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Nov 3-4 iMagine 2018

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​For echocardiographers and sonographers in the southeast, don't miss the upcoming iMagine 2018 conference that's only 3 weeks away. Feasible rates, great venue and excellent casual and engaging learning environment. Hope to see you there. piedmont.org/imagine
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   I started my cardiac sonography program right out of high school in 2009, attending Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. I had always known that I wanted to be in a medical field, but didn’t know quite what I wanted to do. I reasoned that this degree would allow me to get into the hospital and see what interested me the most. What I didn’t realize was that I’d fall in love with the heart, and echo, and end up happily staying in the field! What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position?   I currently work at Northwestern ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   I began my career in echocardiography in 1984 at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) in Brisbane, Australia. In those days, one began their journey into Echo by starting off as an “ECG Tech”, performing 12-lead ECGs, treadmill stress tests, and 24-hour Holter analysis. Once competent in these skills, you progressed to working in the Cardiac Cath Lab and finally moved into the Echo Lab. Echocardiography was the pinnacle of cardiac investigations and I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to learn echo. In 1984, TPCH only had 2D and M-mode echo so a lot of cardiac diagnoses were based ...
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As you know by now, ASE was able to maintain representation in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates!  I want to extend an enormous “Thank you” for all your help ensuring that echo’s voice is heard on issues related to legislative matters, regulatory issues, and coding and reimbursement. As a member of the House of Delegates ASE: Helps sets the legislative and regulatory priorities for the AMA. Has full delegate status which provides ASE with representation before the AMA Current Procedural Terminology Panel (CPT) and the AMA Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) ASE delegates, Dr. Peter Rahko and Dr. ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? My previous boss used to tell me I was born with a probe in my hand, and I would have to say I agree! I followed in the footsteps of my mother. She was a general/cardiac/vascular sonographer for over 40 years (although her 1982 fetal self-ultrasound labeled me as a boy…. but hey, ultrasound has come a long way since then!). I spent much of my youth in the sonographers’ lounge, while my mom was in on-call, coloring pictures for the radiologists and filling all the gel bottles. At age 15, I became a hospital volunteer, and then when I could actually work I got a job in the radiology file room ...
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Dear Collages  We are multi nationality groups  FRom different coutries interested in Imaging  adult   Pediatric Fetal Echocardiography  Dentists  Cardiovascular surgeon .Pediatric cardiologist Technologist  Phyiologist  Pediatric nephrolgist Plastic surgeon  etc We are From  USA .German London Iraq Lebnan Jordan  India  Eygpt  Cezch   Canada and many other countries  Our Hope is to share  cases  Scientific thoughts t. Through our site we may disscuss difficult cases   I hope from every collages want to join us send his Name .Short CV , Mobile NO To Connect Via Watts up  My Regards   Dr Iman Al Obaidi  Baghdad Iraq  Ibn al bittar cardiac surgical center  Mobile ...
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As a part of the 2018 ASE Scientific Sessions , there will be a Value of Echo Summit on Monday, June 25 th (with two sessions, The Quality Echo Lab, and Transitioning from Fee for Service to Value-Based Reimbursement from 8:00 AM - 11:45 PM). We will focus on key strategies to ensure a high performing echocardiography lab, while also providing a comprehensive insight into the ever changing U.S. healthcare system.   Plan join us as we discuss how best to navigate and thrive in this new environment
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In today’s environment with declining reimbursement, increased scrutiny and punitive policies coding accurately is more essential than ever. ASE is committing to providing members with information go make this easier. Please take minute to look over the 2018 ASE Coding Newsletter , and feel free share in with your staff to ensure correct reporting of services to obtain fair and reasonable reimbursement for procedures, tests, and visits. Also Judy Rosenbloom, RDCS, FASE, is ASE’s coding consultant. She is an expert on coding and ASE members can ask her any coding and reimbursement questions they may have. You can link directly to her through the Coding and ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? I graduated from Lander University in SC with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with the hopes of becoming a physical therapist or a cardiologist. I didn’t get into PT school on my first attempt and decided I wanted to have a family over being a doctor. At that time, I felt I couldn’t do both! While working as an office manager, a patient of ours was in ultrasound school and that is how I learned about echocardiography. The sound of looking at hearts every day and traveling as a sonographer was very appealing to me so I decided to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical ...
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​​ The 34th Annual Echocardiography in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Symposium returns to the Phoenix, AZ and will highlight the use of echocardiography and other cardiac imaging techniques to recognize, understand, and manage patients with congenital heart disease using a case based format. This three-day symposium is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, clinical aspects, imaging, and management of patients with congenital heart disease. The symposium will include case discussions, didactic seminars, anatomic and imaging correlations, discussion of multimodality imaging and live, hands-on scanning seminars to ...
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​ The 34th Annual Echocardiography in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Symposium returns to the Phoenix, AZ and will highlight the use of echocardiography and other cardiac imaging techniques to recognize, understand, and manage patients with congenital heart disease using a case based format. This three-day symposium is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, clinical aspects, imaging, and management of patients with congenital heart disease. The symposium will include case discussions, didactic seminars, anatomic and imaging correlations, discussion of multimodality imaging and live, hands-on scanning seminars to ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   My healthcare career began in 1984 as an RN on a medical-surgical unit at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN.  Not long after that, I discovered I loved cardiology and transferred to the CCU.  In the late 1980s, a cardiac sonographer and cardiologist came to the CCU to perform a bedside echocardiogram.  I was fascinated by the technology and learned the Echo Lab was hiring nurses to train as sonographers.  Several months later, I began my twenty-eight year career in echocardiography as an RN sonographer, and I have never looked back. What is the name and type of facility/institution ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? It was a very humble beginning.I was fortunate to take private ultrasound lessons from a very skilled sonographer way back in 1984. There were no formal educational programs for ultrasound back then, only Radiology Technology. That was the path I took. In those early years, at least in our area, if you were a sonographer you were expected to perform all modalities, including vascular and echocardiography.  I totally fell in love with Echo even though the images were fuzzy!  In the early 1990’s I worked for our regional Children’s Hospital for ten years. It was those formative years, which ...
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Last year ASE worked on the RUC review of primary echocardiography CPT code 93306, (and the rest of the transthoracic echo family of codes) as a result of the 2015 MPFS proposed rule. CMS identified two TTE codes (93306 and 93351) as “Potentially Misvalued Codes” as determined through a High Expenditure Specialty Screen.  ASE sought to involve all our members in response to the RUC request for survey responses.  This robust response helped us support these codes, and potentiated a well-received presentation by ASE to the RUC.  We are pleased that CMS has accepted the RUC recommendation to increase the wRVUs for CPT code 93306 from 1.30 to 1.50 wRVUs ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? I kind of fell into the field of cardiovascular ultrasound in 2001. I had two close friends that were sonographers, one a vascular sonographer and the other cardiac. Their jobs piqued my interest and I enrolled in the Cardiovascular Technology program at Grossmont College in San Diego. I’ve worked in a number of different settings since but have been in an academic hospital setting for the last 12 years. What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position? I work at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, ...
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October Advocacy Update

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rules for the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) contained a mixed bag for echocardiography, with both good and concerning recommendations. In the PFS, CMS addressed transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and stress codes.   Since ASE has a RUC advisor status, last year the society directly participated in the Medicare reimbursement code change review and valuation processes. ASE worked on the RUC review of primary transthoracic echocardiography CPT code 93306, as well as CPT codes 93307 and 93308, and stress echocardiography codes 93350 and ...
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Piedmont Heart Institute will be hosting iMagine 2017 next month, November 11-12, in Atlanta, Georgia. Phenomenal experience at a great price. Look forward to seeing all interested attendees there! Piedmont Heart's iMagine 2017
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? I got involved with cardiovascular ultrasound completely by chance. In 1994, I had completed two years of cardiology training in China before my family moved to Singapore. I was a new mother at the time, and struggled to adapt to so many big changes. Because of this, I decided not to continue to pursue my medical doctor career.  However, being a full time stay-at-home mother was not enough for me. I started to look for different jobs in healthcare. Luckily, a local hospital was hiring for an EKG tech position; I immediately sent in my resume. The next day, I got a phone call from them inviting ...
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  Chris Kramer, ACS, RDCS, FASE When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? I first got involved in cardiovascular ultrasound as an EKG/stress technician. I was always interested in the heart, in fact, I remember a school project involving a pig heart and making bypass grafts out of small conduit tubing from the local hardware shop. While working in the Cardiac Diagnostic Laboratory at Minneapolis Heart Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I was able to watch adult echocardiography and stress echocardiogarphy exams and it instantly peaked my interest. I applied to the Mayo Clinic Health Sciences School Echocardiography program at ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? In 2000, when I had just completed my graduate studies, my spiritual and humanitarian mentor invited me to join a tertiary-care hospital he was setting up in Bangalore to serve the poor. The idea of a facility offering cardiac surgery without a billing section inspired me, and I began my career here as a cardiac sonographer, scanning hundreds of patients unsupported by social security or insurance protection. Subsequent opportunities to set up a sonographer school at the same institute and to pursue research at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have contributed to a fuller experience ...
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