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Monday, October 24, 2016: Greetings, ASE, from the other side of the world! We have been in Bangkok over the past few days for the 2 nd annual Echo ASE-ASEAN conference, and it’s been another great success. We had over 250 attendees registered from 22 countries, mostly from Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar), but also places as far flung as Australia, Pakistan, Nepal, United States, UAE and Turkey! The meeting this year took place with a touch of sadness in the air, as the Thai people had lost their King one week earlier, and the entire country was in a state of mourning...
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Echo India 2016

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The XXI International Conference of the Indian Academy of Echocardiography was held from October 21-23 in Madurai, India. ASE was well represented by Vera Rigolin, Sunil Mankad, Kamesawari Maganti, Sanjiv Kaul, Manni Vannan, Natesa Pandian and Raj Janardhanan. Rhonda Price was also there doing a great job promoting ASE. IAE is one of ASE’s International Alliance Partners. With the new members added at this meeting, ASE currently has more than 200 members in India. The meeting was held at the Velammal Medical College Hospital in Madurai. Madurai has a rich heritage spanning over 2500 years. The city is well known for its ancient temples and for...
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CMS previously identified stress echocardiography CPT codes 93350 and 93351, as “potentially misvalued” and therefore subject to revaluation. Using the robust survey response data gathered earlier this summer, ASE’s Specialty Society R elative Value Scale U pdate C ommittee (RUC) team worked to accurately support the valuation of these codes. Our presentation to the RUC this month was well received. RUC recommendations are confidential until CMS releases the July 2017 proposed rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule. I would like to thank all ASE members who were selected and completed the stress echo survey. ASE has created a webpage...
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Since ASE's annual meeting in June the Advocacy Committee has been hard at work to ensure echo is well positioned in this changing and challenging healthcare environment. Stress CPT ™ codes 93350 and 93351 were surveyed for the American Medical Association Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). Thanks to all who participated—there was a robust response rate. This is a significant step in ensuring these services are accurately valued and reimbursed. We are now working on the RUC presentation scheduled for October. ASE worked with the Sonography Licensure Coalition to ensure that the North Dakota Board of Medical Imaging...
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The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in UAE is looking to hire full time adult cardiac sonographers. If you are interested please contact Jason Bordelon at BordelJ@ClevelandClinicAbuDhabi.ae Please click on the link below for further details: http://my.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae/en/uae/jobs/cardiovascular-technologist-3461558/
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The University of Utah is currently in a growth spurt and is looking to hire a full time cardiac sonographer. If you are registered and have three years experience and interested in this position, please send your resume to georgeanne.lammertin@hsc.utah.edu . Thank you.
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Good morning ASE members, I recently had the opportunity to present the Michigan Society of Echocardiography (MSE) with a commemorative plaque on behalf of ASE. Read more about MSE's 35 Year Jubilee below from Felix Rogers, DO, FASE. Thanks, Dr. Klein Have you heard this one? The past, the present and the future walked into a bar. It was tense. David Forst, our witty and affable master of ceremonies, chose to craft his one-liners on the theme of back to the future, and proved he was acutely aware of the historical timeframe as he opened the celebration of the thirty-fifth...
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Greetings from Osaka!

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27 th JSE and 4 th AAE Annual Scientific Sessions James D. Thomas, MD, FASE Thursday, April 21, 2016: Greetings, ASE, from the land of the rising sun. ASE Vice President Vera Rigolin and I are here representing ASE for a joint scientific sessions of the Japanese Society of Echocardiography (JSE, their 27 th ) and the Asia-Pacific Association of Echocardiography (AAE, their 4 th ). As always (in the words of Jimmy Martin), “it’s a long way from here to over yonder”, in my case a 4AM wake-up call for a 7AM flight to San Francisco followed by a 12 hour flight to Osaka, my first on the Dreamliner (love the electroluminescent window...
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ASE has dedicated a great deal of time and resources to expand the society’s advocacy efforts and increase our visibility on the Hill and with regulators. However, ASE’s best asset is, and will continue to be, our members. Your ability to influence your representatives is without parallel. Our advocacy strategy has expanded, to include proactive sponsorship of legislation on cardiovascular issues which are in the public interest. Besides being the right thing to do, endorsing these bills gets ASE’s name in front of legislators and members of the public as the voice of cardiac ultrasound. Recently Hollie Carron, an ASE Board and Advocacy Committee member,...
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Dr. Johri posted this blog to his personal website www.VascNet.com and thought it would be of interest to the echo audience. Opinions are not representative of ASE. You can follow him on twitter @amerjohri The death of the stethoscope, killed in cold blood by point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), is trendy as a punchy twitter-bite. Its time to stop eulogizing now and consider the science. For the last few years, we have been actively teaching medical students how to use point of care cardiac ultrasound and have seen first hand how new doctors take to this technology like fish to water. This generation of med students are shipped with...
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Opening for a Cardiac Sonographer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital- Downtown Campus We have a great staff of Sonographers and Physicians that continue to stay on the cutting edge of Echocardiography. A great opprotunity to work with past and future presidents of the American Society of Echo. Below is the job description. If you are interested and qualified please apply at nm.org , Job Description Cardiac Sonographer - 0003691 Description Learns and applies...
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TTG Omni Diagnostics is a one of the nation’s premier nuclear medicine and echo providers and a trusted resource for hospital CEOs, cardiology practice managers and multi-specialty group doctors. Our clinical staffing services offer comprehensive solutions to short- and long-term staffing issues arising from employee sick days, vacations and leaves of absence. We are a company that recognizes and rewards exceptional achievement and seeks versatile, highly motivated and forward-thinking candidates to join our team and contribute to our ambitious goals for the future. We are currently seeking a Full-Time, experienced Echo and Vascular Technologist...
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Greetings from Seville

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Greetings from Seville Spain. I am attending the EuroEcho Imaging meeting along with our President Elect and Vice President, Allan Klein and Vera Rigolin. Seville is a beautiful place and warm!! A nice change from December back home. The EuroEcho Imaging meeting is held every December and moves around Europe. Last year it was in Venice and next year in Leipzig Germany. We met with the European leaders today for our bi-annual meeting to discuss common issues, guideline documents and the like. Dr. Patrizio Lancellotti thanked us all for showing support for Europe and coming at this time. The ASE booth in the exhibit hall is the first one when you walk in the...
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The ASE Board met this past weekend in Miami for a retreat and a deep dive into issues surrounding Point of Care (POC) Ultrasound. Our first agenda was the board meeting, where approved the 2016 budget that contains a number of items to fund initiatives for our strategic plan. Our first strategic goals is to attract all users of cardiovascular ultrasound by creating quality and value. We decided to take some time to hear from POC users and survey the field. (ASE Executive Committee) The Board, the 4 chairs of our Council Steering Committees and the staff met with our invited guests, representatives from some of the societies that provide cardiovascular...
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At the end of October, ASE members participated in a joint session focused on 3D echo The Great Wall Meeting in Beijing, China. The conference and the joint session were a huge success. Scroll down to look at some of the photos I took during the conference. Prior to the session, we went on a fascinating tour of Peking University Third Hospital organized by Dr Cynthia Taub and Dr Dali Fan. We are grateful to Dr XinHeng Feng, the director of echocardiography who guided our tour. See attached photos to get a glimpse of the hospital. Here are some additional fun facts about the hospital: 1. Dr Dali Fan was born there! 2. They performed 43,000 echos...
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Sunday, October 25, 2015: These folks just can’t get enough of this! Here we are on the last day of the Echo ASE ASEAN Conference, in the middle of a 4-day holiday in Thailand, and there still are over 300 people from 25 countries listening to advanced topics in echocardiography. Incredible response from the ASEAN echo community and very encouraging for the future of the field in this part of the world. Last evening we had a wonderful faculty dinner at a stylish fusion Thai restaurant, Osha. Given the notorious Bangkok traffic, it was very convenient to have less than a ten minute walk to the restaurant, which is almost next door to the American...
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Echo ASE ASEAN Day Two

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Saturday, October 24, 2015: Greetings again from Bangkok. While you’ve been sleeping, Echo ASE ASEAN has been barreling full speed ahead with today’s focus being diastolic function, ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, and contrast echocardiography. Despite the beautiful (thought hot!) weather in Bangkok, it looks like everyone’s back for more echo education. Last evening, the ASE faculty had a wonderful opportunity to dine together at Sala Rim Naam, the Thai restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, one of the iconic hotels of the world. It also happens to be where Yngvil and I spent the first three nights of our honeymoon, so it was...
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ASE ASEAN Day 1, Friday, October 22 from James D. Thomas, MD, FASE, and Jonathan Lindner, MD, FASE Greetings, ASE, from the other side of the world! We are here in Bangkok for the inaugural edition of Echo ASE ASEAN, and it’s off to a roaring success. We have over 400 attendees registered and have managed to sell out the venue. The attendees are mostly from Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Myanmar), but over 20 countries arerepresented that would challenge anyone’s geographic skills. (Quick! Find Bhutan on a map. How about New Caledonia?) The idea for this meeting grew out of several converging...
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Dear ASE members, ICD-10 became official on October 1 st , bringing with it more than 69,000 different diagnosis codes, nearly 19 times as many as in ICD-9. The ICD-10 manual on my desk has over 1100 pages in it – exclusive of illustrations! The expansion promises greater precision in coding and improved epidemiologic research, but creates new and significant challenges. Physicians will see changes to the documentation with which they must comply, payers will see their claims processes radically altered, and coders must strive to bridge the two. All this is creating a great deal of anxiety, with the possibility that reimbursements could be disrupted. ...
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Has anybody used this contrast yet? If so what is your thoughts compared to Optison and Definity? Our manager wants us to give this contrast a trial and just wanted to know how is adds up. Thanks!
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