Dr. Susan E. Wiegers elected President of the American Society of Echocardiography

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Register for ASE 2015 onsite

Pre-Registration for ASE 2015 has ended. Please register onsite at the Hynes Convention Center, Level 2 beginning Friday, June 12 at 12:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

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Conference Mirrors the Global Role of Cardiovascular Ultrasound during the American Society of Echocardiography’s 26th Annual Scientific Sessions

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Plan to Attend the ASE’s Annual Business Meeting

All members are invited to the ASE’s business meeting, awards presentation and Edler Lecture.  This important event will be held in the  Ballroom B from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA during the ASE’s 26th Annual Scientific Sessions.  During this meeting, the organization’s leadership will present the Society’s new Board of Directors, review ASE’s finances, honor the outgoing and incoming presidents, and provide recognition to the new FASE recipients and scholarship winners.   Members are encouraged to read the official minutes from the previous business meeting (June 2014). These have been posted online for your review.

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CMS released provider information on Parts A and B Providers, Costs, Services, and Trends

This week, US CMS has published the third annual release of the Medicare hospital utilization and payment data (both inpatient and outpatient) and the second annual release of the physician and other supplier utilization and payment data. As they did last year, state and national media outlets are expected to publish names and details of top billers in forthcoming coverage of this year’s data.

CMS files can be searched by specialty or by state which allows you to compare yourselves to your peers. For more information please visit here.

As always, ASE will monitor press coverage of this data release in the coming weeks, and will continue to alert our members if any articles emerge that are particularly concerning for echocardiography.

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ASE 2015 Final Program now available

Want to see what all is planned for ASE 2015?  Download the Final Program today in PDF format and plan your time in Boston. Or download the convenient ASE Live Educational courses app from theGoogle Play and Apple Stores so you will always have the latest information.

Don’t forget you can save $100 off onsite registration fees by registering before June 11. For complete information on rates, please visit the Registration page.  We are anticipating a record-breaking attendance and we want to make sure we can accommodate everyone.

Don’t wait until you arrive in Boston. Register today and save $100.

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Purchase the new Multimodality Imaging of Pericardial Disease poster for a special member price -$10

downloadAdd the latest poster, Multimodality Imaging of Pericardial Disease, to your collection. This poster is based on the ASE guidelinereleased in September 2013 and is available at a special member price of only $10 until June 19 and $15 for nonmembers. It is also available for purchase in both the flip chart poster size and as an insert. Many new products have recently been released, so take advantage of your member discount by visiting ASE MarketPlace and purchasing products today.

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Comparative billing reports issued to U.S. cardiologists

Through its contractor, eGlobalTech, CMS has begun issuing national provider Comparative Billing Reports (CBRs) on Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE).  These reports are being sent to approximately 2,500 cardiologists and internists “who were identified as having different billing patterns when compared to their peers.” The reports contain data-driven tables and graphs with an explanation of findings that compare providers’ billing and payment patterns to those of their peers in their state and across the nation. You can view a sample report here.

The stated goal of these reports is to be educational— to inform the providers who receive them about correct Medicare billing practices.  Based on this information, ASE is currently monitoring the effect of these notices.  Based on our conversations with other medical organizations who have experienced similar CBR reports, it is our understanding that these reports are not related to any audit program.  ASE’s advocacy team is in the process of contacting eGlobalTech/Palmetto GBA regarding recent changes in echo utilization and to inquire into the methodology used to identify aberrant billing practices.

Those ASE members who receive a report may wish to find out more by reviewing the FAQs and other information posted by eGlobalTech at http://www.cbrinfo.net/cbr201505.html. For those who want more information, a provider webinar is scheduled for May 27 at 3 p.m. ET. Register online here.

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American Society of Echocardiography and Ke Labs Announce Collaboration

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While the leaders have great ideas, your voice is critical in making sure that ASE develops the products and services you need.  Click here to take the 2015 member survey and you may receive a $250 Visa Gift Card.

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