The Value-Based Healthcare: Summit 2014, on Friday, September 12 in Washington, D.C., drew a large audience and succeeded in engaging the audience of thought leaders to talk about echo’s value in a new value-based healthcare system. This unique and first-of-its-kind event featured a variety of panelists in a talk-show style format, who interacted with the audience and discussed topics including cardiac imaging in new models such as ACO’s, echo’s value in specific clinical scenarios, and a candid look into how both government and private payers see cardiac imaging in these changing times.
The ASE Education and Research Foundation also officially announced the recipient of its 2014 Research Award. This $200,000, multi-year award was presented to a project led by Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE,Director of Cardiac Imaging Research at the University of Chicago. The research project, titled “Echocardiographic Evaluation of Hemodynamic Significance of Coronary Stenosis in Patients with Chest Pain Undergoing CT Angiography,” will explore whether resting strain measurements from 3D echo may provide a fast, inexpensive alternative to invasive coronary angiography that could potentially limit additional downstream testing.
Keep checking back here as we post summaries, photos and videos, and attendee feedback. A resource list of research articles specific to echo’s value is already posted for your use. Thanks to our Summit co-sponsors, CCI, IAC, and NBE; we look forward to building on the insights gained to ensure that cardiovascular ultrasound will continue its important role in providing value to patients worldwide.
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