.

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ASE Headquarters Closed

Due to inclement weather, ASE Headquarters is closed Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10.

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Three-dimensional Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease: An Interactive Live Webinar

During this webinar, Dr. Girish Shirali will address the ASE guideline for Three-dimensional Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease, published in collaboration with EACVI. Three-dimensional Echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. The aim of this webinar is to provide a review of the optimal application of 3DE in CHD including principles of 3D data acquisition, image display, and quantitative techniques. By the end of this presentation, the viewer should be better able to:

  1. List the modes and principles of 3D data acquisition
  2. Describe the application of the anatomic approach to image display
  3. List optimal sonographic projections for different congenital defects
  4. Compare quantitative techniques for ventricular volumetrics and functional assessment

The webinar is free for ASE members. Register now to save your space.

Specific questions regarding webinar registration can be sent to the Director of Education, Christina LaFuria, clafuria@asecho.org.

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It Is Not Too Late to Support ASEF’s Work to Grow #EchoWorldwide

This year the ASE Foundation:

  • Supported 55 young echo practitioners with educational scholarships and travel grants
  • Translated 25 ASE guidelines and posters into five different languages
  • Provided over 1,250 underserved individuals overseas with direct clinical care
  • Hosted three clinician training events that will impact over five million patients in the coming year
  • Launched a global research project, WASE, to determine normal chamber quantification values across the world

Imagine what we can do next year. The Foundation needs your help to meet its $250,000 goal for the 2016 Annual Appeal. If you have been waiting to donate, there is still time to make your U.S. tax deductible donation by December 31.

Every gift is meaningful. Every contribution makes a difference. Pick your passion, and know that 100% of every dollar given supports ASEF’s work to grow #echoworldwide. Together we can continue to make a world of difference in 2017. Donate now.

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ASE Headquarters Closed for New Year Holidays

Happy New Year from ASE

Thank you for the role you played in making 2016 a great year for ASE. Everyone at ASE would like to wish you and yours a wonderful new year. May it bring you success, happiness, and prosperity. Here’s to making 2017 your best year yet.

In observance of this holiday, ASE will be closed on Friday, December 30 and Monday, January 2.

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3D ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE – AN ESSENTIAL TOOL

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ASE Members Break Donation Records Again on Giving Tuesday

giving-tuesday-thank-youThank you to the 88 donors who supported the ASE Foundation on Giving Tuesday by donating a total of $20,320 in 24 hours yesterday. With this milestone in giving, we doubled our original goal of raising $10,000 in just one day! You can feel confident that your gifts will have a direct impact on the future of cardiovascular ultrasound because 100% of all donations will be used to support the Foundation’s 2017 initiatives. ASEF sends a special thank you to the ASE leaders, Drs. Banchs, Kaul, Klein, Rigolin, Wiegers, and Weissman who made early pledges to match the first $6,500 raised yesterday. Thank you as well to the Chinese American Heart Association (CnAHA) for their generous contribution. Thank you all for making this our best Giving Tuesday ever!

Did you miss Giving Tuesday yesterday? There’s still time to support the Foundation’s 2016 Annual Appeal before December 31 and help us reach our yearly goal of $250,000. We are at 75% of our goal now! Visit ASEFoundation.org/Donate or contact the Foundation at foundation@asecho.org.

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ASE’s New Journal CASE is Now Accepting Submissions

case_cover_final-final-finalCASE, ASE’s new, online, open-access, cardiovascular imaging case reports journal is now accepting submissions, CVCaseJournal.com. Co-Editors-in-Chief, L. Leonardo Rodriguez, MD, FACC, FASE and Karen G. Zimmerman, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE, along with the CASE editorial board of experts in a wide range of cardiovascular care areas, are hard at work reviewing the case reports that are coming in from around the world. The first issue will be published in early 2017. CASE will be designed to meet the needs of the medical community by providing timely, practical information on the challenges which face clinicians daily in delivering optimum patient care through efficient and effective diagnostic testing. Email CASE managing editor, Deborah R. Meyer, with questions or suggestions at dmeyer@asecho.org. ASE members receive deeply discounted pricing on the open access fees.

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ASE Leaders Pledge $6,500 for Giving Tuesday and Urge ASE Members to Match Their Donation

Donate here.

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